Besides being the most recognizable band in the world (if not the most marketed), Kiss — dressed in Kabuki greasepaint and comic book leather costumes — has earned more gold records (29 and counting) in their 30+ year career than any American rock band in history.
Hundreds of thousands of musicians claim Kiss inspired them to pick up the guitar and form bands; their impact is that incalculable. This became the basis for a famous San Francisco magazine article in the ’90s that sought to examine who had more cultural influence: Bob Dylan or Kiss.
Beneath the seven-inch dragon boots, blood-spitting and fire-breathing, Gene Simmons is an accomplished bassist. Anthemic hard rock about rock ‘n’ rolling all night and partying every day aside, Gene’s constantly rhythmic bass rumble and trademark slide accents beneath Paul Stanley’s stripped riffing gives Kiss a larger-than-life sound that matches their larger-than-life look.
Band: Passion Pit
Bassist for Passion Pit, Jeff holds down the low end for one of the most interesting and popular electro-pop bands out there today. Passion Pit released their second album, Gossamer, in July 2012 to critical acclaim. Three singles, “Take a Walk”, … more »
Band: King Curtis & The Kingpins / BB King / Aretha Franklin
Gear: 1960's B-15
Jerry began his career at age 12. This two time Grammy Award winning bassist was discovered by saxophonist King Curtis in 1966; he soon began recording with many artists, including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, The Rascals, Roberta Flack, … more »
Band: Rocky and the Rollers / Bowzer / The JDJ Project
Gear: Heritage SVT-CL
Since 1998, Jimmy Miller has been the bassist/vocalist for 50’s-60’s-70’s band Rocky And The Rollers, performing both on our own and as the house band for ex-Sha Na Na singer Bowzer’s Rock And Roll Party shows, backing up over 200 of the biggest names of the early days of rock and roll, including stars such as Gary U.S. Bonds, Chubby Checker, Lesley Gore, Sam Moore, Little Anthony And The Imperials, Freddy Cannon, and Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits.
Miller is also an avid songwriter, writing and rehearsing with a new trio tentatively called The JDJ Project, playing slightly off kilter instrumental rock/pop/jazz music.
A childhood of playing drums and guitar and the amazing discovery in his teens that bass contained elements of both, Miller was hooked on bass. Coupled with the knowledge that there were plenty of drummers and guitarists out there but not nearly as many bassists, Miller figured he could always find a gig by playing bass.
“I need versatility in my amp since I play a lot of different styles of music during a typical show, and I need it to be easy and quick to find great tones. Whether delicate or raging or anything in between, and whether I’m playing electric or upright bass, Ampeg amps always give me what I need. It’s almost as if they read my mind. They’ve defined the standard in bass amplification for close to seven decades now, and they’ve defined my sound since I started playing professionally.” – Jimmy Miller