Well, they practice their cover. As we told you at the end of May with the help of a random Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy reference, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, and the Flaming Lips are joining forces to pay tribute to the Who. The event takes this Saturday, where the aforementioned will be accompanied by Incubus (?) and Tenacious D (oh no), as part of “VH1 Rock Honors” concert at L.A.’s Pauley Pavilion. Before that, we have this amped practice footage of the Lips trying to see and feel their way through the material. Key ingredients: Loud guitars, explosive Moon-style drumming, an explosive gong, and Coyne’s, yes, explosive Daltrey-esque ’fro.

Fun. Not this epic. But fun. In addition to the various Who covers, the Who will end the night with a 40-minute set. Rock Daily reports it might include the first ever live performance of The Who By Numbers’s “Slip Kid,” but it’s hard to say if it’ll show up on the VH1 broadcast:

“What they use on the TV will probably be the same old stuff,” laments Roger Daltrey. “They’ll probably just show ’Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ ’Baba O’Riley’ and ’Who are You?’” Daltrey also revealed the Flaming Lips are working up a Tommy medley and Pearl Jam will likely play “Love Reign O’er Me.” “It’s gonna be weird having them play Who songs while we’re there,” says Daltrey.

The telecast premieres 7/17. You can read more about it at the official site.

Comments (27)
  1. Sasquatch  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2008 0

    What’s with the “Oh No” comment about the D? The D blow doors down you lame tight jeans hipster loser. You should be saying “Oh No” about The Who. They just plain blow, esp since the cool and talented ones in the band are already dead.

    -A Fwend

    • Big Foot  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2008 0

      that comment will go over well…

    • When you make TWO controversial claims in one post, that little approval ratings gets tricky. I was about to give you the thumbs up, cause I agree about the D, but then you went and bashed The Who, so I wanted to go with the thumbs down. If you’re going to pick fights, one at a time please!

  2. snowball hamfist  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2008 0

    no way dudes, A Fwend is right on—i just sat down and sparked one while trolling the Who’s catalogue, and I like I don’t know why I’ve liked these guys the past 25 years, overated they were….peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwww i say

  3. Julie  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2008 0

    The drummer is wearing a Gruff Rhys shirt.

  4. tingletrent  |   Posted on Jul 9th, 2008 0

    well i think we can all agree that the lego wall treatment the lips have is kickass.

  5. listen to Live at Leeds or watch the Stone’s Rock and Roll Circus (which got hushed because, as the story goes, the Who rocked harder than the Stones by far). Then tell me the Who are overrated.

    And to set the record straight: Townsend > Page.

    • grace6697  |   Posted on Jul 10th, 2008 0

      totally 1000% agree.

      hipsters love to yammer on and on about how awesome the Stones are. real music fans obviously disagree with this and revere the Who.

      • Well, to clarify, all 3 bands are amazing (and equally overrated in their own ways). The Stones had their great moments (songwriting in particular), Led Zeppelin obviously too (arrangements in particular), and the Who certainly had their weak points (arguably the most inconsistent in terms of putting out good stuff). I do, though, think it’s undeniable that when The Who were really on, they blew both out of the water.

  6. Mike  |   Posted on Jul 10th, 2008 0

    I vote that we take Sasquatch out back and show him what Pete did to Abbie Hoffman at Woodstock? Whadya say fella’s?? Mwhahahaha!

  7. barry  |   Posted on Jul 10th, 2008 0

    The Daltrey-esque microphone swings look even gayer with that silver ribbon on it.
    And, yes, Townsend > Page (not to mention Moon > Bonzo and Entwhistle > JPJ) and Live at Leeds is the greatest live record of all time.

    • Bee-Vens  |   Posted on Jul 10th, 2008 0

      Pure horsesh*t sir, and I say Good Day to you!
      Although this is all subjective (and thus a worthless argument) Page is far greater than Townshend could ever hope to be. This is proven not only when comparing the musical output, but when looking at their chosen leisure activities.

      Page’s Satanism/Black Magic habit is WAY cooler than Townshend’s penchant for internet pedophilia!

  8. grace6697  |   Posted on Jul 10th, 2008 0

    my bet is on Pearl Jam doing The Real Me.

    you heard it here first.

  9. Diego21  |   Posted on Jul 10th, 2008 0

    Sasquatch (Oh no!!!)

  10. please. eminence front= one of the best songs *ever*.

  11. ahhh
    musical confectionery’s…
    awesome …sparks is the soundtrack to my entrance to the next life, or day or breath whatever…
    music is so personal the description of what I experience will never be understood by your experience ..you either tap your toe or not…
    you either like neil diamond or not…

  12. dcc  |   Posted on Jul 10th, 2008 0

    I love the Flaming Lips, but this isn’t sounding too hot. I would rather hear them do their own quirky take on it and really take it somewhere else. I know they have the ability. This just sounds slapped together and a little too faithful to the original sound.

    For a straight up version, I’d rather just listen to old bootlegs of the real thing. When they were on, The Who were a force of nature.

  13. derek  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2008 0

    DROZD IS THE FUCKING MAN!!

  14. Greg  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2008 0

    I like how Wayne actually practices waving a streamer around.

  15. Tommy  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2008 0

    I saw the taping for the VH1 broadcast. I enjoyed The Flaming Lips the most out of all the bands covering The Who. Pearl Jam was very tight. Jeff Ament had John Entwistle’s bass-lines down, but The Flaming Lips stole the show. Of course, The Who weren’t bad either, but they should have let the opening tribute bands play longer!

  16. Well, I have to say that anyone who knocks on the Who must not understand their role in the development of Rock n Roll as it stands today. Townsend was bashing and burning guitars before Hendrix. In many ways, they are one of the first punk rock bands. They basically altered the way rock shows were perfomred — from stand on the stage & wag your tail a little to absolutely anything goes. They personify Rock n Roll music to the extreme. THAT is all without mentioning their songwriting prowress, which all you Who-bashers above should get on your knees to, especially if you are “song-writers” which I highly doubt if you don’t understand the friggin’ WHO!

    Thumbs up all the way to the Lips!!!!! This video rocks almost as much as the Who.

  17. John Entwistle  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    After watching that greatness that just aired on VH1 – how much does this remind everybody of just what talentless garbage Rap “music” is ? Rap “music” should never have been anything but a novelty – like that one song by the Sugar Hill Gang, it should have ended right there, because that’s all you could get out of Rap – that one song. From that one tune on, nothing different ever came from rap, yet they made an entire genre out of that garbage.

    ThE wHO OwNZ !

    Halfway through and so far this ROCKS !!!! Flaming Lips – Who Knew ? Foo Rocks The Who Too on channel 52, missed it ? Sucks for You !

  18. Keith Moon  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    After watching that greatness that just aired on VH1 – how much does this remind everybody of just what talentless garbage Rap “music” is ? Rap “music” should never have been anything but a novelty – like that one song by the Sugar Hill Gang, it should have ended right there, because that’s all you could get out of Rap – that one song. From that one tune on, nothing different ever came from rap, yet they made an entire genre out of that garbage.

    The WHo OWNZ !

  19. Pete Townshend  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    The Rolling Stones blow – and always have, blown. They have a few great songs, maybe like, “Paint It Black” and a few others. But they have no business being referred to in the same category as The Who. The Who is the quintessential rock band with everything from epic stadium bangers, like “We Wont Get Fooled Again”, to deep introspective personal gems – basically like, anything off “Quadrophenia”. No other band even comes close. I mean, The Beatles are the only ones who really exist in the same realm. But it’s apples and oranges to compare them. Also, another great thing about The Who, is that they were definaltely a guy’s band – Pete’s songs are so on point with regard to the life of any young man or adolescent, trying to figure out the world he inhabits. That doesnt mean chics don’t digg them – they do. But the songs were definately written from the point of view of a young man and the confusion, frustration, anger, sadness, and joy he feels while trying to make his way into the world.

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