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WHO CONCERT

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From its epic "Tommy" to a series of concise, powerful
singles ("My Generation," "Won't Get Fooled Again"), the
Who not only has produced one of the most impressive
and influential bodies of work in rock. but also has been
one of the few bands to truly touch a sociological nerve in
its audience.

The Who, too. has helped shape the visual model for
many of today's rock bands. The series of colorful, some-
times conflicting images began with Roger Daltrey's
strutting, stallion-like poses as he fronted the band vocal-
ly. twirling the microphone over his head as if it were a
giant lariat. The flash continued with Peter Townshend
leaping into the air or twisting his arm in huge. windmill
swipes at the guitar, Keith Moon's frantic, highly animat-
ed drum work and John Entwistle's taut, stone-faced bass

playing.

Even though the sound definition is often minimm and
the visual impact is all but eliminated in an outdoor rock
setting. to see of the Who, under any circumstances. is to
come into contact with rock history. Appropriately, then,
the Who's set Sunday was designed to celebrate its own
history and tradition.

The band's short (90 minutes) performance relied al-
most exclusively on its past, starting—symbolically—
with the tune that was its first US. single in 1965, "I Can't
Explain." It followed, not in this order, with "My Genera-
tion" (1965), "Substitute" (1966), "Magic Bus" (1968), Eddie
Cochran's old "Summertime Blues." a half-hour chunk of
"Tommy" (1969) and three songs from the "Who's Next"
album (1971). Only two tunes from its current "The Who
by Numbers" album ("Squeeze Box" and "Dreaming From
the Waist") represented post-197 1 material.

Though the limitations of the outdoor setting make a
precise comparison difficult, the Who put on a firmer,
more convincing performance than in its somewhat stale,
mechanical effort in 1973 at the Inglewood Forum, its last
visit here.

The concert highlight. emotionally. was clearly "Tom-
my." As the band went into the "See Me, Feel Me. Touch
Me" refrain, thousands in the darkened stadium lit
matches in salute to the band. Though the match tribute
has become something of a concert fixture in rock. the
vast outdoor setting and search/salvation theme of "Tom-
my" combined to give it renewed effectiveness.

By adding another half hour of familiar material ("I Can
See for Miles." ”Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere," "The Real
Me"), the Who could have showcased its achievements
with even more authority and splendor. The unresolved
question, however, is whether the band could have en-
hanced its position by adding a half hour of new material.

As with the Stones. there is a debate in rock circles

(and, by most accounts. within the band) about the future

of the Who. Since the group has been including more new
songs on its indoor stops and because the indoor setting
will provide easier assessment, the Who's concerts this

band has arrived with both the artistic vision and popular
appeal to challenge the best of the 19608 bands.

Besides, the issue of new versus old material wasn't one
that many seemed to be raising Sunday at Anaheim. The
concert may not have answered the question "What's
Next" with the Who. but the band offered a satisfying
glimpse of its legacy to rock. The group is expected to re-
turn this summer on the third leg of its US. tour.

FILMEX REVIEWS -_ ;

'PAS'I‘ORAL HIDE AND SEEK'

A densely fantasized and often visually spectacular au-
tobiographical work by Shuji Terayama, a young man ob-
viously caught between the urban disturbances of modern
Tokyo and the ancestral village traditions of another Ja-
pan. all further enriched by the particular foreign strains
of Fellini and Antonioni. (At 5 pm.)

—CHARLES CHAMPLIN

'THE STRANGER AND THE FOG'

In the dazzlingly photographed Iranian film. "The
Stranger and the Fog" (1 pm), Khorsrow Shojazadeh is a
hunted. wounded man whose boat drifts to a remote vil-
lage where he is reluctantly accepted by the suspicious in-
habitants. This is a slow “but richly evocative parable of
persecution as well as a touching love story acted with
fierce power by Shojazadeh and beautiful Parvaneh Mas-
soumi. —LINDA GROSS

_ FILMEX TODAY

At Plitt Century Plaza Thea- 7 pm. "Keetje Tippel" (The Ne-
ters in Century City. thcrlands, 1975). American

11 am. "The Red Badge of premiere.
Courage" (U.S.A.. 1951) and 7 pm. Panel discussion: "Be-

"Shane" (U.S.A.. l953). Free. yond Hollywood: Whither
1 pm. "The Stranger and the Film-Making?"

Fog' (Iran. 1974). Amencan 9 pm. "Karl May" (West Ger-

premiere. .
3 pm. Classic American Clowns. :33; 197‘” American pre-

5 pm. "Pastoral Hide and Seek"
(Japan. 1974).

12 am. Midnight Monsters.