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Billy grew up in Charlotte, NC and currently calls Atlanta, GA home. He began playing guitar in his teens after being influenced by Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen and Lindsey Buckingham. He counts Dimebag Darryl and Tom Morello as recent inspirations.
Billys recording career began in 1998 with his trio Method 51. In 2002, he joined Fozzy during the Happenstance tour, doing shows in the US and Europe. Later he became a member of Soundevice, which later became Love Said No, with Frank Fontsere on drums. In 2009 Billy formed Dangerous New Machine, whose single Skeletons, garnered rotation on multiple stations and satellite radio throughout the U.S.
Billy re-joined Fozzy in 2010 for the Chasing The Grail tour and has become a permanent member and integral part of Fozzys sound.
Fozzy has always been about one thing: bringing good times back to rock n roll. When you have such high-energy performers like Rich Ward and Chris Jericho its debatable on who jumps higher onstage- forming a band to put the fun back in rock music was easy; however they arent just entertainers. Ward is one of the most versatile and underrated riffers in rock and metal today. Jericho's singing ability and overall passion for music makes one wonder just how he is able to find the time to excel in pretty much everything he does. It was these qualities that pushed the band to become one of the hottest up and coming rock acts of the past five years.
After the release of 4 studio albums, each more successful and critically acclaimed than the last, It wasnt until 2012s Sin & Bones that the band started to hit their stride. Jericho was winding down his involvement with the WWE, the band was touring more and their live show and reputation was stronger than ever. The entertainment, the fun factor, the showmanship were all there in full force. And after touring with Metallica, Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold and British metal legends Saxon, the band saw their fanbase grow and diversify.
"Id be on stage looking out in the crowd and see such an interesting mix of fans out there," comments Jericho, "young kids, teenage girls, older long haired guys, the denim and leather wearing dudes, Stuck Mojo fans, people that knew me from my WWE career, strippers, but the one thing they all had in common; was they were having fun. They were dancing, grooving, singing and chanting along with smiles on their faces. To me, thats what Fozzy has always been about and I think with this new record, we really captured that vibe."
Fozzy's newest record Do You Wanna Start A War, was released in the Summer of 2014 and was produced by Ward. It features 12 tracks, including the singles, Lights Go Out, the title track and the ABBA (yes ABBA) cover, SOS. Lights Go Out received a massive response at radio and was the highest charting single of Fozzy's career, was the theme song for that years WWE SummerSlam PPV and is now heard in sports arenas across the country. Do You Wanna Start A Wars video featured a dancing Playboy Playmate and ended with the band partying on a roof top (and is well on it way to accruing the 1.1 million YouTube views of the previous video "Sandpaper"). If you dont think those tracks brought the fun back to rock in roll, you need to check your pulse&or just blare SOS as loud as you can.