Jack Bates: Off The Hook

Smashing Pumpkins’ Jack Bates discusses marathon performances, drop tunings, playing in an iconic band & what it’s like being the son of bass legend Peter Hook

Jack Bates: Off The Hook

Smashing Pumpkins’ Jack Bates discusses marathon performances, drop tunings, playing in an iconic band & what it’s like being the son of bass legend Peter Hook

It’s a rainy day on the road amidst a long stretch of touring for The Smashing Pumpkins — but for England native Jack Bates, rain is something he’s used to. Playing over three hour-long sets in one of the most successful alternative bands, however, is something that Bates is still getting accustomed to. Having held the bass chair since a round of tours back in 2015, and rehashing his role when the band members reunited in 2018, Bates is starting to get used to the rock star life. You could say it’s something embedded in his DNA, being the son of legendary bass player Peter Hook of Joy Division, New Order, and Peter Hook & The Light, the latter of which Bates himself has been a member since 2010. And while the father–son bass duo shares similar looks, mannerisms, demeanor, and vocation, Bates has blazed a trail all his own with his role in the Pumpkins. Stepping out of his tour bus and into the rain to greet us, Bates sports a Manchester United team soccer shirt and a w
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Jon D'Auria   By: Jon D'Auria

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