Pino Palladino

Photo courtesy of Fender Com Photo courtesy of Fender Com

Photo courtesy of Fender Com

An iconic player who serves the song first and foremost, his mind-blowing octave-effect enhanced performance on Paul Young’s hit rendition of the Daryl Hall composition “Everytime You Go Away” (The Secret of Association) reminded the world just how powerful a fretless bass could be within a pop context.

For over thirty years and counting, the chameleonic Giuseppe Henry “Pino” Palladino has been among the most in-demand session and touring bassists on the planet. Greatly inspired by classic rhythm & blues and American soul music, Pino mostly plies his craft with frets nowadays, utilizing a vintage 1961 Precision which has been replicated for the masses by way of Fender’s signature bass series.

Pino’s multi-genre resume includes stellar work with D’Angelo (2000 / Voodoo) to the John Mayer Trio, Adele, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Nine Inch Nails, and Herbie Hancock, among many other high-profile credits.

Kudos to Pino’s approach when anchoring Roger and Pete as he brings his signature artistry to The Who canon rather than attempting to copy the irreplaceable Ox as evidenced throughout Quadrophenia Live in London (2014) among other releases and live shows.