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John Entwistle

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    The Who's "Other" Rock Opera Survives In Fine Form

    The Who: Quadrophenia Live in London Universal CD/DVD, various formats and prices While it is not their most famous rock opera -- that would be the one with a certain deaf, dumb and blind boy, Pinball Wizard, Acid Queen and good ol' Uncle Ernie -- the Who's Quadrophenia is in many ways the superio ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    Acid Queens & Screaming Teens: Behind The Who's Epic Tommy

    The Who -- Sensation: The Story of Tommy Eagle Rock Entertainment, 113 mins, $19.98 Blu-ray/$14.98 DVD Tommy, Pete Townshend's opus about a deaf, dumb and blind boy who could sure play a mean pinball, has become the gold standard for rock operas since the release of the double album in 1969. The st ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Michael Anthony Shanks, Houston's Merry Shankster

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Michael Anthony Shanks fancies himse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    The 10 Greatest Summer Concerts I Never Saw

    Well, kids, summer has arrived. If you have ever noticed, all the good concerts seem to come during the summer -- with May being more like a pre-show. My parents, when I was younger, took me to many concerts at some of these venues, mainly Contemporary Christian concerts. I myself had only been to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Support Staff: 10 Of Pop History's Greatest Backing Bands

    Being behind the scenes is what most musicians who don't write songs or sing expect of their lives once they start seriously playing. A career backing someone up can be extremely rewarding, particularly if you are part of a transcendent group of musicians that goes from simply backing up an artist i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    The 10 Greatest Rock Bassists of All Time

    Me (right), God help me, and Billy Sheehan circa 1990.​Last week, Neph Basedow wrote her list of the 11 greatest female rock bass players and she took a little heat for it, including some from me. But, she also got a lot right. At the very least, she highlighted the most under-appreciated musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Jerry Shirley: A Slice of the Pie Has His Say

    ​English lad and budding drummer Jerry Shirley was all of 16 years old in late 1968 when he received the phone call that would change his life forever. On the other line was Steve Marriott, the singer/guitarist for mod group the Small Faces ("Itchycoo Park"). Shirley's musical hero and new a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Dead People We Wish We'd Seen

    ​Regrets, sang Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Sid Vicious, I've had a few. (Or, for Sid, a feee-yooouuu.) So have we all. But if you review concerts for a living, there's nothing worse than someone you like dying before you get the chance to see them live. So for this week's Round Table, Rocks Off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Who's Too Old To Rock & Roll?

    ​It's entirely possible that the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney will each go on tour this year. With ages ranging from 63 to 69 among the four remaining core Stones, the band is obviously the oldest continuing touring rock act, capable of breaking ticket records almost 50 years into the gam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Five Reasons Your Bass Player Hates You

    ​John Entwistle. Paul McCartney. Cliff Burton. Flea. John Paul Jones. Geddy Lee. Les Claypool. Geezer Butler. Lemmy. Lemmy! These are just some of the best bassists that rock and roll has ever seen. But not all is bright for these folks, thumping or picking away on their rumbling four-string ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Ten Iconic Musical Nicknames, And 25 You May Never Guess

    ​You know what sucks? Getting saddled with a really awkward family nickname when you are younger and it following you until it takes a frenzied freak-out to stop it. We were once called "Pooter" by our mother until an eight-year-old Rocks Off gave her a terse look right before third grade star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Hit the Road, Jack: 10 More Notable Musical Deaths From the Past Decade

    ​ Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Congratulations to Our Live Nation Club Passport Winners, and More Background on That John Entwistle Photo

    ​ We finally have a winner in Rocks Off's photo contest for those Live Nation Club Passports we started giving away back when George W. was president. Not really, but it seems like it. Congratulations to Houston's Mitsy Parsons, whose shot of her with NYC up-and-comer Ryan Star at September's Coll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Please Help Us Give Away This Live Nation "Club Passport" We've Been Sitting on for Way Too Long

    [Note: While we're on the subject of House of Blues shows, please note the Goodie Mob/Scarface concert scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 14.]www.drivebytruckers.com​Once again Rocks Off allowed ourselves to get distracted and nearly forgot we've got this Live Nation ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    May 1, 2008
  • Music

    July 5, 2007

    Another Bump

    Ten of the best coke anthems, plus a shortlist for the Cocaine Hall of Fame

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2006

    Who's cool?

    So the Who is back on tour. Why should we care? Well, to start with, it's the Who's first visit since original bassist John Entwistle died in 2002, some 38 years after joining the band (which is now called "the Two" by those keeping count). Also, in October, the Who released Endless Wire, its first ... More >>

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Sisters Are Punking It for Themselves

    Mel Hell and Alice Sin lead the charge of the misfit boy-toys

  • Music

    January 9, 2003

    He Ain't Ever Coming Back

    Joe Strummer, a titan of the Clash

  • Film

    November 28, 2002

    What Was Going On

    At long last, the spotlight replaces the Shadows that obscured the Funk Brothers

  • Music

    July 11, 2002

    The Anti-Clapton

    Rocky Hill hopes to find a smooth patch on his rocky road

  • Music

    June 4, 1998

    Flower Power

    A once-slumbering syndicated radio giant empties its vaults

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    February 15, 1996
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    August 10, 1995
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