Eddie Vedder had a pretty spectacular blurb about his love for The Who in a new article for Rolling Stone, penned in honor of the band as The Who celebrate their 50th year with a new tour. (May 13th @ Rogers Arena)

Vedder wrote, “The Who began as spectacle. They became spectacular. Early on, the band was in pure demolition mode; later, on albums like Tommy and Quadrophenia, it coupled that raw energy with precision and desire to complete musical experiments on a grand scale . . . Pete Townshend demanded that there be spiritual value in music.”

Vedder had a KILLER line: “Presumptuously, I speak for all Who fans when I say being a fan of the Who has incalculably enriched my life. What disturbs me about the Who is the way they smashed through every door of rock & roll, leaving rubble and not much else for the rest of us to lay claim to.”

Eddie also recalled how he first heard the Who’s music, saying, “I was around nine when a babysitter snuck Who’s Next onto the turntable. The parents were gone. The windows shook. The shelves were rattling. Rock & roll. That began an exploration into music that had soul, rebellion, aggression, affection. Destruction. And this was all Who music.”

~Graham

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