For Pete’s sake

By JAMES PARKER  |  October 25, 2006

And then we come to the opera. Show-tune moments, twanging hooks, rushing percussion, crescendos and caprice, total Who-ness. I’ve no idea what it’s about, but the slow, drum-programmed closer, “Tea and Theatre,” is the most moving Daltrey vocal since “How Many Friends Have I Really Got?”: “Will you have some tea, at the theatre with me?/We did it all, didn’t we? . . . All of us sad, lean on my shoulder now/The story is done.”

Is the story done? These two seniors have shown us that they can come treading out of the dim vales of rock-and-roll dotage with a more than effective album. And it’s clear Pete Townshend will never cease his proboscine probing of the ineffable, his search for the one true note. They might do it again, they might not. I can’t resist: Who knows?

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