Our list of bass players from 30 of the most famous rock bands from the United States:
- Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- Geddy Lee (Rush)
- John Entwistle (The Who)
- John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
- Michael Balzary (Flea) (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- Mike Dirnt (Green Day)
- Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age)
- Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
- Sergio Vega (Deftones)
- Timothy B. Schmit (Eagles)
- Tony Kanal (No Doubt)
- Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses)
- Eddie Jackson (Queensrÿche)
- Frank Bello (Anthrax)
- Gene Simmons (KISS)
- Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
- Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
- Jason Newsted (Metallica)
- John Myung (Dream Theater)
- Jon Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
- Klaus Flouride (Dead Kennedys)
- Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
- Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe)
- Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)
- Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots)
- Robert Trujillo (Metallica)
- Roger Glover (Deep Purple)
- Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols)
- Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
- Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith)
Here’s a brief description of some of the bass players in the list as mentioned above:
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Flea is an Australian-born American bassist, best known as the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He is one of the band’s founding members and has been with it since its inception in 1983. Flea is known for his distinctive playing style, which combines punk rock and funk elements. He has also been recognized as one of the greatest bassists ever.
Geddy Lee (Rush)
Geddy Lee is a Canadian musician best known as the rock band Rush’s lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist. Lee’s intricate and virtuosic bass playing and his distinctive voice have made him one of the most recognizable figures in rock music. He has been with Rush since the band’s formation in 1968 and has helped the band become one of the most influential progressive rock bands ever.
John Entwistle (The Who)
John Entwistle was an English bassist and songwriter best known as the bassist for the legendary rock band The Who. Entwistle’s innovative bass playing and distinctive stage presence helped establish The Who as one of the most influential and innovative rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s. He was known for his virtuosic bass solos and as one of the few bassists who could play lead guitar.
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
John Paul Jones is an English bassist, keyboardist, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the bassist for the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin. Jones’ innovative and complex bass playing was a crucial component of Led Zeppelin’s sound and helped establish the band as one of the most influential rock bands ever. He has been recognized as one of the greatest rock music bassists and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Michael Balzary (Flea) (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
See the description for Flea.
Mike Dirnt (Green Day)
Mike Dirnt is an American bassist and vocalist, best known as the bassist for the punk rock band Green Day. Dirnt has been with Green Day since the band’s formation in 1986 and has helped the band become one of the most successful and influential punk rock bands ever. He is known for his energetic bass playing and distinctive voice, often used as a backup vocal in Green Day’s music.
Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age)
Nick Oliveri is an American bassist and vocalist best known for his work with the stoner rock band Queens of the Stone Age. Oliveri has been involved with various other bands, including Kyuss, Dwarves, and Mondo Generator, and is known for his aggressive bass playing and powerful stage presence.
Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
Roger Waters is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and composer best known as the bassist, co-lead vocalist, and primary songwriter for the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Waters’ conceptual and political lyrics, combined with his innovative bass playing, helped establish Pink Floyd as one of the most influential and innovative rock bands of all time. He left the band in 1985 but has become a successful solo artist.
Sergio Vega (Deftones)
Sergio Vega is an American bassist, best known as the bassist for the alternative metal band Deftones. Vega joined the band in 2009, replacing Chi Cheng.