#3 – The Who Won’t Go Away
Which brings us to the inevitable:
Complaining that Pete Townshend got old and didn’t die, and, worst of all, still sings that song in concert without a camp wink or apologetic shrug, is a peevish complaint that’s way past its sell-by date.
Ditto observing that they hold the world record for “farewell” tours.
Look: we can and will complain all we want that the “Mona Lisa” is, frankly, pretty homely, or Christmas is “really just a pagan holiday” (and is “too commercial now.”)
Here’s the problem: it’s too late. None of that stuff is going away at this point.
Similarly, at an early age, Pete Townsend built a lyrical and attitudinal brick wall. Then he got old, and drove a truck through it.
If you’re still standing there bitching in the dust after he’s miles down the road, that’s really your problem at this point.