200 Bassists Play the Famous Bass Line of Queen & Bowie’s “Under Pressure”

Ding, ding, ding, de de, ding, ding–the bassline for Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pres­sure” is sim­ple and unfor­get­table. In Sao Paulo, ​British bassist Charles Berthoud paid trib­ute to John Dea­con’s riff, per­form­ing it with 200 oth­er bassists. Berthoud plays a beau­ti­ful lead; the oth­ers keep the rhythm going. Evi­dent­ly, the event was spon­sored by Rockin’ 1000, a col­lec­tive that stages gigs where hun­dreds of musi­cians per­form rock clas­sics togeth­er. You can find more of their videos in the Relat­eds below.

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Relat­ed Con­tent

Lis­ten to Fred­die Mer­cury and David Bowie on the Iso­lat­ed Vocal Track for the Queen Hit ‘Under Pres­sure,’ 1981

1,000 Musi­cians Per­form “My Hero” in a Mov­ing Trib­ute to Foo Fight­ers’ Drum­mer Tay­lor Hawkins

David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” Per­formed Live by The Biggest Rock Band on Earth (1,000 Musi­cians in Total)

Watch 1,000 Musi­cians Play the Foo Fight­ers’ “Learn to Fly,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spir­it,” Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel,” and The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled




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