Townshend Confirms Super Bowl Set List

Did the other artists playing at the Super Bowl reveal their set lists two weeks before the game, or is this part of Pete Townshend’s probation?  I seem to recall some mystery about Springsteen, the Stones and Prince.  Additionally, the NFL has announced that Will.i.am and Slash have created a remix of the Who’s signature song “My Generation” to benefit Haitian relief efforts.  This is a nice way to use the massive audience of the Super Bowl, enjoying the peak of frivolity, and making reference to its proximity to a terrible catastrophe.

A few months ago, when The Who announcement started the Super Bowl hype, I predicted/suggested the following set:

1. I Can’t Explain 2. Baba O’Riley 3. Who Are You 4. Pinball Wizard 5. Won’t Get Fooled Again

I must admit I left out “My Generation” out of respect for my hero John Entwistle. Someone else playing his solos in that song would be lame, but it’s not a bad song to use for Haitian relief. Will.i.am can get airplay!

Pete Townshend discussed the set list with Billboard this week:

“We’re kinda doing a mashup of stuff,” the guitarist tells Billboard. “A bit of ‘Baba O’Riley,’ a bit of ‘Pinball Wizard,’ a bit of the close of ‘Tommy,’ a bit of ‘Who Are You,’ and a bit of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’ It works — it’s quite a saga. A lot of the stuff that we do has that kind of celebratory vibe about it — we’ve always tried to make music that allows the audience to go a bit wild if they want to. Hopefully it will hit the spot.”

I suppose they will use “Baba” at the beginning to grab the CSI audience instead of “I Can’t Explain,” their traditional opener. It’s not Rubik’s Cube, but four out of five isn’t bad. It was good enough for Trident.

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