BIG Music News: The Who, Queen

THE WHO:  Remembering John Entwistle 

The Who went from three original members to two on this day in 2002, when John Entwistle died of a heart attack induced by cocaine use in his Las Vegas hotel room on the eve of an extensive tour. He was 57.

In July 2001, a year before his death, John Entwistle explained why he continued to work:  "I think we got grossly underpaid for what we achieved. I still play for money, I have to play for money. I have to think about money because of my lifestyle and people I have to support. Money good. Poverty bad."

Despite the loss, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey went ahead with the tour, starting four days later in Los Angeles with Pino Palladino filling in on bass.

Pete Townshend talked about The Who continuing after Entwistle's 2002 death:  

"Now a lot of people felt at first that that's what we should have done -- in other words it was bad taste to go on. And John's mother, Queenie, hates it when I talk like, and probably quite rightly, but you know I think it was bad taste for John to die. It was an awful thing to happen at that particular moment -- the day before our tour started. But it is what happened and, you know, Roger and I were just shaken to our boots by it."

Pete Townshend comments on John Entwistle's bass playing:

"There was nothing that I could ever play that he couldn't immediately replicate. I've always found that dismaying. And towards the end I started to think, 'Yeah he's not as good at it anymore.' And then I said to Bobby, 'Tonight, put one of my stacks over his side,' you know. And I said to John, 'Just for a laugh, can we do this? Just like the old days.' And he said, 'Yeah, okay.' And I said, 'I'll just throw a few things at you at the gig' and I did it. You know I'd go [sound] . Couldn't do it the other way around. He'd go [sound] and I kind of go, 'Okay, thank you. Conversation over.'"

QUEEN & BLACK SABBATH:  Legendary guitarists coming together?

Guitarist Brian May of Queen and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath have been friends for a long time, so it's no surprise that they've bantered about recording an album.

We know May is busy at the moment with the Queen + Adam Lambert tour, but Iommi isn't closing the door. He says, "Brian came up to my house a couple of weeks ago, and we started talking about it again... Yeah, I’d like to do something with him."

Until then, Iommi is busy working on a film of Sabbath's final tour, which ended earlier this year.


A concert film of Tommy Shaw of Styx performing with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra will air on AXS-TV on July 9th.

The gold record plaque for The Dark Side of the Moon that belonged to the late Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright sold at auction last week for $25,000.

Ray Davies will perform at a benefit on behalf of International Animal Rescue on Thursday in London.

Bonnie Tyler has performed in Germany, Austria, South Africa and Israel this year. She has shows set for Estonia and Lebanon this year. But, as of now, the U.S. and Canada aren't on the "Total Eclipse of the Heart" singer's schedule.

Tom Petty will finish his 40th anniversary tour at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on September 21st. Lucinda Williams will open.

Jonathan King, singer of the ’60s hit “Everyone’s Gone to the Moon,” was arraigned Monday in London, charged with committing sex crimes against nine teenage boys in the '70s and ’80s. King, who is now 72, went on to a long career as a label owner, TV and radio host and record producer, working with Genesis, 10cc and Blue Swede.

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