Jazz Fest: The Who Show Fighting Spirit

[Updated]  Rain battered the Fair Grounds for a second day, and a prolonged midday rain turned much of the infield to mud. As if on schedule, the rain quit for good near the start of The Who on Jazz Fest’s Acura Stage, and the sun actually shined on “Baba O’Riley.” The Who’s set began woefully as the momentum Keith Moon and John Entwistle generated on “Can’t Explain” was badly needed. “The Seeker” wasn’t an improvement, and “Squeeze Box” was too lightweight to be more than pleasant.

Jazz Fest News: The Who's First Managers Subject of New Doc

The Who will make a rare festival appearance when they play Jazz Fest Saturday, April 25, at 5 p.m. on the Acura Stage. This weekend, the New York Times and Los Angeles Times wrote lengthy stories on the documentary on the band's first managers, Lambert and Stamp, which is out in limited release now. 

The Jazz Fest Second Guess

Monday, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell announced its day-by-day talent lineup and that tickets go on sale Tuesday. Social media didn't wait for the the lineup to be posted before floating Chumbawamba, Andy Williams and Boxcar Willie as facetious possibilities.

Here's a sampling of Monday's responses on Twitter, which I post because it shows that there's an audience for everybody at Jazz Fest, even if you and I aren't it.

Elton John, The Who, Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga Top Jazz Fest Bill

To the surprise of nobody who noticed a gap in the routing for The Who’s North American tour, The Who will be one of the headliners in this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, presented by Shell. Also on the top of the marquee are Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Keith Urban, Pitbull, John Legend, T.I.

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