Author Archives: Bruce

New Post

So … a new post. It’s the sort of thing I can only get away with once — but I think we’re all getting a bit tired of the hamster… sorry, Guinea Pig.

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Season’s Greetings

I’ll be off-line for a few days next week  … so just to wish all my contributors and detractors, enemies and friends a Very Happy Christmas Holiday and a Prosperous and Fulfilling New Year. The Moderator sends his best too…

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Jack Bruce 1943-2014

The bassist Jack Bruce passed away today.  For those who’d like to recall just what a great player he was, there’s a selection of clips to view on this link.    

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                        In 1967, the Roadrunners were Paul Rodgers, vocals; Mick Moody guitar; and me on bass — along with a drummer (Dave Usher) who only wanted to earn enough money to buy his own truck. Shortly before turning pro and leaving Middlesbrough for London, the band recorded a rehearsal at a local church hall.  This tape, made on a domestic reel-to-reel machine, was thought lost decades ago.  It was … Continue reading

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I Never Knew That (part 73)

According to TheRichest.com … “They’re the guys in the background. They might not be the first ones that come to mind and they might not be as popular as their band’s guitarist or vocalist but bassists are important to any band. Some double as singers and many contribute greatly to the creative process as songwriters. Bass plays a much larger role in rock than people may realize. It may not stand out as much as the drums, guitars or vocals … Continue reading

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I wasn’t the first?!

It appears I’m not the only person to take a sander to a Fender.  Jeff Beck ‘reprofiled’ his Esquire in the same way I did my old P-Bass.  Fancy that!

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A reply to Derek Philpott and Wilf Turnbull

I’ve just had a communication from that gentleman of letters Derek Philpott and his cohort, Mr Wilf Turnbull, who not long ago wrote to ‘Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ regarding anomalies they’d found in some of band’s recorded works.  Having failed to elicit a response from the song smith concerned, I have stepped in to try and help.  Our respective letters may be viewed here at Mr Turnbull’s site … though I fear many wormholes may yet be found in … Continue reading

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New Interview

I’ve just done a six-page interview for the June edition of Bass Player magazine that features a transcription of the bass part for “Chelsea” and a bit of background info on the track.

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