Family, friends, and surviving members of iconic British rock band The Who attended the funeral of virtuoso bass player John Entwistle today (July 10) at a rural church in Stow-On-The-Wold, England. G
Family, friends, and surviving members of iconic British rock band The Who attended the funeral of virtuoso bass player John Entwistle today (July 10) at a rural church in Stow-On-The-Wold, England. Guitarist Pete Townshend, vocalist Roger Daltrey, and drummer Kenney Jones, who replaced Keith Moon after his death in 1978, attended the service at St. Edward's Church.
Entwistle, who died June 27 in Las Vegas at the age of 57 after suffering an apparent heart attack, was now "reunited with Keith up there making great music," the Rev. Colin Wilson said at the church, 60 miles northwest of London. "I think he would want us all to be strong, determined, unafraid of the future, ready to meet every challenge, to believe in ourselves and in each other and to try to keep believing in God, even if that seems rather difficult at the present time," Wilson said.
A large crowd of onlookers gathered outside the church to see Entwistle's coffin carried inside, followed by members of his family and his girlfriend, Lisa Pritchard-Johnson. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. Entwistle's family has requested that donations be made to the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust or the British Heart Foundation.
The Who is continuing on its North American tour with bassist Pino Palladino replacing Entwistle. The trek resumes July 26 in Mansfield, Mass., and is scheduled to run through Sept. 28 in Toronto. A June 29 show in Irvine, Calif., postponed in the wake of Entwistle's death has been rescheduled for Sept. 15.
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