November 09, 2019
In between rehearsals before the 2015 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Green Day’s legendary bass player Mike Dirnt visited the Klipsch green room backstage and heaped praise upon us, saying he has always loved our speakers and headphones.
It was flattering, to say the least.
In 1986, Dirnt formed Green Day alongside Billie Joe Armstrong and would end up being one of the true icons of the early 90s punk rock era. Green Day still sells out shows across the world with fans flocking to see Dirnt, Armstrong, and Tre Cool, the green-haired (at the time) drummer who joined the band in 1990.
The California native fell in love with the Reference Premiere RP-160M speakers we had on display backstage and has since outfitted his entire home theater room with Klipsch speakers.
Meanwhile, we have caught up with the freshly minted Rock Hall inductee to ask him five questions. Short and sweet. No bullshit. Just the way Dirnt and Klipsch like it.
What was the first album you bought with your own money?
The first album I bought with my own money was the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey. I purchased it when I was five years old at Goodwill for 25 cents. Funny thing...in 2011, it was our stage walk-on music for the 21st Century Breakdown tour.
What is the one album or artist you can’t live without on the road?
What is the best live concert you have ever experienced?
The Rolling Stones at a small club, the Echoplex in Los Angeles.
Speakers or headphones?
On the go, definitely headphones, so I can be in my own world. At my home or in a hotel, speakers always!
How would you define quality sound?
In my opinion, quality sound is the truest representation of the original recording! I like to hear music the way the artist intended for it to be heard, not overly enhanced.