Tuesday, August 14, 2012

VIDEO: The Who close the London Olympics

The Who closed out the London Olympic Games Sunday with a specially prepared medley of “Baba O’Riley,” “See Me/Feel Me,” “Listening To You” and “My Generation.”

Who fans will have noticed the change of lyrics in the classic “Baba O’ Riley,” when Roger Daltrey sang the words “There’s MORE THAN teenage wasteland” – in an effort to sum up the spirit of the games and the legacy they will hopefully bring.

Sports and music fans around the world saw the performance live as it happened, but not in the U.S., where NBC had other priorities. The broadcaster interrupted the Olympics feed with a far less compelling program, and bumped The Who’s performance from the main event until after the sitcom had ended.

In addition, NBC removed the performances of Ray Davies and Muse from the program without explanation.

The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” was also featured earlier in the Olympics closing event when it was performed by the Kaiser Chiefs.

The Who recently announced a major North American arena tour for this fall.

The trip, which marks the band’s first dates on the continent in four years, will see the group perform their iconic 1973 double album “Quadrophenia” in its entirety, along with a selection of Who classics.

The 36-date tour kicks off November 1 in Sunrise, FL and wraps up February 26 in Rhode Island. For more details, click here.

UPDATE (08/15): It appears the International Olympic Committee does not believe in the spirit of global cooperation as they continue to shut down videos of the closing ceremony while not offering to provide clips of the full event.

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