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Skylark of The Doobie Brothers

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Spector_Ray, Aug 8, 2004.


  1. Spector_Ray

    Spector_Ray

    Aug 8, 2004
    Texas
    I recently purchased the dvd The Doobie Brothers - Rockin' Down the Highway and like it a lot. The bass player by the name of Skylark played an Alembic and really tied the sound together. I haven't been able to find any information on this guy anywhere. Anyone ever heard of him? :confused:


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  2. FR5

    FR5

    Feb 12, 2004
    Netherlands
    There is indeed surprisingly little known about the man's past musical exploits. I got his autograph earlier this year after the show in Amsterdam, he seems a very private guy but he was the only one who came out after the gig to meet the die-hard fans (I have met the Doobs after a US show though).

    He is a worthy successor of Tiran Porter, also a very good bass player in my opinion and one of my sources of inspiration when I started out on four strings. Skylark plays a flashy 4-string Alembic with LED's in the fretboard. I'll try and see what I can come up with on this guy.

    Steven
     
  3. cetera

    cetera

    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    Skylark was born in the Netherlands (son of a GI and a dutch woman I believe).

    He wrote 'System Of Survival' for Earth, Wind & Fire and filled in with them on occasion I believe... :bassist:

    He plays Alembic & Lakland basses through Trace Elliott heads & cabs.

    He's huge! Around 6ft 6" tall! :eek:

    He's a supernice guy! :)
     
  4. FR5

    FR5

    Feb 12, 2004
    Netherlands
     
  5. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hawaii
    I've met him a number of times, great guy and great player! He's been with the Doobies over ten years. He makes his Laklands look like ukulele's :eek: The Doobies always had great replacement bassist after Tiran left....the first was Willie Weeks.
     
  6. cetera

    cetera

    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    They certainly did..... but Tiran was and still is THE man! Hugely underrated as a player and tasteful in his bass composition and delivery.... :bassist:
     
  7. Spector_Ray

    Spector_Ray

    Aug 8, 2004
    Texas
    Going back to the Rockin' Down the Highway dvd, I'm just so impressed at Sky's live tone and I think one of the marks of a great bassist is making the playing look effortless whether it's popping and slapping to just plain thumping along. I'd like to know find out about his rig and setup.
     
  8. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hawaii
    When the Doobies play out here, Skylark just uses whatever backline the sound company has and his Lakland.......he just has great tone. He also sings backup, and they all use in ear monitors.
     
  9. cetera

    cetera

    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    See my above post...
     
  10. I saw them in Detroit about two years ago. I thought the FOH guy forgot to put the bass in the mix...then when Skylark did his long solo during "Long Train Runnin" you could hear just how thin his tone was. His playing is top-notch, but I think his tone sucked. BTW...he was playing the illuminated Alembic.
     
  11. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Whoa! I thought Skylark's real name was Tiran! They're 2 different people?! :confused:
     
  12. I saw them several months back at the Grand casino in Tunica, Mississippi. If it was Skylark that was playing with them, he was playing through Mesa Boogie cabs. The whole band was.
     
  13. cetera

    cetera

    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    Er.... yes! :rolleyes:

    'Tiran Porter' was the Doobie Brothers bassist from 1972 (Toulouse St album) - early 80's. The last album he played on was 'One Step Closer' but he left before the tour for that album. 'Willie Weeks' replaced him on that tour and the Farewell Tour.
    'Tiran Porter' rejoined in the late 80's for the reunion albums 'Cycles' & 'Brotherhood' but then left again. 'John Cowan' from 'New Grass Revival' took over bass duties through the mid nineties and then left to be replaced by 'Skylark'.

    I agree about Skylark's bass tone... he needs more roundness and low end to his sound....but then what do you expect from an Alembic into a Trace Elliott?! :bag: :D
     
  14. And it seems in the endless cycle of musical chairs, John Cowan is back...
     
  15. Dave D

    Dave D

    Mar 1, 2009
    From my experience if a sound engineer has an ear for a powerful kick drum and guitars,the bass gets left out of the mix to a degree.I use Fender Jazz basses along with an Ampeg SVT 8/10.Depending on who is running sound on a given night,I get left out in the cold when it comes to certain frequencies being left out in the mix.I like to listen to The Doobies live at The Wolf Trap and of course the recorded DVD has been heavily mixed down to be well enhanced from the studio.Skylark's bass hits beautifully in the DVD.My point is if the live audio isn't on point for each instrument then something will suffer for the listener.His stage tone is probably killer.Getting it to the listener is another story left to the sound engineer.
     
  16. madurolover

    madurolover

    May 21, 2011
    Tampa Fl
    I saw them a couple of years ago in an outdoor concert. They had the best live sound I ever heard. They sounded hi-def with no speakers on the stage. The must be one expensive PA system they have. They made the warm ups BOC and Blackfoot sound like amatuers. I would love to know how they did that - it sounded like they were blasting their CD through a Bose
     
  17. ^^ We saw them at an outdoor concert in Omaha quite a few years ago and they sounded just like they were playing their CD's thru the PA system. They played along the banks of the Missouri river and they altered the words of the song Black Water from Mississippi to Missouri...got the crowd going. They wouldn't be playing there this year - that park is under about 10 feet of "black water".
     
  18. noeinstein

    noeinstein Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Northern California
    I think Skylark had a stroke.
     
  19. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hawaii
    He did.
     
  20. rptrsn2

    rptrsn2

    Feb 21, 2008
    Northeast Missouri
    Endorsing Artist: Aurora Strings
    I know this is a old thread but putting this out there for info. My wife bought me a 1996 MIA Deluxe P a bit back. It was bought from a musician/store owner that supposedly bought it from someone who was a lifelong doobie bros fan and needed money for medical bills. This bass was said to belong originally to the bassist from the doobie bros.This guy had lots of stuff that has been authenticated and I am just looking to find out if I can back this up. I do not know which of their bassists it belonged to. Not looking to prove it for resale cuz my wife bought it for me and that makes it priceless to me , just a neat story I would like to verify. If it helps it is a Honey Blond I think they called it with a tort pickguard and rosewood board. Thanks!