Below are Top 10 Richest bass players in rock and metal world.
10. Geezer Butler – $70 million
Geezer Butler was an essential part in Black Sabbath’s unique sound, and one of the first bassists to incorporate wah pedal in playing. He also popularized the C# tuning on bass guitar and that sure paid off for him.
9. Bill Wyman – $80 Million
Although Bill Wyman’s solo albums were praised by critics but didn’t have a commercial success, who needs solo career when you played in Rolling Stones for almost thirty years?
8. John Paul Jones – $80 million
All members of Led Zeppelin are talented, and John Paul Jones is no exception. He can play not only write kick-ass bass lines as in ‘Achilles Last Stand’, but also play multiple instruments including organ. Throughout his career worked with some of the most famous rock artists in history including R.E.M., Peter Gabriel and Paul McCartney, had a successful own solo career and played in the rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme.
7. Flea – $110 million
How can anyone dislike Flea? His bass playing is synonymous with Red Hot Chili Peppers, and is one of the main reasons behind the band’s commerical success. The bassist of an incredible talent has been heavily influenced by the king of funk Bootsy Collins, but his playing style goes far beyond that. Moreover, Flea invests in real estate, as in 2011 he sold his house to Jack Black for twice as much money thanhe bought it for.
6. John Deacon – $115 Million
Queen’s John Deacon is the man behind some of the most famous bass lines in history such as ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ and ‘Under Pressure.” Unfortunately, since Freddie’s tragic death Deacon went to ground, avoiding anything to do with Queen thereafter with the exception of the Freddie Mercury Tribute gig at Wembley Stadium in 1992.
5. Adam Clayton – $150 million
U2’s Adam Clayton has made his mark as a bassist, and has crafted some notable baselines on some of U2’s most popular hits including “Mysterious Ways”, “New Years Day” and “Bullet the Blue Sky”. Moreover, he penned the theme song for the 1996 movie Mission: Impossible.
4. Roger Waters – $270 million
The founder of Pink Floyd also wrote the most of the band’s songs. After the split with David Gilmour he didn’t become any poorer, as his “The Wall Live” tour became one of the highest grossing tours of all time by a solo artist.
3.Gene Simmons – $300 million
No matter what they say about Gene Simmons, he sure can do business. The KISS bassist was successful in becoming a part of a rock brand instead of a rock band. From caskets to air guitar strings, KISS fans will buy everything that has the logo on it and that’s what gets Gene Simmons on the second place in our list.
2. Sting – $300 million
The singer, songwriter, and bassist of the new wave rock band the Police has also a highly successful solo career that brought him a fortune of $300 million which he isn’t planning to share with his children.
1. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion
While he was in The Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney created some the most popular songs in history with his bandmate John Lennon, and afterward, he pursued a successful solo career, by founding the band ‘Wings’ with his wife Linda.