Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Who (Before they got much older)

It was strange watching The Who at the super bowl, as it's strange watching any band of near-legend-status getting on stage in their 60's. Even so, I loved it and thought they did well, playing a few of everyone's favorites.
The thing I really love about The Who, what makes me place them above almost any other rock band, is the spirit of youthful rage, joy, and passion which they captured perfectly in their music and is pretty much timeless. Think about their biggest songs: My Generation, Baba O'Riley, Won't Get Fooled Again. They all embody that spirit, and after forty years, young people and old continue to love these songs.
Roger Daltry is, as I see it, one of the truly great rock vocalists, in with the likes of Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Al Green, and so on. It was clear tonight that he still has the pipes, and so does Pete Townshend for that matter.
So, here's a video from when Keith Moon was still alive, and it gives a better impression of the showmanship and all-around dickery that made The Who such a unique band.

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