Who is Billy Sherwood? Many people have been asking that very question recently. Billy has been involved with Yes in one capacity or other for nearly a decade. Now that the ink is dry and he is officially a part of the band, it's time we try to lift the veil of mystery surrounding Billy Sherwood and introduce him to those who may not have heard of him before.
Billy first got involved with Yes somewhere between Big Generator and Union. At the time, Billy was frontman and bassist for his own band, World Trade. Here's the story according to Billy:
Billy co-wrote "The more we live, let go" and "Love conquers all" with Chris Squire for the Union album (though the latter was unreleased until YesYears). Billy also co-produced both songs.
Following the Union tour, Chris Squire did several gigs in and around Los Angeles with The Chris Squire Experiment, featuring Alan White on drums and Billy Sherwood on bass and guitar. It also appears that World Trade may have opened for the CSE.
The Talk tour provided Billy the opportunity to play with Yes as their all-purpose utility man. Unlike Casey Young, the keyboardist who played beneath the stage for the 9012Live tour, Billy was onstage with the band, singing backing vocals and playing rhythm guitar, keyboards and even bass. He even appeared with Yes for their performance of "Walls" on The Late Show with David Letterman.
After the Talk tour, Sherwood re-formed World Trade. They contributed their version of "Wonderous Stories" to the Yes tribute album Tales From Yesterday and also released their second full CD, Euphoria, which contains another Sherwood-Squire collaboration, "The Evolution song".
Along with being a versatile instrumentalist and singer, Billy has racked up a considerable number of credits as producer. Along with his work on the Union album he has also produced and played bass on several tribute albums (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rush, Pink Floyd) as well as World Trade's Euphoria. He also mixed the studio tracks for Yes' Keys To Ascension.
When asked about the future of Yes, Billy responds with enthusiasm:
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