THE WHO'S WHO?: John Entwistle is well-known for a lot of stuff he didn't do: He never smashed a guitar, he never twirled a mic and he never drove a Rolls Royce into a swimming pool. In fact, as bass player for one of the greatest and most energetic rock bands of all time, he hardly moved.
What he did do was anchor The Who, a band that came perilously close to spinning out of control in live sets. Anybody who could keep a song together playing off of Keith Moon should be nominated for rock and roll sainthood. If you need proof of this, just listen to "My Generation," where Entwistle plays impossibly intricate bass leads amidst the mayhem.
His relatively low profile made him an enigma, something that has probably worked in his favor over the years. Those kinds of rock antics can exact a painful toll--just ask Pete Townshend's knees--or worse, an untimely death such as Moon's. No one will expect leaping windmill moves when Entwistle performs 'cause he never did 'em in the first place.
After a long and lustrous career that included writing a laudable share of Who songs ("Boris The Spider," "My Wife" and "Had Enough," to name a few), and being part of the best live album ever recorded (Live At Leeds), one can only venture a guess as to why Entwistle decided to tour smaller venues. Could be the guy loves to play music some place other than an arena.
Entwistle appears with his band on Wednesday, February 28, at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. The Luminarios and Joni's Butterfly open the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 day of show. Call 622-8848 for information. My guess is you should get your tickets early.
LAST NOTES: On Friday, February 23, Club Congress presents the swingin' Royal Crown Review for your listening and dancing pleasure. Opening the show are the Rugburns, presently on tour promoting their latest release, Taking The World By Donkey, an adventure in acoustic-based rock that refrains from taking itself too seriously.
Show starts at 9 p.m., with tickets going for $8 in advance, $10 day of show.
Also on Friday, the Tucson Jazz Society concert series continues with accomplished jazz pianist Fred Hersch and his trio coming to town for a single show at 8 p.m. at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. See the City Week calendar for details. Tickets are $8 for TJS members and ASDB students, $12 for the general public, and are available at Hear's Music, 2508 N. Campbell Ave. For recorded information, call 743-3399.
On Tuesday, February 27, don't miss Seattle band Sicko playing upbeat, fast tunes with an irresistible youthful fervor at Café Luna Loca, 546 N. Stone Ave. Their album, Laugh While You Can, Monkey Boy, is chock full o' pop hooks and intelligent lyrics, with no song exceeding a scant two minutes. The show starts at 8 p.m. with All Wound Up opening. Call 544-2427 for more information.
FALSE ALARM: Our sympathies to those whose enjoyment of the Rialto's Winter Blues Festival was dampened by city fire inspectors last weekend. It seems this hose job was the handy work of one overzealous bureaucrat, referred to by a fellow fire official as "Inspector Satan." After ordering the Thursday night show canceled, cutting the occupancy rate from 1,200 to 500 because of liquor sales and generally being a pain in the ass as he relentlessly counted heads at the Saturday night show, we hope his quest for power is sated. Meanwhile, the Rialto folks are meeting with Councilwoman Molly McKasson, Tucson Fire and the Downtown Development Corp. on Wednesday, February 28, to get things back on track. We hope that's the end of the story. The last thing downtown revitalization needs is another roadblock.
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