For some people playing a bass-guitar seams to be simple, not interesting and maybe even not important. It is not true! An immature ear very seldom hears the bass in the song, but in fact basses are one of the most important instruments because they add volume to the sound. Do you know that feeling as if someone in clocking from inside your check when music is playing? That is because of the basses!
I have researched the Internet to find information about who are top 5 bassist of all time. Fortunately the Rolling Stone gives only the top of guitarists so I will be unique in that way, hopefully. 🙂
Disclaimer: if you have a different opinion, you can share in the comment section, which is very welcome. 🙂
1. Cliff Burton from Metallica (R.I.P.)
Cliff was born on the 10th of February in 1962 and passed away on September 27, 1986. In 1982 the joined Metallica and took part in recording their first album ‘Kill ‘Em All’. He died in the accident when the band’s bus turned-over during the tour in Sweden.
2. Flea from Red Hot Chilly Peppers
Flea (Michael Peter Balzary) was born on 16th of October in 1962 in Australia. He is one of the co-founders and composers of the band. Flea too is an occasional actor and a co-founder of a non-profit organization, Silverlake Conservator of Music.
3. Geddy Lee from Rush
Geddy Lee Weinrib (birth date: July 29, 1953) is a Canadian musician. He joined the band before it was called ‘Rush’ in 1968 and replaced its frontman Jeff Jones. He has a very unique style and great technique of playing the bas-guitar, which inspired lots of other famous bassists.
4. Steve Harris from Iron Maiden
Stephen Percy “Steve” Harris was born on the 12th of March in 1956 in Britain. He is not only a bassist but also back vocalist and main songwriter of the band. In his early teens, Steve wanted to be a professional footballer, but later he became interested in music and participated in different small band, which were performing in pubs.
5. John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin
John Paul Jones (John Baldwin) was born the 3rd of January in Kidcup, Kent (England). His qualification is not limited to playing a bass-guitar, he is too a songwriter, arranger, composer and record producer. He too plays other string musical instruments like mandolin, koto and lap steel guitar.