Sadly, Uriah Heep's great bass player, songwriter, and backing vocalist Trevor Bolder has passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 62.
He first came to fame as the bass player in David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era band. He then replaced John Wetton in Uriah Heep in 1976, and recorded three albums with the band. He returned to the Heep in the mid 80's and he had been in the band ever since.
Mick Box, guitar, Uriah Heep "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."
David Bowie "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."
Laurie Wisefield, Snakecharmer and Wishbone Ash "Trevor Bolder - A Wonderful Musician, & Old Friend who will be sadly missed. He really had it All, He was a Powerful, Melodic, Driving Bass Player with a Mountain of Sensitivity . I have so many great memories of time spent with Trevor He really was one of the greats."
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott, who performed with Trevor in Cybernauts said, “I had the great pleasure of knowing Trevor for the best part of 30 years, he was one of my idols growing up, I got to know him when Uriah Heep opened for DL on the Pyromania tour in 1983 and we became firm friends. I stayed with him, he stayed with me and we recorded and toured together as The Cybernauts. For myself & Phil it’s devastating because we were looking forward to finishing up some new Cybernauts recording pretty soon, that may now not happen, but our real thoughts right now are with his family. TB was one of the good guys, I'm sure Mick Box & the guys in Heep feel the same way, we have lost a brother, a great bass player, a funny, funny man who lit up any room he walked into. I guess now, him & Ronno have a bit of catching up to do... RIP my friend."
John Lawton, Uriah Heep & Lucifer's Friend "Trevor was one of the best bass players I have ever had the fortune to perform with, and a gentleman. I was so looking forward to being on stage with him again this summer. Gone but never forgotten."
Midge Ure "Trevor was not only an incredibly tasteful and melodic bass player, as demonstrated on the Ziggy Stardust album but more importantly he was a great, down to earth man. He was 'one of the good guys' and that is an accolade only people who knew him could bestow."
Geoff Downes of Asia/Yes: "I was always a great admirer of Trevor’s playing. He was a member of that small, yet highly talented group of early experimental British bass guitarists who were total exponents of their art. I’m talking about those few guys who dared to venture up the fret-board and use the bass almost as a lead instrument. His sound was the typical ‘hoover’ – melodic, inventive, passionate, pure class – pulling inversions all over the place, yet maintaining good taste at all times. There weren’t many of them. Having had the privilege of witnessing his invention whilst on tour with Uriah Heep, and latterly as a stable mate with QEDG management, I respected enormously his contributions not only to the music of Heep but his casual, humble and unassuming manner on those occasions I met him. He must have been well made up to see his lifelong football team Hull City get promoted to the Premiership along with Cardiff this season. And I will regret now not being able to rib him about our joint progress in the top flight. Trevor, RIP."
Mike Paxman (Producer of Uriah Heep's Into The Wild ,Wake The Sleeper, Celebration and Live in Armenia): "Trevor was such a lovely guy, he had a great sense of ironic humour, which I attribute both to his northern roots and his many years in music. As a player he really was one of the best, his phenomenal technique and his always inventive and colourful parts were a joy to hear and to work with. His strength of personality and his character came through in everything he played and wrote. I'll miss him. Trev RIP."