American heavy metal bass guitarists

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  1. Nikki Sixx

    Nikki Sixx


    Nikki Sixx (born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.; December 11, 1958) is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe. Prior to forming Mötley Crüe, Sixx was a member of Sister before going on to form London with his Sister band mate Lizzie Grey. In 2000 he formed side project group 58 with Dave Darling, Steve Gibb and Bucket Baker issuing one album, titled Diet for a New America, the same year while in 2002 he formed the hard rock supergroup Brides of Destruction with L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns. Formed in 2006, initially to record an audio accompaniment to Sixx's autobiography The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, his side band Sixx:A.M. features songwriter and producer and vocalist James Michael and guitarist DJ Ashba.

  2. Marilyn Manson

    Marilyn Manson


    Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), known professionally as Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, painter, multimedia artist, and former music journalist. He is known for his controversial stage personality and image as the eponymous lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson, which he co-founded with Daisy Berkowitz and of which he remains the only constant member. His stage name was formed by juxtaposing the names of two American cultural icons, namely actress Marilyn Monroe and murderer Charles Manson.

  3. Gene Simmons

    Gene Simmons


  4. M. Shadows

    M. Shadows


    Matthew Charles Sanders (born July 31, 1981 in Huntington Beach), better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

  5. Duff McKagan

    Duff McKagan


    Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan (born February 5, 1964) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and author. He is best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bassist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During his later years with the band, he released a solo album, Believe in Me (1993), and formed the short-lived supergroup Neurotic Outsiders.

  6. Pia Maiocco

    Pia Maiocco


    Pia Maiocco (born February 25, 1962) is an American former bass guitarist and backing vocals for the heavy metal band Vixen.

  7. Jeordie White

    Jeordie White


    Jeordie Osbourne White (born June 20, 1971), known once professionally as Twiggy Ramirez, shortened to just Twiggy since returning to Marilyn Manson, and sometimes referred to as Jeordie White, is an American musician, mostly known as the bassist and guitarist of the band Marilyn Manson. Previously, he was the bassist for A Perfect Circle and a touring member of Nine Inch Nails, and is currently the vocalist for Goon Moon. He left Marilyn Manson in 2002, and later rejoined the band in 2008. He has been a principal songwriter for the band and has also contributed to some of the Desert Sessions recordings.

  8. Mike Shinoda

    Mike Shinoda


    Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda LHD (born February 11, 1977) is an American musician, record producer, and artist. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, songwriter, keyboardist, and co-vocalist. Shinoda later created a hip hop-driven side project, Fort Minor, in 2003. He served as a producer for tracks and albums by Lupe Fiasco, Styles of Beyond, and The X-Ecutioners.

  9. Kip Winger

    Kip Winger


    Charles Frederick Kip Winger (born June 21, 1961) is an American rock musician, a member of the rock band Winger, and a solo artist.

  10. Peter Steele

    Peter Steele


  11. Evan Seinfeld

    Evan Seinfeld


    Evan Seinfeld (born December 29, 1967) is an American musician and actor, as well as a director, photographer, and writer. He has also appeared in several pornographic films under the pseudonym "Spyder Jonez". He is best known as a founding member of Biohazard. Since leaving the band in May 2011 for personal reasons, he has joined the band Attika7 as a vocalist. He is also the ex-husband of pornographic actress Tera Patrick. The couple announced their split on September 30, 2009, although they remain business partners.

  12. Jason Newsted

    Jason Newsted


    Jason Curtis Newsted (born March 4, 1963) is an American metal musician, known for playing bass guitar with the bands Metallica (in which he did occasional lead vocals), Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam. Joining Metallica in 1986 after Cliff Burton's death, Newsted remained a member until 2001, making him the band's longest-serving bassist. After he left Metallica, he continued with his project Echobrain, played with Ozzy Osbourne and joined heavy metal band Voivod. Newsted uses the pseudonym Jasonic, which serves as both his alias in Voivod and the name of his music publishing company. He is also the founder of the Chophouse Records studio and label based in California. He currently plays in his self-titled band Newsted, in which he provides lead vocals as well as bass.

  13. Sean Yseult

    Sean Yseult


    Sean Yseult (born Shauna Reynolds; June 6, 1966) is an American rock musician. She has played various instruments with different bands over the years, most notably her bass work with the band White Zombie. Her father, Michael S. Reynolds, was a noted biographer of Ernest Hemingway. She married Supagroup musician Chris Lee on January 12, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she lives. She once owned and ran a dive bar popular among artists and musicians, The Saint, in that city's Garden District.

  14. Rachel Bolan

    Rachel Bolan


    Rachel Bolan (born February 9, 1966), born James Richard Southworth, is the bass guitar player and main songwriter of the metal band, Skid Row. His stage name 'Bolan' is a tribute to one of his childhood idols, T. Rex frontman, Marc Bolan.

  15. Paul Gray

    Paul Gray


    Paul Dedrick Gray (April 8, 1972 – May 24, 2010), also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot.

  16. Cliff Burton

    Cliff Burton


    Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986) was an American musician, best known as the bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica.

  17. Tom Araya

    Tom Araya


    Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz (born June 6, 1961) is a Chilean-American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer. Araya is ranked fifty-eighth by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time.

  18. Robert Trujillo

    Robert Trujillo


    Roberto Agustin Trujillo (born October 23, 1964) better known as Robert Trujillo, is an American musician known for his role as the current bassist of American heavy metal band Metallica. He also was a member of crossover thrash metal band Suicidal Tendencies, funk metal supergroup Infectious Grooves, heavy metal band Black Label Society, and he has worked with Jerry Cantrell from the grunge band Alice in Chains, and Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. He is currently touring intermittently with experimental metal group Mass Mental.

  19. Max Green

    Max Green


    Maxwell Scott Green (better known as Max Green) is an American musician (born December 15, 1984) who is the former bassist/backing vocalist and one of the founders of the band Escape the Fate, and is the former rhythm guitarist and vocalist for the band The Natural Born Killers. Most recently he was the vocalist and lead guitar in his own band, Violent New Breed.

  20. Jerry Dixon

    Jerry Dixon


    Jerry Lawrence Dixon (born September 15, 1967) is an American musician, and one of the original members of the 1980s rock band Warrant. He was born in Pasadena, California. He has son, Grady by ex-wife Susan Ashley.

  21. Dave Ellefson

    Dave Ellefson


    David Warren "Dave" Ellefson (born November 12, 1964) is a bassist and founding member of the American thrash metal band Megadeth. He has also been referred to as "Junior" to differentiate him from Dave Mustaine. Ellefson currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to playing bass guitar in Megadeth, Ellefson also has various side projects which include Temple of Brutality, F5, and Killing Machine.

  22. Johnny Christ

    Johnny Christ


    Johnny Christ, (born Jonathan Lewis Seward ; November 18, 1984) is the bassist of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. Johnny is the fourth bassist to join Avenged Sevenfold in 2003, replacing former member Dameon Ash.

  23. Alec John Such

    Alec John Such


    Alexander "Alec" John Such (born November 14, 1951) is a retired American musician.

  24. Shavo Odadjian

    Shavo Odadjian


    Shavarsh "Shavo" Odadjian (born April 22, 1974) is an Armenian American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music video director/editor, music producer, and artist/painter. He is best known as the bassist, backing vocalist and occasional songwriter of the Grammy Award-winning rock band System of a Down. During the band's hiatus from 2006 to 2010, Odadjian collaborated with Wu Tang Clan founder RZA on a project called AcHoZeN, which contributed a number of songs to the motion picture Babylon A.D. A compilation album was released in 2015. Odadjian is also credited with the musical scoring of the film, alongside with The Rza and Hans Zimmer. He regularly uses a Gibson Thunderbird bass, a Fender Jazz Bass, and an Ibanez BTB bass guitar. He used a Music Man StingRay when he started to play with the band.

  25. Hank Williams III

    Hank Williams III


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