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Monday, December 22, 2014

The World's 12 Richest Bass Players

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Bass players generally get the least attention in a band, but that doesn't mean they don't profit from it just as much as singers and guitar players. The Richest took a look at the top bottom enders and it found there's quite a bit of wealth in those low notes. Here's what it found:

1. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion (no surprise there)

2. (tie) Sting – $300 million
2. (tie) Gene Simmons (Kiss) – $300 million

4. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) – $270 million

5. Adam Clayton (U2) – $150 million

6. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – $115 million

6. John Deacon (Queen) - $115 million

8. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) – $80 million

8. Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) - $80 million

10. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) – $65 million

11. Tony Kanal (No Doubt) – $45 million

12. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) – $40 million

Here's the trick. All of the above except for Wyman are songwriters as well as bass players, which proves the old music adage, "If you want to get rich, write a hit song!"

1 comment:

Nichole said...

And one of the Most Innovative Bass Players/Songwriters/Arrangers:

Mark Sandman

I think it's worth noting here that the average "songs" on terrestrial radio could be 100% better in letting the bass shine arrangement-wise and how they are initially captured during recording. As a result of bass negligence, I turn my dial to a jazz or oldies station just so I can hear the beautiful texture of the bass. Even though I love jazz and oldies music, I shouldn't have to do that when I want to listen to the latest contemporary/alternative rock and pop record. I didn't have to do that in the 90's, nor the 80's, or the 70's. In my humble opinion, this is at least one of the real reasons as to why people are not buying music today... mostly because "they don't feel it anymore." Or as the great Jerry Wexler says, "More Bass." :)


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