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Adam Clayton's bass on Jimmy Fallon last night

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jmlee, Feb 18, 2014.

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  1. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Another evening of uninspired plunking from Mr. Clayton. That said, what was the pretty green bass he was playing on top of 30 Rock?
  2. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    Green Fender J with matching headstock and Pearloid PG I think. Looked very nice.
  3. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    That uninspired plunking has made him a millionaire............. just sayin.
  4. oh yeah, here we go again :)
  5. peteybass

    peteybass Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Roseville, CA
    Plus it perfectly fits the music, mood and feel of their songs...Which is whats its about.
  6. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Yes indeed.
    He's probably made more in one year than I'll make in my entire life (barring a lottery win, of course).
    And I do like a fair amount of U2's music, so respect given where it is due.
  7. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    Yes.....the bass is at the heart of U2, since other than the drums, the rhythm is all bass in their music, and the guitar is shimmering, thin accents, light on chords.
  8. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    Anyone know what acoustic bass he was playing near the end of the show?
  9. svtb15

    svtb15 Commercial User

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    Actually .. What he makes in a week while touring is more than most make in a year with a good corporate gig.. ;)

  10. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Yea I'm pretty sure Adam could give a rat's hoot that some guys on Talkbass think his bass playing is poor or uninspired :rolleyes:
  11. invalidprotocol

    invalidprotocol Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    In the rooftop performance I believe Adam was miming to a recorded bass track. I noticed some discrepancies between what was played and what he was actually doing. Looked like an old martial arts flick to me. It also looked like he faked his way through the acoustic bass routine for looks. I'm wondering if it is one of Fallon's.
  12. Bufalo

    Bufalo Funk in the Trunk Supporting Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Harrisburg, PA
    So are we going to have a Flea-inspired Adam Clayton backlash now?

    On the original question, I would figure that if he's buying a Fender bass, the custom shop is probably building it however he wants.
  13. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA

    I hate U2. I change the radio station the microsecond one of their songs come on. But Clayton's playing fits the music perfectly. In fact, his bass playing defines most of that band's biggest hits.
  14. Fully agree.
    I wonder if OP is willing to post some recordings of his playing for others to review. Also, I bet Adam's bank account is a little bigger too. Just sayin.
  15. I like this description and agree that their sound is bass dependent as mentioned here because of the guitar's role coupled with the fact that they're essentially a 3 piece if Boner doesn't play. Clayton is an excellent example for me to emulate as I overplay and the sound of the group suffers as a result.
  16. invalidprotocol

    invalidprotocol Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    I actually like Adam's playing and what he brings to the music, just what the song requires. I was just disappointed to see what looked like a bogus performance.
  17. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Every once-in-a-while someone gets one of these:


    Adam Clayton got one.
  18. Adam does what needs to be done and isn't interested in over-doing it (like many bassists who are more concentrated on doing a "look-at-me! Look-at-me!" performance). Some musicians believe that they are somehow half-assed if they don't do something complicated. Simplicity (within reason) is an artform that many just can't do.
  19. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Hi, I'm Adam Clayton and I approve this message.
  20. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Geez, this tired debate again... Like the man asked: What was the bass? Very pretty.

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