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Mike Watt to Join Flipper on Tour
Concerts & Tours

Mike Watt to Join Flipper on Tour

Punk bass icon Mike Watt will be heading to Europe as the third member of Flipper for their “’Till the Wheels Fall Off Tour.” He will be playing bass as well as singing with founding members Stephen DePace and Ted Falconi.

Aggronautix Introduces Mike Watt V2 Limited Edition Throbblehead
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Aggronautix Introduces Mike Watt V2 Limited Edition Throbblehead

Aggronautix has unveiled a new Mike Watt figuring to their Throbblehead series. The new statuette, which is the second edition of the punk legend’s likeness, stands seven inches tall and is made of solid polyresin.

mssv, Featuring Mike Watt, Announces Haru Tour 2022
Concerts & Tours

mssv, Featuring Mike Watt, Announces Haru Tour 2022

Mike Bagetta has announced a massive tour with his project mssv, which includes drummer Stephen Hodges and punk bass icon Mike Watt.

Bass of the Week: Reverend Guitars Mike Watt Wattplower Mark II
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Reverend Guitars Mike Watt Wattplower Mark II

Mike Watt is such an icon of the instrument that it’s only fitting his signature bass is equally epic. This week we’re checking out the second version of his Wattplower by Reverend Guitars.

Reverend Guitars Announces Mike Watt Wattplower Mark II Bass
Basses

Reverend Guitars Announces Mike Watt Wattplower Mark II Bass

Reverend Guitars and Mike Watt have teamed up to refine the bassist’s signature bass, dubbed the Wattplower. The new Wattplower Mark II features many of the original’s design concepts while adding a new pickup configuration.

Mike Watt Announces New Project with Todd Congelliere
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Mike Watt Announces New Project with Todd Congelliere

Bass legend Mike Watt has announced a new project with guitarist/singer Todd Congelliere called Jumpstarted Plowhards. The band will be releasing their first album, “Round One,” on October 4th with four more albums planned.

Reverend Guitars Unveils Lefty Mike Watt Signature Bass
Basses

Reverend Guitars Unveils Lefty Mike Watt Signature Bass

Mike Watt’s signature Wattplower bass from Reverend Guitars is now available in a left-handed version, the company has announced. The limited run was created as a gift for another punk rock legend. “Mike Watt wanted to have one made as a gift for Iggy Pop – a left-handed player,” they write. “Reverend Guitars saw this as an opportunity to make...

Mike Watt with Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder: Walking The Cow
Bass Videos

Mike Watt with Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder: Walking The Cow

Ever since the Ring Spiel Tour ’95 album came out last year, I’ve been hooked on this song. “Walking The Cow” is an odd little tune written by Daniel Johnston and reimagined here by Mike Watt along with Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Pat Smear, and William Goldsmith. Watt lays down a perfect bass line accented by a few pops and...

Reverend Guitars Unveils Mike Watt Signature Wattplower Bass
Basses

Reverend Guitars Unveils Mike Watt Signature Wattplower Bass

Bass legend Mike Watt has teamed up with Reverend Guitars for a special signature bass called the Wattplower. The short-scale bass also features a smaller body and is reminiscent of vintage basses that Watt gravitated towards. “He was always modifying the vintage basses,” Reverend writes, “so Joe Naylor built the Wattplower with all of his favorite mods on board, some...

Mike Watt Releases Historic Live Album
New Albums

Mike Watt Releases Historic Live Album

A special piece of history has been released with Mike Watt’s Ring Spiel Tour ’95 album. It was a special time for Watt, who was just beginning his solo work after years of working with The Minutemen and fIREHOSE. His first solo album, Ball-Hog or Tugboat? was released in February 1995, and he took the show on the road in...

Mike Watt with Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, & Pat Smear: Big Train
Bass Videos

Mike Watt with Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, & Pat Smear: Big Train

I’ve been revisiting some of Mike Watt‘s music recently after listening to his incredible interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, and this clip floored me. The punk legend toured in 1995 with a superstar band to back him up including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Pat Smear. Here’s the group on the Jon Stewart...

Mike Watt: The Stooges Are Writing New Music
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Mike Watt: The Stooges Are Writing New Music

The Stooges are back to making new music, says bassist Mike Watt. The band, which hasn’t released any new material since 2007’s The Weirdness, is still in the very formative stages of writing. “I’ll tell you this: James Williamson a few months ago had me put bass on nine songs that he gave to Ig [Iggy Pop] and Ig is...