Earvolution reviews Attic Jam SXSW
mobailey at ntlworld.com
Sat Mar 24 13:28:35 CDT 2007
> >[Townshend closed] the show with what he believed to be the first ever
> public performance
> >of "I Can't Reach You" from The Who Sell Out.
> I've heard this quoted a few times now, but I don't think Pete was right.
> Didn't Petra Haden perform the whole Sell Out album live a few years ago?
To which JOELTLE515 said:
> well, maybe the first time pete performed it publicly, as opposed to the
> first "ever" performance of the song by anybody.
No, Pete really was talking about the first ever performance by anybody.
Perhaps this is a better quote which I could have referred to instead
(from Billboard http://tinyurl.com/25n23l ):
> [Pete] then closed the show with a spare voice-and-piano version of "In
> from the Who's latest album, "Endless Wire," and "I Can't Reach You," a
Who chestnut from the '60s that
> he told the crowd, "not only have I never played in public, nobody I know
has played this song in public."
But it's no big deal. Pete just made an off-the-cuff remark without giving
it much thought, and got it wrong, that's all. I'm sure that if he'd
thought about it for a bit longer he'd remember the Petra performance.
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