You can tell an exceptional bass player by the company they keep – on stage and in the studio. Which brings us to Gary Shea. A hard-rocking New Englander, Shea forsook the guitar (like so many of us) for the bass and never looked back. A decidedly “no nonsense” i.e. groove player with a melodic flair, Shea continues to anchor two formidable ensembles: Alcatrazz and New England – among other projects. Gary has also toiled behind the scenes: with R&D for Korg U.S.A, and writing bass programs for the AX1B, The Pandora 3, Pandora 4 and the AX3000B bass processors. Shea had a cup of coffee at Berklee College of Music in Boston, but I think his real education was forged by way anchoring his colleagues as referenced above - to cite a select few: Graham Bonnet, Luther Grosvenor (aka Ariel Bender of Mott the Hoople), Michael Corby, Michael Monarch, Herman Rarebell (Scorpions), Peter French, Jimmy Waldo, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai…we’ll stop here lest we break the internet!