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Reading Nile Rogers' autobiography and one memory he shares is of sitting in an audience with Chris Squire on his left, Bernard Edwards on his right and Paul  McCartney on stage. Bassist heaven he called it. 

I doubt any of us can match that, so let's fantasise. Who's sitting next to you and who is on stage? 

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Jamerson playing. 

Bruce Thomas on my left, Norman Watt - Roy on my right. 

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Looking at myself in the mirror

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1 minute ago, ped said:

Looking at myself in the mirror

Playing that Celinder, I’d probably watch too 😉

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9 minutes ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

Playing that Celinder, I’d probably watch too 😉

I'd say my Wingbass but at 16" it wouldn't be long enough

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Being surrounded by my bass heroes would be Bass Hell. I'd just turn into a blubbering fool and make no sense at all.

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3 minutes ago, TheGreek said:

Being surrounded by my bass heroes would be Bass Hell. I'd just turn into a blubbering fool and make no sense at all.

Me too.

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I did actually go to a gig with Danny Thompson on stage and Harry Shearer on my right.

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They say laughter is the best medicine. Just sit me in the front to get the best view of Este Haim's bassface and I could fight off covid and all his chums together

 

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JJ Burnel on my left. Bruce Foxton on my right. We’re all watching Steve Hanley of the Fall.

Would be good Bruce and JJ to see the greatest bass player, but safe in the knowledge that their brilliance paved the way for him.

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Tal on my right or left and what was that about other bassists.....?😉

 

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Me on stage being watched by Ron Carter, Robert Trujillo and Anthony Jackson. They each paid for their own tickets!

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Peter Cetera on stage...... Tiran Porter to my left and John Deacon to my right with Rutger Gunnarsson (RIP) & Dee Murray (RIP) sitting behind me...

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Dee Murray (RIP) and Pierre Brock either side of me, watching Kenny Passarelli supporting Esperanza Spalding. 

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Bassist Heaven for me isn't hanging round with other bass players... As it says in Highlander - there can be only one! I realise that others exist but if they're all pedantic misanthropes like me I wouldn't want to spend time with 'em. We'd all be looking down our noses at whoever's on stage and saying:

"he's got the fingering wrong"

"I wouldn't have played that"

"She should be using a pick"

"What a terrible tone"

"They're playing far too many notes"

"Can they only do root and fifth?"

So Bassist Heaven is finding a drummer who is rock-solid, grooves and actually listens to the other players, plus guitar that's tight, right on time and doesn't smear sloppy notes everywhere. And we'd be playing in front of an audience who are knowledgeably and appreciative, who ply me with beer after (and during!) the show. I'd even tolerate some mild inappropriate touching!

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I hear what your saying Mr Smalls, musos can be gear/technique bores.
But in my (limited) experience of meeting and watching interviews of “famous band” bassists, they tend to be oblivious to the finer details of equipment and theory. It’s often a case of “I just plug this into that and play, my roadie sorts it all out”. So I think you’ll be safe having a night out with your fav players, they’ll more likely be interested in where the bar is than where the bar begins. 😊

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Gary Thain on my left Trevor Bolder on my right 

John Wetton behind watching Jaco in front! 
perfection! 😊

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3 hours ago, Barking Spiders said:

They say laughter is the best medicine. Just sit me in the front to get the best view of Este Haim's bassface and I could fight off covid and all his chums together

 

Yep, Este on stage  Chris Squire on my right and Glen Cornick on my left. I could even pass on some tips.

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Tony Levin on one side, Pino on the other watching Bobby Vega.

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2 hours ago, oldslapper said:

fav players, they’ll more likely be interested in where the bar is than where the bar begins. 😊

In that case, me, Bootsy and Flea watching Larry Graham with Graham Central Station,being supported by Big Tony Fisher and Trouble Funk.

We'd need plenty of Bootsy Brewski as well....

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