Interviews

The comeback kid

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Jason Newsted has paid his dues all right, serving 15 years in Metallica, the world’s biggest heavy metal band, before taking time off to get his head (and back) together. He’s returning in 2013 with a new band and a renewed hunger for bass. Joel McIver meets the great man

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Feel the funk

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Andy Irvine reveals the secrets of his playing and teaching approach to Ellen O’Reilly

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Sarz in their eyes

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Rudy Sarzo has played with Ozzy, Whitesnake and many other legendary rock bands – but never in makeup. Until now. Greg Prato passes the powder puff

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Colt in the act

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Lynyrd Skynyrd continue to defy critics by sticking to their groove, 40 years into their careers. Joe Daly meets bassist Johnny Colt. Images by Ilya Mirman

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Take Five: Colin Edwin

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Porcupine Tree bassist nominates five albums with amazing bass playing…

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Bassically speaking: Mark Pascall, Empire Of Fools

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New, funky and otherwise hip ‘n’ happening bass players tell us what they do in less time than it takes you to boil up those rusty old roundwounds

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Bassically speaking: Andy Saxton, The Reunion

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New, funky and otherwise hip ‘n’ happening bass players tell us what they do in less time than it takes you to boil up those rusty old roundwounds

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Bassically speaking: Ken Smith, The Jive Aces

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New, funky and otherwise hip ‘n’ happening bass players tell us what they do in less time than it takes you to boil up those rusty old roundwounds

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Bassically speaking: Marco Mendoza, Black Star Riders

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New, funky and otherwise hip ‘n’ happening bass players tell us what they do in less time than it takes you to boil up those rusty old roundwounds

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High priestess of funk

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Yolanda Charles has slapped the bass on several continents, played the world’s biggest venues, and has your favourite rock star’s number on speed dial. Joel McIver gets the inside story on stage nerves, downwardly mobile thumbs, and getting a telling-off from the Modfather…

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