Chris Wyse

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Chris Wyse
Background information
Born (1969-07-15) July 15, 1969 (age 50)
Queens, New York
GenresHard rock, Alternative Rock
Occupation(s)Bassist, Vocalist, Songwriter, Producer
InstrumentsBass guitar, upright bass
Years active1990–present
LabelsRoadrunner Records, Cooking Vinyl, Overit
Associated acts

Chris Wyse (born July 15, 1969) is an American bassist and vocalist, known for his performances with Ace Frehley, The Cult, Ozzy Osbourne,[1] Mick Jagger,[2] Tal Bachman and Jerry Cantrell,[3] among others. Wyse has played with The Cult from 2006 to 2015, and is the vocalist and bassist for Owl, a band he founded in 2007.[4] Owl, who have been described as "approaching timeless rock structures through a healthy amount of experimentation and instrumental intricacy" [5] released their debut in 2009, followed by the album The Right Thing in April 2013. The first music video from the album, the title track's The Right Thing, premiered on Rolling Stone's website in March 2013.[6] Owl will release their third album, Things You Can't See, in the summer of 2015.[7]


Wyse is a first-generation Irish American, and was born in Queens, New York. He discovered the music of Kiss, The Doors, and Led Zeppelin in grade school, and was inspired by Iron Maiden's Steve Harris to play bass. Performing with local bands in New York, Wyse's ability and innovative approach to the bass was quickly acknowledged, and at 17, he was profiled in Guitar Player Magazine. At 20, he was featured in Guitar For the Practicing Musician.

In 1990, prompted by the success of a studio session with musicians associated with Steve Vai, Wyse moved to Los Angeles,[8] where he devoted most of his time to playing with bands. After performing with artists including the band Lusk featuring Guns N' Roses's Chris Pitman and Tool’s Paul D'Amour, Wyse was introduced to acclaimed producer Bob Rock,[9][10] and became Rock's 'go-to' bassist,[11] playing with Rock-produced artists including Tal Bachman, as well as continuing to play with other artists, including Scott Weiland.

In 2001, Wyse played on The Cult's well-received album, Beyond Good and Evil,[12] which Rock produced. In 2006, he became The Cult's full-time bass player, touring worldwide and recording two additional albums.

In 2003, Bob Rock, who was then producing Metallica, urged Wyse to audition for the band. He was one of a handful of bassists selected to play with Metallica during the audition process, which was documented in the film Some Kind of Monster.[13]

In 2004, Wyse was recruited for Ozzy Osbourne's band by drummer Mike Bordin after they met while playing as part of Jerry Cantrell's solo band.[3] He played on Ozzy's Under Cover album,[14] which was included on Osbourne's box set, Prince of Darkness.[15] Wyse also played on Jerry Cantrell's covers band Cardboard Vampyres.[16] Additionally, Wyse performed and recorded with Bob Rock's band, the Payola$.[17]

In 2007, Wyse founded the current incarnation of Owl, an alternative rock band.[18] In Owl, Wyse acts as singer, songwriter, and producer, in addition to playing bass guitar and upright bass, sometimes creating Hendrix-like effects on the upright bass by using a bow.[19] Wyse formed Owl with his childhood friend, drummer Dan Dinsmore, and LA-based guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis.[20]

Wyse worked the on the third Owl record, Things You Can't See, in 2014. In addition, he played bass guitar on Ace Frehley's album, Space Invader [21] He toured with Frehley following the release of Space Invader. Things You Can't See was released in 2015, as was Frehley's Origins Vol 1. Wyse played bass on the record, which featured Paul Stanley on vocals for the track Fire and Water.[22]

Wyse left the Cult in 2015, and has continued to tour and record with Frehley.[23][22] In January 2018 he played "New York Groove" with Frehley prior to the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field. The song is a staple at New York sporting events; it is played when the New York Giants score and when the New York Mets win.[24]

Wyse joined the Hollywood Vampires in 2018. A supergroup that includes Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and Johnny Depp, Wyse began a world tour with the band in May.[25]


Year Artist Project Title Credit
1999 Scott Weiland's Big Blue Missile The Spy Who Shagged Me OST Bass
1999 Tal Bachman Tal Bachman Bass
2000 Nina Gordon Tonight and the Rest Of My Life Upright Bass
2001 Owl Flammable: A Tribute To The Red Hot Chili Peppers Bass, Upright Bass, Producer
2001 Various Artists Broken Machine: A Tribute To Nine Inch Nails Bass, Upright Bass, Producer
2001 Mick Jagger Goddess In the Doorway Bass
2001 The Cult Beyond Good and Evil Bass
2005 Ozzy Osbourne Under Cover Bass
2005 Ozzy Osbourne Prince of Darkness Bass
2007 The Cult Born Into This Bass, Songwriter
2008 Various Artists We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year Bass
2009 Owl Owl Vocals, Bass, Upright Bass, Songwriter, Producer
2012 The Cult Choice of Weapon Bass, Upright Bass, Songwriter
2013 Owl The Right Thing Vocals, Bass, Upright Bass, Songwriter, Producer
2014 Ace Frehley Space Invader Bass guitar
2015 Owl Things You Can’t See Vocals, Bass, Upright Bass, Songwriter, Producer
2016 Ace Frehley Origins Vol. 1 Bass guitar

Videography/Filmography/Television Appearances[edit]

Year Artist Title
1999 Tal Bachman "She's So High"
1999 Tal Bachman "If You Sleep"
2003 Metallica Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Film)
2006 The Cult "Wildflower" (Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson)
2006 The Cult "She Sells Sanctuary" (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
2006 The Cult Live At Irving Plaza (DVD)
2009 Owl "Pusher"
2010 Ace Frehley Behind the Player (DVD)
2012 The Cult "Honey From A Knife"
2012 The Cult "Love Removal Machine" "Wildflower" "She Sells Sanctuary" "For The Animals" (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
2012 The Cult "For the Animals"
2013 Owl "Perfect"
2013 Owl Destroyer
2013 Owl "The Right Thing"
2015 Owl "Who’s Gonna Save You Now"
2016 Ace Frehley :"Fire and Water"
2017 Owl "Lake Ego"
2018 Owl "Things You Can't See"


  1. ^ "Chris Wyse at All Music". Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  2. ^ "The Goddess In The Doorway". Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b "The Cult's Chris Wyse Interview". antiMusic. 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  4. ^ Wang, K.S. "The Cult Bassist Celebrity Drive". Motor Trend. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  5. ^ Armador, Valery. "Owl Releases The Right Thing". Bass Player Magazine. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Owl Examines Consequences In The Right Thing". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  7. ^ "CHRIS WYSE ON TOURING WITH ACE FREHLEY AND OWL'S THINGS YOU CAN'T SEE". Amps and Greenscreens. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Chris Wyse at LastFM". LastFM. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  9. ^ "5 Questions With Chris Wyse". The Viper Room. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Bob Rock at All Music". All Music. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Profile: Chris Wyse". Ampeg. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Beyond Good And Evil". MetaCritic. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  13. ^ "Some Kind Of Monster at IMDB". IMDB. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  14. ^ "OZZY OSBOURNE: Recording Lineup For 'Under Covers' Disc Revealed". Blabbermouth. 16 February 2005. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  16. ^ "Jerry Cantrell Forms New Band - Cardboard Vampyres". Glide Magazine. 23 June 2004. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  17. ^ "#GuitarChat with Chris Wyse and Jason Mezilis of OWL – April 16 at 9pm ET". Guitarkadia. 16 April 2013. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  18. ^ Sciaretto, Amy. "The Cult's Chris Wyse Steps Out With Owl". Noise Creep. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  19. ^ Newsome, Jonathan. "The Right Thing". March 1, 2013. Unsung Melody. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
  20. ^ "Chris Wyse At D'Addario Strings". D'Addario. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  21. ^ Hodgson, Peter. "Ace Frehley Working on New Album". July 22, 2013. Gibson. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  22. ^ a b BP Staff (16 February 2016). "Ace Frehley Enlists Bassist Chris Wyse and All Star Lineup For Covers LP". Bass Player. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  23. ^ Frazer, Bear (6 December 2014). "Chris Wyse Rocks With Ace Frehley, Preps New Owl EP". Arena. Arena. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  24. ^ "Winter Classic will be in 'New York Groove'". Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  25. ^ "ALICE COOPER On HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES Bandmate JOHNNY DEPP: 'People Are Going To Be Very Surprised When They Hear Him Play'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.

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