Sunday, September 11, 2011

Won't Get Fooled Again

If you've been able to miss the coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, you must really be off the grid. I'm not going to go into depth about it here, but I actually contributed to a post about 9/11 on Popblerd, a site that I've started writing for. My blurb was based on a post to this blog back in 2003, when the memories were still extremely clear. Not that they aren't clear now, but they were much more immediate then.

Another memory I have of the aftermath of 9/11 took place more than a month later, on October 20, 2001, when I watched the Concert for New York City on VH-1 to benefit the first responders. There were many stirring performances, but none more so than The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again," which seethed with anger and power. Pete Townshend was positively on fire on guitar, Roger Daltrey roared the lyrics, Zak "Son of Ringo" Starkey seemed possessed by the ghost of Keith Moon on the drums, and John Entwhistle was excellent in what was his last performance with The Who in the U.S. (he died the following summer before their next tour was to start). The performance just seemed to capture the prevailing mood at the time. Of course, not long afterward we were then fooled into invading Iraq, but that's another song for another day, I suppose.

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