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Opening Arguments

Who were they?

I've liked The Who a long time, but I must respectfully disagree with this:

The Super Bowl finally found its soundtrack with The Who, whose halftime show provided music as big and loud as the game itself.

From guitarist Pete Townshend's famous windmill strumming to Roger Daltrey's pained vocals and harmonica blasts, there were no fumbles in the five-song set.

OK, no fumbles, but there weren't any first downs, either. I think they sounded pretty awful, and listening to these wheezers going through the "teenage wasteland" refrain of "Baba O'Riley" was just surreal. I hate to speak ill of my age set, but maybe the Super Bowl should stick with younger entertainers, or at least more mature ones who don't try to recapture what they did more than 40 years ago.


tim zank
Mon, 02/08/2010 - 12:28pm

Sort of a double edged sword. While it's a thrill to see the Icons of my youth, it's equally sad to see the end result of father time, i.e. faded talent and the inevitable cultural irrelevancy of a 65 year old dude screaming "teenage wasteland" off key and out of breath.

Kevin Knuth
Mon, 02/08/2010 - 12:30pm

Crap...I hate when Zank and I agree on anything.....

tim zank
Mon, 02/08/2010 - 1:57pm

Ha! Ain't dat sumpin'?

Bob G.
Mon, 02/08/2010 - 3:17pm

It's a MIRACLE to behold!!!

Andrew J.
Mon, 02/08/2010 - 4:17pm

So I guess what you guys are saying making rock n' roll music should be left up to a younger generation?
Then why not in other professions as well; once you get offkey and winded in what you do for a living, shouldn't you quit as well and leave the job for a younger kid? Aren't some of your professions kind of passed you by and you're running on fumes waiting for retirement age?
You can either prescribe to "hope I die before I get old" and leave the stage. Or you can prescribe to "I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was."
I opt for the latter.

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 7:09pm

At least they avoided that "hope I die before I get old" line. That didn't exactly work out. Well, not for two of them.