Who’s coming to Horseshoe Casino?
BY BOB KOSTANCZUK firstname.lastname@example.org July 20, 2011 3:40PM
Those who are fans of the Who's "Tommy" album can hear Roger Daltrey sing it at Hammond's Horseshoe Casino this fall.
Updated: January 23, 2012 3:08AM
The lead singer of The Who is going to perform his group’s conceptually arty album, “Tommy,” at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.
Roger Daltrey will supply the vocals.
The show in The Venue at the casino is not until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, so you have some time to decide if you wanna spend money to see a full performance of 1969’s “Tommy,” as well as other notable Who tunes. Tickets are in the $49.50-$250 range.
Actually, I don’t think “Tommy” — which has been billed as a “rock opera” — is the best Who album.
My favorite album from the British power band is 1971’s “Who’s Next.”
That’s certainly worth being heard live in its entirety.
The term “classic” rock is tossed around much too freely, but “Who’s Next” does indeed boast two true rock classics.
One of them is “Baba O’Riley” (often incorrectly called “Teenage Wasteland” because those words are prominently featured and provide a nice hook for the song).
The words “Baba O’Riley” are actually never heard in the song, hence the confusion.
The hypnotic synthesizer riff in “Baba O’Riley” was ahead of its time and gives it a giddy energy that still is electric decades later.
The other classic on “Who’s Next” is the anthem “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
Gotta love the relatable line from it that goes, “Meet the new boss ... same as the old boss.”
Additionally, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” has one of the great all-time cataclysmic screams from a rock singer.
Aside from the preceding pair of gems, “Who’s Next” does not rely on filler material. It has plenty of other strong cuts, including “Going Mobile,” “Getting in Tune” and “The Song is Over.”
By the way, press material states that those interested in Daltrey’s show at The Venue can purchase a VIP package.
More details: www.thevenue-chicago.com or 473-6060.
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The Blue Room Cafe in Hammond will have its annual “Tribute to the Beatles” from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 30.
It takes place right outside the cafe, which is at 5246 Hohman Ave. Several bands will play Fab Four tunes.
I’ve been to this outdoor bash in downtown Hammond, and it’s a cool, laid-back time.
Check out www.thebrcafe.com for ticket information. The website has a groovy, fast-paced promotional video for the tribute, which will have food for sale and a beer garden.
Bob Kostanczuk talks entertainment with Steve “The Preacher” Glover from 4:15 to 5 p.m. each Friday on WJOB-AM (1230) and online at WJOB1230.com.