Band: Fleetwood Mac
In 1977 Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors debuted at Number One and held the spot for an astonishing 31 weeks, spawning the timeless classics “Gold Dust Woman,” “Go Your Own Way,” “The Chain” and “You Make Loving Fun.” Ranking at #25 in Rolling Stone‘s Top 500 albums, Rumors has sold over 20 million copies and is the third highest-selling single-disc album in history. To date, Fleetwood Mac has sold over 100 million albums, making them one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Originally a member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in the ’60s (alongside Eric Clapton), McVie was a disciplined bassist who understood the fluid swing of the blues, the core of early Fleetwood Mac recordings. For a lesson in bass/drum synchronicity and how it supported guitarist Peter Green’s blues reinvention, McVie’s work with Mick Fleetwood remains a rock yardstick.
Band: Dave Matthews Band
Bassist Stefan Lessard was sixteen years old when he joined the Dave Matthews Band in the late ’80s. Too young to get into the clubs DMB played in, Lessard had to sneak in through the back doors. Later accepted at … more »
Band: James Brown / P-Funk
To back-engineer the development of funk, soul and rap, one only has to look as far as master bass innovator Bootsy Collins. The flamboyant, glam-alien bassist played alongside – and helped define the sound – of such R&B/soul/funk pioneers as … more »
Gear: Heritage SVT-CL
After Roberto’s brother (a guitarist) gave him his first bass at age nine, this started his rise to become an accomplished player, composer and producer. At the young age of seventeen, he started working as a session man and played … more »