Monday, January 11, 2010

Between The Who & The Who

The Who will perform the Super Bowl XLIV halftime show on February 7.  I remember being nineteen and very excited to see them play -- in 1980.  In fact, because of the ticket stub, I can report that show as having taken place on July 13, 1980, at the Greensboro Coliseum and man, they were damned good, not to mention ear-splitting loud.  No age jokes in any direction  -- folks, I was quite alive and kicking during Super Bowl I . . . Long live rock!

Between their times as The Who and again as The Who, the band briefly went by the name The High Numbers;  here's their hepcat Mods vs. Rockers anthem of that summer in 1964, "Zoot Suit."  Among  other places, it appears on the Quadrophenia (1979) soundtrack, a movie I saw at a theatre in North Carolina.  Also saw The Kids Are Alright (1979) around the same time, in Durham.

Today's Rune: Wholeness. This one's for my brother Jamie, who turned forty recently . . .


the walking man said...

You are aware that The Who had their first American Performance in Detroit at the Grande Ballroom no? Missed it myself but it is the stuff of legends still 'round here.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've become more appreciative of the Who as I've aged. I guess I'm mellowing out! lol.

Johnny Yen said...

I saw Quadrephenia in the since-razed Grenada Theater in Chicago. It was one of the old Balaban and Katz theaters. I've never had the chance to see the Who. I loved "Tommy" when I was younger, but over the years, it doesn't sound as good to me, but "Quadrephenia" has sounded better and better. Love "Who's Next" and "The Who By Numbers" as well.

My old friend Jamie, who I just got back in touch with, saw the Who in Detroit-- with the Clash opening for them.

Lana Gramlich said...

Playing halftime at the Super Bowl, eh? I hope they have a wheelchair ramp up to the stage. (Sorry...Couldn't resist.)

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Erik Donald France said...

Mark, didn't know that at all. Charles, I used to date a woman in college who thought they were "hard rock." Johnny, agreed on Q. Lana -- wicked.

jodi said...

Erik, I have never been a Who fan, altho I liked the Guess Who! I saw the Stones and the Superbowl her in the D and they looked ANCIENT. I agree with Lana!!