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February 8, 2010

THe Who at the SuperbowlI’ve never been a huge fan of The Who. Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of their songs but they’ve never been one of my top bands. Although, I do remember one morning at the breakfast table when I was maybe 11 or 12 I asked my dad if Keith Moon was someone famous because I’d had a dream about him the night before… go figure. Subconscious cultural absorption. However, I thought they did a damn fine job in the Super Bowl Halftime Show last night, especially when contrasted to many of the depressingly bad performances at the Grammys. They’re getting some flack in the press today for playing it too safe, basically for playing a roster of their biggest hits. But honestly what were they supposed to do? This is the Super Bowl people, you’re singing right to the heart of middle America. It’s not necessarily the time to explore your back catalog.

Okay yes, they are getting old but Roger Daltrey sounded great, and Pete Townshend can always be counted on to melt your face. On drums Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey more than held his own playing with his father’s contemporaries. Overall I think their set was a good reminder that auto-tune and a pretty face is no substitute for real musical talent.

Oh, and congratulations to the Saints!

musicnotesHere’s a good one they didn’t play last night: “You’d Better You Bet”

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