Long Live Rock

It’s a sad day for bass players like myself. NYT: John Entwistle, Bass Player for the Who, Dies at 57. “John Entwistle, the quiet, efficient bass player who co-founded The Who and helped it become one of the most dynamic and successful rock bands in history, was found dead of an apparent heart attack Thursday in his Las Vegas hotel room. He was 57… The Who was to play at the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino on Friday, the first date of a three-month, nationwide tour. That show and another scheduled for July 1 in Los Angeles were canceled.”

Entwistle made a big impression on me musically. He was one of the first rock bassists to “open up the tone control” and really be heard. His solo on My Generation was groundbreaking, and aside from Paul McCartney, I have a hard time thinking of a more influential rock bassist.