BBC on VH1 Honors

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Sun Jul 13 08:00:51 CDT 2008

VH1 Honours: The Who
And Supergrass's Gaz joins The Foos13

July 2008 - Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, and the Flaming Lips were among the bands who took to the stage for VH1’s Rock Honors: The Who, which taped in Los Angeles at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Saturday night.

David Duchovny, Sean Penn, Roseanna Arquette and members of ACDC, The Cult and Supergrass were all in attendance as the legendary London group was honored – and performed -- at the event.

'Pete Townsend is so awesome and he’s so kind and sensitive and loving so it makes you like their music and want to do things like this even more,' Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne told 6 Music as he walked the red carpet into the show. Coyne said it was The Who which helped select the groups that ended up honoring them.

'They picked. They were looking for groups to span The Who catalog in a sense,' Coyne said. 'We do the late ‘60s period and Pearl Jam is doing the ‘70s and Tenacious D is doing the late ‘70s. But I think us doing Tommy is perfect. It’s perfect for us.'

As previously reported by 6 Music, Dave Grohl’s performance at the event was put in jeopardy when he lost his voice, while singing at a Foo Fighter’s show last week at Red Rocks. Due to his voice troubles, he was able to open the Rock Honors singing 'Young Man Blues,' but he was forced to recruit another vocalist for 'Bargain.'

'This is Gaz from Supergrass,' Grohl said as his recent touring partner joined them for the song, which found Coombes dueting with Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins, while Grohl walked the stage playing just guitar.Rainn Wilson from the US version of 'The Office' introduced The Flaming Lips who took to the stage second, with Coyne in his trademark bubble.

After a short jam by the Oklahoma band, which saw the singer walk across the crowd encased in the plastic sphere, he joined his outfit for a Tommy medley, which included 'See Me/Feel Me,' and 'Pinball Wizard.' 

Incubus took the stage next performing straight renditions of 'I Can See For Miles,' and 'I Can Explain,' the later song they learned how to play on Saturday shortly before soundcheck after a request from the producers of the show.

Tenacious D took the stage for 'Squeezebox,' their performance accented by a cartoon enactment of the lyrics. Actor Sean Penn introduced Pearl Jam, who brought in an orchestra for 'Love Reign O’Er Me,' before covering 'Dr. Jimmy,' as their second number.

Finally, after a special musical introduction by actor Adam Sandler, The Who took the stage – which featured a mod circle crisscrossed with Union Jack stripes -- opening with 'Teenage Wasteland.' 

Their near hour long set also saw the legendary rockers tackle 'The Seeker,' 'Who Are You,' 'Behind Blue Eyes,' and 'Two Thousand Years.'

On one of their last songs – 'You Better, You Bet,' the group encountered problems. Daltrey started the opening harmony at a different time to Townsend and it appeared sound problems continued as the song progressed. 

Three-quarters of the way through, Townsend took his hands from his guitar and waved at the crew to let them start again.

'Whatever you’ve added, take out,' Pete told the soundmen. 'It’s deafening.'

With the sound fixed, the band jumped into their own medley of 'My Generation' and 'Won’t Get Fooled Again,' before closing out the show.

Jolie Lash

 -Brian in Atlanta
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