Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Who Performs at Super Bowl

By Jeff Bachmeier

The National Football League (NFL) hosts the championship game between the two best football teams in the nation at a game called the super Bowl. Fans start rivalries, teams practice for weeks perfecting their plays, companies make the best commercials they can, and one outstanding band rehearses to perform during half time.

The Super Bowl half time show gets almost as much hype as the game itself. Before the game gained a lot of viewership and popularity, the halftime show consisted of marching bands like you would see at high school or college games. Once they saw the potential for exposure, they introduced famous bands or singers to perform.

This year, The Who, was the headline performer at the Super Bowl and performed in the half time show. Queen Latifah sang our national anthem, and Carrie Underwood performed the Star Spangled Banner.

The Who performed as a solo act and didn't use other bands, musicians, or dancers during the show. They had an incredible stage set up in the center of the field with a lot of lights that made a lightshow during their songs. They performed four of their most popular songs which were Who Are You, Pinball Wizard, Won't Get Fooled Again, and Baba O'Riley. As their performance was broadcast on television, you could hear the crowd in the stadium singing along and really enjoying the show.

The Who consists of current members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Pete played awesome guitar during the show. Former members Keith Moon, John Entwistle, and Kenney Jones no longer tour with the band. They have touring members that played with Pete and Roger at the half time show, and the touring members are John Bundrick, Pino Palladino, Zak Starkey, and Simon Townshend.

The band has been performing since 1965 and has released numerous hit albums. They are an English band that plays rock, art rock, pop rock, and hard rock music. They are best known for their live performances and instrument destruction while on stage. We didn't see any of the destruction during the half time show, so perhaps they have calmed their performances down. A lot of heavy metal rock bands imitated their style of performance using instrument destruction. The Who have released 17 albums during their career and are still performing.

Their unique sound and live performances have won them both national and universal recognition. They have been inducted into the American Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame. They have also won Grammy awards and lifetime achievement awards.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50's thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit

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  1. It might be worth noting that Keith Moon and John Entwistle no longer tour with the band mainly because they're dead! Kenny Jones didn't get on with Roger Daltrey so it was pretty obvious who was going to win that one. Zak Starkey, who normally plays drums live with the band these days is (you probably know) Ringo Starr's son.

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