October 20, 2020

1984-02-20 – The Evening Sun

1984 02 20 The_Evening_Sun_Mon__Feb_20__1984_

36 THE EVENING SUN

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do all that publicly.”

AstortheWho,oneofthemostimportantofthe
British groups which maintained its hard rock foun-
dation even while doing projects as ainlitious as
therockopera‘Tommy,”Dalu'ysaystheyare

“We’re taking an open-ended sabbatial We
saidthelasttourwasourlastoneandwemeantit
Whatwerewegoingtodonext? Playthestateot
Utah and fill it? It’s something we’ve done, we did
verywelLandIthinkwegotoutwhilewewere
good

“Idomissitbutlcan'tkeepdoingitforever.
Partingshouldbepainleas,butitneveris."besaid

“Actually, the last four years of the Who were
notpleasantatall,”hesaid, notingthatthechange
camewiththedeathofdnimmerxeithhloon
“That was it. It’s just that we were a complete
gmupwithhimandwithouthimweweren’t. Noone
could have filled his shoe;

“That’s not to say we won’t do something again
entirely different Pete Townshend writes great
musielhOpeI’mluckyenoughtosingitagain But
there ought to be something threatening about rock
'n’ roll, like the Stones med to be.

“Rock is at its best when it’s at its most vulner-
able, when you don’t know if the singer’s going to
make it through the show. And the trouble with the
Who and the Stones and the Kinks is that you al-
ways know the singer’s going to get through the
show because they’ve been around for how long?
For me that takes an awful lot out of it”

Unlike many in his profession, Daltry was Open
and frank and responsive in his comments. He
wanted mph to know that he isn’t a rock star
slumming in Shakespeare, he is serious about his
acting, a career that started when director Ken
Russell talked him into starring in the movie of
“Tommy" and then directed him in “Lisztomania.”

“One thing I’ve discovered since I’ve taken act-
ing seriously is that I've made more friends with
actors than I did in 20 years in the rock business. I
don’t think I have one friend there. Not being vi-
cious, but I find that musicians in the rock world
just don’t interest me that much,” he said.

“I’m a very Open person. I’ll try anything. It’s
now less so, but England is still very class con-
scious, and things like ballet, opera and Shake-
speare, it’s a shame, but they seem to belong to the

upper classes Shakespeare must turn in his grave

atwhathashappenetflewasamanotthepenple.
“Teachersonpttotakeadvantageotthefact
thatkiblovetoaettheybvemdi'e-cheylove
to imitate. They should treat Shakespeare a a
dramatistllakeiteomealiveandwhenkidsget
invdvedhomthatmtheywillndeutandthe
Engfishandtheimagea
“That’sthewaytodoitbeamehe’sclarlythe
bestwriter ever. Everythingyouwautoknow,
younpartisalrudywrittailt’sfidltthu'eonthe
page‘l'herearenotmanywrita'swhocandothat.
“It’sashamethatwhenlwasakiditwasdished
npthatwaymEnglamjusthavingusreadiLthat
theyweretoostuffytoletusperformitl’mjust

Hessem an hosts
‘Super Nighf
of Rock ’n’ Roll’

By Marilynn Pteston
Chicago mm:

“It’ s a Super Night for Rock ”n Roll” and since
it is the February sweepstime, NBC is out to get all
the super nights it can. This one gets going tonight
from9toll pun) EST, (channels!and4)twohours
of clips, quips and rock’n ’-roll nostalgia hosted by a

man who has clearly earned those white socks he
wears, Howard “I was a real rock n’ roll deejay”

Hesseman.
Hesseman also played the DJ. on “WKRP” and

cancurrentlybeseenon“0neDayataTime,”but
staytunedtoNBCtonigbtifyouwanttoseethe
real Howard Homeman and even hear a few true
stories about growing up in the back seat of his ’66
Mustang in Salem, Ore.

“,Sure rock ’n’ roll is about cars, music, fashion
and dancing,” he says. “But in the ’80: I think we
can admit it’s mainly about sex.”

Not really. This show is mainly about flashing
backtothewayitusedtobe,withacontinuous
now of old-style music videos featuring such rock
’n’ roll giants as Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard.