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Kevin Shirley’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

Intro South African record producer
Is Record producer 
Musician 
Composer 
From South Africa 
Type Business 
Music 
Gender male
Birth 29 June 1960, Johannesburg, South Africa
Age: 60 years
Star sign Cancer

Kevin Shirley (born 29 June 1960), also known as The Caveman, is a music producer and mixer for many artists, such as the bands Journey, Iron Maiden, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Marya Roxx, Dream Theater, The Springbok Nude Girls, HIM, Tyler Bryant, Mr. Big, and Europe.

Biography

Shirley was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He spent his early years producing and engineering records for South African artists including Robin Auld, Juluka, Jonathan Butler, Lesley Rae Dowling, Steve Louw and Sweatband as well as performing and recording with his own band the Council, whose singer was Brian Davidson.

He moved to Australia in 1986 where he continued working with Australian artists, such as [Tony Johns], The Hoodoo Gurus, The Angels, Cold Chisel, Girl Monstar, Tina Arena, The Screaming Jets, Baby Animals. After producing Silverchair’s debut album Frogstomp, he moved to the United States.

In the US, he produced work for Aerosmith, Dream Theater, Black Country Communion, Journey, The Black Crowes, Iron Maiden, Rush and Slayer. He also worked on the retrospective Led Zeppelin DVD. He has produced several albums for American blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, the latest being Redemption. Shirley produced the Mr. Big album What If….

Selected discography

Year Album details Role Source
1988 Tony Johns- The Way I Live

Rock City Promotions PTY. LTD. Confidential Records.

Production, Engineering, mixing
1990 Winston Mankunku Ngozi — Crossroads

  • Label: Pro-Arte Records
Production, engineering, mixing
The Black Crowes — Shake Your Money Maker

  • Release date: February 1990
  • Label: Def American
Re-mix for Sho’Nuff boxset
Lime Spiders — Beethoven’s Fist

  • Release date: 17 October 1990
  • Label: Virgin Records
Engineering, production
1991 Peter Wells — Everything You Like Tries to Kill You

  • Label: Zoo Entertainment
Production, engineering mixing
1992 Baby Animals — Baby Animals

  • Release date: February 1992
  • Label: Imago
Engineering
The Black Crowes — The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

  • Release date: 12 May 1992
  • Label: Def American
Re-mix for Sho’Nuff boxset
1993 Billy Squier — Tell the Truth

  • Release date: 27 April 1993
  • Label: Capitol
Engineering, mixing
Rush — Counterparts

  • Release date: 19 October 1993
  • Label: Atlantic/Anthem
Engineering
1994 Olivia Newton-John — Gaia: One Woman’s Journey

  • Label: Festival
Mixing
Material Issue — Freak City Soundtrack

  • Release date: 8 March 1994
  • Label: Mercury
Engineering, mixing
1995 Silverchair — Frogstomp

  • Release date: 27 March 1995
  • Label: Murmur
Production, engineering, mixing
Ammonia — Mint 400

  • Release date: 16 October 1995
  • Label: Murmur/Epic
Production, engineering, mixing
1996 Hoodoo Gurus — Blue Cave

  • Release date: May 1996
  • Label: Mushroom/True North/Zoo
Mixing
Divinyls — Underworld

  • Release date: 11 November 1996
  • Label: BMG
Engineering, mixing
Journey — Trial by Fire

  • Release date: 22 November 1996
  • Label: Columbia
Production, engineering, mixing
1997 Aerosmith — Nine Lives

  • Release date: 18 March 1997
  • Label: Columbia
Production, engineering, mixing
Dream Theater — Falling into Infinity

  • Release date: 23 September 1997
  • Label: EastWest
Production, engineering, mixing
Jackyl — Cut the Crap

  • Release date: 14 October 1997
  • Label: Epic
Mixing
1998 The Angels — Skin & Bone

  • Release date: March 1998
  • Label: Liberation Music
Mixing
Liquid Tension Experiment — Liquid Tension Experiment

  • Release date: 10 March 1998
  • Label: Magna Carta
Mixing
Journey — Greatest Hits Live

  • Release date: 24 March 1998
  • Label: Columbia
Production, mixing
Rocket from the Crypt — RFTC

  • Release date: 2 June 1998
  • Label: Interscope
Production, engineering, mixing
Cold Chisel — The Last Wave of Summer

  • Release date: 25 August 1998
  • Label: Mushroom
Mixing
Dream Theater — Once in a LIVEtime

  • Release date: 27 October 1998
  • Label: EastWest
Production, engineering, mixing
1999 The Black Crowes — By Your Side

  • Release date: 12 January 1999
  • Label: Columbia
Production, engineering, mixing
Silverchair — Neon Ballroom

  • Release date: 8 March 1999
  • Label: Sony/Murmur
Mixing
Buck-O-Nine — Libido

  • Release date: 16 March 1999
  • Label: TVT
Mixing
Amanda Marshall — Tuesday’s Child

  • Release date: 22 June 1999
  • Label: Sony/Epic
Production, engineering, mixing
doubleDrive — 1000 Yard Stare

  • Release date: 17 August 1999
  • Label: MCA
Mixing
Our Lady Peace — Happiness… Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch

  • Release date: 21 September 1999
  • Label: Columbia
Mixing
Billionaire — Ascension

  • Release date: 19 October 1999
  • Label: Slash
Mixing
Little Steven — Born Again Savage

  • Release date: 30 November 1999
  • Label: Pachyderm
Mixing
2000 Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes — Live at the Greek

  • Release date: 29 February 2000
  • Label: TVT
Production, engineering, mixing
The Unband — Retarder

  • Release date: 7 March 2000
  • Label: TVT
Mixing
Joe Satriani — Engines of Creation

  • Release date: 14 March 2000
  • Label: Epic
Production, engineering, mixing
Iron Maiden — Brave New World

  • Release date: 29 May 2000
  • Label: EMI
Production, engineering, mixing
Tidewater Grain — Here on the Outside

  • Release date: 12 September 2000
  • Label: RuffNation
Production, engineering, mixing
2001 Journey — Arrival

  • Release date: 3 April 2001
  • Label: Columbia
Production, engineering, mixing
Bodyjar — How It Works

  • Release date: 10 July 2001
  • Label: Capitol
Mixing
HIM — Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights

  • Release date: 27 August 2001
  • Label: BMG
Production, engineering, mixing
Dream Theater — Live Scenes from New York

  • Release date: 11 September 2001
  • Label: Elektra
Production, engineering, mixing
SOiL — Scars

  • Release date: 11 September 2001
  • Label: J
Mixing
2002 Silvertide — American Excess (EP)

  • Label: J
Production, engineering, mixing
Dream Theater — Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

  • Release date: 29 January 2002
  • Label: Elektra
Mixing
Iron Maiden — Rock in Rio

  • Release date: 25 March 2002
  • Label: EMI
Production, engineering, mixing
Neurotica — Neurotica

  • Release date: 25 June 2002
  • Label: SmackDown!
Mixing
Lordi — Get Heavy

  • Release date: 1 November 2002
  • Label: BMG Finland
Mixing
2003 Span — Mass Distraction

  • Label: Interscope/Island
Mixing
Led Zeppelin — How the West Was Won

  • Release date: 27 May 2003
  • Label: Atlantic
Engineering, mixing
Iron Maiden — Dance of Death

  • Release date: 2 September 2003
  • Label: EMI
Production, engineering, mixing
Josh Ritter — Hello Starling

  • Release date: 9 September 2003
  • Label: V2
Mixing
Dream Theater — Train of Thought

  • Release date: 11 November 2003
  • Label: Elektra
Mixing
2004 Silvertide — Show and Tell

  • Release date: 8 June 2004
  • Label: J
Production, engineering, mixing
Hurricane Party — Get This (EP)

  • Release date: 10 August 2004
  • Label: Sanctuary
Mixing
New York Dolls — The Return of the New York Dolls: Live from Royal Festival Hall, 2004

  • Release date: 28 September 2004
  • Label: Attack
Remixing
Dream Theater — Live at Budokan

  • Release date: 5 October 2004
  • Label: Atlantic
Mixing
2005 Josh Ritter — 4 Songs Live (EP)

  • Release date: 22 February 2005
  • Label: V2
Mixing
Oz Noy — Ha!

  • Release date: 26 April 2005
  • Label: Magna Carta
Mixing
Supagroup — Rules

  • Release date: 31 May 2005
  • Label: Foodchain
Production, engineering, mixing
After the Fall — Always Forever Now

  • Release date: 21 August 2005
  • Label: Festival Mushroom
Mixing
Iron Maiden — Death on the Road

  • Release date: 30 August 2005
  • Label: EMI
Production, engineering, mixing
2006 Soulphood — Liquid Dynamite

  • Release date: 17 January 2006
  • Label: Rock Lord
Mixing
Oliver Black — Live in Texas (EP)

  • Release date: 21 March 2006
  • Label: TVT
Production, engineering, mixing
Joe Bonamassa — You & Me

  • Release date: 6 June 2006
  • Label: J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing
Black Stone Cherry — Black Stone Cherry

  • Release date: 18 July 2006
  • Label: Roadrunner
Mixing
Iron Maiden — A Matter of Life and Death

  • Release date: 28 August 2006
  • Label: EMI
Production, engineering, mixing
2007 Kittie — Funeral for Yesterday

  • Release date: 20 February 2007
  • Label: Merovingian
Mixing
The Mooney Suzuki — Have Mercy

  • Release date: 19 June 2007
  • Label: Elixia
Mixing
Joe Bonamassa — Sloe Gin

  • Release date: 21 August 2007
  • Label: J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing
Oz Noy — Fuzzy

  • Release date: 11 September 2007
  • Label: Magna Carta
Mixing
Supagroup — Fire for Hire

  • Release date: 25 September 2007
  • Label: Foodchain
Production, engineering, mixing
2008 Jordan Zevon — Insides Out

  • Release date: 15 April 2008
  • Label: New West
Engineering, mixing
Journey — Revelation

  • Release date: 3 June 2008
  • Label: Nomota/Frontiers
Production, engineering, mixing
Lauren Harris — Calm Before the Storm

  • Release date: 10 June 2008
  • Label: Demolition
Mixing
Joe Bonamassa — Live from Nowhere in Particular

  • Release date: 19 August 2008
  • Label: J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing
Dream Theater — Chaos in Motion 2007–2008

  • Release date: 22 October 2008
  • Label: Roadrunner
Mixing
2009 Joe Bonamassa — The Ballad of John Henry

  • Release date: 24 February 2009
  • Label: J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing
Iron Maiden — Flight 666 – The Original Soundtrack

  • Release date: 22 May 2009
  • Label: EMI
Production, engineering, mixing
Joe Bonamassa — Live from the Royal Albert Hall

  • Release date: 22 September 2009
  • Label: J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing
Hollywood Undead — Desperate Measures

  • Release date: 10 November 2009
  • Label: A&M/Octone
Mixing
2010 Joe Bonamassa — Black Rock

  • Release date: 23 March 2010
  • Label: J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing, photography
Iron Maiden — The Final Frontier

  • Release date: 13 August 2010
  • Label: EMI
Production, engineering, mixing
Black Country Communion — Black Country

  • Release date: 20 September 2010
  • Label: Mascot/J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing, lyricist, composer
Mr. Big — What If…

  • Release date: 15 December 2010
  • Label: Frontiers/Victor
Production, engineering, mixing
2011 Joe Bonamassa — Dust Bowl

  • Release date: 22 March 2011
  • Label: J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing, composer, photography
Journey — Eclipse

  • Release date: 23 May 2011
  • Label: Nomota/Frontiers
Production, engineering, mixing
Black Country Communion — 2

  • Release date: 13 June 2011
  • Label: Mascot/J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing, composer, liner notes
John Hiatt — Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns

  • Release date: 2 August 2011
  • Label: New West
Production, engineering, mixing
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa — Don’t Explain

  • Release date: 27 September 2011
  • Label: J&R Adventures/Mascot
Production, engineering, mixing
2012 Black Country Communion — Live Over Europe

  • Release date: 27 February 2012
  • Label: Mascot/J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing, composer, liner notes
Iron Maiden — En Vivo!

  • Release date: 23 March 2012
  • Label: EMI
Production, engineering, mixing
Joe Bonamassa — Driving Towards the Daylight

  • Release date: 22 May 2012
  • Label: J&R Adventures/Provogue
Production, engineering, mixing, guitar, tambourine, toy piano, cowbell, percussion
Robert Cray Band — Nothin But Love

  • Release date: 27 August 2012
  • Label: Provogue
Production, engineering, mixing
Joe Bonamassa — Beacon Theatre: Live from New York

  • Release date: 24 September 2012
  • Label: J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing, composer, photography
Steve Harris — British Lion

  • Release date: 24 September 2012
  • Label: EMI
Mixing
John Hiatt — Mystic Pinball

  • Release date: 25 September 2012
  • Label: New West
Production, engineering, mixing
Beth Hart — Bang Bang Boom Boom

  • Release date: 16 October 2012
  • Label: Provogue/Mascot
Production, engineering, mixing
Black Country Communion — Afterglow

  • Release date: 29 October 2012
  • Label: Mascot/J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing, composer
2013 Joe Bonamassa — An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House

  • Release date: 25 March 2013
  • Label: J&R Adventures
Production, engineering, mixing, composer
Iron Maiden — Maiden England ’88

  • Release date: 25 March 2013
  • Label: EMI
Mixing
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa — Seesaw

  • Release date: 20 May 2013
  • Label: J&R Adventures/Mascot
Production, engineering, mixing
Black Star Riders — All Hell Breaks Loose

  • Release date: 21 May 2013
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
Production, engineering, mixing, percussion