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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Rick Rosas: 1949 - 2014

Rick Rosas: 1949 - 2014
Liverpool, England - July 13, 2014
Photo by Paolo Brillo

Statement by Pegi Young:
On Thursday, November 6th, I lost one of the dearest friends I had. An original Survivor, RTBP gave me love and encouragement and support as I progressed from a shy and timid singer and songwriter on our first record right through to the making of our last record, Lonely In A Crowed Room, which he loved and was very proud of. He was a brother to me as I was a sister to him. Knowing he was always there on stage at my right shoulder gave me great comfort and support. He was always there for me through thick and thin and never let me down.

His loss is a terrible shock to our band of Survivors, along with his many other dear friends and loved ones. So respected in the music community, he was truly an amazing bass player. I was incredibly lucky and honored to have him in my band and to count him among my friends.

As with our dear friend, Ben Keith, Rick too passed on the occasion of the full moon.

His loss is profound and we will always miss him. Our hearts go out to his long time partner, Elizabeth, and the rest of his family they suffer through this unexpected and unthinkable loss.

Sending you love and light as you travel to the other side Rick.

Love always.

It is with great sadness that we report that Rick Rosas has passed away.

Rick Rosas, affectionately known as "Rick the Bass Player", has had a long musical career. Most recently, Rosas filled in on bass on the Neil Young & Crazy Horse tour of Europe (Billy Talbot had suffered a stroke).

Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina posted on Facebook earlier this evening the sad news.

(Details to follow...)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
(Rick Rosas far left)
2014-07-12, Hyde Park, London, England
Photo by Paolo Brillo
(Click photo to enlarge)

In an interview with Rick Rosas in 2010 with Tintamarre:
Tintamarre: Recently, Neil Young lost two of his closest friends, Johnson and of course Ben Keith, who you knew well too… Now, we learn there was a fire at Neil’s property…

All these events must make him really sad. Do you know anything about the amount of loss ?

Rick Rosas: Don’t know much but I heard linkvolt (an ecologic car created by Neil Young himself) was damaged… He has put so much time in that car, god bless him. I have 2 vintage basses in that warehouse hope they are still there…

I do miss Ben and Larry dearly, they were wonderful souls.

For full interview with Rick Rosas, see Tintamarre for transcript.

Neil Young, Rick "The Bass Player" Rosas, Richie Furay
Photo by Joe "The Drummer" Vitale

Rick Rosas has performed Joe Walsh, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Rivers, Ron Wood, Etta James, and the Buffalo Springfield, among others.

Rick Rosas, Ivan Neville, Joe Vitale
Photo by John Nunu Zomot | Facebook - Bonnaroo 2011 (60)

From Wikipedia:
While playing in Walsh’s touring band, Rick met Neil Young at the Farm Aid III benefit held on Sept. 19, 1987 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Young was impressed with the bass player’s musical skill as well as his soft-spoken, laid back manner, and invited him to join his new horn-driven big band, the Bluenotes. It was a bold departure for Young to front a horn section but with saxophonist Steve Lawrence leading the band, the Bluenotes turned out to be one of the most successful musical aggregations of Young's storied career. They recorded their first album in November, 1987 through January, 1988 at the Studio Instrument Rentals in Hollywood and the sessions produced, This Note's For You and controversial single of the same name. Walsh introduced them at the Hollywood Palace in April of 1988, as “the best band in the country.” Rosas and Bluenotes drummer Chad Cromwell were hailed as the tightest rhythm section Young had played with since the Buffalo Springfield and they would frequently end their shows with Springfield classic, "On the Way Home."

Richie Furay and Rick Rosas
Photo from Rick Rosas Facebook Wall Photos (62)

From Wikipedia:
Rosas played on Young’s next album, Chrome Dreams II which finally saw the release of the epic 1988 Bluenotes track “Ordinary People,” he also provided backing vocals for the track “Dirty Old Man.” With an eclectic group of musicians, Young’s Electric Band toured America and Europe and Asia for nearly three years, playing material from nearly every phase of Young’s massive catalogue. A concert film, Neil Young Trunk Show directed by Jonathan Demme, captured an incendiary 2007 performance in Philadelphia, where in one scene Young is seen praising Rosas’ musical abilities, “Rick can play anything!” Another album, with Young, Fork in the Road was recorded during the tour, which culminated in a Hyde Park performance in London with Paul McCartney joining Young onstage for a cover of the Beatles’ "A Day in the Life".

Buffalo Springfield
Bridge School Benefit Concert 2010

From Wikipedia:
A year later Young invited to participate in the reunion of the Buffalo Springfield at that year’s Bridge Concert, the annual benefit Young and his wife Pegi hold to raise money for the The Bridge School for physically challenged children. Along with long time friend, drummer Joe Vitale, Rosas joined the original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, in two nights of musical alchemy that surpassed wildest expectations. A six show mini-tour followed in June of 2011 with concerts in Oakland, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and the Bonnaroo music festival but a planned fall tour was cancelled when Young broke his toe and took the downtime to write a memoir. While touring with Pegi Young & the Survivors, he got the call from Neil Young to fill in for Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot, who had suffered a mild stroke a few weeks before their 2014 European Tour, making Rosas the only bassist to have played with the' Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Crazy Horse.
Rick Rosas & Ben Keith
Cutting Room, NYC, NY 07-19-2007
Photo by Johnny Marr

Gone, but not forgotten...

UPDATE: Tribute to Rick Rosas on Thrasher's Wheat Radio



At 11/06/2014 07:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuccccccccccccccccckkkkkkk noooooooooooooooooooo.......cant believe this is true, just so him in Colmar this summer. he was groovin so strong...RIP rick

At 11/06/2014 08:27:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

"He sleeps with angels
he's always on someone's mind

He sleeps with angels he sleeps with angels

Too late too soon"

Rick - you will be dearly missed.

At 11/06/2014 08:43:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

ps - folks are leaving sympathy comments @ Thrasher's Wheat Never Sleeps | Facebook as well.

At 11/06/2014 08:46:00 PM, Anonymous Hound That Howl said...

Thanks for the good vibrations....Rest in Song Rick

At 11/06/2014 09:05:00 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Very sad. Always liked Rick's look (and grooves). R.I.P.

At 11/06/2014 09:09:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Heart Break Hotel

RIP Brother Rick!!!

At 11/06/2014 09:15:00 PM, Blogger setlistthief said...

Oh, God, I dread getting to this age. One of these days it's going to be Neil himself. I just don't know how I'll deal.

RIP, Rick, sleep with the angels.

At 11/06/2014 10:15:00 PM, Anonymous Harold Lepidus, said...

You could always tell Neil LOVED to introduce "Rick the Bass Player" ... You could always hear Neil Smile when he said it ... RIP RtBP

At 11/06/2014 11:21:00 PM, Anonymous kay said...

Terribly saddened by this news. (Someone needs to fix the links on this blog, there are two, to full interview of Rick). What beautiful soul, not to mention great player. r.i.p. Rick Rosas.

At 11/06/2014 11:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick Rosas was a guest of Lucas Nelson and Promise of The Reel at the Troubador in Los Angeles,2011; I regretted not shaking his hand afterward and telling him how much I enjoyed him iun "Prarie Wind."

At 11/07/2014 01:27:00 AM, Anonymous Savana Crawford said...

Rick's website has been down but now is back up. Please revisit his many accomplishments even though I know all of you know what they are. He will be missed greatly.

At 11/07/2014 02:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Incredibly saddened by this terrible news.

We are all getting older but this is still so unexpected.

RIP Rick

At 11/07/2014 03:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very sad. What a shock to read.
Rick was a member of Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, Crazy Horse and The Restless. Who else could say that. Really enjoyed his bass on records and in concert. Time to put Chrome Dreams on my old turntable, he really sounds good on that one. Thanks a lot for all the bass Mr. Rosas. RIP.

At 11/07/2014 04:17:00 AM, Blogger Wendy W. said...

Rick- There must be one Hell of a band where you are now. You know all the answers to all the questions. I'll see you later when my time comes, my brother in song.... You have the same birthday as me, btw. I am sorry I never met you in this life.

At 11/07/2014 04:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rust Radio is playing over 24 hours of Neil Young shows with Rick on bass.

At 11/07/2014 05:51:00 AM, Blogger BKD Stax said...

I am sure you are in good company of Angels of Music in heaven . Playing in bands for decades and working long hours in the music biz is more demanding than most could ever imagine , so much you accomplished as Rick the Bass player and such a sweet soul of Rock & Roll .
Our deepest sympathies from all of the Dunn Family who also knows how hard it is to lose a loved one . Rick the Bass player loved music & loved playing with Neil Young & friends and is a Legand that will be truely missed .
God Bless and RIP !
Brad Dunn

At 11/07/2014 07:25:00 AM, Anonymous regular stairs said...

RIP Rick, great stuff, great musician...

At 11/07/2014 07:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shocking and sad

Beautiful man and musician

Prayers and blessings for his family

At 11/07/2014 08:01:00 AM, Blogger MARIAN M. said...


My reaction was "NO!!!!!!!!!!"

Thank you for including the picture of Ben and Rick at the Cutting Room in July 2007.

I am the person sitting in back of Rick in the photograph.

He and Ben were so kind and gracious to us that night, as well as their playing with Pegi was just the best (Neil was there, too).

It was the most intimate concert that I've ever attended, and my heart is warmed thinking about it. There were only about 100 of us there!

May he rest in peace; he's earned it.

Marian M.

At 11/07/2014 09:22:00 AM, Blogger Peacelover Doc said...

While this is truly horrible news I'm glad I'm hearing it here. Bad news somehow is easier to take when you hear it from a friend. Thanks for everything you do Thrasher

At 11/07/2014 10:17:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Deepest sympathy and condolences to all who cherished his friendship, benefited from his cooking skills, and rocked to his flawless and sometimes fretless baseline...

At 11/07/2014 11:58:00 AM, Blogger Tweck9 said...

Such sad news. Rest in Peace, Mr. Rosas.

At 11/07/2014 03:41:00 PM, Anonymous Duluthfinest said...

Oh Rick !

What a sad Day for all us Rusties !!!

Thank you for the Buffalo Springfield, the Electric Band, the Survivors and three outstanding Crazy Horse Shows this summer ... Enjoy the Great Gig in the sky !!!

At 11/07/2014 04:14:00 PM, Blogger Soldier Steve said...

Have To Put On Trunk Show Dvd Tonight In Rick's Honor.No Hidden Path Is One Of My favorites.Such Devastating News,Still Hard To Believe,Neil Has Lost So Many Close Friends Larry,Ben,And Now Rick.So Cool That Rick Got To Experience The Power Of The Horse This Summer In Europe.Thanks For The Great 17 Shows.Your Music With Neil Will Be With Me Forever. Thank You Rick Rosas.

At 11/07/2014 05:22:00 PM, Blogger john said...

Utterly unbelievably bad news - Rick was such a great musician,and lovely man.It feels like a family bereavement,and for us all in a way it is.
RIP Rick.

At 11/07/2014 08:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad sad news, he slotted in so well with Neil's bands, RIP Rick

At 11/07/2014 10:20:00 PM, Anonymous AimlessBlade said...

Damn, this is really sad news. I'll never forget the first time I heard 'Crime in the City(Sixty to Zero Part I)' which is the tune that turned me onto Neil. RIP RtBP, we'll all miss you brother.

At 11/08/2014 01:10:00 AM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

He sure seemed like a gentle soul, as all the comments from those who knew him seem to suggest. Condolences to all who knew and loved him. Rest in peace, Rick.

A Friend Of Yours

At 11/08/2014 03:50:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Very sad news... Rip Rick.
I saw him live with Neil in 2008, that was so great !
Four years ago I was a litterature student in France and wrote some stuff for our local, student newspaper, Tintamarre. I added Rick on Facebook and asked him if I could interview him. And he said yes. I don't know anyone else who would do that for a student writing in an unknown paper. Thanks Rick !

At 11/08/2014 10:21:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks to all for the heartfelt comments on Rick. Most likely appreciated by Rick's friends and associates.

@ David Wilson - yes, your interview is linked above but looks like it is broken? Is the interview somewhere else online?

If not, happy to host interview here on TW. Drop us a line @

At 11/08/2014 12:38:00 PM, Anonymous Tom said...

Rick, It was great having you and your family as neighbors in MP. I'll miss you as I miss your mom and dad! I'm sure that after you took your last breath here on earth . . . that your next breath was surely in Rocker Heaven!!! Blessings my friend, Tom

At 11/08/2014 02:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was great watching you play at The Joint and other venues for the last 14 years!!!
The Two Cowboy Brothers!
We will be at your memorial1

At 11/08/2014 03:05:00 PM, Anonymous Jerry Combs said...

Though I won't be back 'til later on, if I do come back at all, but you know mw, and I miss you now.

I was fortunate enough to see Rick play bass on this song a couple years ago with the Buffalo Springfield, and way back with the Bluenotes, and many times between.

I'll see you in the stars RTBP.

At 11/08/2014 05:58:00 PM, Blogger LakerCrazy said...

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
―Thomas Campbell

Rest In Peace RTBP

At 11/11/2014 10:25:00 AM, Blogger Maz said...

Another friend gone :( Rick was a long time friend and I wish I had seen him more sad

At 4/20/2015 08:13:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Just heard about Rick's passing and I am totally bummed out. Loved hanging with him in his kitchen cooking up all kinds of goodies. Met in LA in '86 and stayed in touch throughout the years. I've hung out with the best of em and Rick was a genuine dude with no ego to speak of.
RIP your friend the Culinary Rocker JOHNNY CIAO

At 5/10/2019 10:35:00 AM, Blogger Mike Thomas said...

I was honored to be asked by Rick to write his Wikipedia bio. He was a terrific guy, funny, understand and a gentle soul. I miss him dearly as anyone who was privileged to know him. I have written two Wikipedias bios, Rick's and Larry Johnson's. Both gone too soon.

At 5/10/2019 02:55:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Mike - thanks for sharing. Very moving and heartfelt.

btw, comment bumped here:
Remembering Rusties 2019: "One of These Days"


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