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Adam Clayton - U2

Adam Clayton

Having been eased out of high school earlier in the year, Adam Clayton found himself free to spend the following months acting as manager for the fledgling U2, for whom he also served as bassist. Music had been a passion for Adam since discovering rock'n'roll in the mid-seventies, and he was whole-heartedly and optimistically committed to his band and his vision, an "undeniable belief" as The Edge later remembered. Although Paul McGuinness had assumed official managerial duties back in May, here was Adam hawking U2's second demo tape to anyone who would listen. Adam's defiant acts and attitudes in his schoolboy days are legendary, and serve preparatory notice of his extreme sense of bluff -- if you can talk the talk, you can arrange to walk the walk at the first available opportunity.

Mark Hoppus - Blink 182

Mark Hoppus

Mark was born on March 15, 1972, in California. When he was 14. his parents divorced and he went to live with his dad in Washington.His dad gave him his first bass and amp when he was 15, in return for helping to paint his house. He origionally wanted to be a highschool english teacher. Mark has the least number of tatoos/piercings in the band, with just a nipple ring and his left ear pierced.

Jaco Pastorious

Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius may well have been the last jazz musician of the 20th century to have made a major impact on the musical world at large. everywhere you go,sometimes it seems like a dozen times a day, in the most unlikely places you hear jaco's sound; from the latest tv commercial to bass players of all stripes copping his licks on recordings of all styles, from news broadcasts to famous rock and roll bands, from hip hop samples to personal tribute records, you hear the echoes of that unmistakable sound everywhere.

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