Jack of All Trades: Jack Gibson


From pounding out thrash metal with Exodus to fronting his own outlaw country band, Jack Gibson is more than your average headbanger, says Ben Cooper

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All That Jazz: Paula Gardiner

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In a refreshing change from your usual sweaty rock bassists, we present an interview with Paula Gardiner, Head of Jazz at the Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and a long-serving upright bassist and recording artist. Words: Joel McIver

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A Dog’s Life: Billy Sheehan

Billy Sheehan, London, September 2013. © Tina Korhonen, all rights reserved.

We delve into the archive and pick up a chat with Billy Sheehan following the release of the Winery Dogs’ first album: With his new band the Winery Dogs, bassist extraordinaire Billy Sheehan has returned to the top of the rock scene. Mike Brooks gets the low-down

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Ben McKee, Imagine Dragons

Ben McKee, Imagine Dragons, Birmingham, UK. Novemer 2015. Photo by Tina Korhonen/

Ben McKee of Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons is a bassist in a hugely enviable position. With his band selling out arenas across the planet, and their songs breaking records in an era when the music industry is in its death throes, McKee and his comrades are defeating the paradigm with ease

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The First Lady: Carol Kaye

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Carol Kaye is a living legend of the bass guitar. Alison Richter meets her for a chat about her unique career

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Way Up: Pete Way


Pete Way is one of this country’s true heavy rock legends. Lee Marlow meets the great man for a chat about a life spent at the low end

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Pat Badger: More Than Bass


Extreme bassist Pat Badger talks to Ben Cooper about life after rock stardom.

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Troy Sanders: English Castle Magic


Troy Sanders plays bass. He also sings. Not only that, he is the frontman of Mastodon, a band that is quite possibly the most exciting musical force of the heavy rock persuasion operating today. Joel McIver asks the questions; Tina Korhonen takes the shots.

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Nick Simper: Purple Daze


Deep Purple’s founding bassist Nick Simper looks back with Harry Paterson.

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John Taylor: Groove Master

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Duran Duran bassist John Taylor reinvented the funk bass-line in the 1980s, and in the process became a pin-up for teenage pop fans’ bedroom walls. Three decades later, Dave Clarke talks to the great man about fame, fortune, Chic, Aria and his bestselling autobiography

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