When Bill Wyman started rehearsing with the Rolling Stones in early 2012, expectation was high that he would be re-joining the group to celebrate their half century.
Unfortunately such hopes seemed to be dashed the legendary bassman declared... "I don't fly, so there's no way I'll go on any tour".
So, it was a wonderful surprise when Bill guested with the band on the first of their 50th Anniversary shows at London's O2 Arena on November 25th, helping them tear through the classics "Honky Tonk Women" and "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"...
And of course, it was even better that Bill took his Bass Centre "Wyman" Bass with him!!
Greetings From... The Isle Of Wight!
Saturday, 1 September 2012 | Dave Good
Phil Spalding - yet again! - with his "No.1" bass.. The Bass Collection Power... in action with Simon Townsend at this year's Isle Of Wight Scooter International Scooter Rally.
Bass Collection Goes To The Movies
Monday, 11 June 2012 | Dave Good
Veteran UK bassist Phil Spalding (Toyah, Mick Jagger, Seal, OMD to name but a few) with his "No. 1 bass"... The Bass Collection Power Bass... at the European premiere of "Rock Of Ages" at the Leicester Square Odeon on Sunday June 10th 2012.
In between hitting the red carpet with Tom Cruise (one of the stars of the big screen version of the successful rock-opera) Phil joined guitarist Bernie Marsden and his band to entertain the crowds in Leicester Square.
Bill Wyman & The Bass Centre Wyman Bass
Sunday, 3 June 2012 | Dave Good
Bill Wyman stepped out last night with his trusty Bass Centre "Wyman" Bass, to hitch up with his old Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood, to entertain revellers at snooker ace Jimmy White's testimonial.
Celebrating the Whirlwind's 50th birthday, as well as his illustrious career, the all-day junket at London's Grosvenor Hotel included a slap-up dinner, a challenge match between Jimmy and Ronnie "The Rocket" O'Sullivan, tributes from a host of fellow snooker world champions as well as an amazing show from an all-star band featuring Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, drummer Andy Newmark, keyboard players Andy Wallace and Geriant Watkins and Simply Red mainman, Mick Hucknall.
Here's Bill with the "Wyman" Bass, joining Ronnie Wood, drummer Andy Newman and Mick Hucknall for a great version of the Valentine Brothers' classic "Money's Too Tight To Mention"...
Phil Spalding, one of the UK's bass playing greats, is the latest musician to be smitten with the Bass Collection range.
Currently on tour with Simon Townshend (Pete's little brother!), Phil evidently never leaves home without his Bass Collection Power Bass - complete with sassy, mirrored scratch plate - loud, proud and centre stage... according to the man himself, the Bass Centre designed axe is now his "No. 1" instrument!!
Phil has been at the top of the bass playing game for many years, contributing his powerful, propulsive basslines to internationally successful recordings and tours with the likes of Toyah, Robbie Williams, Seal, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and Roger Daltrey...
Known for his 'one takes', Phil says, ‘I don’t have much patience for agonising over a bass part for a record… I always see a musical performance as a journey through the song, ebbing and flowing with the rest of the instruments and the vocals. For me, that’s the way to record something that’s going to have the dynamics and feel required to achieve truly great recordings – an awesome combination of rock and soul … hardcore in yer face bass!!!”
PHIL SPALDING & BASS COLLECTION... POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!