The legendary bass player first made a name for himself as cofounder one of the West Coast’s most influential punk bands, the Minutemen. Formed in the early ‘80s, the group’s rise to fame was cut short by the tragic death of lead singer D. Boon, who was killed in an auto accident in 1985.
After debating retirement from music, Watt and fellow Minuteman George Hurley decided to pick up the pieces and continue on as fIREHOSE. That band split up in 1994.
A year later, Watt reintroduced himself to touring. He played alongside Primus for half of the year and was supported by then-newbies Foo Fighters for the other half.
Both tours were highly successful, selling out most shows, and helped Watt widen his fanbase to include kids who may have never heard of his earlier bands.
Throughout the course of his solo career, Watt has toured with a number of projects, recorded a couple of well-received albums and has become known as Uncle Punk Rock to two decades-worth of fans and admirers.