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06-27-02 05:53 PM
patioaintdry According to Fox News Network John Entwistle passed away today in Las Vegas.
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06-27-02 06:01 PM
MRD8 This news has shocked me badly! I had plans to see them on this tour...I know Joey will be overwhelmed by this news as all true rock fans will be! Rest in peace Thunderfingers...!
06-27-02 06:08 PM
Mikey Just heard the same thing here in SF.

That's sad, on the eve of their tour.

06-27-02 06:09 PM
patioaintdry Who Bassist Entwistle Dies
Last Updated: June 27, 2002 05:47 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - John Entwistle, bassist for the rock group The Who, died on Thursday in Las Vegas shortly before the group was scheduled to begin a concert tour, according to Clark County Coroner's office in Las Vegas. He was 57 years old.

The cause of death was still under investigation, coroner Ron Flud said.

06-27-02 06:17 PM
gypsy Any word on the official cause of death?
06-27-02 06:25 PM
Gazza Like it says,its still under investigation..

I just read this same story on a Springsteen newsgroup board - still cant take it in as The Who have always been one of my favourite three or four bands

What a tragedy and terrible timing
06-27-02 06:28 PM
Honky Tonk Man This is devestating news, so so sad. God bless the great man

06-27-02 06:43 PM
patioaintdry The Who Live at Leeds is one of many enduring triumphs for this talented musician. It'll be blasting out of my stereo tonight.
06-27-02 06:54 PM
patioaintdry Who Bassist Entwistle Dies
Musician Was 57
Posted: 6:14 p.m. EDT June 27, 2002
Updated: 6:48 p.m. EDT June 27, 2002

A member of the legendary rock band the Who has died.

John The Clark County Coroner's Office and MCA Records have confirmed that John Entwistle, an original member of the 1960s rock group, was found dead today in his Las Vegas hotel room. He was 57.

Authorities said Entwistle died of a heart attack. The Who's manager Robert Rosenberg said he's "saddened and shocked."

The group, which consisted of original members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and Entwistle, was set to tour the U.S. this summer. The band was scheduled to play Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas.

The Who's original drummer, Keith Moon, died Sept. 7, 1978, of a prescription drug overdose. He was 32.

Entwistle was on tour last summer with rock review, "A Tribute to Abbey Road," where he, Heart singer Ann Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Alan Parsons and others played Beatles songs.

06-27-02 07:11 PM
sly What a drag. I have seen the Who a few times and I have tix for this tour. Real bummer. I assume the whole tour is cancelled.
06-27-02 07:25 PM
Fuc*ing Andrew Tour cancelled? Are you kidding? This is the break Bill Wyman's been waiting for.
06-27-02 07:29 PM
Scot Rocks

I can't believe I am shocked, this is the worst news I could have heard, just today I was listening to Tommy and Who's next and thinking how good a bass player, John was and looking forward to the Who doing more material. John was a brilliant bass player and an itegral part of the success of the Who and also produced some solo work. The Who were a band of supremely talented individuals who combined to provide some of the greatest music, we shall ever hear and now we have lost two of these individuals. We lost Keith Moon and now we have lost John and now things will never be the same again. John your music and your influence will live on for generations, thanks for everything.

John Entwistle R.I.P.

Mark (A distraught Who fan)
06-27-02 07:38 PM
Thursday 27 June 2002 11:46pm

The Who's bass guitarist John Entwistle is dead.
He died aged 57 in Las Vegas on the eve of the band's US tour.

A spokeswoman for the Clark County Coroner's Office confirmed he was found dead in a hotel in the city.

The cause of death is yet to be determined.

The spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that Mr Entwistle has died. His next-of-kin have been informed.

"He will be examined tomorrow so there will be no cause of death confirmed today."

The band's two-month tour was due to kick off on Friday at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

It is not yet known if the tour will continue without Entwistle who died at the Hard Rock Hotel.

A spokeswoman for the hotel said a statement regarding the death would be released later.

Born in October 1944, Entwistle also played the French horn for The Who alongside band-mates Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend and the late Keith Moon.

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06-27-02 08:05 PM
Martha I was on the phone talking to my Mother when I saw the Who on the evening news and wondered why they were on ...and then I saw the insert of John and the dates...birth and death...and inadvertently burst into tears. My poor mother didn't know what I was crying about as I just kept muttering...the's the Who. A terribly sad day for those who love the Who and especially for the family and friends.

An equally sad day for rock and roll. I'm so thankful that I saw them twice on the last tour...I especially watched John playing and was mesmerized by his increbile deftness on his Rickenbacker. May he rest in peace...and now I'll go cry some more and listen to some Who music out of respect.

It won't be the same....
06-27-02 08:06 PM
Sir Stonesalot Oh man, this is fucking terrible. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

I was going to see The Who in just a little over a month from today. Well, on July 29th 2002, the day that I was to go see the Who....I will play all Who, and nothing but Who.

In fact, I'm gonna go put on that Amsterdam '68 boot that I have......

06-27-02 08:27 PM
littleredrooster This is terrible news. I am numb. Can't imagine that the show will go on. I'll still travel to Las Vegas tomorrow, and attend any service or vigil that my occur in place of the concert.
We mourn the loss of a great musician.
Go in peace, John.
06-27-02 08:39 PM
Sir Stonesalot Hey Rooster....

Will you do me a favor? When you go to the vigil or whatever...will you light a candle for me? I thank thee in advance....

Listening to "A Quick One" from Amsterdam 1969.

I just poured myself an Absolut Citron & Tonic the size of Montana. Here's to you John. Thanks for all the great music. You will be missed, but never forgotten.

Sooooooooon be home...Sooooooon be home....
06-27-02 08:43 PM
Scottfree A toast to the great bassist!! On a positive note, maybe Ronnie will truly stay clean seeing as how his brethren has died young, lets hope.
06-27-02 08:47 PM
TheSavageYoungXyzzy I'm still in shock.

Maybe, one day, I'll be able to say something about what a tremendous man he was, how he just played so damn well with that band, how he was a rock that held the band together... oh God, that's just tragic, more tragic than anyone can possibly imagine. What a great guy, what a great band.

RIP John Entwistle - In an age where music seems dry and lifeless, you and yours injected real life and hope into the world of music, and just the world in general.

06-27-02 08:47 PM
littleredrooster Sure thing, Sire.
Maybe I'll be able to take some photos that I can upload to Gerardo to use as part of a tribute header next week.
06-27-02 08:48 PM
Martini An incredibly sad day. For my money, John was by far the best bass player in Rock history. I'm glad I got a chance to see him play a few years ago during the "Quadrophenia" tour. I loved his playing on everything, but especially "5:15." He was the best.

I think the tour is going to be cancelled very soon--at least I hope. (I don't want Pete and Roger pulling a "Spinal Tap"--the band is now "past tense" with John's passing). Ticketmaster has already cancelled some shows, with the rest to come, probably.

06-27-02 09:12 PM
Scot Rocks I am still in shock, on the radio news now over here, listnin to Who's Next and The Kids are Alright at 2.10am and I still can't believe it.

06-27-02 09:27 PM
Nasty Habits "On top of the sky is a place that you go when you've done nothing wrong (if you've done nothing wro-wo-wong)

And down in the ground is the place where you go if you've been a bad boy (if you've been a bad boy-oy-oy)

Why can't we have eternal life and never die?"

Heaven and Hell
John Entwistle

paraphrase -- I'm away from my records at the moment

"Never more will he come round. He's embedded in the ground."

Shit shit shit.

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06-27-02 09:29 PM
Martha from Rolling Stone Mag website:

John Entwistle Dies

Who bassist dead at age fifty-eight


The Who bassist John Entwistle died last night in Las Vegas of a heart attack; he was fifty-eight. Entwistle was in Vegas for an exhibit of his artwork, which was to be followed by a Who performance at the Joint, on June 28th, the opening night of the group's U.S. tour.

Born John Alec Entwistle in London on October 9, 1944, Entwistle grew up in the Shepherd's Bush area, and befriended Pete Townshend in school. The two played in a band together briefly, before Entwistle left to join the Detours, which featured guitarist Roger Daltrey, in 1962. Townshend joined the group in 1963, with Daltrey taking over vocals. Drummer Keith Moon soon joined the fold, and the group changed its name to the Who in 1964.

Amid the Who's frantic stage manner, Entwistle proved to be the group's eccentric . . . by being normal. While Pete Townshend windmilled and smashed his guitars, while Daltrey wailed and spun his microphone and while Keith Moon flayed away at the drums before kicking them off the stage, Entwistle quietly played bass, earning the nickname "the Ox."

In addition to the Who's prolific output, to which he contributed tracks including "Boris the Spider" and "Whiskey Man," Entwistle recorded prolifically in the early-Seventies. He released Smash Your Head Against the Wall in 1971, which was quickly followed by Whistle Rhymes a year later and John Entwistle's Rigor Mortis Sets In (1973), Mad Dog (1975) and Too Late the Hero (1981). He recorded The Rock in the mid-Eighties, an album that didn't see release until 1996. Entwistle's final release was 1999's live album, Left for Live.

(June 27, 2002)
06-27-02 09:57 PM
JaggaRichards I'm bummed.......Entwistle was my fave R & R bass player...what a loss......gonna go play the GREATEST Who tune ever, John's 'My Wife'.
06-27-02 10:30 PM
sirmoonie God bless John. You and your band made my life better and your music will live on forever.
06-27-02 10:30 PM
Scot Rocks More from the BBC...

John Entwistle, bassist for the British rock group The Who, has died in Las Vegas.
Entwistle, aged 57, died on Thursday, a day before the group was scheduled to begin a concert tour in the United States.

The cause of death is still under investigation but is not believed to be suspicious.

The entire Who family is terribly saddened by John's passing

The Who manager Bill Curbishly

Entwistle's fans are said to be deeply shocked by his death, and The Who manager Bill Curbishly said the band were devastated.

"The entire Who family is terribly saddened by John's passing," he said.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and the millions of Who fans the world over."

Bearded Entwistle, affectionately known as "Ox," died at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, said coroner Ron Flud, of the Clark County Coroner's office in Las Vegas.


"There was nothing suspicious about his death," said Clark County rescue services spokesman Bob Leinbach.

Entwistle has been described as one of the most influential musicians of his time

Also a talented artist, Entwistle was due to open an art show featuring his work at the Grammy's Art of Music Gallery in Las Vegas on Friday.

The gallery's assistant manager Diana Tabor said staff and fans were in a state of shock.

"I'm emotionally distraught just now, it's just devastating," she said.

"I just had to break the news to a client who broke down in tears."

The Who were one of the biggest rock bands of the 1960s and 70s, with hits including the massive My Generation, Pinball Wizard and Substitute.

Backing vocals

Their rock musical Tommy, which stared a young Elton John as well as The Who front man Roger Daltrey, became a huge hit in the West End.

Entwistle's death leaves just two of the original members of The Who - singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist/songwriter Pete Townsend.

Original drummer Keith Moon died of an accidental overdose in 1978.

In addition to playing bass, Entwistle helped out on backing vocals.

His forays into song-writing were limited to album tracks and B-sides. He later released half a dozen solo albums.


Entwistle, born in the London suburb of Chiswick in 1944, joined Daltrey in a forerunner of The Who in the early 1960s while still working as a tax clerk.

The band really took shape in 1964 and its stylised "Mod" outfits and haircuts spawned a generation of look-a-likes.

They were among the original bad boys of rock with a habit of trashing stage equipment after each set.

With Entwistle, The Who continued to tour in recent years.

Two years ago on a tour they raised more than 1m for a teenage cancer charity.

The reverence given to the group by contemporary rock stars was proved when they were joined on stage for their last gig by Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher from Oasis and Bryan Adams.

The planned US tour was due to take in venues in various states in the US, including New York and California.

It is not yet known if the tour will continue without Entwistle.

Cheers, Id better get some sleep

06-27-02 11:21 PM
Happy Motherfucker!! Nothing I can say that hasn't already been said. Thanks John for all the years of great music, you will be missed very much.
06-27-02 11:23 PM
patioaintdry wrote:
According to Fox News Network John Entwistle passed away today in Las Vegas.
[Edited by patioaintdry]

Let me add my groans to the chorus of moans. I saw Entwistle with the Who three times and was poised to see them for the 4th time with my bro Sir Stonesalot as a celebration of our adjacent birthdays.

This is not just the death of the world's greatest lead bassist. It's the death of the Who and it makes me sick.

God damn it.

You know what my first thought was, though? I IMMEDIATELY thought "oh NO. How is Joey going to take this?"

Joey, my C10 brother, Baba loves you, and so do I. In my mind you and the Who are inextricably intertwined, and that is a Gordian knot which no sword can put asunder.

When I saw "The Kids Are Alright" in the movie theater, and saw Entwistle's house with every square inch of wallspace covered with basses, I wanted to live in that house. I know he had to sell a lot of those basses at a low point in his career, and he also had to take some gigs which were beneath him (playing Beatle songs with Todd Rundgren, fer crissakes) but he's in the pantheon now. Perhaps a minor diety but a diety nonetheless.

I heard my favorite Who song, "I Can See For Miles", on the radio today. It was the last time I'll hear it without it being painfully in the past tense. And that, my friends, SUCKS.

Somebody buy me a drink.
06-28-02 12:24 AM
FPM C10 wrote:
Somebody buy me a drink.

Sir, I will buy you the most intoxicating substance yer mind can think up as long as you yourself do the buying with my cash and then share it with me.

I don't know... this is really a mortifying experiance for me, as they said in those days long past "Guys, this is really freaking me out...". It's like watching the fall of the Roman Empire in ringside seats. My mother tells me the only two deaths that stick out in her mind with startling clarity are John Lennon's and Jim Henson's, and I guess this is just another one to chalk up on the rapidly growing list of lives cut too short.

But it's really scary, too - if it happened to John Entwistle, it could happen to Ronnie, or Keith, or Mick, or hell, even Charlie - those guys are human too, no matter how much we elevate them to the point of demigods, invincible young men in our minds, but rapidly approaching the twilight years by normal standards. Stu died the hour I was born, a heart attack at what? 47? Hell, some of us kicking around here are probably 47 or even older. We immortalize the Holy Trinity's members so much that when people like Brian Jones, Keith Moon, John Lennon, George Harrison, and now Endwistle die, it snaps us back to reality, makes us remember that these guys are born into the same world we are, and, in the end, just like our ancestors and even us, eventually, they'll go back there, leaving behind only that legacy of music, hollow words from beyond the grave. And if music like that of the Who and Beatles and Stones survives even through the deaths of the band and their members, well, hell, that music's got a life of its own, doesn't it?

I guess what I'm trying to say is this: our heroes are mortal men, and even when they're given notes in the history books as being this or that, Old Gods Looooooong Dead, their music will still be rocking along, more alive than we'll ever be.

Rest In Peace, John Entwistle, and all who've come before you.

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