Nathan Gregor Mendel (born December 2, 1968 in Richland, Washington) is an American rock bassist.He was a member of Christ on a Crutch, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Brotherhood before joining the Foo Fighters in 1995 after Sunny Day Real Estate had disbanded. Although Sunny Day Real Estate reunited for two more albums (How It Feels to Be Something On and The Rising Tide), he stayed with the Foo Fighters. He then joined with other Sunny Day Real Estate members Jeremy Enigk and William Goldsmith to form The Fire Theft, who released a self-titled album in 2003.He has scored the indie movie Our Burden Is Light, in which he also played a minor role as the main female character's best friend's boyfriend and bassist. The band he plays in the movie, Bleeder, consists of himself, Jessica Ballard, and Taylor Hawkins.Nate Mendel joined the Foo Fighters as the bassist, alongside Ex-Nirvana Drummer Dave Grohl. The band has since released five albums, and Mendel continues to play alongside Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett. Nate has one son, Noah with his wife.Mendel uses mostly Fender Precision Bass and Ampeg amplifiers but he used a Gibson Ripper bass in the "Best of You" video and sometimes uses Lakland Precision Bass copies while touring. In later years, Nate has also been seen using Ashdown bass amps.In January 2000, Nate Mendel organized a sold-out benefit concert in Los Angeles to benefit Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives, a group which denies that HIV is the cause of AIDS. At the concert, the group's founder, Christine Maggiore, gave a speech attributing AIDS to drug use, stress, and medications, and implying that people should not be tested for HIV, nor should they take antiretroviral treatment if HIV-positive.Responding to coverage of the Alive & Well benefit in Mother Jones magazine, Mendel wrote that "...popular ideas about AIDS are based on a hypothesis that does not stand up to scientific scrutiny." He further condemned HIV tests for their inaccuracy and HIV medication for its supposed "unproven efficacy and proven toxicity." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.