Mike playing at Live 105's "Not So Silent Night" Christmas Show in 2011
This past week Gibson.com has taken a break from guitarists to recognize how great bass players can make or break a band. The article includes some of Mike Dirnt's words of wisdom which you can read below.

"I try not to overplay, basically. I'm always leery of not crowding anyone and of not overplaying. I think less is more... As we play along, if it seems like it's fitting and if I keep hearing something in my head, I'll ask the guys what they think. A perfect example of that is "Minority" I had that bass note in my head and Billie wrote the song. At first it was just power chords. I had this melody in my head and we were playing it like a standard Green Day format song. I asked the guys if they minded if we tried something different and I played them the melody that was in my head. Billie really liked it; he changed the vocal melody at the end for a little turnaround. I asked Tre if we wanted to commit to the song being kind of Irish sounding, if he wanted to go to the snare and do a kind of marching drum roll. And he nailed it."

Other artists in the article include Mike Inez of Alice in Chains, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers just to name a few. You can read the full article over on Gibson.com.

Mike's quote is an excerpt from an interview that was done by Guitar Center after International Superhits was released in 2001.
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