Debbie Harry Revives Blondie, the Who Reunites for Charity Concert: Review

Martin Bailey mobailey at
Fri Jan 14 15:26:06 UTC 2011

Sounds like The Who played well last night, for 40 minutes.

Not sure that "the blues interlude" was.   Solo Pete playing something 
bluesy on his acoustic guitar?

And  The Who, Debbie Harry, Beck and Bryan Adams played "Join Together" er, 
I hope Bryan Adams made more of an effort to get the words right.


Below, from

Debbie Harry Revives Blondie, the Who Reunites for Charity Concert: Review
By Robert Heller - Jan 14, 2011 8:31 AM GMT

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of the Who. The band is backing the Killing 
Cancer charity event. Source: The Outside Organization Ltd. via Bloomberg

Debbie Harry was ice cool. Roger Daltrey ran around like a naughty 
schoolboy, reunited with Pete Townshend, who chopped out guitar riffs. Bryan 
Adams was lively, Richard Ashcroft dreary and Jeff Beck showy.

All were playing at last night’s charity Concert for Killing Cancer, 
organized by British mod rockers the Who, at London’s HMV Hammersmith 

Harry returned to her Blondie glory days, wearing knee-high boots, leather 
skirt and black shades. Her steely delivery of the disco-punk “Heart of 
Glass” was backed by Beck’s guitar.

Before the show, Who singer Daltrey, 66, spoke about the removal of a 
pre-cancerous growth from his vocal cords in 2009 and said his voice may “go 
bang at any time.”

During the concert, he was in full form. With golden curls and spectacles 
intact, his “Won’t Get Fooled Again” scream and “Baba O’Riley” holler were 
full of hurt anger.

Townshend lollopped about in chunky boots, black trousers and jacket, 
throwing his trademark windmill arm thrashes. Zak Starkey updated the 
typhoon approach of the Who’s original drummer Keith Moon. Now in its fifth 
decade, the band remains a must-see for any self-respecting music fan.

Ashcroft, lead singer of 1990’s indie-pop band the Verve, wailed through a 
dirge-filled acoustic set.

Adams, armed only with an acoustic guitar, fared much better. Killing Cancer 
aims to raise funds and awareness for Photodynamic Therapy, and Adams 
performed “When You’re Gone” as a duet with a woman who had been 
successfully treated.

Beck avoided his most flashy virtuosic guitar solos. At the end of the night 
he joined Daltrey for some old Chicago blues.

Adams, Harry and Beck came back for a closing rendition of “Join Together,” 
Daltrey amiably guiding Adams through the lyrics taped to the stage. The Who 
only played for 40 minutes, including the blues interlude. It was not 
enough: the perfect reason to see them, at another charity show, again.

Rating: ***. 

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