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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