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1979-12-06 – Democrat and Chronicle

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2C ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE Thursday. Dec. 6, 1979

THE WHO

From Page 10

in the rock tradition. they have been the most
stylistically different of the major bands in
avoiding classic blues chording and linear lead
guitar. and in their use of a melodic style not
usually associamd with rock ’n’ roll.

Townshend's guitar seems to have naturally
evolved from a basic. limited ability, into a
unique and powerful style dependent on multi-
ple chord changes. rhythmic riffs and explosive
feedback. He plays very few horizontal guitar
lines of the type played by nearly all other rock
guitarists from Eric Clapton on down. In fact. it
could be said that Townshend has converted the
styles and functions of the rhythm guitar to
lead.

The wide range of songs Tuesday also demon-
strated Townshend’s unusual lyrical vision -- from
the ethereal and imaginative songs of Tommy to

CONDUCTOR

From Page 1C

DEBOGU SAID he agrees with the late Bruno
Walter's dictum that the basis of a conductor's
relationship to an orchestra must be “tolerant
benevolence. combined with complete sincerity.”

.' I asked him how his first rehearsal with the
Rochester Philharmonic had gone. (One of the
works on his program is Jan Sibelius’ Symphony
No. 5. a work of close-knit technique within the

tonal system).
“Thev resmnd-" said Delnmr “Thev wnrk verv

gritty self-analytical tunEs like Who Are You ?They
also explored questions about the future direction
of music in songs like Goodbye Sister Disco and
Music Must Change.

Many of The Who's songs over the years
have also been particularly reflective of their
peers and their followers. They do a lot of
“talking ’bout my generation."

In fact. I can’t think of any other bands that
have performed so many songs that can be
considered anthems of the generation -- songs
like My Generation, Summertime Blues. Young
Man Blues and the magnum opus of the group, We
Won't Get Fooled Again.

Fooled Again. in fact, was the highlight of
the evening, from the moment it was launched
with the well-known synthesizer lead-in and a
spectacular smoke bomb explosion through its
long succession of vocal and instrumental
choruses.

It was the last song of the regular set.
Though it was followed by an encore set of three
tunes, it was hard to t0p it as a finale.

I don’t think The Who can be faulted for the
deaths outside Cincinnati’s Riverfront Colise-
um. Nevertheless -- and understandably - there
will be those who will question the propriety of the
band continuing their northeastern tour. Others
will see it as a natural and important thing for a
performer to do,

The fact remains that it seemed very important
to The Who that they perform Tuesday night and
that the performance. he magnificent.

It was.