Thursday, May 31, 2007

They Didn't Die Before They Got Old (Well, Two of Them, Anyway...)

Just about every time that they've toured since 1979 (with one exception) Keith Telly topping has taken the opportunity to go along and watch The Who (always on the assumption that, you know, this time genuinely could be the last time). Last Friday at The Arena was no different. Well, where else is this logger going to spend the night hanging out with ten thousand fortysomething Mods?

The Set list:-
I Can't Explain, The Seeker, Relay, Fragments, Who Are You? (or "Who Are You?: Theme from CSI" as MTV seem determined to rename it these days), Behind Blue Eyes, Real Good Looking Boy, Sound Round, Pick Up The Peace, Endless Wire, We Got A Hit, They Made My Dream Come True, Mirror Door, Baba O'Riley, Eminence Front, A Man In A Purple Dress, The Real Me, You Better You Bet, My Generation, Cry If You Want, Won't Get Fooled Again, Pinball Wizard, Amazing Journey, Sparks, It's A Boy, See Me Feel Me, Tea & Theatre.

The main difference between last time this blogger saw the band - in 2000 - and this time, apart, obviously, from the fact that John Entwistle was still alive then? Well, these days, Kid Ringo seemingly can play a close approximation of Keith's drum-break out of the synth solo in 'Won't Get Fooled Again' without sounding like a man putting up shelves.

Most of the usual clichés continue to hold, however. Particularly, whatever the Hell Daltrey's taking that makes him look closer to thirty four than sixty four, he should market it and sell it, he'd be a billionaire let alone a millionaire.

In the spirit of the late John Entwistle, this blogger ended the night in bed with a bottle of brandy and a couple of hookers. No, not really, but it would have been jolly fitting if I had. 

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