David Bowie’s ‘Spiders From Mars’ bassist Trevor Bolder dies

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7:26 EDT
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Bernie Shaw and Mick Box of Uriah Heep perform in Nashville, Tennessee in 2011 via AFP
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Trevor Bolder, the bass guitarist in David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars band, has died at the age of 62 following a battle with cancer, it was announced Wednesday.

Bolder joined the British rock star’s backing group in 1971, appearing on classic albums including “Hunky Dory” and “Aladdin Sane”.

“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,” Bowie said.

Bolder went on to join Uriah Heep in 1976 and only stopped playing with the hard rock band a few months ago due to his health.

“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,” the band 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 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.

“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.”

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