BILLY SHEEHAN - America's Mad Bassist... Everywhere!
By Martin Popoff

Here's a straight reckoning, or accounting as it were, of the various acrobatic exploits of Mr. Big and Bigger bassist Billy Sheehan, starting with where it all began, Buffalo, NY's finest, Talas.

"Well, we did the reunion in 1997," begins Billy, outlining everything recent until the latest barnstormer of a show in mid-July, "a few other shows here and there. We did a show in Japan and afterwards went out to some club and told them to set up two amps and some drums, at the Hard Rock in Tokyo and we played till four in the morning. It was unbelievable. We might go back and do some other stuff here and there, but nothing permanent. I live in L.A. now. I don't think there'll be any more live albums, but the show we did Sunday, we filmed on video, so there might be a DVD out. Hopefully we'll do that. We've got the footage and it's really good. Initially they said the crowd was 15,000, 20,000, and it's blossomed to 25,000, so I guess in five years from now it'll be 100,000 (laughs). But also helping the numbers, Slash opened up. But I think it was close to 20,000 people. It was an amazing night. They had a huge set up, cameras, cranes over the crowd. It was people as far as the eye could see."

Tell us about the solo album, Compression. When is that out?

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