Plays: 219

Artist: Talas (ft. Billy Sheehan)

Song: Shy Boy

Album: Sink Your Teeth Into That

Year: 1982

Theme: Bassists

Buffalo legend Billy Sheehan and the original version of the song he later recorded with the David Lee Roth band.


"Aces High" from Numbers of the Beast

For something a little bit different, here’s an interesting cover from an All-Star band:

Jeff Scott Soto - Vocals (Yngwie J. Malsteen band, Journey)

Nuno Bettencourt - Guitar (Extreme)

Billy Sheehan - Bass (Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big)

Vinnie Appice - Drums (Dio, Black Sabbath)

Originally Posted By misswonderwall
Plays: 129

Build up your confidence
So you can be on top for once
Wake up, who cares about
Little boys that talk too much

Mr. Big - To Be With You

With Buffalo’s own Billy Sheehan!

Originally Posted By thesemicullen-deactivated201307


Mr. Big - Addicted To That Rush

Can you handle the mullets?

If not, at least watch the intro and skip to 2:10 for the solos. Well, duos.

Ladies and gentlemen, Buffalo’s own Billy Sheehan on bass guitar.

(via thesemicullen-deactivated201307)

Plays: 39

“Shy Boy” by David Lee Roth
(Words/Music: Billy Sheehan, Album: Eat ‘em and Smile, Warner Bros. 1986)

This tour de force of bass and guitar fury which featured Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan was originally written by Sheehan for his original Buffalo band, Talas. According to stories, Roth became quite enamored with Sheehan’s virtuoso bass playing and showmanship while Talas opened for Van Halen. Roth went so far as to petition the Van Halen brothers to get Sheehan in the band. When they said no, it was one of the reasons Roth eventually left the band.

Ironically, Sheehan was the first person pushed out of the David Lee Roth band (he lasted for Eat ‘em and Smile but pretty much absent on the follow-up, Skyscraper).

Also ironically, when Roth rejoined Van Halen, they had a different bass player, Edward’s son, Wolfgang.

Originally Posted By wentdog


Talas LIVE 1984 “High Speed On Ice” (by talasdrum2)

This is for shelterfromthenorm who just asked if I remembered Billy Sheehan’s original band. I have never heard of these guys, but this isn’t too bad. 

They also did the ORIGINAL version of David Lee Roth’s “Shy Boy.” It’s one of the main reasons DLR wanted Sheehan. The pride of Buffalo. Well, along with Goo Goo Dolls, Cannibal Corpse, and Ani DiFranco.


"Sink Your Teeth Into That" by Talas (live, 2001)

Featuring original members Dave Constantino on vocals and guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass, and Paul Varga on drums.


A list of my previous week’s posts:

Blister in the Sunday: "In America" by The Charlie Daniels Band

Metal Monday: "Hammer Smashed Face" by Cannibal Corpse

Blues and Jazz Tuesday: "The Lost Ghost" by Gamalon

Wednesday’s Women: "Hello Birmingham" by Ani DiFranco

Re-worked Thursday: "Bitch" by Goo Goo Dolls

Feelin’-it Friday: "Only One" by Goo Goo Dolls

Saturday Shred: "Shyboy" by David Lee Roth

Plays: 20

Shyboy" by David Lee Roth

(Words/Music: Billy Sheehan, Album: Eat ‘em and Smile, Warner Bros. 1986)

Originally, I was going to post this yesterday for Saturday Shred and as the final post in my week of songs and artists of Buffalo. Unfortunately, due to computer issues beyond my control, I had to miss it. Luckily, I can use this song for an 80s post as well. Let’s see how this goes…

When the biggest band in the world, Van Halen, announced that they were breaking up in the mid-80s, metalheads and guitar enthusiasts  everywhere were pretty bummed. Everyone thought that the band members would each go their own way and we would never hear from them again. Fortunately, the following year found not one but two stellar guitar albums: one by the reformed Van Halen being led by Sammy Hagar, 5150, and one by David Lee Roth’s high-energy, high-excitement supergroupEat ‘em and Smile. While the former continued in a slightly harder vein than non-DLR offerings, the latter caused everyone to take notice. Flamboyant and outspoken David Lee Roth managed to bring together a veritable all-star band featuring former Frank Zappa protege Steve Vai on guitar and former Talas bassist Billy Sheehan. Announcing their arrival with the playful and guitar-filled “Yankee Rose” (the song which also leads off the album) and featuring a total of eight guitar romps, the band impressed everyone, but the song everyone was talking about was the second song on the disc, “Shyboy.”

Originally a Talas song, and well-known to their fans in Buffalo, Billy Sheehan’s original composition was his “in-song” showcase (as opposed to his live solo) on which he could demonstrate his ground-breaking bass skills. When DLR and Steve Vai got hold of it, they added more flashy guitar work and decided that what was a bass solo should now be a guitar and bass solo with the instruments playing in tandem. The lines were difficult enough for one musician to play, never mind two playing simultaneously. Upon hearing this song for the first time, my jaw hit the floor and didn’t come back up for weeks. Not only didn’t I know that a bass could do that, and not only was the greatest bassist in the world from my hometown, but now he was in a guitar circus finally getting the credit and recognition he was due, and for one of his own songs, too. Unfortunately, Sheehan and Roth didn’t last long. Sheehan ended playing very subdued lines on the follow-up album Skyscraper and eventually left to form Mr. Big with another flashy guitarist, Paul Gilbert. Sadly, while the duo did put out some interesting work, it just didn’t match up to the combo of Billy Sheehan and Steve Vai. And nothing since has matched the fierce guitar and bass duo of Vai and Sheehan.

(See what I did there? I talked about musicians and the 80s in the same post. Voila!)

More David Lee Roth: AmazonMP3 - - AllMusic - eMusic

More Billy Sheehan: AmazonMP3 - - AllMusic - eMusic

More Saturday Shred posts from shelterfromthenorm

More Blister in the Sunday posts from shelterfromthenorm


A list of my previous week’s posts:

Blister in the Sunday: "Things I Do For Money" by The Northern Pikes

Metal Monday: "Don’t Tell Me You Love Me" by Night Ranger

Blues and Jazz Tuesday: "Peaches en Regalia" by Frank Zappa

Wednesday’s Women: "Walking in London" by Concrete Blonde

Re-worked Thursday: "Dead Flowers" by Townes Van Zandt

Feelin’-it Friday: "Caligulove" by Them Crooked Vultures

Saturday Shred: "NV43334" by Billy Sheehan


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