IRONY: THE WHO SINGING “HOPE I DIE BEFORE I GET OLD”

SUPER BOWL ROCKERS ROGER DALTREY AND PETE TOWNSHEND USED TO DEFINE THE ’60S- NOW THEY’RE JUST IN THEIR 60’S

The answer is 65 and 64.

That’s if you were one of millions of people asking, “Just how goddamn old ARE these guys?” while you were watching Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend of The Who perform at the halftime show of Super Bowl XLIV yesterday. In fact, “How old is Roger Daltrey?” zoomed to the top of Google trends yesterday.

Irony: The Who singing “Hope I die before I get old” from My Generation.

The review of the performance was perhaps best summed up by Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times. He harshly called The Who “fossils” and said yesterday’s NFL halftime production was their “saddest, most tired musical spectacle yet.” DeRogatis then referred to “The band pretending to be The Who.” Another reviewer said Townshend and Daltrey “harmonized like bickering walruses.”

Think that’s harsh? Daltrey himself slammed the band’s performance. It all makes you wonder if deep down Daltrey and Townshend aren’t just a little envious of fallen bandmates Keith Moon and John Entwistle. Moon remains forever young after dying at the age of 32 in 1978. Entwistle died a rock star’s death (in bed in Las Vegas with cocaine and a stripper named “Sianna”) in 2002. Instead, Townshend and Daltrey will be remembered as “a pervert” and “that old dude” at the Super Bowl.

In their heyday, The Who was the biggest rock band in the world. Maybe of all-time. Not only were they revolutionary, but they INVENTED breaking their instruments on stage and the entire tradition of rock stars trashing hotel rooms. The highlight of The Who’s cultural relevance may have been in 1967 when they were banned by Holiday Inn for life. Now? In an interview with ESPN, Daltrey admitted he  was impressed with the current incarnation of city of Miami saying,

“Now Miami is fun and hip, and I’m too old to enjoy it.”

 

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