The Who's summer North American tour will continue on despite the death yesterday (June 27) of founding bassist John Entwistle. According to a note posted on guitarist Pete Townshend's official Web site, "Pete and [vocalist] Roger [Daltrey] have decided that the tour will carry on, commencing with the Hollywood Bowl show on Monday. Bass player Pino Palladino has been drafted in for the shows. The Las Vegas and Irvine shows will be rescheduled for new dates."
Just six days before his death, legendary Who bassist John Entwistle said he was feeling like "an 18-year-old in a 57-year-old body." The artist, who was found dead yesterday (June 27) in Las Vegas of an apparent heart attack, gave Billboard numerous reasons why he had been feeling youthful during what would be one of his final interviews.
Paul McCartney wants fast food giant McDonald's to apply its U.S. animal welfare standards to its restaurants worldwide. The former Beatle, who married Heather Mills earlier this month, took time out from his honeymoon to write to the top 100 shareholders of McDonald's and urge the chain to extend the standards.
This fall, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will release "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 3." The Capitol Nashville album is the latest installment in a guest-laden exploration of folk and country roots music the band first began in 1972 when it teamed up with such legends as Mother Maybelle Carter, Merle Travis, Doc Watson, Jimmy Martin, and Roy Acuff to release the groundbreaking "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."
Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic rapper Trick Daddy is returning with his fifth album, "Thug Holiday," due Aug. 6. The album is led by the single "In Da Wind," featuring Cee-Lo, which has risen to No. 45 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart this week in its fifth week on the chart.
Timothy White, Billboard editor in chief since 1991, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack June 27, just as the magazine was going to press. He was 50. Timothy collapsed in an elevator in the Billboard offices at 770 Broadway in New York and was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital, where he succumbed. Timothy is survived by his wife Judy Garlan, his 10-year-old twins Christopher and Alexander, and seven siblings.
John Entwistle, bassist for legendary U.K. rock act the Who, was found dead of an apparent heart attack today (June 27) in a Las Vegas hotel room, according to a spokesperson for the Clark County Coroner's office. He was 57.
Penelope Spheeris has been tapped to direct the story of Sex Pistols lead singer Johnny Rotten (real name: John Lydon) and the birth of punk rock in 1970s England. Budgeted at about $8 million, the film will be produced by Rhino Films and Panacea Entertainment and is based on Lydon's autobiography "Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs" (St. Martin's Press, 1994). Shooting is planned to begin early next year.