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Speaking in a recent interview with Bass Guitar Magazine, Lamb of God bassist John Campbell spoke about his favorite bass guitarists. He said:

“I look at bass players who blow my mind. I look up to them, although I’m not sure I can aspire to reach to some of those heights.

There’s a local guy, Mike Bishop, who was one of the original GWAR bass players. Early on, he was just this local Richmond guy and a phenomenal bass player who I looked up to.

And Faith No More’s bass player Billy Gould, holy crap! He’s got to be one of my favorites ever. Those are bigger shoes than I could ever hope to fill.

I’m not a learned player in any way, shape or form. I just drink beer and play heavy metal. [Laughs] What I have noticed is that when I sit down, I take a hard look at myself and what we’re playing.

We have to play this stuff cleanly, efficiently and quickly. It’s a long way to get from the basics but I think I’ve nailed them pretty well.”

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