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.
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 »
Band: Gino Paoli / Irene Grandi
Musician and bass player, with a career that spans over thirty years with various pop Italian artists including Irene Grandi, Gino Paoli and many others, he’s been working as a music tutor for over 25 years. He has written and … more »
Band: The Go-Go's / The Eagles of Death Metal / The Bangles
First coming into the public eye as the 16-year-old bass player in the garagey Lovedolls; L.A.-born-and-raised Abby Travis went on to become a much-favored session bassist/singer with Elastica and Beck at Lollapalooza ’95, then with an eclectic array including The … more »
Band: Sick Puppies
Sick Puppies was founded in the late-’90′s by Emma and singer/guitarist Shimon Moore while attending Mosman High School in Sydney, Australia. They released their debut EP “Dog’s Breakfast” in 1999. They would go on to win the “Triple J Unearthed” … more »