Trevor Bolder, longtime bassist for Uriah Heep and an integral part of David Bowie’s “Spiders From Mars,” has died from cancer. He was 62.
Bolder came to fame in 1971, when Bowie recruited him, guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Woody Woodmansey to comprise his backing band. Together the quartet forged four classic albums – Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane and Pinups. In 1987, in a special edition assessing the “100 Greatest Albums of the Past 20 Years,” Rolling Stone hailed the Spiders as “clearly the most exciting band Bowie has ever had.”
In the wake of Bowie’s dismantling of the Spiders, Bolder replaced John Wetton in 1976 as bassist for Uriah Heep. His tenure was interrupted by a brief stint with Wishbone Ash, but from 1983 onward he appeared on every Uriah Heep album, most recently 2011’s Into the Wild.
Earlier this year, speaking to Classic Rock, Bolder revealed he was taking a break from Heep in order to recover from surgery for pancreatic cancer. He had hoped to make his return at this year’s Download Festival, but alas, it was not to be.
In a statement, Uriah Heep remembered Bolder as a true rock legend: “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.”
Heep guitarist Mick Box added, “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.”