Ross Valory with Journey on September 16, 2008
February 2, 1949 |
|Genres||Hard rock, rock|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, vocals, keyboards, guitar|
|Associated acts||Journey, The Storm, Steve Miller Band|
|Jackson Concert, Music Man StingRay, Ovation Magnum, Peavey T-40|
Ross Lamont Valory (born February 2, 1949 in San Francisco) is an American musician and the band Journey's noted bass player. He and Neal Schon are the only original members of the band still performing with the group. Valory will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey in 2017.
Aside from his termination from the group during the Raised on Radio album sessions and subsequent tour in 1986, Valory has played on all of Journey's albums. For Raised on Radio, he was replaced on bass in the studio by Bob Glaub on three songs, while the remaining songs were played by future American Idol judge Randy Jackson, who also played on the subsequent tour.[page needed]
One of the innovations that Valory uses (it is not known if he is the inventor) is to string a four-string bass with the bottom four strings of a 5-string set. Thus, instead of the usual E-A-D-G arrangement, his bass is strung as B-E-A-D. This adds the five string depth to the songs, while allowing the quick fingering of a four-string neck.
He also plays keyboards and guitar.
- "Inductees: Journey". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
- Daniels, Neil (2012). Don't Stop Believin': The Untold Story Of Journey. ISBN 978-1849386579.
He was joined by guitarist David Denny, drummer Jack King and bassist Bobby Winkelman, all of whom would become members of the Steve Miller Band. In fact it was Jim Nixon, the manager of Frumious Bandersnatch, who would introduce the...
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