Pino Palladino was born in Cardiff, Wales. He began studying guitar at 14. He soon gave up his classical guitar studies and switched to electric guitar. At 17, he moved onto electric bass.
At 23, he moved to London where he joined Jools Holland’s band The Millionaires, with whom he toured the UK and the US. Jools Holland had initially gained fame with Squeeze. In 1983, Pino recorded the classic No Parlez album with Paul Young and joined Young’s band, The Royal Family, for 5 years.
Pino has maintained an active session calendar since the early 1980s. He has worked with artists as diverse as Ronan Keating, Bob James, Zucchero, David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Don Henley, Tears For Fears, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Gary Moore, Peter Cetera, Jeff Beck, Erykah Baduh, Go West, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Melissa Etheridge, Boney James, and John Mayer to name just a few.
In 1999 Pino, Manu Katch and Dominic Miller (a much in demand rhythm section by artists worldwide) record original material as The Tweeters. Paladino is also a member The Soultronics which backed D’Angelo on his Voodoo album and tour. During the summer of 2002, he was brought in by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey following John Entwistle’s untimely death on the eve of The Who’s tour of America. He has participated in all subsequent Who tours. In 2004, he was out on the road with Simon & Garfunkel and in 2005, he toured with the John Mayer Trio.
Pino can be heard on Eric Clapton’s albums Journeyman, Pilgrim, Reptile and Back Home. He also worked with Eric at The Party At The Palace, which celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee in June 2002. Most recently, they appeared together with Roger Waters at The Concert For Hope, a US Tsunami Benefit in early January 2005.
Pino joined Eric Clapton’s touring band for 11 dates in the Eastern U.S. and Canada in May 2008