David Bowie Bass Player Trevor Bolder Dies

Following a battle with cancer
Trevor Bolder

Former David Bowie and Uriah Heep bass player Trevor Bolder has passed away.

A true British classic, 'Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars' lingers prominently in David Bowie's back catalogue. A spectacular mixture of sci-fi, gender bending, apocalyptic fear and outrageous theatrics it's often viewed as a quintessential Bowie piece.

However the album owed as much to its terrific group playing as its flamboyant auteur. The Spiders From Mars began life as R&B combo The Rats, before the intervention of David Bowie saw them re-invented as one of the 70s most potent rock ensembles.

Bass player Trevor Bolder stood at the centre, helping to underpin Mark Ronson's quicksilver guitar lines. Performing with David Bowie on that classic run, Bolder receives credits on 'Hunky Dory' (1971), 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars' (1972), 'Aladdin Sane' (1973) and 'Pin Ups' (1973).

As the band fragmented, Trevor Bolder decided to up sticks and joined heavy rock / proto-metal outfit Uriah Heep. Diagnosed with cancer, the bass player remained musically active until the last few weeks of his life. Sadly, Bolder passed away earlier this week at the age of 62. D

David Bowie issued a statement mourning his former band mate, calling him a "major inspiration" and a "tremendous guy".

One time Suede axeman Bernard Butler was quick to pay tribute. Writing on Twitter, the guitarist said: "we should all put on some Trevor Bolder on maximum volume this morning. And grow our sideburns.What band the Spiders were."

Uriah Heep penned an emotional tribute to the bass player, who served with them continuously for three decades. "It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all-time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced. His long time membership of Uriah Heep brought the band’s music, and Trevor’s virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world."

"He joined the band in 1976 and, barring one short break, was a fixture until his ill health forced him to take a step back early this year. Prior to joining Heep he was a founder and ever-present member of David Bowie’s legendary Spiders from Mars band, performing on all of their key albums and at countless shows. He also performed with Wishbone Ash, Cybernauts and the Rats."

Here's a classic performance of 'Queen Bitch'.

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