The Story of The Who - 2002


January 27-31

The Who plays two shows in Portsmouth and one in Watford as warm-ups for two charity concerts at the Royal Albert Hall on February 7 and 8 . The shows, which are filmed, will be John’s last appearances with The Who.

June 10

The five members of the 21st Century Who gather at Pete’s Eel Pie Studio in Twickenham to rehearse for the upcoming American tour.

June 27

On the eve of The Who’s US tour, John Entwistle dies from a heart attack in his hotel room in Las Vegas. Two shows are immediately cancelled.

July 1

Despite John’s death The Who elect to continue with the remainder of their tour, opening at the Hollywood Bowl with Pino Palladino on bass alongside Roger, Peter, Zak Starkey on drums, John Bundrick on keyboards and Simon Townshend, Pete’s younger brother, on second guitar.


The six-piece Who undertake a further 26 US/Canada concerts spread over four legs from July 1 through to September 21 ending in Toronto.