Derek Sherinian

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Derek Sherinian (born August 25, 1966) is an American keyboardist who has toured and recorded for Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kiss, and Black Label Society. 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 is currently a member of Joe Bonamassa's touring band.

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 main 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.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1999 Planet X Derek Sherinian 3 1
2001 Inertia Derek Sherinian 2
2003 Black Utopia Derek Sherinian 2
2004 Mythology Derek Sherinian 4
2006 Blood of the Snake Derek Sherinian 3
2009 Molecular Heinosity Derek Sherinian 1
2011 Oceana Derek Sherinian 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2013 Live in Tokyo Live Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 In the Summertime Derek Sherinian 1

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