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A Retrospective Of John Entwistle's Solo Career - 1975 to 1998 (Live)
John started touring solo in 1975. The tour was in support of his <then> current LP, Mad Dog, but John played his other songs as well. While John and his fans had a lot of fun, he unfortunately lost a ton of money and put a damper on his future touring plans.
The tracks below are samples from The Philadelphia Spectrum, March 15, 1975 and is available on CD (The King Biscuit Presents John Entwistle):
01 Heaven & Hell 02 Whiskey Man 03 My Size 04 Boris The Spider 05 Not Fade Away 06 Cell Number 7 07 Who Cares 08 Gimme That Rock & Roll 09 My Wife
Though a series of events, John ended up doing a mini-tour with the New York based band, Rat Race Choir. The band mostly played known Who songs (including John's). They also performed a special concert for the NY City radio station, K-Rock and the only way one could get tickets was to donate blood. On November 8, 1987, John played a few songs at the blood bank (during the day) and then performed at The Bottom Line in New York City.
The tracks below are samples from the Bottom Line show, which was broadcast live on K-Rock:
01 Summertime Blues 02 Pinball Wizard 03 My Wife 04 5:15 05 Boris The Spider 06 Bargain 07 Shakin' All Over 08 My Generation 09 Sparks 10 Won't Get Fooled Again 11 Twist & Shout
In 1988, John created a newly formed John Entwistle Band to tour in support of The Rock. Unfortunately, the record company (which was supposed to release "The Rock"), was busted by the FBI and the album wasn't released - but John toured with it anyway ("The Rock" was finally released in 1996). The band was mostly the same lineup as recorded on the album, with the notable exception of Steve Luongo (formally of Rat Race Choir), replacing Zak Starkey on drums. Henry Small (formally of Prism) was the lead singer (both on "The Rock" and this tour).
The tracks below are samples from New Georges, San Rafael, CA - July 21, 1988:
01 Stranger In A Strange Land 02 Love Is A Heart Attack 03 Bridges Under The Water 04 Billy 05 You 06 Trick Of The Light 07 Heartache 08 My Wife 09 Boris The Spider 10 Life After Love 11 Last Song 12 Suzie 13 Shakin' All Over
In 1990, John and several other well-known musicians formed a <very> short-lived (two concerts) "super group" (comprised of John Entwistle, Keith Emerson, Simon Phillips, Joe Walsh, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter & Rick Livingstone), which was called "The Best". They played a great show in Yokohama, Japan on September 26, 1990. The Japan show was broadcast and eventually made its way to DVD and CD in 2011.
The tracks below are samples from The Best CD:
01 My Wife 02 Too Late The Hero 03 Boris The Spider ("Jaws" Midsection)
While John was in New York to play bass on a few songs for Roger Daltrey for his Carnegie Hall shows (see A Celebration), John met up at the China Club to play with some of his friends. This show was a preamble for the next version of the John Entwistle Band (formed late 1995) as it featured Godfrey Townsend on vocals and Steve Luongo on drums. Some of you may recognize Eddie Vedder on a few of the songs (Eddie was also a roadie for John's solo band in the late 1980's).
The tracks below are samples from The China Club, New York, NY - February 23, 1994:
01 My Generation 02 Listening To You 03 Shakin' All Over 04 I Can't Explain 05 The Kids Are Alright 06 Happy Jack 07 Twist & Shout 08 Long Live Rock 09 Won't Get Fooled Again 10 Pinball Wizard 11 My Generation (2) 12 Baba O'Riley 13 Whole Lotta Love 14 My Wife
In 1996 John had a new band in place and began touring in January 21, by participating in a special event: A Party/Concert tribute to him and his fans at Tramps in New York City. Since The Rock was never released and countless fans had asked about it over the years, John released it privately and sold copies at his shows. The 1996 shows supported "The Rock" and featured mostly songs from John's solo and Who catalog. John loved to talk about Keith Moon. He deeply missed Keith and it seemed that part of his life never recovered. I had suggested that he take ownership of "Under A Raging Moon" and John loved the idea, making it a featured part of the band's set list. John loved his solo band. At times he claimed he "would much rather play with them then go out with The Who again" (although coincidentally he did).
The tracks below are samples from The Real Rock Cafe, St Louis, MO - February 8, 1996:
01 Heaven & Hell 02 Had Enough 03 Success Story 04 Trick Of The Light 05 Bridges Under The Water 06 The Real Me 07 Love Doesn't Last 08 Boris The Spider 09 Life After Love 10 You 11 Last Song 12 My Wife 13 Long Live Rock 14 Summertime Blues 15 Shakin' All Over 16 Bass & Drum Solo
The tracks below are samples from Barrymore's, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) - March 24, 1996:
01 Heaven & Hell 02 Had Enough 03 Success Story 04 Trick Of The Light 05 Bridges Under The Water 06 The Real Me 07 Love Doesn't Last 08 Under A Raging Moon 09 Boris The Spider 10 Life After Love 11 My Wife 12 Last Song 13 Summertime Blues
In 1998 the band had recorded the Van Pires album and unfortunately, the record company refused to release it until 2000. However, the band refreshed their set list and started working some of the new songs into their shows (despite the record company).
The tracks below are samples from The House Of Blues, Los Angeles, CA - July 28, 1998. This show was broadcast on the Internet (which was very ambitious at the time due to broadband limitations and technical issues):
01 Horror Rock 02 The Real Me 03 Had Enough 04 My Size 05 Sometimes 06 Under A Raging Moon (Drum Solo) 07 Success Story 08 Trick Of The Light 09 Whiskey Man 10 Shakin' All Over 11 905 12 Young Man Blues 13 Heaven & Hell 14 My Wife 15 Summertime Blues
Between all of this and beyond, John toured with Ringo Starr and his All Starrs, showed up occasionally to guest star at someone else's show, as well as toured extensively with his solo band through 2001...
Rest in peace John, you are missed by all of your loyal fans!
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