We lost bassist John Entwistle of The Who 17 years ago today (June 27, 2002).
John Entwistle had a music career that spanned over 40 years. We lost him on June 27, 2002 at the age of 57. John Entwistle was nicknamed “The Ox” and was a very influential rock bassist. He was even voted as the greatest bass player of all time in a 2011 Rolling Stone magazine reader’s poll. In addition to The Who, Entwistle also fronted The John Entwistle band on U.S. club tours during the 1990’s. He died of a heart attack induced by a cocaine overdose June 27, 2002 in his room at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, one day before the first scheduled date of the Who's American tour. The Who formed out of London, England in 1964 with the classic lineup featuring Pete Townshend on guitar, Roger Daltrey on vocals, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered to be on of the most influential rock bands of all time, with over 100 million records sold worldwide. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
I remember catching the John Entwistle band a year prior to his passing at a club show in Poughkeepsie at The Chance. It was a great show and I remember being stoked to see the rock legend perform. I unfortunately never did get to see The Who live in concert.