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Matt Bissonette (born 25 July 1961) is an American bass player and the brother of drummer Gregg Bissonette. He attended the University of North Texas's jazz music program. According to Guitar 9, an online musicianship magazine, he has played bass and other stringed instruments on at least 22 albums, with music styles ranging from jazz, jazz fusion, progressive metal and instrumental rock. Bissonette has played bass in numerous popular rock bands, alongside legends such as David Lee Roth (1987–92, recording the US platinum A Little Ain't Enough album), Jeff Lynne and ELO (2001), Ringo Starr (2003–05), and currently, Elton John (2012–present).
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Discography
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
In the early- to mid-1980s, Matt Bissonette toured and recorded with jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. For part of his time in the Ferguson band, he played alongside his brother Gregg, which is something the brothers have done several times in their careers.
In late 1987, he replaced bass virtuoso Billy Sheehan in the popular David Lee Roth band. Along with guitar innovator Steve Vai, Matt's brother Gregg (on drums,) and keyboardist Brett Tuggle, Matt toured the world behind the former Van Halen vocalist's multi-platinum, Billboard #6 album Skyscraper. While on tour with Roth, Bissonette sang the difficult high harmonies made famous in VH classics, such as "Runnin' with the Devil".
In 1989, Bissonette relocated to Vancouver with Roth, his brother Gregg, guitar prodigy Jason Becker, and legendary Lou Reed and Alice Cooper guitarist Steve Hunter, to record the platinum, Billboard top 20 album A Little Ain't Enough. Following another major world tour in 1991, which coincided with a major change in popular music tastes, in 1992, the Bissonette brothers left the David Lee Roth band. That year, Matt joined guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani's band.
Following Bissonette's five-year stint with Roth, he played with several other legendary songwriters, e.g. Brian Wilson (of The Beach Boys), Don Henley (of The Eagles), Bissonette also played with Julian Lennon, Steve Perry (of Journey), Ty Tabor (of King's X), Peter Frampton, and on Gregg Bissonette's solo album.
In the new millennium (2003), Bissonette reunited with Gregg Bissonette to back the legendary drummer of The Beatles, Ringo Starr, on a US tour. In 2004, Matt played with genre-bending vocalist Boz Scaggs on Scaggs' Greatest Hits Live CD and DVD.
In June 2005, the Bissonette Brothers once again backed Starr at live shows at Irving Plaza in New York City in June 2005; the Genesse Theatre in Waukegan, IL for the PBS show SoundStage; and the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, as well as on several major US TV appearances (CBS This Morning, etc.)
Following his stint with the former Beatle, in 2006, Bissonette became the bass player for Rick Springfield, while singing in his own band the Squirts. Springfield and Bissonette collaborated on Springfield's Venus in Overdrive, which Bissonette co-produced. That same year, he is notable for playing bass with trailer rock musical band Globus on their album Epicon.
With the Mustard Seeds
- s/t (1996)
- Red (1998)
- III (2008)
With the Squirts
- s/t (2003)
- Resquirted (2006)
With Jeff Lynne
- Zoom (2001)
- s/t (2002)
With David Lee Roth
- A Little Ain't Enough (1991)
With Joe Satriani
- The Extremist (1993)
- Strange Beautiful Music (2002)
- Is There Love in Space? (2004)
- G3: Live in Tokyo (2005)
- Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock (2008)
With Ringo Starr
- Ringo Starr: Live at Soundstage (2007) Koch Entertainment
With Rick Springfield
- Venus in Overdrive (2008)
With Robbie Angelucci
- A Guy with an Accent (2002)
With Maynard Ferguson
- Storm (1982)
- Live from San Francisco (1985)
With Boz Scaggs
- Greatest Hits Live (2004)
- Epicon (2006)
Other solo projects
- Spot (1998)
- Spot 2 (2000)
- Raising Lazarus (2004)
- Oh No! Bass Solo! (2004)
- Life of the Party (2009)
- Disposable Planet (2011)
- "Off the Record", Exploring, May 1988, p. E10, retrieved 2011-07-23
- Christe, Ian (2008) Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-37356-9
- Modern Drummer, Volume 24, Issues 7-12, p. 116
- Nagy, Evie (2008) "The Billboard Reviews: Albums: Rick Springfield Venus in Overdrive", Billboard, August 2, 2008, p. 33, retrieved 2011-07-23
- Springfield, Rick (2010) Late, Late at Night: A Memoir, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1-4391-9115-6, p. 310
- "EltonJohn.com". EltonJohn.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24.