October 22, 2020

2015-04-27 – Honolulu Star Advertiser

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Hall of Famers
reign o’er rain

NEW ORLEANS Rain and The Who dominated
conversations at the opening weekend of New Orleans J azz
8c Heritage Festival. The two-weekend fest annually fea-
tures a mix of Louisiana, national and international music,
with an emphasis on roots music, and this year, fans saw
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Who play with startling
energy. To get to the band’s set, though, festgoers had to
deal with hard rain. For USA TODAY, Alex Rawls rounds
up the weekend’s highlights.





Church . Roger Beating the rain: Keith Ur-
gomg: . ‘ 3:36:51? ban got in 50 minutes of his hour

Andrew Hozier-Byrne, ‘ ‘
known as simply Hozier,
used his opening-day ap-
pearance to show his respect for
the blues when he brought up
guitarist Alvin Youngblood
Hart. The two dueted on Skip
James’ fllinois Blues, after
which Hozier said to the
crowd, “I don’t know about
you, but that was a dream
come true for me.” Hozier’s
performance highlighted the
warm, soulful quality in his
voice, which suited the strong
spiritual undercurrent in his
songs. Take Me to Church hit with
an intensity that at least equaled
the recording.

and a half set Friday before the
rain came. Dressed in a black
Johnny Cash T—shirt, Urban tai-
lored the show to the city, open-
ing with You Gonna Fly, which
includes the line, “You could be a
songbird from New Orleans.”
Soon after, he inserted a refer-
ence to the Lower Ninth Ward in
Put You in a Song. When darken-
ing skies made it clear what was

going to happen, he cov-
ered Creedence Clear-
water Revival’s Have
You Ever Seen the Rain.
Organizers shut down
the festival, but Urban squeezed
out an extra 12 minutes, finishing
with You Look Good in My Shirt
just moments ahead of a storm.

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A powerful Who: The Who
gave doubters reason to be con-
cerned Saturday. I Can’t Explain
and The Seeker were rickety as
Pete Townshend cranked out the
chords with the band plodding
behind him. Roger Daltrey was in
strong voice, but trimming the set
down produced confusing results,
and twice he and Townshend
found themselves starting difler—
ent songs at the same time. The
second time came after Town-
shend had gone through a confes-
sional introduction to Pictures of
Lily, only to learn from Daltrey
that it had been cut.

They played a verse and chorus
of the song anyway, but the mo-
ment seemed to strengthen the
band. Perhaps a band on its 50th
anniversary tour needs a few

Hozier, left, and Keith Urban pressed on while storms and rain pounded fans in New Orleans.

songs to shake 01f the rust, or
maybe they needed an emotion —
even frustration — to stoke their
fires. Moving the songs from
I/Ww’s Next, Tommy and Quadro-
phem'a that dominated the next
hour suited their chops and tem-
perament, and The Who became
more powerful as the show went
on. By the concluding Won’t Get
Fooled Again, Townsend was at—
tacking his guitar with ferocity,
and Daltrey swung his mic, shirt
open as in days of yore. The shirt
was a black dress shirt and not a
suede, hinged vest, but his spirit
was in the right place.


See a photo gallery from the
weekend, plus more set coverage.