News-Steve Harris voted world’s greatest bassist

steve-harris150Steve Harris voted world’s greatest bassist

Iron Maiden founder dubbed “an absolute beast of a bass player” (See the rest of the list, too!)

By Mindy Rochwerg
February 2, 2015

In a poll taken by heavy metal magazine Metal Hammer, Steve Harris, founding and only remaining original member of Iron Maiden, has been voted the “world’s greatest bassist of all time.”  Voters selected Harris over Cliff Burton of Metallica, who came in second, and Geddy Lee of Rush, who came in third.

Dom Lawson, writing for the magazine, calls Harris “an icon,” “a hero” and “an absolute beast of a bass player.”

“There are undoubtedly more technically gifted bassists in the rock world,” Lawson says, “but the sounds Steve conjures from four strings provides Maiden with a precise and propulsive backbone; that unmistakable, clattering pulse, as essential to the band’s music.”

Lawson added: “The image of Steve Harris, foot on monitor and Fender Precision aimed, machine-gun style, at the first few rows of baying acolytes is simply the visual essence of Iron Fucking Maiden. And furthermore, how the fuck do his fingers move that fast? Steve’s playing style is so unique that, surprisingly, it has never been credibly emulated by anyone. Perhaps metal musicians just instinctively know that you don’t mess with the master.”

The top ten bass players, as voted by Metal Hammer fans are as follows:

1. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
2. Cliff Burton (Metallica)
3. Geddy Lee (Rush)
4. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
5. Les Claypool (Primus)
6. Paul Gray (Slipknot)
7. Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report)
8. John Myung (Dream Theater)
9. Justin Chancellor (Tool)
10.Lemmy (Motörhead)

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