Trevor Bolder, bassist with the Spiders from Mars, the band during David Bowie’s incarnation as Ziggy Stardust, died yesterday after a battle with cancer. He was 62.
David Bowie released the following statement about Bolder’s death: “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. “
“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.”
Other tributes were received from the following:
"RIP another Spider from Mars, a kind and decent man, Trevor Bolder. Love and peace to his family." – Gary Kemp, Spandau Ballet
"RIP to Trevor Bolder of Uriah Heep." - Geezer Butler, Black Sabbath
"Absolutely gutted to hear Spider Trevor Bolder has passed away. Proper down in the dumps. Big part of my youth." – BBC DJ, Marc Riley
"Loved your bass playing Dude, and the trumpet! You helped make some of the best music of the 20th century. – Mike Scott, the Waterboys
"RIP Trevor Bolder - bass player from Bowie’s Spiders From Mars (Ziggy Stardust is my #5 album of all-time) Man, too many rock deaths… : (" - Mike Portnoy, Dream Theater
"Sad to hear the death of Trevor Bolder amazing bass player in The Spiders from Mars.
"Melody and groove all in one like the best bass players. Seriously, check out Trevor Bolder’s playing on the Ziggy and Aladdin Sane LPs.
"That guy was incredible #riptrevorbolder" - Stephen Street, Record Producer
"RIP Trevor Bolder. The bass Spider." – Dave Quantick, comedy writer
Bolder played bass and trumpet on Bowie’s studio albums Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973), and Pin Ups (1973).
Hear his great bass playing here, on Bowie’s Life on Mars: