Guitarist, producer, and singer-songwriter whose gritty solo on Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock” has been heard by the masses thanks to those Chevy truck ads.
Bailey replaced Drew Abbott in 1982 and stayed with The Silver Bullet Band four years. He emigrated to Chicago and stayed with them until 1995. After that, he collaborated with Belly Puddle and Shayna and released solo projects on his own record label, Goblin Girl Records.
In 1997, he recorded and went on tour with Jeff Duff and Rebecca Johnson in Australia. He also played guitar on Pat Boone’s In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy. A year later, he recorded and toured with Veronique Sanson. As recently as 2006, he released Joyland, which falls just this side of a one-man band project: He played most of the instruments, sang vocals, and shouldered a large portion of the production work. You can also hear him on the anthology Chicago: The Box, which contains the previously unreleased Stone of Sisyphus.
Here he is performing the solo “Darian”…