NEWS: Billy Sheehan Australian clinic tour November 2009

Billy Sheehan is returning to Australia NEXT WEEK for a clinic tour. I haven’t seen any press at all about this one, so let’s spread the word! Retweet! Forward! Email! Shout!

And whoever’s responsible for publicising the tour, um… if I didn’t hear about it until I went to Billy’s Myspace today, and I’m a huge geek about this kind of stuff, uh… well… that’s not great.

Here are the dates:

11 Nov 2009 7:00
Bass Clinic in Perth, Autralia at Kosmic Sound and Light Perth, Western Australia

12 Nov 2009 7:00
Bass Clinic in Melbourne, Australia at Allan’s Music Melbourne, Victoria

13 Nov 2009 7:30
Bass Clinic in Canberra, Australia at Canberra Southern Cross Club Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

14 Nov 2009 1:30
Bass Clinic in Sydney, Australia at The Guitar Factory Sydney, New South Wales

15 Nov 2009 3:00
Bass Clinic in Townsville, Australia at Jupiters Breakwater Casino

Here are a couple of DiMarzio videos featuring Billy.

In this one he talks about discovering hammer-ons from under the shadow of Billy Gibbons’ cowboy hat.

And here he shares a secret trick about his unusual picking technique. This one’s pretty freaking amazing.

CLICK HERE to buy Billy’s new CD, Holy Cow, from

NEWS: Zappa Plays Zappa tour dates and slight name change

The latest Zappa Plays Zappa mailout has been sent out with tour dates for the rest of 2009 and early 2010. Dates are below.

It’s interesting to note that the tour’s now being billed as ‘Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa’ instead of just ‘Zappa Plays Zappa.’ Now, I think Dweezil deserves to be immortalised in a statue of gold for the amazing work he’s done in furthering Frank’s legacy, and he deserves to use this platform to push his own music again eventually. However, on a purely superficial level, ZPZ and Zappa Plays Zappa both flow so much easier than Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa… although ‘DeeZeePeeZee’ has a kind of charm to it. Does this slight name change signify a shift from amazing reproductions of classic FZ material to amazing reinterpretations? Who knows. But Dweezil’s extremely talented and a nice dude, so I can’t wait to hear what he does next either way!


Nov 19, ’09 Austin, TX Stubbs Amphitheater
Nov 20, ’09 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Nov 21, ’09 Houston, TX House Of Blues
Nov 23, ’09 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
Nov 24, ’09 Aspen, CO Belly Up
Nov 25, ’09 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Nov 27, ’09 Lake Tahoe, NV Montbleu Resort
Nov 28, ’09 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater
Nov 29, ’09 Spokane, WA Bing Crosby Theater
Nov 30, ’09 Bend, OR Tower Theater
Dec 01, ’09 Arcata, CA Van Duzer Theater
Dec 02, ’09 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theater


Jan 3-7, ’10 Carribbean Ocean Jam Cruise 2010
Jan 8, ’10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
Jan 9, ’10 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
Jan 11, ’10 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Jan 12, ’10 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
Jan 13, ’10 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
Jan 14, ’10 Richmond, VA The Hat Factory
Jan 15, ’10 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Jan 16, ’10 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre