A bit of Friday fun! So, we here a lot about famous bassists… You know the names! But what about the famous non-bassists? Which famous people out there are actually closet bassists? Can we out a few of them?!?
Someone forwarded me this video, which is a mash up of audio from London’s world-famous Mayor, Boris Johnson. It is now on the front page of Youtube’s UK music chart (All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Care). Boris Johnson vs 2 Anonymous DJs contains, towards the end, the startling revolution that Boris was actually, well nearly, a bassist!
“A guy who was in a band, said listen, I think you have the makings of a bass guitarist. And he gave me a bass guitar and I spent a long time mastering Smoke on the Water, but nothing else. But it was a disaster”
So close! Any other famous bassists who never were?
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For those in the UK and near London, you might be interested to know that The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) is hosting a master class by their faculty member Laurence Cottle on Thursday 15th April. Laurence has played with artists as diverse as Sting, Cher, Brian Eno, Eric Clapton and Black Sabbath, although he is most known for his jazz fusion style, As well as has recording music for films including Lethal Weapon and Mr. Holland’s Opus, he has composed music for television including Matlock, the Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America. It’s interesting how many of us bassists also compose!
You can get a feel for his jazz stype from this guitar-x video:
The video shows what Victor Wooten’s shows are all about – such energy and fun! Check out about 50 seconds in to the clip. Victor plays guitar, while the guitarist plays his bass, all without swapping instruments. The real fun starts at about 2 mins 40 seconds in as Victor’s bass heads into the crowd…
Jens Ritter has released a new model, designed together with Josh Dunham (the Bass Player for Prince). The “CORA” – click on the images to see more full size pictures on the Ritter site. It is rather conventional for a Ritter Bass, given the wild bass designs that have come out of the German-based luthier. [More...]
Happy Bassmas – here’s to lots of playing and gear for 2010 – and The Bass Guitar Blog will be 3 next year! I’ll leave you with this, from young willwh. Level 42′s Mr Pink – I don’t think I was playing like this when I was 14