Here it is. The broom closet. At least it's how I imagine it could be. Over the past few years, the broom closet has been the site of many an intimate acoustic set. Tonight, George will revisit some of those sessions live from L.A. The Arkells, Joel Plaskett, Dan Mangan, The Wooden Sky, Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas are just some of the names that have graced the four walls of the closet. Listen in tonight for some of the best of these.
The year was 1969. The Who had already pumped out three albums, but for their fourth, they had much bigger plans. The four lads from London had put together a masterpiece, a rock opera: TOMMY. The double LP set told the story of a deaf, dumb and blind kid (or hearing, visually and speech impaired youth if you prefer) by the name of Tommy. Here is a trailer for the film:
Tonight's nod to the gods features a salute to this masterpiece by one of the most successful (and in my opinion, best!) bands of all time. The album has sold over twenty million copies worldwide, was performed by the Seattle Opera including Bette Midler as The Acid Queen, and of course was turned into a film. The most successful song from Tommy by far was "Pinball Wizard". Here are The Who performing Pinball Wizard live at Woodstock.
The show will also feature unplugged performances from Bjork and Jay-Z with the Roots.