Seud Deutsche on Munich

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Thu Jun 14 07:00:06 CDT 2007

>From the German via Babel Fish:,ra4l1/kultur/artikel/549/118412/ 
(lots of pictures at link)

Talking 'bout their generation 
The original is better than each copy. In the residents of Munich Olympia-resounds played The Who before 6000 fans: Ten theories from a brilliant two-hour concert. 
By Hans Juergen Jakob 

Thus the slim, bald-headed man told with the Zauberergesicht that they were pleased to be again in Germany and in Munich. He told from at that time, in 1972, when they were already once there and bombs exploded: "that was the beginning of the terrorism. But that is all history." Pete Townshend has its own, somewhat cranky view to regard the world. Today he some of his own bombs to bring along, supplements the guitarist, composer and co-singer of the 1964 created rock band The Who. He means the music. 

And then Townshend Wednesday evening plays to the residents of Munich Olympia-resounds before 6000 spectators. It was, as if sixties-year/seventies-year I/O would flow into one another. Ten theories from a brilliant two-hour concert. 

1. Older men are not to be underestimated. Townshend may be 62 years old and the singer Roger Daltrey, 63, even still some months older, but into these column-holy rock is more strength than in some younger bands of the current rock business. It makes both the fun obvious to prove this to its environment. "Endless Wire" is called also their current CD. 

2. If nothing helps - "bake ton the roots". To the concept belongs to intersperse again and again Songs from their first years to Songs from Swinging London and the Beat era. The Who began its resident of Munich concert with "Can't Explain", later brought it about to "Substitute". That sounded as with the old Beatles or the Small Faces or the Kinks, only the guitars and amplifiers left the two on the stage in intact condition, differently than in its wild time. There it was part of the destructive concept to smash the equipment. 

3. At the beginning was rock ' n ' roll. Makes the Townshend and Daltrey for veterans, what for veterans before them made: It organs the Blues of the white ones, and with perseverance. Quite softly the Song is material "Good Looking one" (2004), a Homage at Elvis Presley, which is extensively shown on the stage canvas. "as we began, wanted to be all like that as it", tells Daltrey, the former sheet metal welder. 

4. Each quotation of their is permitted. The Who shows again and again with their show pictures of old concerts and from the England of the sixties: Bobbies, old railways, Roger Daltrey with curls, instruments go to break. Pictures from the film "Quadrophenia" are to be seen, which came some years to their 1973 published LP into the cinemas. It is a film about the Mods, which always admired the Who. It works, as if The Who want to allude in the year 2007 against the own vergaenglichkeit, or better: they to show want, what remains. This tour is a ring-back signal to the lifetime. 

5. The original is better than each copy. Many hits of the Who were covered by other bands, and became partially famous thereby only correctly. For example "Behind Blue Eyes" in the version of Limp Bizkit. At the latest, when Townshend and Daltrey the Song in Munich begin singing, they have their public - generation 50plus - on their side. "My generation", the hymn of 1965, again lost nothing from the blazing aggressiveness in the interpretation of the current Who. The version the old people's home bands The Zimmers much-discussed at present is so beautiful - with Daltrey it sounds now times in such a way, as it must sound. 

6. The defiance of the years. The Who shows their symbol - three colored circles - alternating with the Peace indication, the rainbow and a heart. They sing about clerics ("A Man in a Purple Dress") and take of its incomparable "Won't Get Fooled Again" much age-strong defiance out. Daltrey with harmonica accompanies the wave processes of this ecstatic Songs; replaced so the violin of the original version. Townsend says before the Song: "Go ahead and cry" to its fans, which is to be meant cheered up. 

7. Two are six are four. Of the very beginning of the Who of the legendary Drummer Keith Moon (1978) and dying the bassist John Entwistle is in a hotel room (2002) only the two star Townshend and Daltrey remaining after the drug death. Zak Starkey, son of the ex-Beatles-Drummer Ringo Starr, drummed himself however with Moon's Verve by the decades and of Townsend as a "man at the polyester" is introduced. Pino Palladino pulls a salient bass. Pete's brother Simon Townshend and the Keyboarder John Bundrick complete the band. To Bundrick's implement marks Townshend, it is invented "by Johann Sebastian Bach". 

8. Trust none over 60! In the interview with the South German newspaper the once drug-dependent Townshend had jokes, he is health good state, while Daltrey had however nevertheless some physical problems. The muscle-packed front man is good actually in the t-Shirt, which omits apparently no prime mover, with voice. It lets the micro rush - in front around, in the back around -, catches it at the conclusion with a hand. Townshend again lets the stretched arm to be circled as used on the strings, a kind of play, which they call "windmill" (windmill). Now, the man makes still much wind. It can be been enough in the quick change the guitars, turns even at the amplifier rum. Also to two jumps it is enough. 

9. The life, an opera. They played many of their numerous hits, from "The Seeker" to "Baba O'Riley" up to "Who Are You". To the addition they hold it again with their large identification, for the rock opera, and here with the masterpiece "Tommy". Daltrey bellows "Pinball Wizard" in the far round Olympia-resounds, and her sing: "See ME, Feel ME". The life the rock bands The Who is even a large rock opera, against which the ascent and case that kostuemiert somehow working Rolling Stones a rather fade affair is. The Who, that the message of the daily, remained the Who. Authentically, originally, proletarian. Their message: We have only us, our life, our music. 

10. At the end: good old boys. Often enough in their career accused themselves Townshend (the intellectual head) and Daltrey (the charismatische woman swarm) mutually their fame. They fawn. Sometimes now they play on the concert in the Duett, and everything becomes good. Daltrey looks with sailor view in the public, says after 115 minutes, now had we our time and we to disappear. At the conclusion of their residents of Munich concert stand for Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, the eternal friend enemies, arm in arm on the stage. They let end with a Ballade unplugged. Two musicians, a generation. 

-Brian in Atlanta 
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