Where are they now? - Billy Sherwood

This page last updated: 5 Nov 2017

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On this page: Solo projects - Tribute albums - World Trade & related

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Billy Sherwood's official sites: Billy Sherwood Collection (through Cherry Red); Billy Sherwood solo releases through CDBabyBilly on Twitter; Billy on YouTube

Following Squire's death in 2015, Sherwood has re-joined Yes. Yes news is on the main page. Following John Wetton's death, he has also joined Asia: see under Asia for details.

Billy Sherwood has a number of projects involving Tony Kaye, including a duo (live album recorded 2011 out Apr 2016) and CIRCA:, that are covered on their own page.

On 6 Jan 2016 on Facebook, Sherwood said, "Starting a new project on Thursday [7 Jan 2016] that I wish I could speak publicly about. All I can say is WOW !!! Once I'm in a bit deeper in I shall ask the powers that be if I can go public".

Solo work
Sherwood is working on a new solo album. On 27 Sep 2016 on Facebook, he described working on a song entitled "Until Further Notice", also the working title for the album. Another song is "Talking with Siri". In early Nov 2017, Sherwood shared video on Facebook of a drum session by Jay Schellen (worked with Yes, ex-Asia, ex-World Trade) for that song.

Late Sep 2015, Sherwood announced that he is working on another project, Earth and Science, consisting of 5 original songs by Sherwood and 5 covers, again to feature an array of guests. He said on 24 Sep 2015: "Back in studio production mode [...] It's early going but everything is tracked already, now I'm filling in the guest slots".

He played four solo shows on 5-6 Nov 2016 at The Iridium club in New York, NY, at the suggestion of the venue. He is joined by drummer Jay Schellen (working with Yes, ex-CIRCA:), guitarist John Thomas (XNA, worked with Toni Childs, Vixen, Graham Bonnet) and keyboardist Scott Walton. The set is advertised as including songs by Yes, CIRCA:, World Trade, Conspiracy and from his solo album Citizen. Set for first 5 Nov show: intro, "Never Enough", "Life Going By", "Together We are", "Euphoria", "In My Sky", "Age of the Atom", "The More We Live—Let Go", drums & bass, "Cut the Ties", "Open Your Eyes", "Say Goodbye". The second 5 Nov set was similar, but also included "No Way We Can Lose". "Castaway" and "Great Depression" were also performed at some point. A live album/DVD from the shows is in preparation: Sherwood was mixing it in Dec 2016.

Citizen was Sherwood's most recent solo album—details on the main page given the number of Yesmen guesting. Cherry Red's reissues of his back catalogue continue, with the re-release (BS0005CD) of his 2015 solo album What was the Question? on 1 Sep 2017 (note the Cherry Red link gives a mistaken tracklist). This appears to be with an additional track, "On Live", inserted into the running order.
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World Trade
The original line-up of World Trade have reunited and their album Unify was released 21 Jun 2017 in Japan (King Records, KICP-1852), 7 Jul in the US and 4 Aug in Europe (Frontiers Music Srl). The band are Sherwood (bass, vocals), Bruce Gowdy (guitars), Mark T Williams (brother of Joseph Williams; drums) and Guy Allison (keys). Gowdy and Allison were already working together in Unruly Child: see under Gowdy for details. The reunion was announced Feb 2015: Sherwood said online that the band had "just signed a record deal to make another ‘WORLD TRADE’ record !!! After many moons we are returning to the studio to create that sound once more." Sherwood described the new album in Apr 2015 as taking a "musical direction close to Toto's most recent releases and 90125/Big Generator-era Yes." In a Nov 2015 interview, Sherwood said the impetus for the new album came from Derek Shulman, who originally signed the band to Polydor in the 1980s and is now working with Frontiers. He also said the band were planning to work further on the album in Dec 2015-Jan 2016, having already recorded about half of it. On Facebook on 16 Mar 2016, Sherwood said, "Mixing the last song for "WORLD TRADE" this afternoon !! [...] You would never know there was a 27 year gap between records lol (from the original line up). Sounds like we picked up right where we left off". In a 6 Apr Q&A, Sherwood said he was "finishing up a World Trade album". Sherwood announced in Aug 2016 that the album had been mastered by frequent collaborator Maor Appelbaum. Tracks:
  1. "The New Norm" (4:38), released early digitally; streamable on YouTube
  2. "Where We're Going" (6:47)
  3. "Pandora's Box" (4:00)
  4. "On Target on Time" (4:11)
  5. "Gone All the Way" (5:18), released early digitally; streamable on YouTube
  6. "Unify" (5:35)
  7. "For the Fallen" (4:30)
  8. "Life Force" (4:30)
  9. "Same Old Song" (5:19)
  10. "Again" (4:52)
  11. "The Moment is Here", Japan-only bonus track—also the name of a song on the band's eponymous debut album, so I guess this is the same song, presumably in a new version
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The album was largely written by Sherwood and Gowdy. In an Aug 2017 interview, Sherwood explained it thus: "It's really 50/50 with Bruce Gowdy and I. Bruce handles the musical side and gets the arrangement together and the chordal structures and whatnot, then he'll present me with some music. As I'm listening to it I'll start to hear melodies and lyrics." Work had begun late in 2003 on a new World Trade album. In a Jun 2004 interview, Schellen says, "We [Sherwood and Schellen] have recently begun a new World Trade record with Bruce [Gowdy]", but the project stalled. In a Jan 2006 interview, Sherwood was asked whether World Trade is now defunct and replied, "It lives on in my mind and in Bruce Gowdy's mind and in Jay Schellen's mind. We talk about it, but life gets busy and it just doesn't seem like it's something we ever focus on. Two of the tracks on the new Conspiracy project [which in turn stalled and was subsequently abandoned] were written by Bruce and me with the idea that maybe we would start working on a new World Trade record. But Bruce got really swamped, and so did I, and it fell on the back burner. But those two tracks blend in perfectly, so there's a World Trade flavor to the new Conspiracy record." One of those Sherwood/Gowdy co-writes was "Gone All the Way", the song now appearing on Unify. An excerpt from the planned Conspiracy version of the song was available (around 2008) for download from Sherwood's website. Sherwood described the song as "a story of a man dreaming he is the only human left on earth after a nuclear holocaust, by the middle of the song he reailizes he in fact isn't dreaming, warmakers had finally "Gone All The Way"."

Project with Ciago & Goodsall
On 9 Jun 2015, Ronnie Ciago (ex-CIRCA:, worked with Brand X, Patrick Moraz, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Ward, Mick Taylor) announced on Facebook that he was recording that week a project with himself (drums, composing), Sherwood (bass, composing), John Goodsall (ex-Brand X; guitar, composing) and Franz Pusch (ex-Brand X; keys, engineer, producer).

Dance music for Cleopatra Records
Sherwood was writing dance material for Cleopatra Records. He explained on Facebook (Apr 2012):

Got a cool new gig to add onto the pile... This new mission is to compose/play rave/prog dance tracks, (destine for the club scene). This mission comes from Cleopatra Records who are building an arsenal of this type of material... For this gig I write it, design the basics... groove, chords, lyrics, melody etc..., possibly sing a few of them myself. I'll be delivering the tracks in a sort of framework form, at which point another "dance/rave" producer will take it the rest of the way home... It's a writing gig...

He described 4 songs, including "EMP", "Test of Time" and "Synthetic Life", and was working on a fifth. I am unclear what happened with these,.

Tribute albums & related
Sherwood is working on a Chris Squire tribute album: see details on main page.

In an Apr 2008 interview, Sherwood said he was working on a tribute to The Police, saying, "I was planning on kind of inviting just like great guitar players to come on and play some great solos and play over the top of the stuff and keep the music kind of pure." However, further news on this has yet to emerge.

The Human Experimente is a King Crimson-related project from Jeffrey Fayman (Globus, ex-Empire) with Robert Fripp (King Crimson). They released a digital single of "21st Century Schizoid Man" with Maynard James Keenan (Tool; lead vocals) in late 2009. An album appears to be forthcoming, with Sherwood joining the collaboration. In Jun 2011 on Facebook, Sherwood said he had just finished mixing "21st Century Schizoid Man" with Fripp, Keenan, Gregg Bissonette (ex-Steve Vai, ex-David Lee Roth, ex-Toto, ex-Ringo Starr; drums) and Matt Bissonette (ex-Brian Wilson, ex-David Lee Roth, ex-Ringo Starr; bass), presumably a new mix of the prior single. Then in Jul 2011 on Facebook, he talked of mixing a version of "Epitaph" with Fripp, himself on drums and 5-string bass, and Fayman (drums).

Other news
Sherwood was announced as being part of the Shop. Sell. Strut! benefit for autism in Lakewood, NJ on 29 Apr 2017, raising money for Autism New Jersey.

Directions is the debut EP from Middlesong,  Joe Schneider (vocals, guitar, keys) and Phil Tomczak (keys, guitars). Sherwood produced, mixed and played bass, drums, keys and guitar on the release; Maor Appelbaum mastered. Tracks: "See This Through" (3:53), "Rain to Sun" (4:45), "Directions in D Minor (Make Sure that You Learn)" (5:53). Tracks can be heard on their SoundCloud page. Middlesong are continuing to work on a full album for 2017.

Sherwood produced and mixed Alpha Lighting System's second album, 836 (promo video), which was recorded at Uncle Studios in California. The album was released 11 Aug 2017 through CDBaby and various digital sites. The Mexican band consists of Alam Hernández (lead vocals, keys), Jaco Jácome (bass, backing vocals), Joshua San Martín (guitar, backing vocals) and Juan Gabriel Hernández (drums). Tracks:

  1. "Spaceport"
  2. "Alpha Fornacis"
  3. "Bioelectrogenesis"
  4. "To Rate is to Create"
  5. "Psychosis"
    1. "Paracusia"
    2. "Hallucinations and Illusions"
    3. "Bipolar"
    4. "Delusion Eluded"


All music was written by Hernández/San Martín/Jácome. The album was mastered by Maor Appelbaum.

Sherwood and Oliver Wakeman both appear on Light Freedom Revival's Eterniverse Deja Vu and a forthcoming album from John Holden: follow those links for more details.

Summer 2015, Sherwood talked of working with William Shatner again. This was for a cover of "Garbage Man" for a forthcoming Dr Demento tribute album. Asked about a follow-up to Ponder the Mystery, in an Oct 2015 interview, Sherwood said, "At present, this is indeed a rumor. Shatner is always incredibly busy, and my schedule's a little hectic a present. Those two factors combined make it difficult to foresee. That's [sic] said, I love Bill and would work with him again in a heartbeat." Ben Craven's 2016 album Last Chance to Hear includes vocals by Shatner on the track "Spy in the Sky Part 3", the vocals being produced and engineered by Sherwood.

Sherwood co-produced, co-wrote and played on the second release from Los Angeles prog band, Days Between Stations, now out. The band consists of guitarist Sepand Samzadeh and keyboardist Oscar Fuentes, who have previously worked with The Pineapple Thief. Peter Banks also contributed to the album before his death in Mar 2013, while Rick Wakeman and Tony Levin also guested. Sherwood is again co-writing/producing their next album: in a 16 Dec 2014 Facebook update, he described "tonight we are recording the 2nd song for the record (as yet untitled)." He talked of mastering the album in a Mar 2016 Facebook post, and in Apr 2016 listed Days Between Stations as one of the bands he is currently in.

Sherwood is working with the Sonic Reality music software development company, founded by Dave Kerzner (working with Steven Wilson, worked with Jon Anderson), including with Sonic Elements, a.k.a. the Sonic Reality Progressive Rock Project. The project entails plans to release various pieces of music with various guests, some covers (including of Yes, Genesis and Rush), some original, but where some of the instrumental tracks are also available through Sonic Reality's sample libraries. With other Yesmen involved, see on the main page for details. Sherwood was also on Kerzner's solo albums New World and Static.

Marty Walsh (ex-The Key, ex-Supertramp, worked with Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, Neil Diamond, Julio Iglesias, LeAnn Rimes, Freddie Jackson) is producing and performing on a covers album by singer Becca Levy, with Sherwood contributing bass. Walsh has also released an instrumental, 10-track, solo album, The Total Plan, out 2014, with Sherwood among other guests including Abe Laboriel, drummer John "JR" Robinson (worked with Rufus, Mike Oldfield, Eric Clapton, Lionel Richie, Madonna, David Benoit), Michael Ruff (keys), Paul Jefferson (tenor sax), Nick Manson and Ian Walsh (his son, keys and some co-writing).

In late Jul 2014, Sherwood described on Facebook beginning to produce and engineer a new band, Dolan Brotherhood. The band is Arnold Sears (vocals), James Brady (ex-New Day Mile; guitar, vocals), Dave Garcia (ex-New Day Mile; bass) and Raul Guzman (ex-New Day Mile; drums). They released the 6-track Love and Hurricanes on 18 Aug 2015, with pre-production by Sherwood, Alan Sanderson (worked with Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Ricky Martin) producing/engineering and Tom Wallace on drums. Brady explained in a Nov 2015 interview: "we actually tracked a record with [Sherwood]. It turned out we wanted to make two different records. We parted a bit acrimoniously, but upon Chris Squire's passing, Billy and I connected again through email." Garcia added, "Billy had a specific vision and definitely offered input... [he] helped me adjust some of my parts to fit the songs better, which I appreciated and carried over into the final tracking with Alan. I got to use one of Chris Squire's basses during pre-production tracking, and even got interrupted a couple of times by [Squire] calling Billy, so I looked at it as some extra mojo."

Sherwood is reportedly guesting singing on the forthcoming third album from the band Treason, Mindshifter, now expected 2017. All instruments on the album are by Ted Stockwell (ex-White), who is also producing, engineering, mixing and mastering, with vocals by Jason Ames Saunders. Ted Hunt also guests on vocals. (This project was previously reported back in 2013 as a Stockwell solo album.)

Sherwood and Chas Sandford are producing tracks on a forthcoming solo album by Mike Tiano, who is known to Yes fans for his work for many years on Notes from the Edge and formerly with the YesWorld website.


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Sherwood
Igor Khoroshev
Oliver Wakeman

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