a moment of silence for the quiet one
This is very sad news...John Entwistle, the superb bass player for The Who, was found dead Thursday in his hotel room. The 57-year-old musician apparently suffered a heart attack. The band was poised to launch a three-month tour.
Man, I'm busted up over this. I used to play bass, and Entwhistle's unemotional yet musicically amazing bass playing always gave me a humbling perspective on my own modest skills. I didn't so much aspire to be like him as realize I never could. His calm demeanor onstage contrasted with the wild antics of bandmates Pete Townsend, Roger Daltrey and Keith Moon. Yet his thunderous bass playing was never overshadowed; indeed, Entwistle pulled some amazing melodies from the traditional rhythm instrument (check out the amazing bass line of "Won't Get Fooled Again" and the bass solo--bass solo! on "My Generation"). With the Who, Entwistle was one of the unforgettable figures of rock's golden age.
Update: Fellow rockers and fans pay tribute to "The Ox."
Update 2: The Who to continue tour with session bass player