Jay Bentley

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Jay Bentley
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Jay Bentley playing with Bad Religion at the Starland Ballroom
Background information
Born (1964-06-06) June 6, 1964 (age 50)
Origin Kansas, United States
Genres Punk rock
Occupation(s) Magician, Sparkle Motion Operator
Instruments Bass, Guitar, vocals
Years active 1979–present
Labels Epitaph
Atlantic
ANTI-
Associated acts Bad Religion (1979-1983, 1986-)

Jay Dee Bentley (born on June 6, 1964 in Wichita, Kansas) is the bassist and co-founding member of the punk rock group Bad Religion.[1] He has played with the band through its whole existence with a small break between 1983 and 1985.


Bad Religion[edit]

Jay played in Bad Religion for three 1/2 years (between 1979[2] and 1983), and left while the band was in the midst of writing and recording their 2nd album, Into the Unknown. Jay was also a onetime member of such notable L.A. groups as Wasted Youth, T.S.O.L., The Circle Jerks and Cathedral Of Tears. He rejoined Bad Religion in late 1985 while the How Could Hell Be Any Worse? line-up – adding Circle Jerks' Greg Hetson as the band's second guitarist – was reuniting to record the first three reunion albums, Suffer, No Control and Against the Grain, which are often considered their best releases. Today, Bentley continues touring and recording with Bad Religion.

Jay Bentley grew up in Saugus, CA. and later moved to the San Fernando Valley suburb of Woodland Hills, CA. As with guitarist Brett Gurewitz and lead singer Greg Graffin, Jay was also a student of El Camino Real High School.

He has appeared on every Bad Religion release, with the exceptions of Into the Unknown (1983) and the Back to the Known (1985) EP. The band's most recent studio album, True North, was released on January 22, 2013.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He has two sons: Miles (born 1991), Hunter Bentley (born 1993), and a daughter, Peribeau (2012). Today, Jay lives with Natalia Fabia and is a resident of Costa Mesa, California.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: Bad Religion". AMG. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  2. ^ According to the booklet of the Live at the Palladium DVD, Bad Religion formed in 1979 in Woodland Hills.
  3. ^ "Bad Religion - True North". epitaph.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  4. ^ Fadroski, Kelli Skye (July 19, 2014). "Bad Religion has good fun in Costa Mesa". The Orange County Register. p. Life 2. 

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