Rock icon David Bowie has paid tribute to his former bandmate Trevor Bolder after the bassist lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Tuesday (21May13). The 62-year-old Uriah Heep star got his big break in the 1970s as a member of Bowie's backing band Spiders From Mars, and appeared on the star's classic albums Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane.
Now Bowie has offered his condolences in a touching statement posted on his Facebook.com page, which reads, "Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. But he was foremostly (sic) a tremendous guy, a great man."
Bolder bowed out of Uriah Heep a few months ago when his health deteriorated, and the band's lead guitarist Mick Box has hailed him as a great friend.
Box says, "Trevor was 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."
Veteran British guitarist Trevor Bolder has lost his battle with cancer, aged 62. The Uriah Heep bassist was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent surgery and rounds of chemotherapy earlier this year (13).
A post on the band's official website has confirmed the sad news, but no further details have been released.
The statement reads, "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."
Bolder first came to prominence as part of David Bowie's Spiders From Mars band in 1971, appearing on the rock icon's albums Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane. He joined Uriah Heep in 1976, and only stopped playing with the band a few months ago due to his deteriorating health.
Uriah Heep are to reunite with former frontman John Lawton for a string of European shows in May (13). The singer, who left the rock group in 1979, will replace current frontman Bernie Shaw as he recovers from a routine medical procedure.
Lawton was already preparing to hit the high notes with his former bandmates this summer (13) as a special guest at a festival show in Spain in July (13), when he was billed to perform alongside Shaw. That concert is still scheduled to go ahead.
Uriah Heep founder and guitarist Mick Box tells Blabbermouth.net, "I am delighted to welcome back my old mate to the band. With Bernie off duty for a short while, John was the most obvious choice... I knew that his pipes (vocals) were in great shape, and that he would also be accepted readily by the Heep fans.
"All credit to John, though, as once he had heard of the problem and was asked, he re-arranged a lot of his schedule to fit in with ours, which was really cool!
"This will be a special set of dates with John, as we will be playing some classic songs in this nostalgic set, that may never be repeated."