The Who opened its U.S. tour Monday at the Hollywood Bowl with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the surviving members of the band, offering up the only appropriate tribute to their late partner, bassist John Entwistle, who died last week on the eve of the tour.
They played the music that bonded them in life, as it does now in death, opening with "I Can't Explain," "Substitute" and "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" before Daltrey announced the concert was a tribute to Entwistle.
"Who are You" was next, followed by "Another Tricky Day," "Bargain," "Baba O'Riley," "Eminence Front," "Sea and Sand" and "5:15" without Entwistle's memorable bass solo.
Pino Palladino's bass, well down in the mix, made the absence of Entwistle's sound dramatically obvious.
"Love Reign Over Me" was followed by "Behind Blue Eyes," "You Better You Bet," "The Kids Are Alright," "My Generation" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."
After a "Tommy" encore that included "Pinball Wizard," "Amazing Journey" and "See Me, Feel Me" the night closed with a photo collage of Entwistle and The Who.
JON DEE GRAHAM OFFERS ENTWISTLE TRIBUTE
During his performance Monday at the Mercury Lounge in New York, Texas rocker Jon Dee Graham dedicated a powerful song about a departed friend, "Wave Goodbye," to John Entwistle.
"We always thought you were so strong," Graham sang, "I guess we all thought wrong."
Graham, whose set featured several songs from his outstanding new album on New West records, "Hooray For the Moon," including the Tom Waits cover "Way Down In the Hole," was brought back for several encores by the ecstatic crowd.
NO MORE VIBES TIX
Promoters are warning fans not to come to the sold-out Gathering of the Vibes festival in upstate New York over the July 4 weekend without tickets.
Cars without tickets will be turned away more than a mile from the site of the festival, which is located 20 miles northwest of Albany, N.Y. This year's festival, the seventh annual event, features former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and his band. The three-day bash also features Soulive, Deep Banana Blackout, Gov't Mule, Max Creek, NRBQ, John Mooney, Strangefolk, Steve Kimock, The Zen Tricksters, Les Claypool and Reid Genauer. Woodstock veteran Wavy Gravy will act as Master of Ceremonies.
MARC ANTHONY MARRIAGE ON THE ROCKS
Salsa star Marc Anthony, who crossed over to the pop charts in 2000 with the hit "I Need To Know," has separated from his wife of two years, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres.
Anthony, 33, and Torres, 26, were married in May 2000 and have a 16-month-old son, Christian Anthony Muniz.
LES AND MOE.
Bassist Les Claypool, whose Frog Brigade opened the show, joined headliners moe. Saturday at the Fleet Boston Pavilion to play "Meat" at the end of the first set. The second set included a "Won't Get Fooled Again" jam, a "Substitute" jam and "Pinball Wizard," in tribute to The Who and its late bassist John Entwistle.
ALLMAN BROTHERS, PHIL & FRIENDS AND GOV'T MULE JAM
Members of Gov't Mule and Phil & Friends performed with the Allman Brothers Band last weekend. At Summerfest in Milwaukee, keyboardist Danny Louis (Gov't Mule) played on "The Same Thing" and Phil & Friends' guitarist Jimmy Herring, keyboardist Rob Barraco and drummer John Molo joined in for "Southbound." Then at Deer Creek in Noblesville, Ind., Gov't Mule drummer Matt Abts and Louis jammed on "Just Before the Bullets Fly" and Herring and Barraco came out again for "Southbound." The Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule opened the show. Guitarist Warren Haynes performed with all three bands on the bill.