Live album features incredible backing band
By David Sands
Oct. 5, 2016
Next month, Mike Watt will offer up a sonic glimpse back to the early days of his solo career that’s sure to get fans talking. The groundbreaking post-punk bassist plans to release a live album that chronicles the 1995 tour that launched him as a solo artist following his time with the Minutemen and Firehose.
Ring Spiel Tour ‘95, a double album, captures a performance that took place at the Metro in Chicago on May 6, 1995. Remarkably, Watt’s backing band at the time included the likes of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, and William Goldsmith of the Foo Fighters. Fans can preorder the album here.
Grohl, Vedder, and Smear reunited with Watt onstage at a 2011 Missingmen show in Seattle to commemorate their classic tour lineup with an encore set that included Watt’s “Big Train” and the Stooges’ “Fun House.” (SEE BELOW.)
Right now, Watt is out on the road playing with il Sogno del Marinaio (Italian for the Sailor’s Dream), which also features drummer Andrea Belfi and guitarist Stefano Pilia. Their Canto Secondo European tour began Sept. 28 in Utrecht and concludes Oct. 29 in Rotterdam.
Title: Ring Spiel ‘95
Artist: Mike Watt
Release date: Nov. 11, 2016
Label: Sony Legacy
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