British bass player and session musician Pino Palladino has been tapped to replace the late John Entwistle on The Who's three-month American tour. Entwistle died June 26 from an apparent heart attack in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (CelebrityAccess, June 27). Entwistle was already taking medication for a heart condition.
Pallladino's work can be heard on albums by Joan Armatrading (Secret Secrets), Jeff Beck (Psycho Sam), Eric Clapton (Journeyman), David Crosby (Hero), D'Angelo (Voodoo), David Gilmour (About Face), Elton John (Ice On Fire; The One), Chaka Khan (Watching The World) and Pete Townshend (White City).
On the touring side, Palladino has backed Roger Daltrey on his 1994 solo gigs, and has played with Tina Turner, Clapton, and Stevie Nicks.
The Who's summer tour will now kick off July 1 at the Hollywood Bowl. The Las Vegas and Irvine, CA shows will be rescheduled.