Thursday, November 1, 2012
Better than: Either of the two remaining original members attempting to cover Quadrophenia on their own.
When it comes to bidding farewell, the Who have always been prime contenders. I recall a concert at the old Joe Robbie Stadium some 20 years ago when the band claimed it would be their last go-around. They recruited a slew of special guests to affirm that contention. There was also a previous farewell tour in '79, when Pete Townshend insisted they were giving up the ghost due to the demise of drummer Keith Moon. In fact, every one of the Who's outings of the past couple of decades has offered this suggestion. And no wonder. With Moon long gone and bassist John Entwistle dead over a decade, any claim to the Who's history might seem somewhat sanctimonious to begin with.