Drummer for Japanese superstars B'z by day, multi-faceted solo artist by night, Canadian-born rock dynamo Shane Gaalaas is kicking out the jams on his latest solo effort, Bitter Suites From The Red Room, which marks Gaalaas’ fourth overall and first ever all-instrumental outing.
Written, engineered, produced and mixed by Gaalaas at his Los Angeles area studio, Bitter Suites From The Red Room is an eclectic convergence of modern rock, metal, and progressive influences which reflect Gaalaas’ open minded "anything goes" musical approach and appreciation for a wide variety of styles.
Handling all drums, programming and rhythm guitars as well as the bulk of bass and lead guitars, Gaalaas also invited a stellar cast of friends to the Red Room. "Tales From A Fantastic Lumbar" features co-writer/keyboardist Peter Fernandes and virtuoso bass work from Ric Fierabracci (Planet X, Chick Corea). Elsewhere Grammy Award winning guitarist Tak Matsumoto (B’z) shines on “Grind 2.0 (The Salacious Elixir)” alongside keyboard ace Ed Roth (Bombastic Meatbats, Glenn Hughes). Gaalaas’ Cosmosquad band mate Jeff Kollman contributes lead guitar on “Wherever Giorgio Dare Roam” while Corey McCormick (Chris Cornell, Magnetico) plays bass on the album’s jazzy closer “Song For Dale.”
Originally hailing from small town Innisfail in Alberta, Canada, Shane Gaalaas first left his mark after graduating L.A.’s Musician’s Institute with honors when, upon a recommendation by Deen Castronovo, he landed the gig with Swedish guitar god Yngwie Malmsteen, followed by a stint with the Michael Schenker Group, as well as tours and albums with Vinnie Moore, Uli Jon Roth, and Glenn Hughes, among others. In the late 90’s, he was a founding member of highly regarded progressive triumvirate Cosmosquad as well as extreme metal quartet Diesel Machine. In 2002, he was approached to become a studio and touring musician with Japanese superstars B’z whose record sales have topped 100 million copies. Gaalaas has been a part of every B’z recording and tour ever since. To date, he has recorded upwards of 70 songs with the band; he issued his first drum instructional DVD, Perfect Rock Drumming, in 2009.