Did Pete Townshend really compromise “Baba O’Riley” by singing “Sandy wasteland”? Argh.
Mick Jagger got it right: “If it rains in London, you’ve got to come and help us, OK?” My sincere empathy for Sandy victims aside, I hate that we’re always required to rally around New York. That we always rush to the aid of New York. No city is better at hyping its own (frequent) resurrection than New York.
9/11, the greatest tragedy in American history, is too often boiled down to just New York. People died in DC that day, too. In Somerset County. But all we hear about is the courage of New York.
If Western Pennsylvania had been laid to waste by Sandy, would Paul McCartney have been minimizing Nirvana onstage at Consol Energy Center? F, NO. (Fine by me. I’m good with Wiz.)
The whole #121212Concert sucked, anyway. To wit:
*Kanye West looked absurd in his black kilt. But I’m sure white people were scared. I couldn’t have hated Kanye any more if Free Meal Franco had been in his backing band.
*McCartney made Nirvana look peripheral. Bring ‘em on for one song nobody ever heard of, then GET ‘EM OFF. Dave Grohl is a sucker for old rock icons. Krist Novoselic looked nauseous.
*Roger Daltrey looked like a Ric Flair wax figure that had been rejected by Madame Tussauds. When he's onstage, Daltrey often runs in place. He should have done that for a couple of months prior to performing. Dude, you’re 68, and a bit portly. Taking off your shirt in public should never cross your mind.
*How do Chris Martin and Michael Stipe even get on the show, let alone perform second-last?
*Billy Joel should have performed only ‘80s doo-wop Joel. Anybody who didn’t like it could take their skank hooker wife and leave.
I could go on and on. Much like The Who. It seemed like they played for five hours. A video clip of the late Keith Moon served to remind how hollow that band rings without him.
It was crap. I enjoyed Jagger’s snide remark. Some did not. As DVE’s Randy Baumann said, “If we hadn’t gone over there when it counted, he’d be singing ‘Let’s Spend the Nacht Together.’ “
Achtung! Umbrellas and corndogs for everyone! I’m off my head and my mouth’s getting dry…