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My Prog Hero: Beth Hart on Primus' Les Claypool

The Grammy nominee has collaborated with Jeff Beck and Slash, but Primus and The Claypool Lennon Delirium's Les Claypool is still on her bucket list

“When I was a kid, I was a really huge classical buff and I still am. My mum turned me on to jazz and blues: Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, stuff like that. Then the neighbourhood kids started turning me on to Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and when I was about nine or 10, they got me into Rush as well. At that time, Rush were pretty big in America and Moving Pictures had just come out. I fell in love with that record, although my husband [road manager Scott Guetzkow] and my guitar player Jon [Nichols] always laugh at me because they say it’s the worst record of their whole career. It was Geddy Lee’s bass playing that did it for me and to this day, he’s probably my number one favourite bass player.

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