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Friday, 9 October 2015

YES ALUMNI: Billy Sherwood releases first video from upcoming album 'Citizen'



Billy Sherwood is one of those artists, that unless you are an avid reader of album liner notes or are in the music business, you may not have heard of. But you’ve heard him. He’s played on albums by Yes, Deep Purple, Toto, Def Leppard and Paul Rogers, just to name a few. He’s toured with the Alan Parsons Live Project and this summer he was personally handpicked by Chris Squire to fill in for Squire on Yes’ 2015 tour. But in between working with others, Sherwood has managed to release seven solo albums. On November 6, 2015, Sherwood will release his eighth solo studio album, “Citizen.”

One month ahead of “Citizen’s” debut, today Sherwood unveiled his first video from “Citizen,” “No Man’s Land.” The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp4hLAonqUo. The video and the song, which features Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, are about a World War I runner, someone who runs from trench to trench where his fellow soldiers are fighting, to pass messages from their leaders, that is, the generals who are giving orders from behind friendly lines. In “No Man’s Land,” the Runner sees his buddies die and as the video progresses, seems to be walking more and more in a daze. Sherwood says, “You get the idea that he’s the only guy who walked away from the battle.”

Sherwood’s new album, “Citizen,” is a concept album based on a lost soul that is reincarnated into various periods of history. "I was inspired by the notion that General Patton believed he was reincarnated on various battlefields through time. I wanted to take that concept even further," stated Sherwood. As the album’s songwriter and producer, Sherwood placed the citizen character into significant moments of history.


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