Bass Player - Jan 2013 - Mike Dirnt
Green Day bassist Mike “Dirnt” Pritchard earned his nickname by treating—or tormenting—his high school peers with bass jams that would make any proper headbanger proud. Nearly 25 years after forming Green Day, Dirnt is still doin' it. We talk tone and technique with the punk-pop powerhouse as the band preps to release the last installment of its trio of new albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!.
We also begin our coverage of Bass Player LIVE!, the biggest and best bass hang of the year, with photos from the exhibit floor and the concert that honored Lifetime Achievement Award winners Chris Squire, Aston “Family Man” Barrett, and Jaco Pastorius.
Donald Fagen is back with a new album, enlisting a host of hot bass talent; we speak with Freddie Washington, Jay Leonhard, Joe Martin, Lincoln Schleifer, and producer Michael Leonhard about working and playing with the Steely Dan mastermind.
In gear land, we check out a killer 5-string from Ibanez and a righteous rig from Tech 21, and we turn to John Goldsby and Ed Friedland for another installment of their informative Woodshed columns.
In our Transcription, we “Hitch a Ride” back to 1976 by talking to Boston’s Tom Scholz, whose brainy and ballsy bass line anchors the iconic tune. Hop on and Dig Deeper!