A poignant day for Uriah Heep, with mixed emotions as anticipated.
88,000 fans passed through the Download turnstiles for the UK's premium rock

This was the festival where the band had hoped to welcome back Trevor
Bolder. As we know, this was not to be.

The band roared through a barnstorming set of festival staples, and it did
not go unnoticed that for Heep's set, from the first note played, the heavy
rain turned to sun, and clear blue sky between the clouds.

A triumphant and majestic statement from the mighty Heep.

Trevor's family were backstage soaking up the atmosphere, with pride and

As Friday's proceedings headed towards closure, Trevor's image was shone
onto the main stage video in remembrance of our friend and long serving band
member, which was a wonderful tribute from the world's biggest promoters,
Live Nation.

A memorable day.

Uriah Heep

All of us affiliated with the website, send our condolences and heartfelt wishes to the family and friends of Trevor Bolder.
Over the years we all came to treasure the times we were able to spend with him and our memories help us to celebrate his life, the contributions he made to all of ours, and to his fans world wide.

Please feel free to leave your comments to his family here.
Cards and Condolences can be sent to
Trevor Bolder Memoriam
PO Box 6249
Liscombe Park
Leighton Buzzard
Donations to Pancreatic Cancer Uk
can be made here on
Trevors page.
Trevor Bolder 1950-2013

A Statement From Uriah Heep

It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that 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. He joined the band in 1976 and, barring one short break, was a fixture until his ill health forced him to take a step back early this year. Prior to joining Heep he was a founder and ever-present member of David Bowie’s legendary Spiders From Mars band, performing on all of their key albums and at countless shows. He also performed with Wishbone Ash, Cybernauts and The Rats.

Mick Box said, "Trevor was a ‘World Class’ bass player, singer & songwriter, and more importantly a World Class friend. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and rock fans all over the world. We are all numb to the core".

Continue to the website or please click on the guestbook picture below to sign the guestbook to leave your message.

Update June 9 2013

  • Uriah Heep’s tour dates will continue with Dave Rimmer on bass

Trevor Bolder
1950 – 2013


Trevor's funeral is going to be held on 3rd of June 11.00 am at St Mary's
Church, Beverley, Hull, England.

Fans and friends are welcome.

All other proceedings will be a private affair, and we appreciate your understanding with this, and that the family and close friends are left in peace to carry on with the day in such privacy.

The Bolder family.

Cards and Condolences can be sent to

Trevor Bolder Memoriam
PO Box 6249
Liscombe Park
Leighton Buzzard
  Donations to Pancreatic Cancer Uk can be made here on
Trevors page.

Please leave your thoughts and condolences here

Neil Murray Snakecharmer and (ex Whitesnake)
R.I.P. Trevor Bolder. Fine bassist and lovely guy.

David Bowie
"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."

Laurie Wisefield Snakecharmer and Wishbone Ash

Trevor Bolder

A Wonderful Musician, & Old Friend who will be sadly missed.
He really had it All, He was a Powerful, Melodic, Driving Bass Player with a Mountain of Sensitivity .
I have so many great memories of time spent with Trevor He really was one of the greats.


Woody Woodmansey
As many others have already said, Trevor was a world class musician. He very rarely played the expected bass part but put his own unique style in to whatever song he was doing. As a rhythm section through the Bowie
years we never talked about what we would play, we just played! His bass lines were not only inspirational for Mick to be able to embellish with guitar but were always perfect for Bowie's vocal, helping bring the songs to life.
As a friend and musician he was a cut above the rest. For me the news of his passing has left a hole. I know there are many others he met and played with that feel the same. At this time my heart goes out to his wife and family.
The only test of an artist is the work he leaves behind, need I say more!
I'll miss ya mate!

Terry Uttley, Smokie
Trevor was not just an amazing bass player but had a great humour behind his placid and modest front. I remember Pete Goalby asking me backstage in Blackburn at a Heep gig about what our deep conversation in a corner of the dressing room was about as Trevor was quite a reserved man. Rugby was my reply as both had a passion for the game! Trevor and Shelly kindly accepted my invitation to our annual Smoke leukaemia charity ball in Bradford and his popularity in the room was immense. We dispensed with the champagne pose for the official photo and chose the Tetley bitter pose in tux. He will always be missed by so many. He will always be in our hearts and conversations. God Bless. Trevor.xx

Midge Ure

'Trevor was not only an incredibly tasteful and melodic bass player, as demonstrated on the Ziggy Stardust album but more importantly he was a great, down to earth man. He was 'one of the good guys' and that is an accolade only people who knew him could bestow'

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott,
who performed with Trevor in Cybernauts said, “I had the great pleasure of knowing Trevor for the best part of 30 years, he was one of my idols growing up, I got to know him when Uriah Heep opened for DL on the Pyromania tour in 1983 and we became firm friends. I stayed with him, he stayed with me and we recorded and toured together as The Cybernauts. For myself & Phil it’s devastating because we were looking forward to finishing up some new Cybernauts recording pretty soon, that may now not happen, but our real thoughts right now are with his family. TB was one of the good guys, I'm sure Mick Box & the guys in Heep feel the same way, we have lost a brother, a great bass player, a funny, funny man who lit up any room he walked into. I guess now, him & Ronno have a bit of catching up to do... RIP my friend”.

John Lawton
Trevor was one of the best bass players I have ever had the fortune to perform with and a gentleman. I was so looking forward to being on stage with him again this summer. Gone but never forgotten.

Geoff Downes of Asia/Yes:
I was always a great admirer of Trevor’s playing. He was a member of that small, yet highly talented group of early experimental British bass guitarists who were total exponents of their art. I’m talking about those few guys who dared to venture up the fret-board and use the bass almost as a lead instrument. His sound was the typical ‘hoover’ – melodic, inventive, passionate, pure class – pulling inversions all over the place, yet maintaining good taste at all times.

There weren’t many of them. Having had the privilege of witnessing his invention whilst on tour with Uriah Heep, and latterly as a stable mate with QEDG management, I respected enormously his contributions not only to the music of Heep but his casual, humble and unassuming manner on those occasions I met him. He must have been well made up to see his lifelong football team Hull City get promoted to the Premiership along with Cardiff this season. And I will regret now not being able to rib him about our joint progress in the top flight. Trevor, RIP.

John Young
I didn't know Trevor that well but from the few times I met him I found him to be a true gentleman.

He had a great humility with regards to his own achievements and that really is a rarity in this current age.

His expertise is legendary but what was apparent to me was the high regard he was held in by so many
other great musicians (especially bass players) for both his ability and his grace.

My best wishes go to the guys in the band I know how deep this must hurt, there are very few bands in the true sense of the word these days. I know the bond that creates between the members and the loss you must feel.
To me you have always epitomised how it should be done, long may that continue.

love and best

Gary Kemp Spandau Ballet
As a Spider from Mars Trevor Bolder was one of my first rock'n'roll heroes, as well as an inspiration for me to join the cause. But he was also one of the most gentle and decent human beings I've ever met in this business. Trevor, I will always be listening to you somewhere.'

Nik Kershaw  
I never had the pleasure of meeting Trevor but, by all accounts (Midge being one, reliable source), he was a truly special man. He touched my life, none the less. Bowie (Ziggy) got me into music in the first place and the Spiders took pride of place on my bedroom wall, right next to Alice Cooper and the 1970 FA cup winning Chelsea squad. Bizarrely, I've just been learning "Drive in Saturday" for an acoustic gig I'm doing at the weekend. I'll be thinking of him while playing it.  

Mike Paxman (Producer of Into The Wild ,Wake The Sleeper, Celebration and Live in Armenia)
Trevor was such a lovely guy, he had a great sense of ironic humour, which I attribute both to his northern roots and his many years in music. As a player he really was one of the best, his phenomenal technique and his always inventive and colourful parts were a joy to hear and to work with. His strength of personality and his character came through in everything he played and wrote.

I'll miss him.
Trev RIP