Trevor Bolder, Bassist For Uriah Heep And David Bowie, Passes Away
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.21.2013
He was 62...
Classic Rock Magazine reports that Uriah Heep bassist and Spiders From Mars member Trevor Bolder has passed away at the age of 62 due to cancer.
He joined David Bowie's backup band in 1971 with guitarist Mick Ronson (who he played with in The Rats) and drummer Woody Woodmansey. He appeared on the albums Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups.
He replaced John Wetton in Uriah Heep in 1976 and made his debut on 1977's Firefly. He also appeared on Innocent Victim, Fallen Angel and Conquest. He then joined Wishbone Ash, but returned in 1983 and played on Equator in 1985. He has appeared on every album since, including their 2011 album Into The Wild.
Earlier this year, he announced a temporary absence from the band because of surgery. He said: "I had pancreas cancer so I had to have that removed. Not the entire pancreas; but still, it was bad news. They've cut out the bad bit. I've had a bit of chemo, got to have that, which I'm doing now, in case there's anything hanging about. Once that's done, I should be back to doing what I do for a living."
Uriah Heep said he was hoping to be back in time for the Download Festival.
They said in a statement: "Trevor was an all-time great – one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players 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."
Mick Box added: "Trevor was a world class bass player, singer and 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."
Bowie said: "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 have set up a memorial guest book on their website.