The Ox

Submitted Wed, 06/27/2012 - 10:36am by Pat Urban

June 27, 2012


  Ten years ago today, on the eve of a Who reunion tour, John Entwistle was in his room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  But he wasn't alone.  In the company of paid female companionship and cocaine, The Ox's heart gave out.  He was 57. 

  As rock-star deaths go, I guess that was a pretty good way to check out.  I remember being devastated, especially since I had tickets to see the band about a month later in Hershey.  It was to be my first Who concert, and in addition to mourning the loss of an amazing musician, I was afraid I'd never get to see my favorite band.  Fortunately for me, they got Pino Palidino to step in, and the show did go on.  Still, John was, and is, missed more than a decade after his passing.

  On my show today, I'll mark his death with a live version of 5:15 that features a Thunder-Fingers bass solo that still give me goose-bumps every time I hear it.  Enjoy.