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About Derek Sherinian

American keyboardist Derek Sherinian has amazed all with his cool attitude topped off with an impressive and diverse resume. He has played and toured for A-list musicians including Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Kiss and Black Label Society.

Derek Sherinian has made a true name for himself. He is a chameleon with an uncanny flexibility to work in various genres while maintaining his signature sound with his keyboard. He strives to work with the best within each genre and has succeeded doing so.

With Elton John as his first hero, Sherinian began taking piano lessons at the age of 5. He enrolled at Berklee College of Music and upon graduation landed his first professional gig with Jimi Hendrix band of Gypsys’ drummer Buddy Miles. After the Miles gig, Sherinian’s old roommate from Berklee hooked him up with an audition to tour for Alice Cooper supporting Cooper’s platinum selling album “Thrash”. He got in and stayed for three years playing more than 250 shows.

Following his Alice Cooper tour Gene Simmons called Sherinian, asking him to join him on Kiss’s revenge tour in 1992. Working with pioneers Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons was an incredible experience for Sherinian but unfortunately hard rock was on a downfall in the mid 90s and the gig ended when the tour did. Nonetheless, Shirinian did not rest long before luck struck him again. He auditioned for Dream Theater and was a key member of the group for four years. The group became the world’s most beloved progressive hard rock band since Rush. Sherinian played on three releases with the group before moving on.

In 2001 he joined Billy Idol’s band by recommendation from Idol’s guitarist Steve Stevens. Here he found a solid spot he enjoyed enough to stay and still be part of. After a decade with Idol, Sherinian was asked to record an album with Glen Huges, Jason Bonham and Joe Bonamassa. This was the beginning of Black Country Communion. They released three albums and toured before disbanding where Sherinian went on and joined Joe Bonamassa’s solo band.

Since 1999, Sherinian has recorded seven solo albums, featuring performances by numerous highly acclaimed musicians. Sherinian enjoys playing in bands with others but uses his solo career to experiment and let his creative side loose.

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Derek Sherinian creates his "Funky Clav" loop for the Ditto X2 Looper

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