Did anyone else find themselves cringing at The Who during the halftime show?
Was it the 10, two-minute versions of their greatest hits like a bad K-tel commercial? Was it knowing that these guys, are what? Mid 60’s doing songs about teenage angst? Was it the out of place get ups on senior citizens? Was it the contrived, way over the top lights, bells and whistles?
Why do they do it? Is it just cash? The intoxication of the attention?
In college, The Who was the edgier alternative to Springsteen (who did a half time show equally as weird.) The guys who were into The Who were hardcore and saw themselves as tough.
I couldn’t help but wonder how they felt last night. Pushing 50 themselves, did they get nostalgic or did they feel embarrassed?
Can you play rock ‘n roll when you’re old? Is it any different than those revival shows that Chuck Berry, The Drifters and The Platters do?
Old people doing what was popular a long time ago when they were young feels strange. Like fat fifty-something guys talking about their touchdown in the homecoming game in high school.
That famed philosopher, Ricky Nelson, penned “Garden Party” after getting booed at Madison Square Garden for not doing enough oldies.
“If memories were all I sang, I’d rather drive a truck.”
‘Course Rick died in a plane crash smoking crack after performing at an oldies show.
Still, I think he got it right in “Garden Party.”
Roger and Pete ought to apply for CDL licenses.