Posts Tagged ‘The Who’

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

February 8, 2010

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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NFL ACCUSED OF SUPPORTING PEDOPHILIA

December 30, 2009

Pete Townshend

PETE TOWNSHEND

Let’s start this post with a simple, immutable fact. Pete Townshend is NOT a child molester.

Led by a group called Child Abuse Watch, several organizations are trying to ban Townshend, the legendary British guitarist/singer with the ’60s  rock group The Who, from performing at this year’s Super Bowl. The NFL chose The Who to be this year’s half time band at the game.Townshend spent five years on Britain’s list of registered sex offenders after logging onto a kiddie porn site in 1999.  Townsend was originally arrested for “suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.” Those charges were eventually dropped. There is a very thoughtful article on the “Ban Townshend” topic that was written by David Whitley and is currently posted on Fanhouse.

Whitley points out that after he was arrested in 2004, Townsend turned over all 14 of his computers to police who found “no trace of pornographic activity.” However, he did visit that one child porn site. That alone was enough to get Townsend placed on Britain’s sex offender list. Townshend was removed from the list after five years with noincidents.The rocker has always maintained that he was just “doing research” when he logged onto the child porn site. Laughable, right? Typical pervert! Except, in Townshend’s case, he really DID write a six page article on pedophilia entitled “A Different Bomb.” The article was about a friend of Townshend’s who killed himself after being sexually abused as a child. The premise of the Townshend article was how easy it is to gain access to child porn sites.

The National Football League doesn’t have a particularly proud history when it comes to employing pervert singers for their half time shows. As David Whitley points out, the NFL once put Michael Jackson on stage at their half time show surrounded by 3,500 children. Yikes! Unlike Jackson, Townshend has never been accused (let alone convicted) of having sex with a child.

THE NFL, WHO ONCE PUT MICHAEL JACKSON ON STAGE SURROUNDED BY 3,500 CHILDREN, IS NOW BEING ASKED TO BAN PETE TOWNSHEND