John Entwistle’s death 15 years ago still resonates with me to this day, an irony not lost on me considering how much he embodied the quiet bassist.
If Roger was the brawn, Pete the brains and Keith the fire of The Who, then Entwistle was the quiet anchor playing the bass that held everyone together on stage as far as I’m concerned. It’s easy to lose count of his many legendary performances. But as for my favorite, I have to go to an old standby, his performance of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” from Shepperton Studios in from 1978.
To give you some idea of how amazing he was, here’s his standalone bass line from the same tune.
And he stayed true to his nickname, Thunderfingers, right up until he passed away this week 15 years ago.
A huge regret was not being able to see The Ox do his thing live as he passed away a mere month and change before The Who came to the Garden, still one of the loudest and most awesome shows I’ve ever been to.
How about you? What’s your favorite John Entwistle performance?
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