Longtime Neil Young bassist Rick Rosas has died at the age of 65.
Young fan site Thrashers Wheat reports Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina broke the news on Facebook Thursday evening.
“This I truly hate to say,” wrote Molina. “Another brother, friend, gentleman … has passed … lord… RIP … Rick Rosas…god bless and keep you my brother…”
More details, including a cause of death, had not been revealed at press time.
Rosas’ lengthy career includes work with Joe Walsh, Ron Wood, Johnny Rivers and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others.
While playing in Walsh’s touring band, Rosas met Young at the Farm Aid III benefit in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1987. Impressed with his musical skill as well as his soft-spoken, laid back manner, Young invited Rosas to join his new horn-driven big band, the Bluenotes for their 1988 album, “This Note’s For You.”
Rosas played bass on Young’s 1989 classic, "Rockin' In the Free World."
Affectionately known as "Rick the Bass Player", Rosas recently filled in on the Neil Young & Crazy Horse tour of Europe after Billy Talbot had suffered a stroke.
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