The Who at the Super Bowl

Well, as for the Who's performance at half time: Not great, not terrible as Pete can still shred.  I miss Keith and John–no sense that the Who were once the most dangerous band around.

The Medley:

Pinball Wizard
Baba O'Riley
Who Are You
See Me, Feel Me
Wont Get Fooled Again

My Generation played earlier as a commercial–in a remixed version by Will.I.Am from Black Eyed Peas–available for download to benefit Haiti relief.  One awfully grating note in that rendition–the line by Will.I.Am voiced over the Who states "Hope I get old instead of dying."  WRONG WRONG WRONG 

NOTHING FROM QUADROPHENIA OR LIVE AT LEEDS.   WRONG WRONG WRONG 

Best Super Bowl half time shows still belong to U2, Prince and Bruce (in that order.)

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2 thoughts on “The Who at the Super Bowl

  1. mamakitt

    Gah, I don’t know, I feel like they barely held it together. Roger, stuffed into his suit and straining as he sang; Pete stumbling around the stage and windmilling just to prove he still could? Ultimately I thought they pulled it off, but I found myself watching with a mixture of concern and scientific curiosity. Perhaps time to hang it up — which it sounds like they’re doing, actually. I read that originally this was intended as a sort of kick-off for some live touring, but they’ve canned the whole plan.

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  2. I know–I’m all kinds of conflicted on this one. I love the Who–and that wasn’t the Who I saw at the Super Bowl. I focused on the fact that Pete can still play (even if it was taped) in order to give some semblance of positivity to the evening.

    I spent last night listening to both Live at Leeds and Quadrophenia (two of the four Who albums that EVERYONE should own–Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy and Who’s Next are the others) and just made myself more depressed about the whole thing.

    Two last points–the song choices were pedestrian and obvious. They miss the amazing bass of John Entwistle.

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