Scott Thunes (pronounced TOO-nis) (born January 20, 1960) is a bass player, formerly with Frank Zappa, Wayne Kramer, Steve Vai, Andy Prieboy, Mike Keneally, Fear, The Waterboys, Big Bang Beat, and others.

Scott Thunes
Background information
Born (1960-01-20) January 20, 1960 (age 63)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Instrument(s)Bass guitar
Years active1981-present

Early life edit

Thunes was raised in San Anselmo, California.[1]

Career edit

He played with Zappa's band from 1981 to 1988, and plays on such albums as The Man From Utopia, Them or Us, Broadway the Hard Way, You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Does Humor Belong In Music?, The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life, Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention, Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch, Make a Jazz Noise Here, and Guitar, a double-album compilation of Zappa's live guitar solos.

His most prominent bass performance can be heard on Frank Zappa's Valley Girl, which peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

He played bass on Frank Zappa's Jazz from Hell, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1988.

More recently, he is touring on bass as part of ongoing The Zappa Band tribute group, made up of ex-Zappa band alumni Ray White (lead vocals, guitar), Mike Keneally (guitar, keys, vocals), Robert 'Bobby' Martin (keyboards, sax, vocals), and Zappa Plays Zappa alums Jamie Kime (guitar) and ZAPPA archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers (drums, vocals). In 2021, The Zappa Band tribute group opened for King Crimson multiple times.

Thunes is currently a Teaching Artist, for the Rock Band program at Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School in Novato, California. [2]

References edit

  1. ^ "Scott thunes". Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  2. ^ "The Zappa Band Announces Tour With Scott Thunes on Bass". Bass Magazine. Bass Magazine. 10 May 2022. Retrieved 15 November 2023.

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