The Flaming Lips are one of many bands that will be performing that this year’s VH1 Rock Honor tribute concert for The Who and they are hard at work rehearsing as noted in the above video.
Joining them will be Pearl Jam, no doubt doing “Love Reign O’er Me,” The Foo Fighters, Tenacious D (what? weird, except they rock harder than any band living or dead), and Incubus (okay that’s just weird). The concert films this weekend at L.A.’s Pauley Pavillion, but it won’t air until July 17 at 9 p.m. on VH1.
Though, Tenacious D don’t rock this hard. I might be one of the few who are actually stoked to not just hear The Who play live, but to also hear some great bands interpret their songs. The Who are a sort of limbo type of band, where depending on my mood I’m either in love with their early pre-punk rock or finding them nauseatingly bombastic. Push or pull, I say. Which is why, covering The Who isn’t a bad idea.
At the end of all the tribute, The Who will play a 40-minute set, which might include the first live performance of “Slip Kid.” Though, it’s up to VH1 to choose the songs and Roger Daltrey’s skeptical at best.
“They’ll probably just show ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ ‘Baba O’Riley’ and ‘Who are You?,'” lamented Daltrey, who also revealed the Flaming Lips are working up a Tommy medley and Pearl Jam will likely play “Love Reign O’er Me.” “It’s gonna be weird having them play Who songs while we’re there.”
And one more thing
In conjunction with the special, The Sly Oyster has a nifty prize package. Unfortunately, it’s not anything cool like a Keith Moon drum kit filled with M-80s, but we’re giving away a Who t-shirt, flask, guitar picks and shot glasses.
At the very least, you’ll be able to drink like Keith Moon, just don’t go near any medication to help ween you off the alcohol or Cass Elliot’s room.
Seriously though, that flask is damn cool and everything else is just gravy. So how do you win? Easy. In the comments leave us your best The Who anecdote. Could be a concert memory, album or song you can’t live without, or just the best legend surrounding the band. I dunno. Ultimately, we’ll pick someone who impresses us the most!