Past Member – Bill Shannon – guitars

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Like many guitarists, Bill struggled for years with lessons from instructors, but was always frustrated. Taking matters into his own hands, he developed his own ear-training abilities to that of a formally-trained musician. As a result, when “Jukebox” learns a song, not only can he play the guitar parts from memory, but also the keyboard and bass parts!

Bill’s first real band performed “La Villa Strangiato,” the complex Rush instrumental in its entirety, at his high school senior talent show.  It seemed as though learning difficult progressive rock songs were already second nature.  Playing in numerous cover/original bands throughout high school and art college was great training for Bill.

After receiving his BFA in graphic design/illustration, Bill first worked at The Cincinnati Enquirer’s advertising art department, then eventually became the art director for the respected international medical magazine, Medical Economics.  

While pursuing his graphic arts career, Bill always continued to perform as a musician.  His first original/cover bands included Emily Slow DownThis Heavenly Dream, and Wishing For Leander.  Emily Slow Down had a song featured on the “Album Network’s Unsigned Bands 17” CD sampler, which received radio airplay (and on-air interviews) on Cincinnati alternative college FM stations WOXY, and WVXU.   Wishing For Leander featured several of Bill’s original songs in the “Yamaha Music Showcase” contest, beating out thousands of national bands and performing for A&R reps in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bill’s mid-90s alternative original band, LID, played The Rumble Showcase at Bogart’s, the mid-sized live Cincinnati club where all famous touring bands played.  LID continued playing in many known college bars such as The Southgate House, Sudsy Malone’s, Top Cat’s, and even the well-attended heavy rock bar, Never On Sunday.  LID was also featured broadcasting live on public radio station WAIF FM, and was hand-picked by the station’s programmers to play one of their live anniversary shows .

Bill is incredibly meticulous about achieving the “soul” as well as the techniques to really capture the challenges of progressive rock music, note-for-note.  Bill has been influenced by many distinctly unique guitarists, but Steve Howe, Pat Metheny, David Gilmour, and Jimmy Page are some of the most important references to his phrasing, improvisational, and compositional styles.

A former founding member of progressive rock tribute band Downing Grey, Bill is very excited to have met like-minded musicians who want to write and perform original music, as well as pay tribute to the great progressive rock bands he grew up listening to.  Circuline is the perfect fit for his guitar talents – creatively and also in live performance.  During the “Tribute” part of the show, don’t be surprised when it “sounds just like the record.”

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