The Who’s 2000 Performance Proves They Wouldn’t Be Legends Without Entwistle
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The Who is practically a supergroup: Pete Townshend’s impressive guitar skills and genius in music-making, Roger Daltrey’s soaring-high vocals that solidify every song from the group, Keith Moon’s extravagant talents for drumming that is easily considered to be the best, and of course, John “The Ox” Entwistle, the one who completes the group for downright supremacy.
Entwistle might be the shy one out of the four lads from London, but let him play a song on-stage and you would expect to hear him as the loudest person from all his colleagues. He is well-renowned for his musical contributions and is credited to have started the first bass solo in the history of classic rock, something that was quite unusual before and highly innovative in today’s music.
But what makes him so great, you ask? Well, The Who wouldn’t be “the loudest band in history” if it weren’t for him. Entwistle didn’t want to be undermined by Moon’s rambling drum beats and Townshend’s loud mounting of electric guitar, so he amplified his bass guitar to its full extent so that everyone could hear its distinctive influence on the song. And it worked so much and made the bass’s reputation skyrocket.
In this 15-minute clip on the Who’s Shoreline Amphitheatre concert back in 2000, you’ll notice why everyone loves to call John “thunderfingers.” Notice how extremely powerful those bass tones are, enough to overpower any instrument, proving Entwistle’s masterful skills once again.