Posted in music on May 22, 2013

Trevor Bolder

Bassist Trevor Bolder, who played in David Bowie's Spiders From Mars and Uriah Heep, has passed away after a battle with cancer, reports The Guardian. He was 62.

Bolder played alongside Bowie on his albums Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, and Pin Ups, and also toured with him. To pay tribute to him, Bowie posted the following to his website:

Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man.
Uriah Heep, who Bolder joined in 1976 and remained with until present day, also posted a message to their site:
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.

Mick Box said, "Trevor was a 'World Class' bass player, singer & songwriter, and more importantly a World Class friend. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and rock fans all over the world. We are all numb to the core".

Rest in peace, Trevor. You'll be missed.

Video of the Spiders From Mars performing "Starman" in 1972 below...


Spiders From Mars Band - "Starman" Live in 1972



Comments (9)

too young, RIP. thoughts to fam and friends.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2013 10:28 AM

That's really sad. Trevor followed up possibly my favorite bassist of all time: Gary Thain.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2013 11:36 AM

best sideburns in the biz!

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2013 12:41 PM

Caught him last year playing for Heep- had no idea who he was, but his playing blew me away.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2013 12:45 PM

Was just watching some TRex/Bolan documentary on Hulu plus yesterday and he was one of the main commentators. Love the look. 62 is too young.

Posted by Smack | May 22, 2013 1:54 PM

Chatted with Trevor on a beach in Goa, India, when he toured with Wishbone Ash. He talked about his financial difficulties and how he had to sell his equipment during a difficult period. Two years later, he toured Goa again, this time with Uriah Heep. We had a nice moonlight party on the beach with Mick Box and Lee Kerslake. Liked his clean bass sound and liked his simplicity as a person. RIP, my friend.

Posted by Robbie | May 22, 2013 9:41 PM

and how he had to sell his equipment during a difficult period. Two years later, he toured Goa again, very

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 2:50 AM

and how he had to sell his equipment during a difficult period. Two years later, he toured Goa again, very

Posted by buffet niterói | April 3, 2014 2:51 AM

The song is great. David Bowie, an enigma unto himself. Great entertainer live.

Posted by Garphunugin | October 1, 2014 1:16 PM

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