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Trevor Bolder, Bassist for David Bowie's Spiders From Mars, Dead at 62

Member of Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, had pancreatic cancer

May 22, 2013 8:40 AM ET
Trevor Bolder of Spiders From Mars
Trevor Bolder
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Bassist Trevor Bolder, who played with David Bowie's Spiders From Mars, Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash, died yesterday after a long fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 62. Uriah Heep announced Bolder's death on their website.

Bolder joined Bowie's backing band in 1971, replacing Tony Visconti on bass in time to play on four of Bowie's studio albums, including Hunky Dory in 1971, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars in 1972 and Aladdin Sane in 1973. 

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"Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with," Bowie said in a statement. "But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man."

Bowie parted ways with the Spiders From Mars ways after Pin Ups in 1973, and the bassist joined Uriah Heep in 1976, playing on four albums including Firefly, Innocent Victim and Conquest before the band fractured in 1981. After a short stint with the hard-rockers Wishbone Ash, Bolder joined a new lineup of Uriah Heep, the band he stayed with until his declining health forced him to quit earlier this year.

"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," Uriah Heep said in a statement.

Born in June 9, 1950, in Kingston Upon Hull in Yorkshire, England, Hull came up on the local R&B scene before joining guitarist Mick Ronson in the band Ronno in 1970. 

Bolder also performed with the bands the Cybernauts and the Rats.

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