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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Okay, so what did everybody think of the Who at the Superbowl Halftime show last night? I think they did an alright job, all things considered.

The performance started out a little shaky. Roger Daltrey has clearly aged and his voice sounds it. At the beginning of the show, his raspy and often out of tune notes pierced my brain, but just about midway through ‘Teenage Wastland,’ he seemed to finally warm up a bit and sparked some life back into those old songs.

As for Pete Townshend, it was exciting to see him try to relive his past by doing his trademark windmill strumming, but I secretly feared for his shoulder. I bet that’s sore today. Townshend’s voice has held up better than Daltrey’s by far, but of course, his age still shown through.

Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr’s son, did a fantastic job rocking the drums. He was most definitely the most energetic performer of the night. I guess it might be kind of difficult to lend that title to the aging members of the Who.

It was interesting that the cameras did not, but for one time, take the shot off Daltrey, Townshend, and Starkey. Obviously, they were the most famous out of the bunch, but what a way to kick the other musicians out of the picture. It wasn’t right and I wanted to see more of the whole stage setup.

But the true thing that I think saved this performance were the lights and visual effects. Without the bright lasers whipping around the performers and computerized images of Townshend strumming his guitar, I don’t think this medley would have gone over very well.

However, it is true that many, many Superbowl fans were disappointed in the performance. Most of those fans agreed that the Who has exceeded their prime and that was the main reason for the let-down. But some have said that the Who’s setlist was ‘the worst performance at the halftime in a while.’

Either way you look at it, I have to give them credit. They have not played together in quite a long time, still had the gusto to come out on stage and rock as best they could, and even did the show for free. That’s right, they didn’t get paid a cent for the performance.

Haven’t had enough of the Who at the Superbowl? Here’s a video of their acoustic performance from that night:

Kudos to the Who, but it’s definitely time to retire those chops.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Since this is a short article, I will copy and paste it here. You will get the gist of the argument:

Associated Press — The Who gave an energetic, acoustic preview of Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show, but things turned serious when Pete Townshend defended himself against critics who say he should not be performing.

The guitarist was arrested in 2003 in Britain as part of a child pornography sting but later cleared. He accessed a Web site containing child pornography but said it was for research for his own campaign against child porn.

That doesn’t satisfy some children’s advocates.

Still, Townshend says: “I kind of feel like we’re all on the same side, I guess that’s all I can really say.”

So, now I will butt my little opinion in here. I feel that Townshend really isn’t defending himself so much as dismissing the remarks of the children’s advocates. It seems that he feels there is nothing for them to be worried about, so they should stop whining. (I’m inputting my words here, not his.)

Still, it is up to viewers of Sunday night’s SuperBowl to decide if they want to watch The Who’s performance. If they want the child pornography incident to remain prominent, they could simply opt out of the halftime show. I, on the other hand, will be watching.

Regardless of what Townshend might have done back in 2003, I am still a fan of this band and will be curious to see what they have to offer. The show will most likely be good, but leave many people reminiscing on the band’s sound during younger days.

Let’s face it, performers never sound the same thirty years later. And what about Roger Daltrey? He’s got to make sure his voice is still intact. Maybe we should be worrying about him a little bit more than we are worrying about Pete Townshend’s past.

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