John McCoy

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There’s no avoiding John McCoy on stage, or on record!

A showman, multi-instrumentalist (cello, horns, guitar, drums…and upright) and beloved mainstay on the British metal scene since the 1970s, John has anchored numerous ensembles, some under his own name, and most notably in the service of Ian Gillan sans Deep Purple and with the late, great guitarist Bernie Torme .

 The burly, baldheaded, bottom busting, be-spectacled bassist is a groove pumping powerhouse with a whopping resonance akin to his physical presence.  Given the fact that he started his career in the biz as a guitarist with The Drovers in the mid-1960s, McCoy is particularly suited to accompany six-string virtuosos.

A finger plucker and plectrum proponent of the Fender Precision - which looks like a toy in his hands, McCoy has a preference for Marshall amplification. His list of credits is rather expansive, spanning a who’s who list of metal and experimental projects and permutations thereof.

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Ian Gillan publicity photo - used with permission.

Ian Gillan publicity photo - used with permission.