Rock is about to be fun again
Of all the bands who last recorded a studio album in the 80s, few people could guess that it'd be this band that would announce a new CD and world tour for the fall.
(I had my money on Berlin, Flock of Seagulls or Frankie Goes to Hollywood.)
But indeed, The Who is back. Thank god, because the music scene has truly been a teenage wasteland without them.
Absent from the recording studio since 1982's "It's Hard," surviving bandmembers Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend announced this weekend that they'd begin a world tour Sept. 12 in Philadelphia. The 17-date tour ends in early December. The new disc, called Who 2, will be released Oct. 23. Word has it that it features a mini rock-opera called Wire & Glass.
Pino Palladino, the band's studio bassist, will take over the stage duties for John Entwistle, who died in 2002. (Click here to see dates)
Though The Who is the farthest thing from an 80s act, they've been my favorite rock act since I caught their first farewell show on HBO back in the mid-80s. Plus, my favorite album from the gang is 1981's Face Dances, which I seem to misplace every 18 months, forcing me to buy it again and thus contribute royalties to the band. It's the least I can do. Well, except for giving them their own top 5 list.
An 80s fan's top 5 Who songs:
5. Who Are You: "I felt a little like a dying clown, with a streak of Rin Tin Tin"
4. You Better You Bet: "I got your body right now on my mind, but I drunk myself blind to the sound of old T-Rex"
3. My Generation: "I hope I die before I get old"
2. Won't Get Fooled Again: "And the party on the left is now the party on the right,
and the beards have all grown longer overnight"
1. Baba O'Riley: "Don't cry. Don't raise your eye. It's only teenage wasteland"