Trapped in Purgatory's Jon Hoare: “I don’t go for expensive gear. If I can make it from the car to the rehearsal room in one trip, then it’s mission accomplished”

Jon Hoare
(Image credit: Jon Hoare)

“I started learning bass when I was in high school. Two friends had bought starter guitars, and I was the designated bass player. We were going to form the best metal band ever. We had stage sets designed and a plan for a huge gig in the school hall before we could even play a note together. 

“We really didn’t have a clue, although I think that out of the three of us, I ended up pursuing the dream more than either of them. I had lessons alongside a good friend of mine in school with a guitar teacher that they drafted in just to teach electric bass guitar and guitar.  

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