It’s funny how a British band is played at just about every corporate seminar and sporting event in the US. Remarkably, no matter how many times “We Won’t Get Fooled Again” is played before a commercial break during an NFL game, it still sounds good. That’s impressive enough to begin with. And who hasn’t had a moment to “Baba O’Reilly?” As a matter of fact, if you knew that it was called that instead of “the teenage wasteland song,” you deserve an extra gold star for being a true Who fan (or at least a star for not being an idiot).
Forget the fact that Pete Townsend may come off as a snooty patooti for a second and let yourself get lost in the guitar hooks. Like it or not, he is one of the best rock guitarists ever. Forget about the fact that Keith Moon (rest his soul) started a solo career (as if you haven’t already). He was an amazing drummer.
“Tommy” is a quintessential album and rock opera. Remember, for as many hits as there were from that time, there were a lot of duds and “Tommy” stands the test of time. The beginning riff of “Pinball Wizard” in and of itself is enough to hold anyone’s attention. So tell me “Who are you?”