Let’s say that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr decided that they’d kick off 2009 with a worldwide tour, starting in Liverpool, moving on to Hamburg, then going everywhere else. Would this be a “Beatles‘ Reunion”? I don’t think so. Even though it represents 50% of the band, even though Paul was certainly as integral to the group as John Lennon was, and even though, it must be admitted, it was pretty much a toss up between George Harrison and Ringo, the two members of the band don’t constitute the band, period.
So consider the case of the band currently known as “The Who.” Which includes Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Keith Moon is long passed; he hasn’t been a member of the band for 30 years. John Entwistle has been gone for six. And, arguably, The Who stopped being The Who as the members went on to do other things (including Entwistle playing in the “All Starr Band”).
But Townshend and Daltrey are on the road. As The Who. While I certainly imagine that seeing those two for those who hadn’t seen what I would consider to be the bona-fide The Who, or even the three-fourths The Who, would be worthwhile, it still seems a bit dodgy that they’re out there as The Who.
But I do want to give them credit for doing something incredibly kind, incredibly laudable. They are playing Detroit’s giant venue, which isn’t actually in Detroit, The Palace of Auburn Hills, on October 21. And the earnings are going to the Gleaners Food Bank and Focus: HOPE, two renowned charitable institutions in the D.
The newspaper ad for the event includes this:
“Pete and I are very aware of the problems people are having in Michigan and feel we should give something back for all the support we have had over the last 40 years.”—Roger Daltrey.
It doesn’t matter who those guys are. Go see them.
Good on’, boys.