Celebrated sideman was frequently Young’s go-to guy.
By Fred Mills
Bassist Rick Rosas, of Neil Young band fame, has reportedly passed away at the age of 65; the cause of death has not yet been disclosed. Fellow sideman Ralph Molina initially reported Rosas’ death via Facebook, and Young-centric fan/archival site page Thrasher’s Wheat confirmed it, publishing a statement from Young’s wife Pegi (read it below).
Rosas, aka “Rick The Bass Player,” had played with Young in various band iterations since the late ‘80s, touring with him and appearing on a number of albums; most recently he worked with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the reunion of Buffalo Springfield, additionally filling in for Billy Talbot (following a stroke) for the 2015 Crazy Horse European tour. You can see him on that tour in the video of “Down By The River” below. Over the years he also played with Pegi Young & the Survivors, Joe Walsh, Ron Wood and Etta James.
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.