Uriah Heep's Trevor Bolder Dead at 62

(Classic Rock) Long-time Uriah Heep bassist and Spiders From Mars icon Trevor Bolder has died of cancer at the age of 62, it's been confirmed.

Bolder joined David Bowie's backing band in 1971, alongside guitarist Mick Ronson with whom he'd played in The Rats and drummer Woody Woodmansey. He appeared on the albums Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups.

He replaced John Wetton in Heep in 1976 and made his recording debut with them on 1977′s Firefly. He also played on Innocent Victim, Fallen Angel and Conquest, before joining Wishbone Ash. In 1983 he returned to Mick Box's outfit and played on Equator two years later. He'd appeared on every album since, including their most recent outing, 2011′s Into The Wild.

Earlier this year he announced what was hoped to be a temporary absence as a result of surgery. He later told Classic Rock: "I had pancreas cancer so I had to have that removed. Not the entire pancreas; but still, it was bad news. They've cut out the bad bit. I've had a bit of chemo, got to have that, which I'm doing now, in case there's anything hanging about. Once that's done, I should be back to doing what I do for a living." The band had said he was aiming to be back in action in time for Heep's appearance at the Download Festival. more on this story

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