Billy Sheehan began his career with Talas. Over 40 years on, he returned for a new album tinged with tragedy

Billy Sheehan onstage with Sons of Apollo. Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY.
(Image credit: C7 Photography)

1985. For many of us, just thinking of that distant year conjures up images of flamboyantly attired metal bands, musical extravagances – and time-travelling DeLoreans. For bassist Billy Sheehan, it was a pivotal year, one in which he bade farewell to his bandmates in Talas and took up his position as a sideman to David Lee Roth, one of the greatest performers of his generation.

Talas were an integral part of the early-Eighties hard rock scene. Working the Buffalo, New York bar circuit, hoping for the breakthrough that never quite came. Now, 37 years later, Billy has reunited with his old bandmates to release 1985, a newly recorded album consisting of material that was written with the band's line-up from back in the mid-Eighties. The album also stands as a moving tribute to vocalist Phil Naro who sadly died in 2021.

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