13 Bassists Who Look Like They've Left The Oven On

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Flea (Image credit: Kevin Mazur\/Getty Images for Parker Media)

According to a big old survey done by people wielding clipboards in your local high street, millions of people in Britain often worry that they’ve left electrical appliances switched on when they’ve left the house.

We blame the pace of modern life. We’re always in a rush to do this, that or the other, and electrical safety precautions take a back seat. It’s only when we’re in the middle of something else, often miles from home, that we remember the oven light and make that face. We could be having the time of our lives, then the all-consuming 1,000-yard stare takes over. There’s no shaking it off. It will ruin your night out.

Here’s 13 bassists who may* have been caught in the headlights of appliance anxiety…

Krist Novoselic, Nirvana: rushed out of the house after warming up last night’s leftover pizza

Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic

Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic (Image credit: Getty)

Troy Sanders, Mastodon: a bit too eager to have that grilled cheese sandwich

Troy Sanders

Troy Sanders (Image credit: Tim Mosenfelder/FilmMagic)

David Ellefson, Megadeth: distracted by a text message while showing his bandmates his new convection oven

David Ellefson

David Ellefson (Image credit: Gary Miller/Getty)

Chris Wolstenholme, Muse: the face of a man who’s returning to burnt leftovers

Chris Wolstenholme

Chris Wolstenholme (Image credit: C Flanigan/FilmMagic)

Les Claypool, Primus: “This next song is from Sailing The Seas Of Cheese… cheese… melty… oven… fuck’s sake.”

Les Claypool

Les Claypool (Image credit: Getty)

Tom Araya, Slayer: “On and on, south of heaven! On and… I’ve left the oven on, haven’t I?”

Tom Araya

Tom Araya (Image credit: FilmMagic for Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival)

Ben Shepherd, Soundgarden: he may have remembered to bring six big amps and an NFL sign to this outdoor show. But did he turn off his oven? Not so sure.

Ben Shepherd

Ben Shepherd (Image credit: Mat Hayward/Getty)

Twiggy Ramirez, Marilyn Manson: you can tell he’s left the grill on full blast, even though he’s wearing a… whatever the fuck that is

Twiggy Ramirez

Twiggy Ramirez (Image credit: Getty)

Cliff Williams, AC/DC: may have to text his neighbour to ask them to check the kitchen when Angus starts taking his school uniform off

Angus Young and Cliff Williams

Angus Young and Cliff Williams (Image credit: Getty)

Mike Dirnt, Green Day: probably going to have to buy a new house

Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt

Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt (Image credit: Getty)

Rob Trujillo, Metallica: hot appliance anxiety

Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo

Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo (Image credit: Steve Jennings/Getty Images)

Duff McKagan, Guns N’ Roses: so far… away

Duff McKagan and Axl Rose

Duff McKagan and Axl Rose (Image credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers: nothing worse than imagining your house ablaze while you’re mid-jump in front of thousands of people


Flea (Image credit: Rob Ball/WireImage)

* We can’t stress that enough. In fact, all the musicians pictured here have probably turned their oven off before leaving the house. So there you go.

Simon Young

Born in 1976 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Simon Young has been a music journalist for over twenty years. His fanzine, Hit A Guy With Glasses, enjoyed a one-issue run before he secured a job at Kerrang! in 1999. His writing has also appeared in Classic RockMetal HammerProg, and Planet Rock. His first book, So Much For The 30 Year Plan: Therapy? — The Authorised Biography is available via Jawbone Press.