Chris Wyse

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Chris Wyse
Background information
Born (1969-07-15) July 15, 1969 (age 49)
Queens, New York
Genres Hard rock, Alternative Rock
Occupation(s)Bassist, Vocalist, Songwriter, Producer
Instruments Bass guitar, upright bass
Years active1990present
Labels Roadrunner Records, Cooking Vinyl, Overit
Associated acts

Chris Wyse (born July 15, 1969) is an American bassist and vocalist, known for his performances with Ace Frehley, The Cult, Ozzy Osbourne, [1] Mick Jagger, [2] Tal Bachman and Jerry Cantrell, [3] among others. Wyse has played with The Cult from 2006 to 2015, and is the vocalist and bassist for Owl, a band he founded in 2007. [4] Owl, who have been described as "approaching timeless rock structures through a healthy amount of experimentation and instrumental intricacy" [5] released their debut in 2009, followed by the album The Right Thing in April 2013. The first music video from the album, the title track's The Right Thing, premiered on Rolling Stone's website in March 2013. [6] Owl will release their third album, Things You Can't See, in the summer of 2015. [7]

Ace Frehley American musician best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss

Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician and songwriter best known as the original lead guitarist, occasional lead vocalist and co-founding member of the rock band Kiss. He invented the persona of The Spaceman and played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982. After leaving Kiss, Frehley embarked on a solo career, which was put on hold when he rejoined Kiss in 1996 for a highly successful reunion tour.

The Cult British rock band

The Cult are a British rock band formed in 1983. Before settling on their current name in January 1984, the band performed under the name Death Cult, which was an evolution of the name of lead singer Ian Astbury's previous band Southern Death Cult. They gained a dedicated following in the United Kingdom in the mid-1980s as a post-punk/gothic rock band, with singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary", before breaking mainstream in the United States in the late 1980s as a hard rock band with singles such as "Love Removal Machine" and "Fire Woman". According to music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the band fuse a "heavy metal revivalist" sound with the "pseudo-mysticism ... of the Doors [and] the guitar-orchestrations of Led Zeppelin ... while adding touches of post-punk goth rock". Since the initial formation of Southern Death Cult in Bradford in 1981, the band have had various line-ups; the longest-serving members are Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the band's two songwriters.

Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne, also known as The Prince of Darkness, is an English vocalist, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".



Wyse is a first-generation Irish American, and was born in Queens, New York. He discovered the music of Kiss, The Doors, and Led Zeppelin in grade school, and was inspired by Iron Maiden's Steve Harris to play bass. Performing with local bands in New York, Wyse's ability and innovative approach to the bass was quickly acknowledged, and at 17, he was profiled in Guitar Player Magazine. At 20, he was featured in Guitar For the Practicing Musician.

Queens Borough in New York City and county in New York, United States

Queens is the easternmost of the five boroughs of New York City. It is the largest borough geographically and is adjacent to the borough of Brooklyn at the southwestern end of Long Island. To its east is Nassau County. Queens also shares water borders with the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. Coterminous with Queens County since 1899, the borough of Queens is the second largest in population, with an estimated 2,358,582 residents in 2017, approximately 48% of them foreign-born. Queens County also is the second most populous county in the U.S. state of New York, behind Brooklyn, which is coterminous with Kings County. Queens is the fourth most densely populated county among New York City's boroughs, as well as in the United States. If each of New York City's boroughs were an independent city, Queens would be the nation's fourth most populous, after Los Angeles, Chicago, and Brooklyn. Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.

Kiss (band) American band

Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley, Simmons, Frehley, and Criss.

The Doors American rock band

The Doors were an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore. They were among the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison's lyrics and his erratic stage persona, and the group was widely regarded as representative of the era's counterculture.

In 1990, prompted by the success of a studio session with musicians associated with Steve Vai, Wyse moved to Los Angeles, [8] where he devoted most of his time to playing with bands. After performing with artists including the band Lusk featuring Guns N' Roses's Chris Pitman and Tool’s Paul D'Amour, Wyse was introduced to acclaimed producer Bob Rock, [9] [10] and became Rock's 'go-to' bassist, [11] playing with Rock-produced artists including Tal Bachman, as well as continuing to play with other artists, including Scott Weiland.

Steve Vai American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Steven Siro Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer. A three-time Grammy Award winner and fifteen-time nominee, Vai started his music career in 1978 at the age of eighteen as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, and joined his band from 1980 to 1983. He embarked on a solo career in 1983 and has released eight solo albums to date. He has recorded and toured with Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, as well as having recorded with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Spinal Tap, and Ozzy Osbourne. Additionally, Vai has toured with live-only acts G3, Zappa Plays Zappa, the Experience Hendrix tour, as well as headlining international tours.

Lusk was an American psychedelic rock supergroup featuring members from Tool, Replicants, Failure and Medicine.

Guns N Roses American hard rock band formed in 1985

Guns N' Roses, often abbreviated as GNR, is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985. When they signed to Geffen Records in 1986, the band comprised vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. The current lineup consists of Rose, Slash, McKagan, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist Melissa Reese.

In 2001, Wyse played on The Cult's well-received album, Beyond Good and Evil, [12] which Rock produced. In 2006, he became The Cult's full-time bass player, touring worldwide and recording two additional albums.

In 2003, Bob Rock, who was then producing Metallica, urged Wyse to audition for the band. He was one of a handful of bassists selected to play with Metallica during the audition process, which was documented in the film Some Kind of Monster. [13]

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

In 2004, Wyse was recruited for Ozzy Osbourne's band by drummer Mike Bordin after they met while playing as part of Jerry Cantrell's solo band. [3] He played on Ozzy's Under Cover album, [14] which was included on Osbourne's box set, Prince of Darkness . [15] Wyse also played on Jerry Cantrell's covers band Cardboard Vampyres. [16] Additionally, Wyse performed and recorded with Bob Rock's band, the Payola$. [17]

Mike Bordin American musician

Michael Andrew "Mike" Bordin is an American musician, best known as the drummer for rock band Faith No More. He has amicably been known as "Puffy", "Puffster" or "The Puff", in reference to the afro hair style he wore in the early 1980s. The nicknames were coined by Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin, and they stuck around even after he grew out his hair and tied it in dreadlocks, a trademark look he has worn for most of his career.

Jerry Cantrell American musician and songwriter

Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. is an American musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist best known as the founder, lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and main songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains. The band rose to international fame in the early 1990s during Seattle's grunge movement, and is known for its distinctive vocal style and the harmonized vocals between Cantrell and Layne Staley. Cantrell started to sing lead vocals on Alice in Chains' 1992 EP Sap. After Staley's death in 2002, Cantrell took the role of Alice in Chains' lead singer on most of the songs from the band's post-Staley albums, Black Gives Way to Blue (2009), The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013) and Rainier Fog (2018), with DuVall harmonizing with him in the new songs and singing Staley's vocals in the old songs in live concerts.

<i>Under Cover</i> 2005 studio album by Ozzy Osbourne

Under Cover is the ninth studio album by heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. The album consists entirely of cover songs, with an emphasis on hard rock from the 1960s and '70s. This is Osbourne's first and only album to feature cover songs from various artists, although in 1982, Osbourne had released the live album Speak of the Devil featuring renditions of songs from his time with Black Sabbath. All but 4 songs were originally released in the box set Prince of Darkness, released earlier the same year. The additional songs on this album which are not featured in Prince of Darkness are "Rocky Mountain Way", "Sunshine of Your Love", "Woman" and "Go Now". Whilst he cites The Beatles as his favourite band, his favourite song of all time is Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale". He had wished to cover this song but was advised against it since it had recently been covered by a "close musical associate".

In 2007, Wyse founded the current incarnation of Owl, an alternative rock band. [18] In Owl, Wyse acts as singer, songwriter, and producer, in addition to playing bass guitar and upright bass, sometimes creating Hendrix-like effects on the upright bass by using a bow. [19] Wyse formed Owl with his childhood friend, drummer Dan Dinsmore, and LA-based guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis. [20]

Wyse worked the on the third Owl record, Things You Can't See, in 2014. In addition, he played bass guitar on Ace Frehley's album, Space Invader [21] He toured with Frehley following the release of Space Invader.Things You Can't See was released in 2015, as was Frehley's Origins Vol 1. Wyse played bass on the record, which featured Paul Stanley on vocals for the track Fire and Water. [22]

Wyse left the Cult in 2015, and has continued to tour and record with Frehley. [23] [22] In January 2018 he played "New York Groove" with Frehley prior to the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field. The song is a staple at New York sporting events; it is played when the New York Giants score and when the New York Mets win. [24]

Wyse joined the Hollywood Vampires in 2018. A supergroup that includes Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and Johnny Depp, Wyse began a world tour with the band in May. [25]


YearArtistProject TitleCredit
1999 Scott Weiland's Big Blue MissileThe Spy Who Shagged Me OSTBass
1999 Tal Bachman Tal BachmanBass
2000 Nina Gordon Tonight and the Rest Of My LifeUpright Bass
2001 Owl Flammable: A Tribute To The Red Hot Chili Peppers Bass, Upright Bass, Producer
2001Various ArtistsBroken Machine: A Tribute To Nine Inch Nails Bass, Upright Bass, Producer
2001 Mick Jagger Goddess In the DoorwayBass
2001 The Cult Beyond Good and EvilBass
2005 Ozzy Osbourne Under CoverBass
2005Ozzy OsbournePrince of DarknessBass
2007The CultBorn Into ThisBass, Songwriter
2008Various ArtistsWe Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New YearBass
2009OwlOwlVocals, Bass, Upright Bass, Songwriter, Producer
2012The CultChoice of WeaponBass, Upright Bass, Songwriter
2013OwlThe Right ThingVocals, Bass, Upright Bass, Songwriter, Producer
2014 Ace Frehley Space InvaderBass guitar
2015OwlThings You Can’t SeeVocals, Bass, Upright Bass, Songwriter, Producer
2016Ace FrehleyOrigins Vol. 1 Bass guitar

Videography/Filmography/Television Appearances

1999 Tal Bachman "She's So High"
1999Tal Bachman"If You Sleep"
2003 Metallica Some Kind Of Monster (Film)
2006 The Cult "Wildflower" (Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson )
2006The Cult"She Sells Sanctuary" (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
2006The CultLive At Irving Plaza (DVD)
2009 Owl "Pusher"
2010 Ace Frehley Behind the Player (DVD)
2012The Cult"Honey From A Knife"
2012The Cult"Love Removal Machine" "Wildflower" "She Sells Sanctuary" "For The Animals" ( Jimmy Kimmel Live)
2012The Cult"For the Animals"
2013Owl"The Right Thing"
2015Owl"Who’s Gonna Save You Now"
2016Ace Frehley :"Fire and Water"
2017Owl"Lake Ego"
2018Owl"Things You Can't See"

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