Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Who: future of Rock is live performance

Robert Woodward writes (for Reuters): “The Who sees live music as the future of rock.”

“‘[The Internet] is probably the most powerful informational, promotional tool today. It's a very effective, focused machine for promotion. I look forward to using it for live events, there's a big scope for live music and live events.’

“But Townshend said live music is what it is all about today, with the British rock band that dates back to the 1960s embarking on a 29-date tour starting on May 16 in Lisbon. ‘Festivals are really important, I'm not really into the Internet,’ Daltrey, 62, told a news conference which was live webcast on

“The Who’s role in rock history, assured by songs such as ‘My Generation,’ made them into one of the great live bands during the 1960s and 1970s before the death of drummer Keith Moon. Bassist John Entwistle died five years ago...”

Townshend is onto something. It seems the more accessible canned music becomes, the more special live performances become. On top of that some of the best bands I’ve ever seen/heard live were not so good at being recording artists. One of the great saloon Rock ‘n’ Roll acts of all-time, NRBQ, comes to mind.

As for seeing ‘em live, I count The Who’s summer of 1968 show at the Mosque, here in the Fan District, as one of my top five best live shows ever. The Trogs opened for them. That was way back in the time when The Who used to break up their instruments and the sound equipment at the end of the show.


Phriendly Jaime said...

Of COURSE music is about live performances. But in a world where Lindsy Lohan and Britney Spears are considered "musicians", it is hard to tell these days.

Anonymous said...

I made the same argument on the eco-music yahoo list (not sure if that is even still around) a couple of years ago and people got angry at me. Which I don't understand at all. Musicians who can do great live shows are going to flourish.

I would also note that the Who loves playing places like Atlantic City now. They recognize their original fans are aging, but they also refuse to slow down. I respect them for continuing to push it.

So...I hope Richmond takes notice and allows its live music venues to flourish.

How about we repeal the City's admission tax? (except for groups like the VaPAF who are seemingly in favor of more taxes like their special meals tax.)

F.T. Rea said...


Your mention of the admissions tax is on the money. Take away that tax and private interests would have already established a nightlife/theater scene Downtown. It's too bad most Richmonders don't realize what a show biz killer that tax has been/is.