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Trevor Bolder

Bands: Uriah Heep, The Spiders From Mars, Wishbone Ash

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Trevor Bolder died aged sixty-two from cancer on 21st of May 2013 in hospital at Cottingham, Yorkshire, after photo of Trevor Bolder having undergone surgery for pancreatic cancer earlier in the year.
Trevor was born in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding, Yorkshire, U.K. His father was a trumpet player and other members of his family were also musicians. He played cornet in the school band and was active in his local R&B scene in the mid 1960's. Inspired by The Beatles, in 1964 he formed his first band with his brother and took up the bass guitar.
Trevor first came to prominence in The Rats, which also featured fellow Hull musician Mick Ronson on lead guitar. In 1971 he was called apon to replace Tony Visconti in David Bowie's backing band, which was soon be known as 'The Spiders from Mars'. Trevor later appeared in D. A. Pennebaker's 1973 documentary and concert movie 'Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'. He is name-checked as "Weird", which was David Bowie's stage nickname for Trevor as appears in the song Ziggy Stardust lyrics which read "Ziggy played guitar, jamming good with Weird and Gilly". Trevor never seemed to look comfortable as a glam-rock mannequin, tottering behind David Bowiein platform boots and a rainbow-hued outfit of latex and glitter".
Trevor Bolder's bass playing and occasional trumpet work appeared on the studio albums Hunky Dory from 1971, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, from 1972, Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups from 1973. He went on to play on Mick Ronson's 1974 album Slaughter on 10th Avenue which made the British Top Ten.
In 1976 Trevor Bolder joined Uriah Heep, replacing John Wetton. He worked on the albums 'Firefly', 'Innocent Victim', 'Fallen Angel' and 'Conquest', when the line-up that had recorimage of Trevor Bolderded the latter disbanded, Trevor alone was left with Mick Box, guitarist, founder-member and legal owner of the band's name. The attempt to put a new line-up together temporarily stalled and Trevor Bolder, needing to earn a living, accepted an offer in 1981 to join Wishbone Ash. Trevor had, coincidentally, again swapped places with John Wetton, becoming Wishbone Ash's bass player for their 1982 album Twin Barrels Burning. It was another short-lived connection, as by 1983 he returned to the rhythm section with Uriah Heep, playing on the Head First tour.
As well as his usual bass playing and backing vocal duties, Trevor Bolder also produced Uriah Heep's 1991 album 'Different World'.

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