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Pete Diary Entry June, 29 2002
It goes like that:
29 June 2002
Pino Palladino to replace the Ox
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Bobby and I welcomed Pino to L.A last night. By some incredible stroke of
good fortune he was in the USA (Philadelphia) about to fly to the UK after
working some sessions in Miami. He agreed immediately to step in to this
difficult post. He is a gentleman and a professional.
We talked a little about his role here, and I made it clear we do not expect
him to attempt to emulate, parody or copy John Entwistle in any way. Pino is
a master in his own way, but the one request I made was that - at first - he
play as loud as he can bear!
We have two rehearsals before the Hollywood Bowl - one today (Saturday) one
For my part I am not attempting to deliberately establish any sense of
memorial or tribute to John. I don't know for certain that John would have
wanted us to go on, neither would it matter if I thought he would not have
approved. I simply believe we have a duty to go on, to ourselves, ticket
buyers, staff, promoters, big and little people. I also have a duty to
myself, my dependent family and friends, and to guide Roger and the rest of
the band at this time.
Roger left the decision as to whether to go on or not to me. I think he hoped
in his heart it would not be over so suddenly.
My immediate mission is to complete this tour in good heart, and to remember
John in quiet and private times. It is easy for me to smile when I remember
John. I loved him unconditionally. I will try hard not to fall into any of my
usual mini-depressions on this tour. Pino is determined to enjoy the music,
and so am I.
We are musicians, entertainers. We can do it. We have the right tools. No