Re: 121212 Concert - Hurricane Sandy
posted at 12/13/2012 7:41 PM EST
In response to jesseyeric's comment:
What were they thinking have Kanye West follow Roger and Pete who happened to be in vintage form.
Very impressed with Waters and Vedder.
Last comment - Bruce and Bon Jovi - you both still are two of the most over-rated rockers ever.
Agree on most of this.
Would have rather seen Gilmore with Waters (or by himself), but Vedder certainly did an excellent job.
It was probably a good idea to more Kanye West after The Who. It gave the fans a chance to relax before another good act came out.
The Who didn't steal the show like they did in 2001, but they certainly were one of the best acts -- if not the best act -- of the night. It started slow. They should have started with "My Generation" -- something that really jumps out -- instead of "Who Are You," which is OK but not among my favorite Who songs.
I liked the idea of paying tribute to Keith Moon with Bell Boy, but I would have gone with something else. If they wanted something offbeat that Roger doesn't sing, they could have gone with "Athena." Or they could have gone with something else offbeat like "Summertime Blues," "Twist and Shout," or to stick it the Stones, they could have done "The Last Time," which is a Stones song that they recorded back in the 1960s.
After "Bell Boy" they really got into a groove and kick butt, even if they didn't do "Won't Get Fooled Again."
Agree about Springsteen, but disagree about Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi isn't anything special in the innovative or cultural aspect. But they (talking about group, not individual) play kick-azz rock-and-roll and simply put on an entertaining show that can get the crowd going.
To me, The Who and Bon Jovi were two best acts as far as getting the crowd into it, with Vedder saving the Roger Waters set.
Clapton also stood out as one of the best acts as the night. He came across as sort of that elderstatesman, showing pure talent in a low-key way.
Obviously, it was smart to have so many groups that the Baby Boomers like, since they're older and more likely to have money. Still, it's funny how some of the top acts last night were the top acts from Live Aid back in 1985.
Should have brought in Elton John, kicked out the Stones and talked Led Zep to stay in town after being on Letterman last week. Then all they would have needed to do was channel Freddie Mercury from the grave. Now that would have been a great show.