lip synching

sroundtable at sroundtable at
Fri Feb 12 17:02:39 UTC 2010

Pete was definitely singing and playing, but Roger was either lip singing to a pre-recorded live track, or he was singing but not miked and the recorded track was being used.  Just watch WGFA and notice the first "get on my knees and pray."  Clearly Roger is singing something different than we were hearing on TV.  I heard the Howard Stern gang talking about Roger lip synching and Pete playing air guitar, and I sent a scathing e-mail to them defending our boys, saying that they would NEVER agree to play under such conditions.  I had watched it twice and was pretty confident in my defense.  I watched it again last night with special attention to Roger, and found this moment that proves the lip synch.  

I must say, I am VERY disappointed in this, and in the band's overall performance.  Pete was energetic, as always, but Roger didn't swing that mic at all despite having the tape on it, sounded bad on Baba O'Riley (needs to be re-worked somehow if The Who continues to play it) and clearly lacked energy and was way overdressed.  Should have opened with My Generation and then done the CSI themes, no SMFM.  I have been defending them and making excuses, and I certainly agree that CBS screwed up the mix really bad by not having the band up in the mix.  Most vocals sound bad during a rock show if the band isn't loud.  That's reality, but it doesn't change the fact that this just wasn't the Who's milieu.  A show like this is good for acts that can reproduce their hits perfectly from the studio versions (Rolling Stones, McCartney, Tom Petty, Springsteen), NOT the Who who are great live because they are not perfect, and take chances that often lead to great and memorable moments, but sometimes fall flat.  The Who needs a margin of error to be great, and the Super Bowl gives them no such margin.  The 30-minute set at CFNYC was just long enough to do that, and also gave them the interaction of the crowd and the emotion of the moment.  The Superbowl is a corporate event with very few of the actual fans of the teams even in attendance.  Bad venue for The Who.


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