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Nick Beggs?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Chief2112, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Chief2112


    Aug 31, 2011
    Greenville, SC
    Just started watching my Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning concert DVD I got for Xmas. I don't think I was famliar with Beggs' work before this but boy am I now.

    Watching him play that Chapman Stick is something within itself. That dude seems solid.

    By the way the DVD is amazing. The musicianship on that stage is sick and Wilson is a genius. Rock on!

    EDIT: Apparently the Chapman Stick he uses is modified. I thought it looked a little "bare bones" to be what I saw him playing on the DVD. Grabbed this off wiki:

    He has also significantly modified a Chapman Stick to a fully midi able instrument triggering midi from both bass and melody strings. He has named this the "Virtual Stick".
  2. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Yes, I concur. :hyper:
  3. pica


    Nov 26, 2009
    Nick Beggs was the bass player for Kajagoogoo back in the day.
  4. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    One can get the MIDI pickups installed by Chapman. They are modified Roland GK-3 pickups. Chapman takes the originals apart and reinstalls them to accommodate the flat Stick Touchboard - as opposed to a curved guitar/bass fingerboard.

    My Stick has only the Melody side with the MIDI pick up.
  5. Chief2112


    Aug 31, 2011
    Greenville, SC
    Whatever the hell it is it's impressive watching him play it! LOL
  6. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.

    And Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies/Infectious Grooves fame has cited him as an influence for years.

    Rev J
  7. Rickengeezer


    Feb 25, 2005
    Central Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Steve Clayton Accessories
    As far as I've seen, easily the greatest bassist to perform in a kilt.
  8. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    I am a fan of Nick, his funky playing in Kaja
  9. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    I saw that tour in 2000 (I think...maybe it was 2002? They shared the bill with King Crimson) and Nick was definitely making it hard for me to focus on JPJ! Plus he played a mean acoustic guitar on a couple numbers.

    He did not respond favorably when we started requesting "Too Shy" though!
  10. tindrum


    May 2, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    Big fan of his playing for many years. I met him once when he was playing for/with Howard Jones and can say he's one of the nicest, most down to earth "famous" musicians I've met. Great guy and an awesome player.
  11. portpc


    May 31, 2011
    If he tours with Steve Hackett again anywhere near you it's time well spent..........
  12. steele42


    Sep 11, 2012
    His work on Steven Wilson's new solo album "The Raven That Refused to Sing" is pure bass porn
  13. Beamrider


    Aug 24, 2007
    Abu Dhabi, UAE
    And in a skirt.
    With Jolly Rogers on it.
    And a stetson.
    And ponytails.
  14. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    ...And his bass line and execution thereof on the tune "ooh to be ahh" (White Feathers) is, for me, still one of the greatest examples of slapping on a stingray that I've ever heard. Other-worldly in fact. This song has transfixed me since '83 and still to this day I never get tired of listening to it. Extremely melodic, very controlled playing. Beautiful touch and execution...but punchy and in-your face (in fact, the bassline IS the song really)

    If, in the great universal bass playing lexicon, someone was to ask the question ...

    "what does a pre eb music man stingray sound like, and name a song which displays the signature stingray sound and then showcases it to it's maximum potential?"

    ...this song would be it; An absolute gem.

    Thankyou Nick Beggs
  15. RickC

    RickC Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    Funny you should mention that. I'll be at Steve Wilson's show in Boston this April. Looks like an incredible band - Marco Minnemman, Guthrie Govan, among others. But the best part will be catching Nick live for the first time.

  16. the_hook


    Apr 9, 2008
    I recently saw Beggs with Wilson and his band performing Luminol live on youtube. Nick's tone and playing are killer! The song is a masterpiece and that bass and drum duo are just outstanding. I bought the Kajagoogoo single for my sister when it first came out, and even back then the bass work stood out for me. I'll have to go back and listen to their stuff, and some of Nick's other works.
  17. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    Nick Beggs is definitely something else! I'd like him more if he'd put that Chapman stick down and play more of that Stingray! Lol but I love him regardless, great bassist!

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    Nick is outstanding.
  19. I just recently made a post about how I couldn't believe I never noticed the awesome bass line in Too Shy after hearing it after many years and how I went home and immediately did research on him. He is fantastic! (Limahl is a great vocalist too with a range as crazy as his ego). :)
  20. ERIC31


    Jul 1, 2002
    Maricopa, AZ
    Steven Wilson 'Luminol' Live In Mexico City (HD):