Despite a downpour of almost tropical proportions yesterday Thursday, large crowds of little brave Mods with wet feet and an up-and-coming cold awaited â€œThe Whoâ€™sâ€ performance at GrÃ¶na Lund.
The English pop group couldnâ€™t have made a better entrance â€“ the rain stopped and the audience got other things to think about. And, from beginning to end it was action. In a furious tempo six or seven songs were played, including the well known â€œBarbara Annâ€, â€œLegal Matterâ€, â€œMy Generationâ€ and â€œSubstituteâ€.
The singer, Roger Daltrey, was more careless than usual with his vocals than one has become used to, and Pete Townshend, that often sings backing vocals, hadnâ€™t adjusted his microphone properly. His voice could not be heard as much as could have been possible. Instead, he devoted time to a strange plastic including sundry bum wiggling. The drummer Keith Moon was very sloppy with his lead vocals on â€œBarbara Annâ€. Otherwise, he played with an incredible ferociousness with a style of drumming not unlike that of Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. The only one that didnâ€™t make any mistakes during the evening was the bass player, John Entwistle. He played with great drive, and the well known bass lines on â€œMy Generationâ€ were letter perfect.
The ones that had come expecting a huge massacre of musical instruments were, most likely, somewhat disappointed. Rather half-heartedly, Peter Townshend threw his guitars to the floor and rather absent-mindedly kicked down his microphone stand. By â€œmistakeâ€ Keith Moon tossed some drum sticks into the audience while Roger Daltrey smacked his microphone against the drum kit without conviction.
It probably wasnâ€™t one of the most inspired performances by â€œThe Whoâ€, and one left feeling somewhat disappointed. But maybe it was an achievement simply to be able to convey such a feeling of action and compression from this venue, where many better-known artists have stumbled.