Barry Sparks (born June 20, 1968 in Lucasville, Ohio) is the former bass player of Yngwie Malmsteen, the Michael Schenker Group, UFO, Dokken, and Ted Nugent, amongst others. Currently Sparks is part of the touring band for the Japanese rock group B'z, and has also contributed to several of their albums and singles.
|Born||June 20, 1968|
|Genres||Glam metal, hard rock, heavy metal|
|Associated acts||Guy Mann-Dude|
Michael Schenker Group
Uli Jon Roth
- 1 History
- 2 Select Discography
- 2.1 Solo
- 2.2 with Yngwie Malmsteen
- 2.3 with Michael Schenker Group
- 2.4 with Cosmosquad
- 2.5 with John West
- 2.6 with MVP (Mike Vescera Project)
- 2.7 with Roland Grapow
- 2.8 with Vinnie Moore
- 2.9 with Uli Jon Roth
- 2.10 with Tony MacAlpine
- 2.11 with Dokken
- 2.12 with Scorpions
- 2.13 with Ted Nugent
- 2.14 with B'z
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Barry Sparks first began to make a name for himself as the bass player for former MCA recording artist Guy Mann-Dude with whom he toured and recorded the 1991 "Mannic Distortion" release. This led to Sparks landing the bass gig with Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen in time for The Seventh Sign tour in 1994, followed by a 4-year on-and-off stint with German guitar legend Michael Schenker, starting with the 1996 Written in the Sand album.
In 1997, Sparks and Michael Schenker Group drummer Shane Gaalaas teamed up with guitarist Jeff Kollman to form the all-instrumental fusion trio Cosmosquad with whom Sparks recorded 3 albums before exiting. The trio also backed vocalist John West on his 1998 sophomore release, Permanent Mark. In 1998, Sparks became a touring musician with pop singer Billie Myers of "Kiss the Rain" fame, doing TV and radio station appearances and playing worldwide, including shows supporting Bob Dylan in Europe.
In the late 90's Sparks also guested on albums by former Loudness vocalist Michael Vescera and then Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow, toured with future UFO band mate Vinnie Moore, and recorded and toured with ex-Scorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth.
In 2001, Sparks released his acoustic guitar based solo debut album, Glimmer of Hope, on his own Moonbeam Music label. A second album, Can't Look Back, with special guest appearances by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons (on "Breathe") and Ted Nugent (on "Liberty"), followed in 2004. Sparks began working with Nugent on the "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers" U.S. summer tour of 2003.
In 2001, Sparks became the bass player for Dokken, an affiliation that lasted until 2009 and produced 3 studio albums. During this time, Sparks and Dokken drummer Mick Brown also played with Ted Nugent, documented on the 2008 live release Sweden Rocks.
In 2004, Sparks was called to record bass tracks for the Scorpions' Unbreakable album. That same year, Sparks filled in for one of his all-time bass heroes, Pete Way of UFO, on the You Are Here U.S. tour. He last toured with the group in 2011.
After previously touring with the band in 2003 for their Big Machine album, Sparks was again recruited by Japanese superstars B'z for their 2008 "Glory Days" tour, re-teaming with his former Yngwie Malmsteen, MSG and Cosmosquad rhythm partner, drummer Shane Gaalaas. He has remained a touring member ever since and has also recorded with the band.
- Glimmer of Hope (2001)
- Can't Look Back (2004)
with Yngwie MalmsteenEdit
with Michael Schenker GroupEdit
- Written in the Sand (1996)
- The Michael Schenker Story Live (1997)
- The Unforgiven World Tour (2000)
- Live in Tokyo 1997 (2000)
- Dreams and Expressions" (2000)
- Cosmosquad (1997)
- Squadrophenia (2001)
- Live at the Baked Potato (2002)
- Best of Cosmosquad (2003)
with John WestEdit
- Mind Journey (1997)
- Permanent Mark (1998)
with MVP (Mike Vescera Project)Edit
with Roland GrapowEdit
- Kaleidoscope (1999)
with Vinnie MooreEdit
with Uli Jon RothEdit
- Transcendental Sky Guitar (2000)
- Legends of Rock: Live at Castle Donington (2002)
with Tony MacAlpineEdit
- Long Way Home (2002)
- Hell To Pay (2004)
- Lightning Strikes Again (2008)
- Greatest Hits (2010)
with Ted NugentEdit
- B'z Live-Gym Pleasure 2008: Glory Days (Live DVD) (2009)
- Magic (2009)
- B'z Live-Gym 2010 Ain't No Magic (Live DVD) (2010)
- C'mon (2011)
- B'z Live-Gym 2011 C'mon (Live DVD) (2012)
- B'z "Into Free" (2012)
- B'z Live Gym 2008 "Action" (Live DVD) (2013)
- B'z "The Best 1988-1998" (Bonus tracks)(2013)
- B'z "The Best 1999-2012" (2013)
- Epic Day (2015)
- Dinosaur (2017)
- Weber, Barry. "Biography-Dokken". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- "Credits I Can't Wait". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- "Credits Magnum Opus". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- "Credits The Unforgiven World Tour: Live". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- "Credits Live!". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- "Credits Unbreakable". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- "Credits Love Grenade". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Review Sweden Rocks". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 January 2010.