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Tony Levin – best bass player in rock?

November 24, 2002
Tony Levin – best bass player in rock?

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

9 Responses to Tony Levin – best bass player in rock?

  • You listed to Liquid Tension Experiment? Instrumental album with Tony Levin plus three members of Dream Theater – amazing stuff!

  • Yeah, I’ve heard it, Tim — truly amazing stuff.

  • Flea is the best ever, his Woodstock solo beats any other i’ve heard, also in songslike, ‘Around the world’ and ‘higher ground’ he is hard to believe.

  • Nah, Flea is not the best. I can think of several — Entwhistle of the Who, Levin, Chris Squire from Yes, Geddy Lee.

    Flea IS good — one of the best today, but not all-time.

  • Les Claypool pwnz all

  • ever heard of Sebastian Harnack ? Is playing in the german ner art rock Band SYLVAN (www.sylvan.de).
    His newest bass is a 5-String SANDBERG. Very nice sound. And to see him live is quite a big pleasure …

  • ever heard of Sebastian Harnack ? Is playing in the german ner art rock Band SYLVAN (www.sylvan.de).
    His newest bass is a 5-String SANDBERG. Very nice sound. And to see him live is quite a big pleasure …

  • Definately Steve Harris of Iron Maiden. Not only is he an excellent four stringer he is a fine musician with around 80 writing credits to his name. However, I don’t think anyone can deny Michael “Flea” Balzary a place in atleast the top ten bass players ever to grace our humble planet.

  • I would have to agree that Les Claypool of Primus can play the bass better than any other. His bass slap and heavy playing is what makes him so incredible!