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Super Bowl – The CSI Half Time Show

Almost needed matchsticks in the eyes as I waited up to 1.30am this to see The Who rock the Super Bowl.

The show was without doubt visually spectacular, however, if you want to check out the band at their best then I would direct you to their performance from The Concert For New York back in 2001.

Don’t get me wrong the Super Bowl show was great but it was hindered to a degree by the limitations of the event.

The “set” is limited to a maximum of 12mins and whilst the lighting is awesome the sound is lacking the punch that you would get with the usual Who set up.

The technology and work that goes into putting on these half time shows is amazing when you consider the there is only 15mins to set up the centre of pitch stage.

As for the band’s setlist the small snippets from “Tommy” (Pinball Wizard’s opening and See Me Feel Me) were perhaps needless given that the remaining songs were targeted right at the CSI audience with Baba O’Riley, Who Are You and Won’t Get Fooled Again all having been used as theme tunes to variants of the CSI genre.

The Who chat boards are full of discussions relating to the degree of use of backing tapes, given the restrictions on sound systems for such a performance it would be of no surprise if some audio embellishment had been used.

Nevertheless it delivered what was promised a great half time attraction.

Long Live Rock

February 8, 2010 Posted by | The Who, Video | , | Leave a comment

Super Bowl Weekend

“A Man In A Purple Dress” (Live) – The Who

How dare you wear a robe to preside
How dare you cover your head to hide
Your face from God
How dare you smile from behind your beard
To hide the fact your heart’s afeared,
And wave your rod
How dare you be the one to assess
Me, in this God-forsaken mess
You, a man, in a purple dress
A man in a purple dress

You are all the same
Gilded and absurd
Regal, fast to blame
Rulers by lost word
Men above men, or prats
With your high hats
You priest, you mullah so high
You pope, you wise rabbi
You’re invisible to me
Like vapour from the sea

How dare you? Do you think I’ll quietly go?
You are much braver than you know
For I can’t die
Your staff, your stick, your special cap
They’ll protect in Hell? What crap!
Believe the lie
How dare you be the one to assess
Me, in this God-forsaken mess
You, a man, in a purple dress
A man in a purple dress

When you place your frown
Between my God and prayer
However grand your crown
Or dignified your hair
Men above men, or prats
In your high hats
You priest, you mullah so high
You pope, you wise rabbi
You are invisible to me
Like vapour from the sea

I lovingly mock you noble lords
We all dress up to grant awards
I do that as well
I dare condemn your fashion sense
At least you’re not astride a fence
That would not sell
But I will deliver this address
Your soul’s condition don’t impress
You, a man, in a purple dress
A man in a purple dress

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February 7, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New News, The Who, Video | , | Leave a comment

Superbowl Wizard


Finally it is official after weeks of speculation The Who will in February provide the half time entertainment for the Super Bowl.

The Who will perform in the BRIDGESTONE SUPER BOWL XLIV HALFTIME SHOW on CBS Sports at Dolphin Stadium in South Florida on Sunday, February 7, the NFL announced today during halftime of the Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys game on CBS.

The Bridgestone Super Bowl halftime show is one of the most anticipated musical events of the year. More than 151 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s show.  The Super Bowl and halftime show will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 countries and territories. 

The Who join an esteemed list of recent halftime acts that includes Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, and Paul McCartney.

Few bands have had a more lasting impact on the rock era and the reverberating pop culture than The Who .  Emerging in the mid-1960s as a new and incendiary force in rock n’ roll, their brash style and poignant storytelling garnered them one of music’s most passionate followings, with the legendary foursome blazing a searing new template for rock, punk, and everything after.  Inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, the band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, placing 27 top-forty singles in the United States and United Kingdom and earning 17 Top Ten albums, including the 1969 groundbreaking rock opera Tommy, 1971’s pummeling Live At Leeds, 1973’s Quadrophenia, 1978’s Who Are You, and their most recently acclaimed Endless Wire, their first full length album of new material in nearly two decades.  Last year they became the first rock band ever to be awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.

Singer ROGER DALTREY, guitarist and songwriter PETE TOWNSHEND, The Who’s two remaining original members, are once again being hailed as rock standard bearers.  Daltrey and Townshend debuted in 1964 with a trio of anthems–“I Can’t Explain,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “My Generation.” Since then they have delivered to the world hits such as “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,”  “Pinball Wizard,” Who Are You,” and,” You Better You Bet.” Unprecedented demand for their sold out trek across the globe, which began in 2007 and blazed up until the first half of 2009, reaffirmed their reputation as rock’s most influential and robust performing artists.  

This year marks the third time the Bridgestone brand has sponsored the Super Bowl halftime show. 



November 27, 2009 Posted by | New News, The Who, Video | , | Leave a comment


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