Robertino “Pag” Pagliari
Before picking up the bass, Pag had already been learning piano and guitar. Rock and blues were the foundation of Pag’s playing, becoming interested in bass by the influence of Jack Bruce in Cream. One day as Pag was browsing a record store in Hollywood (where Pag was born and raised), the owner played a record from Brand X with Percy Jones on bass, and it changed everything. Pag almost immediately switched to fretless bass, and began listening to Weather Report, Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and the other “fusion” bands of the time.
Long before Megadeth, Robertino met Chris Poland. Along with Gar Samuelson (who would hold the drum throne for Megadeth), Gar, Chris and Robertino were in the LA based fusion band the New Yorkers. Though the tapes have yet to surface as releases, there are some studio and live recordings of that lineup.
Between the New Yorkers and now OHM, Pag was in several rock and metal bands. He also played on records with Steve Lukather, and the legendary Frank Gambale.
Just after Megadeth, Chris and Robertino continued to play together off and on in other projects. With Chris, OHM was formed in 1997 with Koko Bermejo on drums. Pag has recorded three studio discs and one live disc with OHM. Also during this time, Pag has played bass on the debut and forthcoming sophomore efforts with three members of Umphrey’s McGee and Chris Poland, a project dubbed OHMphrey. Robertino continues to occasionally tour with Chris and OHMphrey, but is focused on playing bass (and occasionally vocals) with Chris and David Eagle in OHM.