Aaron Abeyta (born August 8, 1965 in Sacramento), better known as El Hefe or simply Hefe, from el Jefe (Spanish for "the boss") is the lead guitarist and trumpet player for the California punk band NOFX. He started playing guitar at the age of 13, but he states that he started taking it seriously at the age of 15, joining his first band. He attended the Berklee College of Music and graduated with honors. Abeyta was given his moniker by his fellow band members for his superior mastery of the instruments he plays, and because at the time he joined the band there were already two "Erics", and that an "Aaron" would just be too much. Known for his self-effacing sense of humor, charisma, and many voice impersonations (Beavis and Butt-head, Yogi Bear, and other well-known cartoon characters), El Hefe joined NOFX in 1991. His first recordings with NOFX contributed to NOFX's EP, The Longest Line. He once owned a night club called 'Hefe's' in Eureka, CA. He lives in Stevenson Ranch, California. He has two children and is married to Jennifer Abeyta.
Contrary to a popular myth among NOFX fans, Abeyta did not play Miguel Aguilar in the movie The Bad News Bears and its sequels in the 1970s (that actor's name is George Gonzales), nor in the CBS television series of the same name (Charles Nunez was the young actor who played Miguel in the TV series).
NOFX Albums with El Hefe:
1992: The Longest Line,
1992: White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean,
1994: Punk in Drublic,
1995: I Heard They Suck Live!!,
1996: Heavy Petting Zoo,
1997: So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes,
1999: The Decline,
2000: Pump Up the Valuum,
2002: 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough To Go on Our Other Records,
2003: The War on Errorism,
2006: Wolves in Wolves' Clothing,
2007: They've Actually Gotten Worse Live!,
2012: Self Entitled,
2013: "Stoke Extinguisher"
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