John Entwistle, the legendary former bassist for The Who, died ten years ago today. WZLX remembers him with a clip of a bass solo of his from 2000, just two years before his untimely passing. Watch the clip in the video above.
Live clips like this one better exemplify Entwistle’s versatile playing style than anything heard on a record. As a rock bassist, he could truly do it all. He could play with his fingers or a pick, with tapping or harmonics. He also innovated four-finger tapping on the fretboard and other techniques normally reserved for guitarists like volume swells. He influenced future generations of bassists with his lead-heavy bass lines, previously a rarity in rock & roll.
However he played, he did it all at a high level. It’s no wonder Rolling Stone readers named him the No.1 rock bassist of all time. And as talented as everyone in The Who is and was, Entwistle arguably had the most.
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