I am the luckiest person I know. I have to level with you. Sometimes, this job isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's long hours, lots of work, creative problem solving, whatnot. However, sometimes you get to realize that you do something truly great for a living, and that you wouldn't trade it for the world. Last night was one of those experiences. Harmonix and MTV threw a party called 'The Rock Band Bash', and they got one of the greatest bands of all time to be the entertainment. THE F*N WHO!!!
At 7:00PM, we were led into the Orpheum here in Los Angeles, and there was a Rock Band 2 stage set up, where people could form bands and play in front of hundreds of people, using the new guitars and amped-up drums, as well as the new setlist. There were open bars everywhere, and something was being set up in the main theater, but they wouldn't let us in...
Finally, at 9, the doors opened, and what we saw was a stage full of equipment. A big band. Lots of gear, lots of lights, but no idea who it would be. And then, about 10 minutes later, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey popped out of the wings and it was on. Opening with "I Can't Explain," The Who did a set that was almost two full hours long, including "Baba O' Reilly," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "My Generation," and "Pinball Wizard," which ended with Pete breaking a couple of strings, and then going into a "Tommy" medley that included "Amazing Journey," "Sparks," and "See Me, Feel Me."
The crowd was ridiculously amped throughout, so much so that The Who played almost an hour and a half longer than expected. According to an MTV source, the band were only supposed to play for forty five minutes, but were so bowled over by the crowd's enthusiasm that they decided to do a whole show.
Also, Pete and Roger were hilarious, talking about the color of the guitars in the game, the fact that Pete couldn't play "Won't Get Fooled Again" on Rock Band when they were given an advanced copy in his home, followed by Roger saying that he was a useless vocalist in the game. There was a funny moment when Pete asked if everyone was going home to buy the "Aerosmith bundle," after which everyone booed, and he remembered that he was talking about the wrong game. Recovering quickly, he said that the only thing he could imagine would be in the Aerosmith bundle was a pair of Steven Tyler's panties. Good times.
Seriously, this was the sound of Harmonix and MTV unzipping and whipping it out, almost challenging Guitar Hero to say anything. It was the roar of a little company made big and the little game that could, and it was deafening, it was liberating, and it was glorious.