“‘[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 www.thewhotour.com.
“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.