Interviews

Andy Rourke, The Smiths: Dark Matters

June 21, 2016 Williamsburg, Brooklyn Portraits of Andy Rourke, bass player for The Smiths and new band D.A.R.K. with Dolores O'roirdan from The Cranberries and DJ Ole Kaletsky credit Jen Maler

  The Smiths weren’t just another British band from the 80s: they shaped guitar music for an entire generation, propelled by the still-astounding bass parts of Andy Rourke. Set to star at next month’s London Bass Guitar Show next month,

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Duff McKagan: A Rose By Any Other Name

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Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan doesn’t just rock. He is rock. Ben Cooper meets the maestro Images: Tina Korhonen Few bassists sum up the rock’n’roll ideal more than Duff McKagan. Propelled to fame as the low end groover in rock

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Peter Hook: Brought To Order

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Peter Hook, sometime of Joy Division and New Order, returns with a new autobiography. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike meets the great man for a chat about the past, present and future of his career as an iconic bassist BGM meets Peter

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Interview: Shez Raja

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Indo-jazz virtuoso Shez Raja talks creativity and inspiration and what we can expect from his upcoming London Bass Guitar Show 2017 appearance. British-Asian bassist Shez hails from the Wirral, in the North-West of England. His first instrument was the violin,

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Jah Wobble

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 Jah Wobble, aka John Wardle, is a man with an immense musical CV, from PIL to Invaders Of The Heart and beyond. Back with a new album, he tells BGM how he got to this point Images: Alex Hurst Our

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Interview: Brian Marshall, Alter Bridge

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Alter Bridge’s bass supremo Brian Marshall discusses the band’s new album, sitting in the pocket and the greatest fans in the world with Huw Hopkins Hearing bands and artists say “We have the best fans in the world, man” is

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Interview: Sting

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Songwriter, actor, author, activist, rock star, jazz freak… Gordon ‘Sting’ Sumner is quite the renaissance man. Oh, and he plays bass. Joel McIver meets the legend Pictures: Eric Ryan Anderson and Martin Kierszenbaum Every issue of this magazine has a pretty amazing bass

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Speaking in Tongues: Gene Simmons

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G ene Simmons really needs no introduction. He is quite possibly the most identifiable bassist in the history of rock music. Even if you aren’t familiar with some of his iconic bass-lines, his demonic onstage persona has been entrenched in pop

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Lemmy: He Did It His Way

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BGM writer Jamie Blaine conducted this interview with Lemmy in September 2015, three months before the great man’s death from cancer at the age of 70. Tough as old leather until the end, the Motörhead frontman gave us a hell

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Nikki Sixx: Permanent Vacation

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American rock legends Mötley Crüe have finally quit playing live shows. Amit Sharma catches up with bassist Nikki Sixx to find out what’s next for the bassist who died, was brought back to life and wrote a hit song about it,

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