The Who Re-Viewed Part 6
(SOME OF US) NEED A NEW SONG
After the rapturous reception afforded the opening trio of ‘I Can’t Explain,’ ‘The Seeker’ and ‘Anyway Anyhow Anywhere,’ the new song ‘Fragments’ was met with such restraint from the Bridgeport audience that Pete Townshend duly observed how it was from “our new CD… you’ve probably forgotten all about it.” That’s if they’d ever bought it: Endless Wire entered the US album charts at #7 but dropped out of the top 100 quicker than you can say “new Morrissey album.” Still, for me if not for others, it was the promise of new songs that provoked my attendance, and I was thrilled that The Who played at least half of Endless Wire. This included a forceful rendition of ‘A Man In a Purple Dress’ to which Townshend backtracked that it was in fact inspired by the Judging of Jesus, a rousing ‘Mike Post Theme’ (though one greeted, so I scribbled in my notebook, by a “very muted response”), the same six-song ‘Wire & Glass’ medley as seemed so weak on the summer’s CD release, and a delightful ‘Tea & Theatre.’ Coming on the heels of the Tommy finale, and so evidently the last song of the night, its acoustic nature inspired many to make a quick exit to their cars. But for those who can’t miss a note (and who will endure a 30-minute jam in the arena car park as a result), it was the sweetest and most tender of conclusions, the appropriate way for two 60-something old rockers to end a refreshingly intimate arena concert.