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Gallery: Riot Fest 2018

We cherry-picked the essential guitar-centric happenings from Chicago’s three-day celebration, including performances from Johnny Marr, Elvis Costello, Incubus, Weezer, Bad Religion, Jesus Lizard, and more!

Mike Dimkich and Jay Bentley

Bad Religion’s Mike Dimkich and Jay Bentley

Dimkich goes old school by rocking a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Junior that is all stock, aside from a refinish and tuners. He loves the raw sound of a P-90: “It’s probably recorded more classic rock ’n’ roll records than folks would ever imagine and has been on most classic punk albums—NY Dolls, Sex Pistols, the Clash, 999, the Avengers,” he says, “plus the single pickup and minimal controls makes a guy’s life far easier in the heat of battle onstage!”

Co-founding bassist Jay Bentley, for the band’s 1988 classic Suffer and a few fan favorites, he rode hard and fast with his 1977 Fender Precision bass that has a DiMarzio DP122 pickup and a Badass bridge. And if you look closely, you’ll see that he has no tone or volume controls because “turning down isn’t an option.