“Before me it was classic Fender Jazz, but I showed up with a bunch of Yamaha basses. Billy Corgan was totally cool with that… it’s never been, ‘Do what I say or else’”: How Jack Bates splits his loyalties between Smashing Pumpkins and his dad, Peter Hook

Jack Bates performs onstage with the Smashing Pumpkins
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Given that Jack Bates’ father is Peter Hook – one of the most distinctive bassists ever – it might seem as if Bates was destined to play bass, too.

But when asked if his dad was the reason he started, he tells Bass Player: “Partially, just because those instruments were around the house. It wasn’t a case of a 12-year-old me being like, ‘I want to be just like my dad.’ But after playing with him for years, he’s inspired me more and more.”

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.