As I mentioned in my review of the Peter Gabriel concert the other night, Tony Levin is once again playing bass for Peter on the current tour. If you’ve heard any of Gabriel’s work since his earliest days, post-Genesis, the amazing bass you hear is Tony’s. As Scott F. commented in the Gabriel review, Peter referred to Tony as “Emperor of the Bottom End,” and there’s not a more apt description of the man. The only bass players who are on par with Tony are Chris Squire, of Yes, and perhaps Geddy Lee, of Rush.
He was also the first bass player I ever saw who embraced the Chapman Stick, which is this very cool bass/rhythm instrument that defies explanation. You can see images of it on his site.
Tony has been a long-time believer in the internet, and has had his own site for years. On it, he keeps tour diaries, photographs from said tours, and samples of music from his various projects. He’s definitely worth checking out if you appreciate complicated music.
Here’s his site: PapaBear.com