The Man in the Van With a Bass in His Hand: Mike Watt Turns 50

Friend to Jalopnik, living punk rock legend (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Dos, The Stooges, etc), personal hero of mine and all around good guy, Mike Watt, is now 50 years old — damn! Even though our Pedro office shuttered its doors, we still keep our eyes and ears open for the latest Wattage. Above is a picture Davey G took of Watt in his Ford Econoline E-350. Yeah, it's got a V10. Like sacks in the NFL pre-Laurence Taylor, no one really keeps track of how many times musicians travel back and forth across the US. Mr. Watt has done the deed at least 50 times, which is a hell of a lot of driving. And that's not even counting Europe, Japan and where ever else he sails. Anyhow, here's wishing Watt 50 more tours and at least 50 more years. Happy Birthday, Watt! (Check out Davey's post on Watt's vans)