This is noble and all:
- Eelpie.com and TheMusic.com have joined forces with The Who and Trinifold Management to bring you exclusive live recordings on CD of shows from the 2002 tour of North America by The Who.
The band is aware that many of the shows on this tour will be sold as bootleg recordings and to satisfy this demand they have agreed to release their own official recordings to benefit worthy causes.
Recorded and mixed live from the sound board, these CDs are as close as you will get, and as quick as you will get, to reliving the experience. By this process you will be provided with a good recording at a reasonable price just as soon as we can make them.
Whether it is because you enjoyed the show you attended so much, or whether you could not make a particular venue but want to enjoy it anyway, you will be interested in this Encore series of CDs.
We anticipate each double CD will be available within three weeks of each show. All profits from the sale of these CDs will go to young peoples' charities supported by The Who....
But it also forces me to restate this:
I'm pretty stunned to hear about John Entwistle dying. He was 57 and had been a rock star, an unassuming and businesslike rock star, for almost 40 years. Maybe that's why I'm stunned: when the normal guys - the business-like troupers with rational lifestyles - start dropping, you know we've turned another corner.
I love the Who, but as with the Stones, I have long since wished they'd shut up and go away. I stopped really loving the Who after Keith Moon died, soon after the recording of Who Are You in '78, and they just kept getting back together and touring over and over again. In fact I didn't even like Who Are You all that much. The Who By Numbers in '75 was the last great Who album, and here we are 27 years later. Damn.
Imagine still touring almost THIRTY YEARS after your last really good record. Was there a point beyond money? Ego? Boredom?Kenny Jones is a functional drummer, but he isn't Keith Moon (of course even Keith Moon wasn't Keith Moon by the end, but that's another story). What made the Who so special - besides Pete Townshend's songwriting for the ten years between '65 and '75 - was what made them such a bizarre ensemble: drums, guitar, bass, and singer, but the guitar was OFTEN THE ENTIRE RHYTHM SECTION.