Legend describes his former band member as 'a great man'

David Bowie has paid tribute to his former bassist Trevor Bolder, who lost his battle with cancer yesterday (May 21).

Alongside guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey, Bolder was a member of Bowie’s Spiders From Mars backing band from 1971 and played on classic albums including ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’, ‘Aladdin Sane’ and ‘Pin Ups’. He also appeared in the 1973 documentary and concert movie Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture.

Bowie said in a statement on his official website Davidbowie.com: “Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man.”

Bolder, who battled pancreatic cancer for four years before passing away at the age of 62, went on to join Uriah Heep in 1976 and appeared on their most recent album, ‘Into The Wild’, in 2011. He underwent surgery earlier this year, and had hoped to be well enough to join the band for their performance at Download Festival next month.

Uriah Heep also previously issued a statement saying: “Trevor was an all-time great – one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players Britain ever produced. His long time membership of Uriah Heep brought the band’s music, and Trevor’s virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world.”

Bolder also played with Wishbone Ash and Cybernauts.