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.
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.
R&B star Monica will release her self-titled third album Aug. 20 via J Records. The set is said to be a blend of contemporary R&B, pop, and hip-hop, and features the production skills of such well-known talents as Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin, and Soulshock & Karlin.
Papa Roach scurries to the upper reaches of The Billboard 200, but is held to No. 2 behind the still mighty "The Eminem Show" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope). Eminem's set sold 381,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, more than double the 136,000 units Papa Roach's "lovehatetragedy" (DreamWorks/Interscope) moved in its debut week. While the Eminem tally marks a 28% sales dip, it's more than enough for the rapper to lead The Billboard 200 for a fifth-straight week.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Keller Williams, John Scofield, and Charlie Hunter top the list of acts set for the third annual Walther's Grassroots Music & Arts Festival, to be held Aug. 10 in Cockeysville, Md.