Brought to you by the effects of Stockholm Syndrome from holding myself hostage for so many years.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Who am I seeing tonight in concert?
That's Who! I have great seats, too. I feel so lucky I could go to the loo.
Seriously, Pete's the man. This is a clip from their Woodstock performance of the instrumental "Sparks". Pete nearly kills his Gibson SG (with the soap-bar pickups). Back then, they either had to use a fuzz box of some kind, or just a plain old cranked vacuum tube amplifiers in stacks to get those heavy sounds. The later is the most organic hard rock sound that you can get, and the best, in my opinion.
If no one knows what Pete is talking about in the initial interview before the clip, about almost killing Abbie Hoffman at Woodstock, the story goes that Abbie Hoffman, a hippie activist, invaded the stage while The Who were performing. That is a big no-no. Pete Townsend was livid told Abbie Hoffman to f-ck of his stage, and then hit him over the head with his SG. Gibson SG's are made out of solid mahogany, and while not as hefty as a Gibson Les Paul, are quite heavy. Basically, if you had a baseball bat that was a bit on the heavy side, uh, real heavy side, and walloped someone over the head with it, they're going down for the count in a big way.
Anyhoo (I love that corny-hole word), I don't think Pete will be hitting any aging hippies over the head at tonight's concert. All I can say is that they better play their mod stuff. That and the whole mini-opera "A quick one while he's away". I might get a little of the first and none of the second. I just wanted to witness Roger Daltery looking silly, screaming, "Cello, cello, cello, cello, cello, cello!" I think I've lost most of you on that last bit. Oh well, I am going to have the time of my life and hope to be knocked unconscious as I make my way to the stage during a number.