Mars Cowling

It’s a pity that the prodigious late-1970s early-1980s version of the Pat Travers Band were not granted the widespread attention they so richly deserved as they were all stellar instrumentalists.

Their enigmatic, tight trouser-ed, well coiffed British bassist Peter “Mars” Cowling is a nimble fingered virtuoso who punctuated Travers’ brazen motifs and Tommy Aldridge’s frenetic rhythms with a blinding array of double-stops, slaps, chords, and harmonies galore – all fashionably rendered from his white Fender Precision, and often filtered through a flange / chorus / phaser effect.

A modest gent (I’ve met him on a few occasions), to my ears, Mars sets the bar for hard rock bassists.