Cincinnati has "Wholloween" Saturday
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Fri Oct 30 11:13:36 UTC 2009
For whom it may concern - 'Wholloween'
By Chris Varias • Enquirer contributor • October 30, 2009
A splintered Stratocaster. A black leather jacket. An energy dome. That's the way to accessorize for Halloween at the Northside Tavern Saturday night, when several musicians gather to pay tribute to three of pop music's most archetypal bands - the Who, the Ramones and Devo.
The "Wholloween" show is a benefit for WVQC-FM (95.7). The low-power radio station is scheduled to begin broadcasting this fall from a studio inside the non-profit commuity center Media Bridges in Over-the-Rhine.
Local musicians Scotty Wood and Jason Knarr are putting together the Ramones and Devo tribute bands, respectively. The Who band features members of the local groups Catepillar Tracks and Fists of Love. Former Afghan Whig John Curley, who will be playing the role of Who bassist John Entwistle, talked about his longtime Who fandom, which traces back to his teenage years in suburban Washington, D.C.
Question: When did you discover the Who?
Answer: It was probably around the time that "Who Are You" came out (1978). There was a special on the radio, and I taped it on a cassette. I was probably already familiar with "Won't Get Fooled Again" and the song that I thought was called "Teenage Wasteland" ("Baba O'Riley"). I think everyone thinks it's called "Teenage Wasteland."
Q: Especially when you're a teenager.
A: Yeah. It was somewhere around ninth grade. That tragic concert in Cincinnati happened in 1979, and they canceled a show in Providence, R.I., and came back and played a show in D.C. just a few days after the concert in Cincinnati.
Q: What was the first Who record you bought?
A: Probably "Who's Next." "Quadrophenia" was the album that I heard and thought, "You know what, I'm gonna learn how to play bass."
Q: Why did you connect more with "Quadrophenia" than "Who's Next"?
A: I've always been a sucker for concept albums and story songs and stuff like that. I just think the whole story of "Quadrophenia," that's the tailor-made story for a 15-year old boy, and I remember thinking that's the coolest thing ever. I would sit there and flip through the picture book. I think it inspired me to go into photography, too, just looking at those pictures.
Q: Does "Quadrophenia" still stand as your favorite Who album?
A: No, I would say "Live at Leeds" is my favorite, the deluxe re-mastered edition that has all the extra tracks. It's just a pure rock concert. There's no multimedia or backup dancers or lip-syncing or Auto-Tune. It's just those guys up there playing like a three-hour concert. You can feel the energy ...It loses nothing over time. "Live at Leeds" and the concerts that they used to play at that time, they would come out and play a whole set of hits, and then they would take a break, and come out and played "Tommy" in its entirety.
-Brian in Atlanta
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