Chris Wyse

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Chris Wyse
Background information
Born (1969-07-15) July 15, 1969 (age 46)
Queens, New York
Occupation(s) Bassist, Vocalist, Songwriter, Producer
Instruments Bass guitar, Upright bass
Years active 1990–present
Labels Roadrunner Records, Cooking Vinyl, Overit
Associated acts The Cult
Ozzy Osbourne
Tal Bachman
Jerry Cantrell
Ace Frehley

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, among others. Wyse has played with The Cult since 2006, and is the vocalist and bassist for Owl, a band he founded in 2007.[3] Owl, who have been described as "approaching timeless rock structures through a healthy amount of experimentation and instrumental intricacy" [4] 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.[5] Owl will release their third album, Things You Can't See, in the summer of 2015.[6]


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,[7] where he devoted most of his time to playing with bands. After performing with artists including Guns N' Roses's Chris Pitman and Tool’s Paul D'Amour, Wyse was introduced to acclaimed producer Bob Rock,[8][9] and became Rock's 'go-to' bassist,[10] 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,[11] which Rock produced. In 2006, he became the Cult's full-time bass player, touring worldwide and recording two additional albums. In 2004, Wyse was recruited for Ozzy Osbourne's band by drummer Mike Bordin. He played on Ozzy's Under Cover album, which was included in Osbourne's box set, Prince of Darkness.[12] Additionally, Wyse performed and recorded with Bob Rock's band, the Payola$.

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 2007, Wyse founded the current incarnation of Owl, an alternative rock band.[14] 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.[15] Wyse formed Owl with his childhood friend, drummer Dan Dinsmore, and LA-based guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis.[16]

Wyse worked the third Owl recorded and on demos for an upcoming Cult record in 2014. In addition, he played bass guitar on Ace Frehley's album, Space Invader. [17] He toured with Frehley following the release of Space Invader.

Wyse has continued to record with Frehley. In 2015, in addition to touring with Frehley, he will tour with Owl to support Things You Can't See.[18]


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

Videography/Filmography/Television Appearances[edit]

Year Artist Title
2015 Owl Who’s Gonna Save You Now Video
2013 Owl The Right Thing Video
2013 Owl Destroyer Video
2013 Owl Perfect Video
2012 The Cult For the Animals Video
2012 The Cult Love Removal Machine, Wildflower, She Sells Sanctuary, For The Animals Jimmy Kimmel Live
2012 The Cult Honey From A Knife Video
2010 Ace Frehley Behind the Player DVD
2009 Owl Pusher Video
2006 The Cult Live At Irving Plaza DVD
2006 The Cult She Sells Sanctuary Jimmy Kimmel Live
2006 The Cult Wild Flower Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
2003 Metallica Some Kind Of Monster Film
1999 Tal Bachman If You Sleep Video
1999 Tal Bachman She's So High Video


  1. ^ "Chris Wyse at All Music". Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Goddess In The Doorway". Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Wang, K.S. "The Cult Bassist Celebrity Drive". Motor Trend. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Armador, Valery. "Owl Releases The Right Thing". Bass Player Magazine. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Owl Examines Consequences In The Right Thing". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "CHRIS WYSE ON TOURING WITH ACE FREHLEY AND OWL’S THINGS YOU CAN’T SEE". Amps and Greenscreens. November 28, 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Chris Wyse at LastFM". LastFM. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "5 Questions With Chris Wyse". The Viper Room. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bob Rock at All Music". All Music. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Profile: Chris Wyse". Ampeg. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Beyond Good And Evil". MetaCritic. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Some Kind Of Monster at IMDB". IMDB. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Sciaretto, Amy. "The Cult's Chris Wyse Steps Out With Owl". Noise Creep. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  15. ^ Newsome, Jonathan. "The Right Thing". March 1, 2013. Unsung Melody. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Chris Wyse At D'Addario Strings". D'Addario. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  17. ^ Hodgson, Peter. "Ace Frehley Working on New Album". July 22, 2013. Gibson. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Frazer, Bear (December 6, 2014). "Chris Wyse Rocks With Ace Frehley, Preps New Owl EP". Arena. Arena. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 

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