Legendary bass player Trevor Bolder has died, aged 62, following a long battle with cancer.

The Hull-born musician was a long-time member of Uriah Heep, but was probably best known for his work as one of David Bowie’s ‘Spiders From Mars’. His stylistic jazz-rock virtuoso skills  were a key element of the sound which shaped Ziggy Stardust, and helped to catapult Bowie to superstardom.

He also played with Wishbone Ash, Cybernauts, and – alongside Mick Ronson who also died from cancer two decades ago – in Hull’s The Rats.

Uriah Heep’s Mick Box said today: ” 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.”

All words by Andy Barding. More writing by Andy can be found in his author’s archive.

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