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1980-04-22 – The Los Angeles Times

1980 04 22 The_Los_Angeles_Times_Tue__Apr_22__1980_

ROBERT HILBURN

jONES: A
NEW MAN
IN THE WHO

AKLAND—The Who's not

the same band without Keith

Moon. but that should be no
surprise: The Rolling Stones isn't the
same band without Brian Jones. eith-
er.

Whenever a key member of a sue-
eessful group leaves. the group's
character is affected. Moon. who died
in 1978 of a drug overdose. was one of
the most colorful figures ever in rock:
a drummer whose manic exuberance
contributed as much to the Who's
passion as Roger Daltrey's inspired
vocals or Pete Townshend's guitar-
smashing symbolism.

Moon's presence was missed Satur-
day night at the Oakland Coliseum
Arena, where the Who made its first
California appearances last weekend
since the drummer's death. It was sad
not seeing him flailing away at the
drums with the familiar bull-in-a-
china shop intensity.

B_‘ the end of the Who's two-hour
performance. however. it was clear
that the band. with new drummer
Kenny Jones. is a more satisfying
concert attraction than it has been in
years.

Thanks to the addition of keyboar-
dist John (Rabbit) Bundriek and
three horn players. the Who's musical
arrangements are fuller. Jones'
drumming is more disciplined than
Moon‘s. thus providing a more consis-
tent anchor for the band's sound.

Jones. of course. is no newcomer to

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The Who, featuring new drummer Kenny Jones, seemed revitalized Saturday night in Oakland concert.

the Who audience. He has been on
the rock trail since the mid-19605
when he helped form the Small Faces
band. one of the Who rivals during
the Mod movement in England.

When lead singer Steve Marriott
left Small Faces in 1968 to join Hum-
ble Pie. Jones and crew recruited gui-
tarist Ron Wood and singer Rod
Stewart and went on to ever greater
international success until the band
brokeup in 1975. Rather than form a
new group. Jones did session work in
London until being invited to join the
Who. His slightly formal drum style

is ideal for the Who at this stage in
the British band's long career.

Unlike the Rolling Stones. the Who
has not been blessed in recent years
with outstanding material. The group
all but acknowledged the point Satur-
day by using only four songs from its
last two albums in its 18-song set. By
contrast. the Stones played eight
numbers from its “Some Girls" album
during its 1978 US. tour.

The danger in the Who relying on
the two songs from the “Quadrophe-
nia" album (1973). three songs from
“Who‘s Next" (1971). three songs

from ”Tommy" (1969) and such ear-
lier tunes as “Substitute" and “My
Generation” is that it is increasingly
hard over the years to make the mu-
sic sound fresh.

With enticing new material, the
Stones can have an off night and still
be effective because the excitement
of hearing the new songs live for the
first time is enough to satisfy most
audiences. Besides, the new material
supplies momentum, giving fans con-
fidence the Stones are still on the
move. With the Who on recent tours,

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