Why did Yes want Billy Sherwood? Part 2 – 568

Produced by Joseph Cottrell, Ken Fuller, Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

This week Mark and I listened to Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters by Paul Rodgers and produced by Billy Sherwood.

In addition, we chatted about My Own TOURMATO which I went on with my son William and Dave Watkinson this week It was a blast and my spliced-together video of my Facebook Live clips are below.

  • What does the album sound like?
  • Do the various different instrumentalists combine well?
  • What does Billy play on this record himself?
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The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from:

4 replies on “Why did Yes want Billy Sherwood? Part 2 – 568”

I strongly agree with Kevin & Mark regarding the album, “Muddy Waters Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters.” I’ve had it on cd since it was originally released. To me this album has the most outstanding collection of classic rock and blues guitarists every assembled on one album. Not to mention the other musicians, Pino on bass, Jason on drums, Paich on keyboards, Ronnie Foster on Hammond. I highly recommend this album to anyone who’s a fan of any of the guitarists, musicians, Billy, or blues rock music.
FYI Kevin, you mentioned Pino and Jason worked together in The Who, but you may have been thinking of Zak Starkey, as he & Pino backed The Who together for many years.
Kevin, thanks for the live videos of your Tourmato, and for the new edited compilation. It was fun to see the sites, and I’m glad you didn’t get hit by any vehicles-McCartney was just almost hit crossing Abbey Road during a photo shoot!

I have really enjoyed your “why did yes want _____” series, but I have to address what seems to be an elephant in the room: why did you skip over Trevor Rabin? This seems like a serious omission to me.

Otherwise a great podcast for me! It’s been a hoot catching up on all the episodes.

I think, perhaps, because there was no actual YES at the time: Chris and Alan were just looking for someone – anyone – they could work with to create a new band. And then, stuff happened…

Well, I really was not sure where we were going with this one, but, solely based on both of your glowing reviews, I decided to check this thing out. Unfortunately, it’s apparently not available in the iTunes store ANYWHERE: not under “Paul Rodgers,” “Muddy Waters” or “Billy Sherwood.” I did find it available on CD at Amazon, so I’ll just have to wait until next weekend before I can give it a spin. I think it’s going to be something truly enjoyable. Thanks for this very weird YES connection.

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