June 9, 1950-May 21, 2013
Bassist Trevor Bolder died today after a long battle with cancer. Bolder was 62 years old. While his name may not sound familiar, Bolder played with rock royalty through the span of his musical career. In 1971, Bolder joined David Bowie's Spiders from Mars band. With Bowie, Bolder played on classic albums such as Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Aladdin Sane. Bolder left Bowie in 1973. Bolder would, however, later play on several solo album by Bowie bandmate Mick Ronson.
In 1977, Bolder joined prog-rockers Uriah Heep replacing John Wetton. Bolder joined the band at same time new lead singer John Lawton did, replacing original singer David Byron. Bolder would stay with Uriah Heep up until 1981 when he joined Wishbone Ash for one album 1982's Twin Barrels Burning. In 1983, Bolder rejoined Uriah Heep and remained a member until his death. Of the 23 studio albums Heep has released in their long career, Bolder has been on 13 of them the last being 2011's Into the Wild. Before his death, Bolder had announced he would temporarily leave the band until he was done with his treatment. Currently, bassist Dave Rimmer is taking Bolder's place but it is unknown if he is now his permanent replacement.
It is very sad to hear of Trevor's passing. He was a very good bassist and I'm fortunate enough to have seen him with Uriah Heep in 2011. Another thing to note is that current singer for Heep, Bernie Shaw, is undergoing surgery and is being temporarily replaced by Lawton. My condolences go out to his family and friends, especially the members of Uriah Heep.