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Metallica: Can you have too many bass players?

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The Smashing Pumpkins may currently be suffering from a drummer dearth, but Metallica seem to have a sudden abundance of bass players. According to Billboard.com, both Robert Trujillo and his four-string predecessor Jason Newsted will perform with Metallica at this weekend’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony (a previous report stated that only Newsted would play).

It is unclear as to whether the pair will be playing any songs together — a situation that would surely contravene numerous Heaviosity Laws. But it did get us thinking about bands that have featured more than one bassist in their line-up.

The list is short but entertainingly motley: There’s Cop Shoot Cop, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Dos (a band formed by bassists Mike Watt and Kira Roessler), and King Crimson, who for a spell had two bass players and two drummers (which seems like waaaaaay  too much of a good thing, rhythm-sectionally speaking — and I say that as a drummer myself).

There is also a bassist supergroup called Bx3 whose membership includes David Lee Roth sideman Billy Sheehan, and whose version of Spinal Tap’s “Big Bottom” can be viewed here, though the footage mostly serves as a reminder why most bands make do with just the one bassist.

Anyway, have we forgotten any bass-abundant bands? Or can you think of any other notably unusual musical configurations? Let us know!

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