September 18, 2020

1996-02-16 – Tallahassee Democrat

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Tallahassee Democrat

CONCERT

J ohn Entwistle: From Who to here

The bass player IS
concentrating on his
solo career. He ’II
perform Monday at the
Moon.

By Mark Hinton

DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER

John
Entwistle
never bashed
his guitar to
bits on stage.
Never
twirled his
microphone
like a lasso.
Never drove
a limo into a
pool. Never
rigged his in-
strument
with explo-
sives on live
TV.

He left all
that up to his fellow band mates
in the legendary group The Who,
which Entwistle co-founded
along with Pete Townshend in
the early ’60s

Entwistle usually remained
motionless on stage, playing his
bass guitar like nobody’s busi-
ness and, basically, holding the
Who together musically.

He was the quiet one. The
one they called The Ox. A little
ignored, but quite possibly the
best rock bass player on the
planet.

Now that The Who is defunct,
Entwistle is taking it out on the
road again for a solo tour that
brings him to The Moon on Mon-
day night.

Entwistle will also make an
in-store appearance at the CD
Exchange, 1005 N. Monroe St..

Entwistle

He’ll make a
stop Monday at the
CD Exchange.

I WHAT: John Entwistle with
opening act Jonl's Butterfly.

I WERE: The Moon.

I DATE: Monday.

I “IE: 8 pm.

I PIIOIE: 878-6900. s

I 0031‘: $14 resetveti and
$8 general admission in
advance (21 and over); $12
general admission (18 to 20).
Add $1 to prices on day of
show. citizens.

from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. on Monday.

“I do a lot better stuff on
stage than I’ve done on record,”
Entwistle, 51, told an interviewer
recently. “But really, if you want
to hear me play some silly bass,
come and watch me in concert. I
was appreciated by my fellow
musicians, who knew what I was
doing. But the general public
didn’t really know."

During his tenure in the Who,
Entwistle contributed such mem-
orable tunes as “Boris the Spi-
der,” “My Wife," “Fiddle About"
and “Cousin Kevin” (the last two
from “Tommy").

Some of his finest playing can
be found on “Quadrophenia,” the
Who’ 5 other concept album
about the Mod movement in
Britain.

However. by the earlv '705.
Entwistle was suffering from the

George Harrison syndrome (his
songs were being passed over by
Townshend) and he became the
first Who member to start a solo
career.

“Smash Your Head Against
the Wall" appeared in 1971 and
was followed by the obscure but
catchy “Whistle Rymes” in 1972
(his “Apron Strings” is a seldom-
heard gem).

. if you want to
hear me play some
silly bass, come and
watch me in concert. I
was appreciated by
my fellow musicians,
who knew what I was
doing. But the general
public didn ’t really
know. ”

.Iohn Entwistle

He followed it with a down-
right goofy oldies album, “Rigor
Mortis Sets In,” in 1973 and then

“John Entwistle’s Ox: Mad Dog”
in 1975.

“There seems to be a resur-
gence of my solo stuff," Entwis-
tle said recently. “I decided to
remix about 21 songs from my
solo albums. So many people had
been asking where they could
get them - and they’ve never
been out on CD."

Many of these hard-to-find re-
cordings will soon resurface on
CD thanks to Rhino Records.
Look for a 20-track best-ot collec-
tion in your record stores soon.

Entwistle is also hawking a
new CD, “The Rock," while he’s
out on tour.

In the meantime, Entwistle is
finishing a memoir about the
Who that takes a light-hearted.
not embittered, look back on one
of rock’s best and most combusti-
ble bands.

“It's a funny book," he said.

“It's not a serious, tear-The-Who-
apart book.”