It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. 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.
His long time membership of Uriah Heep brought the band’s music, and Trevor’s virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world. He joined the band in 1976 and, barring one short break, was a fixture until his ill health forced him to take a step back early this year. Prior to joining Heep he was a founder and ever-present member of David Bowie’s legendary Spiders From Mars band, performing on all of their key albums and at countless shows. He also performed with Wishbone Ash, Cybernauts and The Rats.
Mick Box said, "Trevor was a ‘World Class’ bass player, singer & 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" -
Uriah Heep, official statement
Trevor Bolder - A wonderful musician, and old friend who will be sadly missed.He really had it all. He was a powerful, melodic, driving bass player with a mountain of sensitivity.I have so many great memories of time spent with Trevor. He really was one ofthe greats.
Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash / Snakecharmer)
Saddened to hear of my bass player friend Trevor Bolder's passing. What a modest guy and what a bass player. This is too near to home. RIP dear pal.
Ray Weston (Wishbone Ash)
Very sad to hear that Trevor Bolder has passed away. I replaced Trevor as bass player in Wishbone Ash and met him on a few occasion, he was a really lovely man. My thoughts are with his family. RIP Trevor
Mervyn Spence (Wishbone Ash)
Peace to you, Trevor. Love and Light
Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash)
So sad and sorry to hear of the passing of Trevor Bolder. Trevor played with Wishbone during the 1980s. The album Twin Barrels Burning features his songwriting and bass work. Fantastic bass player and all round great guy. Modest - humble even - but could really dig in and lay down a bass line like no one else, to say nothing about his vocals and songwriting ability.
Only just recently I was listening to the work he did on Bowie's Pin Ups album. But the band he was most associated with was obviously Uriah Heep and we worked together with them only a few years ago in S. Africa. We even worked together in Wishbone Ash during a tour of India, plus many events in Europe with the Heep.
You are sadly missed, Trev.
Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash)
Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever bandhe was working with. But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man.David Bowie
I was always a great admirer of Trevor’s playing. He was a member of that small, yet highly talented group of early experimental British bass guitarists who were total exponents of their art. I’m talking about those few guys who dared to venture up the fret-board and use the bass almost as a lead instrument. His sound was the typical ‘hoover’ – melodic, inventive, passionate, pure class – pulling inversions all over the place, yet maintaining good taste at all times. There weren’t many of them. Having had the privilege of witnessing his invention whilst on tour with Uriah Heep, and latterly as a stable mate with QEDG management, I respected enormously his contributions not only to the music of Heep but his casual, humble and unassuming manner on those occasions I met him. He must have been well made up to see his lifelong football team Hull City get promoted to the Premiership along with Cardiff this season. And I will regret now not being able to rib him about our joint progress in the top flight. Trevor, RIP."
Geoff Downes (Asia/Yes)
I had the great pleasure of knowing Trevor for the best part of 30 years, he was one of my idols growing up, I got to know him when Uriah Heep opened for Def Leppard on the Pyromania tour in 1983 and we became firm friends. I stayed with him, he stayed with me and we recorded and toured together as The Cybernauts. For myself and Phil (Collen), it's devastating because we were looking forward to finishing up some new Cybernauts recording pretty soon. That may now not happen, but our real thoughts right now are with his family. TB was one of the good guys. I'm sure Mick Box and the guys in Heep feel the same way - we have lost a brother, a great bass player, a funny, funny man who lit up any room he walked into .... I guess now, him & Ronno have a bit of catching up to do ..... RIP my friend .....
Joe Elliot (Def Leppard)
Saw him last at Manchester airport last year - we were both waiting for guitars to come thru - always very friendly. Sad loss.
Graham Oliver (Saxon)
RIP another Spider from Mars, a kind and decent man, Trevor Bolder. Love and peace to his family.
Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
RIP to Trevor Bolder of Uriah Heep.
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
Loved your bass playing dude, and the trumpet! You helped make some of the best music of the 20th century.
Mike Scott (Waterboys)
RIP Trevor Bolder - bass player from Bowie's Spiders From Mars (Ziggy Stardust is my #5 album of all-time) Man, too many rock deaths... : ("
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theatre)
I am totally stunned by this shocking news. Trevor taught me to play bass - and that has been my life.
Trevor and Ian Bolder and myself were in our first group together - the Jelly Roll Blues Band - back in the 60's. We used to rehearse in a Scout Hut in Woodmansey. The Rats practiced in the other hut next door . We were all learning the ropes back then - we didn't know what the future held in store for us, but we were destined to go on to play with Squeeze and the Spiders from Mars.
My heart is really saddened by this tragic news, and I am thinking of all those who knew Trevor. We're all hurting.
thanks for everything Trevor ...
John Bentley (Squeeze)
R.I.P. Trevor Bolder. I'm blessed to have met you during the DiO /Uriah Heep Scandinavian tour and shared with you how immensely your playing with Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars influenced my playing.
Rudy Sarzo (Dio/Ozzy/Whitesnake)
In a world where people tell us that everything is replaceable, Trevor was totally irreplaceable as a musician and above all, as a human being. I am proud to have experienced both of these. Farewell ole buddy. My thoughts are with your loved ones. You live on!
Pip Williams (Producer)
Incredibly sad news about Trevor Bolder :-(
John Mitchell (It Bites / Arena / John Wetton Band)
Great musician, lovely bloke and modest with it. It was always a great pleasure to interact with Trevor, speaking as a fan and a writer. He will be sadly missed. RIP.
Dave Ling (Classic Rock magazine)
R.I.P. Trevor Bolder. Fine bassist and lovely guy.
Neil Murray (Snakecharmer / Whitesnake)
Trevor was not only an incredibly tasteful and melodic bass player, as demonstrated on the Ziggy Stardust album but more importantly he was a great, down to earth man. He was 'one of the good guys' and that is an accolade only people who knew him could bestow'
Midge Ure (Ultravox)
I didn't know Trevor that well but from the few times I met him I found him to be a true gentleman. He had a great humility with regards to his own achievements and that really is a rarity in this current age.
His expertise is legendary but what was apparent to me was the high regard he was held in by so many other great musicians (especially bass players) for both his ability and his grace.
My best wishes go to the guys in the band I know how deep this must hurt, there are very few bandsin the true sense of the word these days. I know the bond that creates between the members and the loss you must feel. To me you have always epitomised how it should be done, long may that continue.
love and best
John Young (Lifesigns)
Trevor was one of the best bass players I have ever had the fortune to perform with and a gentleman. I was so looking forward to being on stage with him again this summer. Gone but never forgotten.
John Lawton (Uriah Heep)
Dear Trevor ! How I remember you playing your part, full of vivid beauty at Uriah Heep's anniversary in the Sheppards Bush theater in London! although we did not have too much conversation we played this lovely music at least! THANX ...
Thijs Van Leer (Focus)
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Shelley, his wife and to the guys in Heep. Mick told me about what happened and all of them are devastated.
I spent some of the most fun on tour having a few pints of Guinness and a lot of laughs with Trevor. He had a brilliant career and was admired and respected by everyone in the business, but most of all he was a great guy and I will miss him and his wonderful dry sense of humour.
Rest in Peace Pal.
Pete Agnew (Nazareth)
God Bless you Trevor, a true Pro Player. Lynne and I will be thinking of your family at this very sad time.
Peter Goalby (Uriah Heep)
Trevor was such a lovely guy, he had a great sense of ironic humour, which I attribute both to his northern roots and his many years in music. As a player he really was one of the best, his phenomenal technique and his always inventive and colourful parts were a joy to hear and to work with. His strength of personality and his character came through in everything he played and wrote. I'll miss him. Trev RIP.
Mike Paxman (Producer)
My thoughts and prayers are with Trevor's family at this time.
John Wetton (Asia)