Yamaha Artist Services Burbank (YASB) hosted iconic bass player Billy Sheehan and over 40 of his fans during Billy Sheehan Attitude Bass Day. Fans from across the United States and as far away as Korea and Japan attended the free, daylong event, which featured performances, a Q&A session, socializing and a BBQ buffet.
He spent the entire day answering questions and telling road stories from his days with David Lee Roth and Mr. Big. A Yamaha artist for over 25 years, Sheehan also shared many technical playing tips along with insights into his musical influences and his relationship with Yamaha.
“Billy did a great job putting on a show and the fans were incredibly appreciative,” said Ken Dapron, Director, Yamaha Artist Services, Burbank. “His stage presence reinforced his rock icon status, while the time and dedication he showed to his fans revealed that he is also a humble teacher with a great sense of humor.”
With over 20 of Sheehan’s custom and stock Yamaha basses on display, the event was as much a history lesson as a clinic. Billy explained the importance of when and where they originated as well as what tours and recordings he used them on. Yamaha Guitar Artist Phil X and Yamaha Drum Artist Russ Miller joined Sheehan on stage for a musical performance. Yamaha, DiMarzio, RotoSound and Hartke raffled door prizes to the appreciation of those in attendance, who also had the opportunity to buy a personally autographed Yamaha Attitude 3, Billy’s signature bass, for a special price.