When a bass player thinks “prog rock” to themselves, Tony Levin is pretty much the first person to come to mind. Tony Levin has been involved with Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment, and Bozzio, Levin, & Stevens. Odds are, if you listen to a rock radio station for around 4 hours, you will hear a Tony Levin bass track.
In addition to being a crucial member of many prog rock bands, Levin has also been a first-call session/tour player for nearly 40 years, including work with Paul Simon, John Lennon, Stevie Nicks, Pink Floyd, Peter Frampton, James Taylor, Gary Burton, Buddy Rich, and Cher.
“Though there are many artists he has played and recorded with, I got into Tony’s playing through progressive rock pioneers King Crimson and Peter Gabriel. Little did I know at that time Tony would have tremendous impact on me as a bassist. His unique approach and style is what makes everything he does so great, and that in my opinion is the mark of great musician. His tone is also unforgettable, and he still continues to “wow” people around the world wielding his Music Man Stingray!
It was cool to sit down in his hotel room and listen to his story. It is always a big deal for me to be able to meet my heroes. I hope everyone enjoys the following video interview with the great Tony Levin.” -Dave Fowler / Editor in Chief