Derek Sherinian (born August 25, 1966) is an American keyboardist who has toured and recorded for Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kiss, and Joe Bonamassa. He was also a member of Dream Theater from 1994–99, is the founder of Planet X and also one of the founding members of Black Country Communion. He has released seven solo albums that have featured a variety of prominent guest musicians, including guitarists Slash, Yngwie Malmsteen, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa, Billy Sheehan, Zakk Wylde and Al Di Meola.
Sherinian has distinguished himself by his aggressive "guitaristic" approach to his keyboard style. He has appeared on the cover of numerous keyboard magazines around the world, including the November 2011 issue of Keyboard Magazine, which declared Sherinian a "Keyboard Hero for a new generation". He has also been called the "King of the Keys" by Guitar World magazine and the "Caligula of Keyboards" by Alice Cooper. His musical influences include Elton John, Van Halen and Jeff Beck.
He is of Greek and Armenian descent and has a special interest in Armenian history.
- ^ "Producer Says BLACK COUNTRY Debut Is 'Promising To Be Phenomenal'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
- ^ Planet X (1999) liner notes.
- ^ Great is great, no matter what style it is. Derek Sherinian 1 Armenian News, 2012
- ^ Interview with Derek Sherinian, Metal Experience, 2009