News: The Latest News from the World of Bass
Leland Sklar is known for his amazing playing as well as his big heart. The legendary session bassist is showing that once again by auctioning off one of his basses to benefit the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
Guitar legend Steve Vai has announced an extensive U.S. tour that will cover the nation over 54 appearances. Vai will be joined by his long-time bandmates Dave Weiner, Jeremy Colson, and bassist Philip Bynoe.
Static-X is continuing to honor their fallen frontman, Wayne Static, with a new tour. Tony Campos will be on the date with Static-X and Fear Factory, , while bassists Acey Slade and Ryan Farrell will be on tap for Dope and Mushroomhead.
King’s X frontman and bass hero Dug Pinnick has announced that his fifth solo album, entitled “Joy Bomb”, will be dropping on October 15th. The record marks his first solo album of new material since 2013.
Metallica’s self-titled album, aka “The Black Album”, is one of the best-selling records of all time. Now the band is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a reissue that’s remastered and available in multiple configurations.
Tim Bogert’s final recording with Vanilla Fudge has been released with the band’s “fudged up” version of The Supreme’s “Stop In The Name of Love.” The track features the original lineup of Bogert, Mark Stein, Carmine Appice, and Vincent Martel.
The bass has its own repertoire, but we can often learn new things by studying other instruments. That’s the idea behind the new book “Fernando Sor: Selected Studies Arranged for Electric Bass” by Paul Ballam-Cross.
After teasing a new project last week, David Ellefson has revealed more details of his next venture. The Lucid is a new band featuring the former Megadeth bassist alongside vocalist Vinnie Dombroski, drummer Mike Heller, and guitarist Drew Fortier.
Vapors of Morphine have announced a new album called “Fear & Fantasy”, which will be released on September 24th and followed by a tour. Multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Lyons carries on the band’s sound with his two-string slide bass style.
The world lost an amazing musician in December of 2020 with the passing of Cynic bassist Sean Malone. Bandleader Paul Masvidal has now opened up on the details of the fretless metal icon’s death in a touching tribute.
Pianist, vocalist, and songwriter Rachel Eckroth has released a new album called “The Garden”, which showcases her compositional prowess with a killer lineup of musicians. Eckroth’s husband and musical partner Tim Lefebvre is part of the core band.
Iron Maiden’s seventeenth studio album, “Senjutsu”, is finally available. It marks their second-ever double album and the first since 1998’s “Virtual XI” to feature multiple songs written by Steve Harris alone.