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Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Mon May 24 06:14:26 CDT 2004


Who soldier on, with a few twists 

Meet the new Who, same as the old Who? Not exactly.
The death of bassist John Entwistle in 2002 slammed
the door on an era for these veteran British rockers,
and to their credit, they haven't tried to pretend
nothing's changed. 

In front of a sold-out house at Madison Square Garden
Saturday, the Who - now consisting of founding members
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, plus Townshend's
brother Simon on guitar and backup vocals, Pino
Palladino on bass, John "Rabbit" Bundrick on keyboards
and Zak Starkey on drums - tackled 22 songs with a
fiery hunger. 

But on classics like "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere," "Baba
O'Riley" and "Who Are You," they also showed something
different: subtlety. Rhythmic and dynamic shifts were
handled with more delicacy than in years past, a move
that balanced the usual bluster perfectly.

For the first time in over 20 years, the band also has
new music to promote. Two songs, to be exact. But at
the Garden, they only played one new number in its
entirety: "Real Good Looking Boy," a rolling tribute
of sorts to Elvis Presley, incorporating quotes from
"Can't Help Falling in Love." Though it's no
revelation, it fit into the set with surprising ease.

"Old Red Wine" got axed after the first verse.
Strange, since it's the stronger of the two.

The rest of the evening featured expected hits like
"Pinball Wizard" and "Won't Get Fooled Again," and
left little doubt Townshend's the leader of this band
now. Playing with virtuosic frenzy, he put on a clinic
in guitar heroism.

-Brian in Atlanta
The Who This Month!

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