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The Epic Life of the Who’s John Entwistle

Bassist died on June 27th, 2002, of a heart attack

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In 1962, Roger Daltrey bumped into John Entwistle on the street and invited him to join his band called the Detours. Entwistle, who played the French horn and bass, suggested that his good friend Pete Townshend join as the group's guitarist. They began playing regular gigs at London's Marquee Club, and by 1964 they'd changed their name to the Who. 

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Live Aid

The Who broke up in 1982 after a farewell tour, but they reformed just three years later to play Live Aid. Entwistle was extremely frustrated by the group's long periods of inactivity in the 1980s and 1990s; he once said that being in the Who was like winning the lottery, but not cashing in the ticket. 

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Home Studio

In the 1990s, John Entwistle kept himself busy by painting and touring with his solo band and as a member of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band. The Who toured Quadrophenia in 1996 and 1997 before reforming on a more permanent basis in late 1999. 

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Entwistle and Daltrey

John Entwistle was found dead in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas on June 27th, 2002, of a sudden heart attack. The group was one day away from launching an American tour. 

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