It is with great sadness that we received the news that Trevor Bolder has passed away following his battle with cancer, aged 62.
Trevor played bass with Wishbone Ash during the period 1981-83, performing on the Number the Brave and Twin Barrels Burning tours, as well as recording theTwin Barrels Burning album.
Trevor began his career in local bands in his native Hull during the late sixties before finding international success as bassist in David Bowie’s band the Spiders From Mars, alongside guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Woody Woodmansey, contributing to the classic albums Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane and Pin-Ups.
Since 1976 Trevor had been an almost constant member of Uriah Heep, taking time out only for his two-year stint with Wishbone Ash in the early eighties. Since debuting on the band’s 1977 Firefly album, Trevor’s bass, vocal and songwriting talents had been a key part of the band’s sound. Key tracks in the Uriah Heep catalogue written by Trevor included “Fools”, “It Ain’t Easy”, “Roller”, “Save It”, “Blood On Stone”, “Dream On”, “Shelter From The Rain”. and “Angels Walk With You”. As a vocalist he was an integral part of the band’s trademark harmony vocal sound both on stage and in the studio, as well as handling the occasional lead vocal and production duty.
In recent years Uriah Heep shared the same management as Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash and the two bands performed on the same bill on several occasions. Everyone involved with MTWA remembers Trevor as one of the true gentlemen of the music industry as well a total professional.Uriah Heep’s Mick Box paid tribute to Trevor, describing him as “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. Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced.”
Martin Turner and all involved with MTWA wish to pass on their sincere condolences to Trevor’s family, friends and colleagues.
Tributes and messages of condolence may be left here: http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/index.php
A further page featuring tributes to Trevor from within the music industry will be added shortly and updated at regular intervals.