Joe Principe

Joe Principe

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Joe Principe (born November 13, 1974) is the bass guitarist, backing vocalist and co-founder of the punk rock band Rise Against. He is known for his elaborate bass patterns in their songs. He primarily uses Fender basses, Mesa amps and cabinets, and he uses pick-playing exclusively.

He is also a strict vegetarian, an animal rights advocate and actively promotes PETA with his band.


Joe began his musical career at age 15, learning to play by ear and influenced during his formative years by Bad Religion, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, the Descendents and other like minded bands. Starting out in Chicago punk band 88 Fingers Louie. After 6 years of touring and releasing records with the band, Joe formed Rise Against with singer/guitarist Tim McIlrath, former 88FL guitarist Mr. Precision, and drummer Brandon Barnes. In 2002, Mr. Precison left and was replaced by Todd Mohney, who was replaced by Chris Chasse in 2004, who was later replaced by guitarist Zach Blair in 2007. Rise Against released their first two records (The Unraveling, and Revolutions per Minute) on Fat Wreck Chords, and their next three (Siren Song of the Counter Culture, The Sufferer & the Witness, Appeal to Reason) on Geffen, and their latest album Endgame was released on Interscope.

In the spring and summer of 1994, he worked for a few months at Rotz Records, in the infamous basement warehouse. He was fired for incorrectly packaging CDs for The Offspring's third album Smash.

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