The 6 bassists that Lemmy Kilmister listed as his favorites

Lemmy Kilmister

The legendary Motörhead bassist and singer Lemmy Kilmister influenced many hard rock players with the unusual way he used to play and setup his instrument. In some interviews during his career, one with Bass Player magazine back in 2003 and another with Revolver magazine back in 2002 he listed 6 bassists as his favorites.

The 6 bassists that Lemmy Kilmister listed as his favorites:

5 – Flea

“I think he’s very good indeed. Excellent. He’s an innovator and what he does stands out.”

4 – Jet Harris

“Very innovative for his time, given the band he was in. He gave me the idea that the bass player didn’t have to stand at the back.”

3 – Bill Wyman

“I thought he was very good. Unlike most people, apparently.”

2 – Carol Kaye

“I liked her. She was a housewife who used to do all the Motown stuff. She was great, a fuckin’ outstanding woman. She’d clock out of the house in the morning, play a bit of bass and then clock back in for teatime and feed the kids! Fuckin’ amazing!”

1 – John Entwistle

“The best bass player on the face of the earth. He was the best for me, no contest. He was so in command of his instrument. You never saw him flicker. Never a bum note that I ever heard. And he was so fast, both hands going like hell. The bass solo in ‘My Generation’, you still tie yourself in knots trying to do it now. You can work it out, but it was another thing thinking it up. And that was back in 1964!”


In an interview with Revolver magazine back in 2002 Lemmy Kilmister listed John Entwistle as his favorite and added Paul McCartney, saying: “I love John Entwistle of the Who. Best bass player I ever saw, Entwistle! McCartney’s the second, though. He keeps giving into the wimp in him, but he’s a great bass player.”

Lemmy Kilmister

Motörhead singer and bassist Lemmy Kilmister unfortunately died in 2015 at his home in Los Angeles, California, on December 28, at the age of 70. He died due to aggressive prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and heart failure. The vocalist had been suffering from diabetes and other health problems for several years.

In an interview with Bass Player magazine he commented on the way he used to play bass: “I was a guitar player first, so I’m used to playing chords. It’s just like playing the guitar without the top two strings. I just made chords out of what strings I had left. It’s unorthodox, but it works for us.“
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