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Posted 24 August 2017 - 11:36 AM

I found out last night that the Ampeg 8x10 that I play through every week at my local rehearsal studio was used by none other than Jah Wobble at the excellent Simon Says festival in Leicester last month. (Great gig BTW).

I'm sure that he wouldn't have sounded so good had it not been for all of my hard work breaking in the cab for him. :-)

So what's your most obscure bass claim to fame?

Did Sting nick your parking spot?

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 11:55 AM

I once lend a bass to a well known PT band (well known over here of course) as their roadies forgot to pack the basses in the van. I got a call from a friend who is friends with the band members asking me to help them out. As luck would have it at that time i was the owner of a Fender P (the guy only played with P's) and i was happy to let him have it. They came to my town for lunch (the gig was 30km away from me) and i had coffe with them and talked for a while. It was very nice to meet the guys behing the band (who i knew since i was a kid), they were good and simple people and i had a great bit with them. I got a signed CD and book from them as a gift.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 11:59 AM

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 12:09 PM

A friend of mine once owned a bass rig, Trace Elliot I think, previously owned by the Pete Agnew of "Legendary Scots Rockers"... Nazareth!!

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 12:17 PM

I've mentioned this before: I briefly owned a Trace Elliot MP11 that was part of one of John Enwhistle's touring rigs.
Sent it in to a shop to be serviced/repaired and the shop went bust and the MP11 disappeared.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 12:23 PM

About ten years ago a very drunk me was invited by a very drunk Sonny T. (the bass player in this photo) for a jam in his hotel room in Rome. Both of us were too drunk to play.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:15 PM

View PostMrDaveTheBass, on 24 August 2017 - 11:36 AM, said:

Did Sting nick your parking spot?

Is that a euphemism?
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:18 PM

View Postdlloyd, on 24 August 2017 - 12:23 PM, said:

About ten years ago a very drunk me was invited by a very drunk Sonny T. (the bass player in this photo) for a jam in his hotel room in Rome. Both of us were too drunk to play.

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He looks half legless there, too!

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:20 PM

Guy Pratt has played my Epi EB3. I've not washed it since.



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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:34 PM

Had my Hotrod signed by Jack Bruce....errr that's about it
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:37 PM

Ok, obscure only:

Captain Sensible told me he was going to ask me to join his band. When I asked why he didn't, he said he didn't think I'd want to.

David Ellefson has played my Shuker 7 string.

Glenn Hughes once asked me for amplifier advice.

We once did a better rendition of 'Iron Maiden' that Paul Di'anno, our headline really wasn't happy and got angry with the audience. Who promptly left and joined us in the other bar.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:38 PM

View Postnightsun, on 24 August 2017 - 01:34 PM, said:

Had my Hotrod signed by Jack Bruce....errr that's about it

On the day of setting out to Jack's house to interview him, he had to cancel due to poor health. Very sadly, we never got to make that trip to meet him.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:40 PM

Earlier on this year we rehearsed in the next room to Chumbawumba.

And I once bought an old Ampeg SVT cab that was reportedly ex-Wurzels.

I'm quietly confident that I must be at least top 3 in the ranks for impressive name drops today!

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:45 PM

Already recounted here..., we once lent our bass to Rodney Curtis for a festival gig, as his own was faulty.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:47 PM

Dennis Gasser once told me to stop looking like Chris Astley. I actually took that as a compliment, as Gasser is awesome and Xentrix were my fave band at the time, not that I actually went out my way to remotely look Chris. Probably spent more time trying to play like Macca (Not Sir Paul)

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:54 PM

I once got given an LP that I'd won in a pub raffle in Jesmond (Newcastle-on-Tyne for those that need to know). by His Stingness. He and the other members of the band - no, not that band - had signed it. I still have it around somewhere. It was big band jazz featuring Jon Hiseman on drums IIRC.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 02:00 PM

I once drove half of Rotting Christ, including the bassist, to a festival in Leeds after the organisers had their original driver drop out at the last minute.

I subjected them to my band's album, they were polite about it, which was nice as the lead song writer was a big fan of theirs.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 02:13 PM

View PostBurrito, on 24 August 2017 - 01:40 PM, said:


And I once bought an old Ampeg SVT cab that was reportedly ex-Wurzels.



Now that's the kind of thing that meets the criteria right there.. perfick :drinks:

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So what's your most obscure bass claim to fame?




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Posted 24 August 2017 - 02:15 PM

1. Clint Boon watched a gig by my first band... so I was told anyway.
2. I did A level Art with Ted Robbins, who is not only famous in the north west, but is (notably) Macca's cousin.
3. I once went out with Suggs' cousin.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 02:22 PM

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 02:31 PM

I announced becoming an endorser of a company's product after waiting weeks for it's delivery, only to find on the day of arrival, the company dropped the complete product line and the name stamped on my goods. The goods were 'made to fit and thus weren't returnable'. They've never acknowledged my artist position either especially as I was essentially advertising a design they could no longer be seen to be using.

So close yet so, so far.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 02:32 PM

People I've played with recently include Dennis Greaves of Nine Below Zero and....



wait for it...


Charlie Grima the drummer in Wizzard who was on holiday the day they recorded "I wish it could be Christmas everyday"

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 02:39 PM

View PostAntLockyer, on 24 August 2017 - 02:32 PM, said:




wait for it...


Charlie Grima the drummer in Wizzard who was on holiday the day they recorded "I wish it could be Christmas everyday"

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 02:49 PM

I used to work with a bassist who played a gig here in Jersey supporting the Noel Redding band in the 70s . Afterwards , Noel sold him his Sunn amp that had JHE stencilled on it .

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 03:00 PM

When I was about 14 years old, Me " You sound just like the bass player from The Stranglers, He must have been a big influence on you ".....I said that to Chris Squire :) well I didn't know who they were, they were just my mates uncles band .

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 03:01 PM

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Did Sting nick your parking spot?

No, but he did ask me which one was the gents loo at a bash, having just seen a woman come out of the ones with urinals in. He was wearing Moroccan style fancy dress, complete with Fez at the time.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 06:02 PM

 Burrito, on 24 August 2017 - 01:40 PM, said:


And I once bought an old Ampeg SVT cab that was reportedly ex-Wurzels.


I've gigged with the current Wurzels bass rig (Ashdown 4x10 combo). Didn't like it.


Half of my bands second album was recorded and mixed by Jim Barr, who played bass with Portishead.

I bought my first bass from the bassist of the band that went on to become The Divine Comedy.

Edited by TheRev, 24 August 2017 - 08:49 PM.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 06:27 PM

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 06:27 PM

As I may have mentioned before on here ....... we had Lee Pomeroy, Donavan Hepburn and a couple
more guys from Jeff Lynne's ELO come to see our ELO tribute band last year. They came up to meet us as we
were packing down after the gig. Lee had a go on my Precision Lyte, and was a top fella.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 06:38 PM

Not really obscure. But ... my TE GP12XV is ex MK's Summerhouse studio on the Isle of Wight: -

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The only other thing I've got is.. John Diggins told me (years' ago) that The Shadows Bass player ~ Alan Jones ~ appeared on Pebble Mill from Birmingham in 1986 with a Jaydee ~ that I still own: -

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