A veteran session and touring drummer, Bissonette has been playing since childhood. He’s worked in a variety of genres, and with a long and disparate list of artists, including Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth and jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, as well as on Santana’s multi-platinum “Supernatural” album.
The guitarist has played on literally hundreds of records from A (Herb Alpert) to Z (Warren Zevon). As a member of Toto, he lent songs like “Rosanna” their signature solos. Although that band did well in 1982 with “IV,” the best-selling release he appeared on that year was a little record called “Thriller.”
Best known as the voice behind Mr. Mister hits like “Kyrie” and “Broken Wings,” the singer-bassist has also contributed backing vocals and penned songs for other artists including Josh Groban, Madonna, and Celine Dion.
Anyone who has gone to see Billy Joel since 1982 has witnessed Rivera — Starr’s musical director — playing sax, percussion, and singing background vocals. He has also peformed and recorded with Joe Walsh, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, and Simon & Garfunkel.
The keyboardist-vocalist helped found not one, but two, massive Bay Area rock bands, Santana and Journey. With Santana he was the voice on hits like “Black Magic Woman,” “Evil Ways,” and “Oye Como Va” and he co-wrote and coproduced the first seven Journey albums.
There isn’t enough room to enumerate the singer-songwriter-producer-engineer’s many credits. Over the course of a 40-plus year career and many musical guises he’s had his own hits — including tunes like “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw the Light” — and produced them for others — including Meatloaf’s mammoth “Bat Out of Hell” and the Psychedelic Furs’ “Forever Now.”