I got a notice from Ticketmaster alerting me to the availability of tickets for the upcoming tour of The Who. This raises a couple of questions for me:
- If half of the original members of a band are dead, can you really call the band the original name? In other words, I could go with “Roger and Pete on tour,” (which is kind of what Jimmy Page and Robert Plant did a few years ago), and I was willing to go with The Who sans Keith Moon (mostly because that is how I was introduced to The Who as a youth), but also without John Entwistle?
- It seems to me that if you are a band known for (among other things) breaking stuff on stage and in hotel rooms, wishing in a song to die before getting old, and other generally childish bits of behavior, then you shouldn’t be allowed to go on tour when you do indeed get old.
- Having said all that, I really liked The Who as a kid. It was my first big rock show, the first time that they were over-the-hill…. 25 years ago. Am I going to this round of shows, which will be making a stop in Detroit? Won’t get fooled again, baby….