October 22, 2020

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during the concert here. “I thought for sure they'd break E
up after Keith's death. I've seen the band 40 times. Sure, I i


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execution was also dynamic. Most important. the band's
mood seemed joyous. Bassist John Entwistle may have
been as Stoic as ever. but Daltrey pranced around the
stage with renewed vitality and Townshend moved about
with an enthusiasm that suggested he has overcome his
own much-publicized reservations about touring and the
W ho‘s longevity.

The Who's future was in doubt even before Moon's
death. but there's a sense of renewed commitment sur-
rounding the band now. The group has signed a five-year
pact with Warner Bros. Records. and the first Warner's
LP is due this fall. Also: Townshend's solo album is due

next month.

Even though Keith Moon was as popular a part of the
Who as Ringo Starr was of the Beatles. Who fans here
welcomed Kenny Jones warmly. One teen-ager even held
up a “Yeah Kenny" sign at the arena.

George Kazepis. 23. seemed to summarize the feelings of
many Who fans Saturday. Kazepis is such a Who loyalist
that he flew here from his home in New York for the three
Oakland concerts. He also plans to attend the Who's five
concerts. starting J une 23. at the Sports Arena in Los An-

“I'm happy just to be able to still see the Who," he said

miss Keith. But I've got to say it: Kenny is a fine drummer.
The band may even be better with him. I think everyone

accepts him."

Sitting in the hotel bar before Saturday's concert. Jones
spoke about his entry into one of rock's most celebrated
teams. “It's great how everybody is accepting me. I think
my background helped. I had a history so that even if fans
didn't know me, they could quickly read up on me and say,
'Oh. yeah. this guy is O.K.' Also, I think they appreciate
the fact I‘m not trying to copy Keith’s style. I'm playing
the way I always have."


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three-minute songs, guitars jangling, punctuating things
with the expected leaps and lunges. Meanwhile. singer Doc
Neeson vocalizes in an ordinary style but does his best to
show that he's just the craziest person.

He hops around, flails his arms, pulls at his hair. spars
with the audience. imitates a straitjacket-bound character.
and glares madley throughout. But it all comes across as
uninvolving, phouy-baloney histrionics. If this is what gets
young Australians excited, let's ship them L.A.’s Kats.
Toasters. et al. That might benefit both continents. —T.A.