Poll: Billy Sheehan or Dave LaRue?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by rtav, Jan 15, 2013.

Billy Sheehan or Dave LaRue???

Poll closed Jan 22, 2013.
  1. Billy Sheehan

  2. Dave LaRue

  1. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    OK... let's say you are a producer and you find out that Billy Sheehan and Dave LaRue are both not only available, but want to work on a progressive rock project with you producing (not playing). Who do you choose, and why?

    My drummer asked me this hypothetical situation and we can't decide, so he thought a poll among TBer's would help.

    So who would you choose?

    *edited to clarify the question*
  2. Eublet


    Jul 28, 2006
    Neither. I'm going to play the bass on my own project. :D
  3. dbd1963

    dbd1963 Supporting Member

    May 18, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    I know Billy Sheehan is probably more famous, but I don't really like what he does. Dave LaRue can do anything and never sounds out of place, so I'd definitely prefer him.
  4. So, you won't be playing bass?

    (I'm going to vote Billy - everyone knows him for his "shredding" - but he can do ANYTHING!)
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  6. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    OK - I reworded the question - sorry for any confusion! :)
  7. Eublet


    Jul 28, 2006
    In all seriousness, if the goal was to play stadiums and have the crowds go crazy, then Billy is the man for this. If the goal is to record great music that can go in a variety of different directions without having a single stylistic stamp on it by the bass player, Dave is undoubtedly more versatile in this regard.
  8. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    I met Dave La Rue once.

    And I'm going with Billy Sheehan. :bag:
  9. jmac


    May 23, 2007
    Horsham, Pa
    This, like almost every discussion here, is preference.

    My preference would be Dave LaRue.
  10. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
  11. Eublet


    Jul 28, 2006
    And I've spoken with Dave several times. Great guy. It seems you judged him on one encounter perhaps?
  12. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
  13. Eublet


    Jul 28, 2006
    I agree. Both guys are great players. Billy seems to have more of an easily identifiable style and approach to the instrument, which is great and unique, but also seems to kind of pigeonhole him in everything he does. That would make him perfect if you wanted that, but perhaps less perfect if you didn't.

    Dave is a chameleon that can do just about anything except perhaps be Billy Sheehan.

    So there you have it, IMHO.
  14. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    Neither! Both! Who cares. Too much reductionist and collectivist schtick on this forum.
  15. Eublet


    Jul 28, 2006
    Respectfully, I don't think this comment is fair though. People choose one person over another for all matter of business and artistic endeavors, thousands of times over, everyday, all over the world, for many different reasons. All the OP is asking is which one would you choose? This is quite different from the typical "which bass player is better" thread.
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008

    And the best studio bassist is still Tony Levin.
  17. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    Dave LaRue. He fits with most everything he plays on, Billy's sound and style are very limited. Even doing som of the fusion stuff he has done, you can still tell it's Billy Sheehan.

    Pure player preference for a project, hands down LaRue.
  18. For prog, I would definitely have to pick LaRue.
  19. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    On my own project I'd play myself though.
  20. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    kinda like asking, Billy Sheehan or a guy off the street!:bag: do you want a guest celebrity on the album or someone that no one knows. i know who DL is, but can't distinguish his sound from a TB'er if blinded!

    remember, Billy can bring it down a notch. can Dave take it out there?!!:confused: