Everything I’d worked for my whole life was crumbling, and I couldn’t stop it. “Let there be no doubt, ‘Rock Me Tonite’ was a Billy Squier video in every sense.
Billy Squier, full name, William Haislip “Billy” Squier is an American rock musician best known for the song “ The Stroke” from his 1981 Triple Platinum breakout album release Don’s Say No.
As the counter-argument laid out at Less Than 500 Words concludes, Squier’s downfall may not have been caused by anything more than simple audience burnout — the same thing that’s killed the vast majority of recording careers for about as long as we’ve had recorded sound.
While it’s probably true that video killed a certain type of radio star (Christopher Cross, we hardly knew ye), it’s unfair to pin Squier’s fast fade on rock fans deserting him after suddenly believing he was gay. If you want to get really dramatic, you could say the guy crippled me.” Ortega, for whatever it’s worth, rebuts Squier’s argument.
Before becoming a solo superstar, Billy Squier had done time in Piper, a Cheap Trick-like 1970s band that split the difference between hard rock and power pop. "Don't Say No" - CD Bonus tracks (30th Anniversary Edition) "My Kinda Lover" (Live 2009) "The Stroke" (Live 2009) March 11, 2016 Ben Edmonds, my lifelong friend and musical comrade-in-arms, passed away today, after battling pancreatic cancer for the past year.
Some of that sensibility still informs his second solo album and mainstream breakthrough, Don't Say No. Our friendship began in Wellesley high school, and took us to New York City and Detroit, London and LA..points in-between.
While the gargantuan guitar riffs and drum beats are clearly indebted to Led Zeppelin, and Squier's vocal style finds a middle ground between Robert Plant and Freddie Mercury, all the excess of Zeppelin and Queen is mercilessly sliced away, leaving lean, concise pop hooks that drive the record's turbo-charged heavy-rock attack. He was a source of constant support and encouragement to me during the years I struggled to make something of myself in the music industry, and was the pivotal element in setting up my Capitol Records deal in 1979. April 27, 2012 Billy appearance on May 26th Noted rock photographer Rob Shanahan will be signing copies of his new book, "Volume 1," at the John Varvatos boutique in East Hampton, NY, on Saturday, May 26th.
The energy level almost never lets up, as Squier and his band careen from one breathlessly infectious-yet-diamond-hard track to the next. I regret that he only recently opened up to me about his condition, and I didn't have a chance to visit with him one last time... Billy and Rob have been friends since the early days of Ringo's 06 tour, and we have it on good authority that Billy will be dropping by the store to play a few songs to commemorate the book-signing event.
When he was nine, his grandfather taught him how to play the piano.Much has been written and said about Billy Squier and how his 1981 album, Don’t Say No, provided the spark in the gap between 1970s hard rock and ’80s heavy metal.Indeed, when he rose to fame in the early 1980s on the strength of “The Stroke,” his mega-hit ode to glad-handing record executives, Squier had something for every fan of hard-edged melodic rock and roll; girls dug his hair and sensitive-guy balladry, while guys were into his badass guitar tones and the heavy rock riffs that garnered comparisons to acts like Led Zeppelin.Billy Squier net worth: Billy Squier is an American rock musician who has a net worth of million.Billy Squier is best known for the song "The Stroke" on his 1981 album release Don't Say No.And when the mood or inspiration strikes, he’ll pick up one of his vintage guitars, strum a few bars, and see what becomes of it.