Monday, March 18, 2013

Sad times: "Who's Next" gets the Classic Albums Live treatment at The Grand

Seems like a cool enough concept: A cracker-jack band comprised of impeccably professional musicians crank out some of the greatest albums of all time.

But see Classic Albums Live is not some corny tribute band. It's a recreation of the music and the album, in order, from opener to closer.

We're especially intrigued in cases where this simply could not happen otherwise: The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Abbey Road" and "Rubber Soul"; Queen's "Night At The Opera"; Led Zeppelin's "I" and "IV,"; Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon,"; The Doors' "L.A. Woman"; and and Bob Marley's "Exodus" are among the many that would be kind of cool to hear recreated.

Bowie was best with Mick at his side.
Kind of annoying in cases where this might actually be happening, could possibly happen, or could definitely happen but probably won't: David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" (wouldn't be the same without Mick Ronson), The Eagles' "Hotel California," (yeah, well, naw) and AC/DC's "Back In Black" (seriously, why would you not just go see the real deal?).

Welcome to the Hotel Douchefornia.
So where does The Who's classic 1971 album "Who's Next" fall? Since Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey continue to trot around using The Who name, even performing entire albums like they did on the recent "Quadrophenia" tour, it's not out of the realm of possibility that these two stubborn bastards could line up a "Who's Next" tour where they go from "Baba O'Riley" to "Won't Get Fooled Again" in cities all over the world.

But is this something that could really happen, even if it did? As in, would Townshend and Daltrey really be recreating the album? Missing John Entwistle's monster bass (and vox on "My Wife") would leave me feeling empty. And no Keith Moon? That means no machine-gun take-off at the end of "Baba." And no lightning-crash entrance on "Bargain." And no motor on "Goin' Mobile." And no rolling break out of the Moog and patpatpatpatpatpatpatpatpatpat "YEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH MEET THE NEW BOSS" on "Won't Get Fooled Again."

So this is sad, because we'd love to hear the early 1970's version of The Who do "Who's Next":

But we don't really want the current "Who" to do "Who's Next":

And while it appears they do a more-than-capable job with it - we kind of don't want Classic Albums Live to do it:

Maybe you feel differently. And if you do, you can check it out on Saturday April 6 at 8 p.m. at The Grand, which is at 818 N. Market St., Wilmington. Tickets are $28, $32 or $37, and you can get them here.

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