The Who and Bowie rock the isle

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Mon Jun 14 08:23:24 CDT 2004

>From the Mirror, UK at:

Jun 14 2004
By Andy Rudd

British rock legends The Who and David Bowie stole the
show at the Nokia Isle of Wight Festival at the

If the current and up-and-coming bands need an example
of how to perform a live gig then they need to look no

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend proved that, despite
their age, they are still as great as they were in
their heyday.
Daltrey, 59, sounded like a man who had taken 30 years
of his voice as Townshend showed once again why he is
a guitar legend.

The band - without original members Keith Moon and
John Entwistle - wooed the 35,000 strong crowd - many
of whom were too young to remember the original

Still they knew the songs - passed down by their
parents - and sang along to classics which included
'Can't Explain', 'Substitute', 'My Generation',
'Pinball Wizard', 'Magic Bus' and 'Tommy', and the
crowd left Daltrey looking genuinely stunned by their
reaction after a marathon set.

It was the The Who's first return to the Island since
appearing in 1970 with Jimi Hendrix who died a month

Speaking backstage before going on stage, Daltrey
confessed: "To me it's all a mystery why anyone would
want to come and see us. I get out there and see all
the people who have still paid to see us. It never
ceases to amaze me."

Two-and-a-half hours later it was clear to see why
thousands had made the journey across from the

Remembering the previous gigs on the island, Roger
added: "I remember getting drunk with Jim Morrison and
we downed about two bottles of Southern Comfort in
front of a huge bonfire and then the bugger went and
died and didn't buy his round. It was a great night."

Throughout the sun-drenched weekend the crowd at
Seaclose Park were treated to music from some of the
biggest names in the industry.

Stereophonics headlined on Friday night and frontman
Kelly Jones wore a striking white suit similar to the
one Bob Dylan wore on stage in 1969.

Kelly gave the crowd plenty to sing along to with old
and new hits including 'A Thousand Trees', the mellow
'Maybe Tomorrow' and summer anthem 'Have A Nice Day'
as the sun went down.

Earlier in the day Groove Armada got the crowd to
their feet as their blend of dance and chilled beats
gave people something to cheer about.

Aussie Rockers were also a welcome addition to the
weekend line-up which saw The Libertines unfortunately
pull out at the last minute due to Pete Doherty going
into rehab. 

Saturday saw the Manic Street Preachers warm the crowd
up before The Who. The band belted out a greatest hits
collection including 'A Design For Life' and
'Motorcyle Emptyness'.

Bowie took centre stage on Sunday and rolled back the
years with a scintillating set.

He held back his performance until moments after
England's 2-1 Euro 2004 defeat to France. 

Telling the crowd the night could only get better, he
launched into hits including 'China Girls', 'Heroes'
and 'Under Pressure'.


- Virgin Radio broadcasted live from the festival
throughout the weekend and pulled in many of the stars
to their VIP tent for exclusive chats.

Ronnie Wood's daughter Leah joined Jet, Snowpatrol,
Delays, Electric Soft Parade and British Sea Power in
the tent for some gourmet food washed down with pints
of Carling and summer cocktails.

- Lucky David Bowie is being stalked by a fan who
dresses up as a bunny girl at his concerts.

The woman, who has appeared at every one of Bowie's
World Tour gigs, made the trip to the island
especially to see her idol.

Her costume has sparked an outbreak of animals at
performances after fans decided to follow suit and
dress up as well.

-Brian in Atlanta
The Who This Month!

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