Gary James' Interview With The Who's
It may be hard to believe, but "Tommy", the Rock Opera, is 25 years old. In support of that anniversary, Buena Vista Home Video recently released The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey, which chronicles the rise and long standing popularity of "Tommy".
We are proud to present an exclusive interview with John Entwistle, bassist for The Who. And we do mean "exclusive", since John Entwistle gave only three interviews promoting this video; one to United Press International (U.P.I.); one to C.B.S. Radio, and one to our own Gary James.
Q - Did it ever bother you that maybe Roger Daltrey or Pete Townshend would get more attention than you would?
A - It did at first, but I got used to it. It was probably the same with most bass players unless they sang.
Q - Were you to The Who, what Bill Wyman was to The Stones, that rock solid guy who could always be counted on?
A - (laughs) They couldn't always depend on me. I did have an occasional drink or two. Yeah, the only difference between myself and Bill, well there's a lot of differences actually. The only difference was I wrote some of the stuff for The Who. Bill was just the bass player. I mean, we're kind of different, but we kind of had the same image I guess. I don't think I was quite as standstill and reliable as Bill was, you know.