If You Didn't See The Who at the Cotton Bowl in '82, the Band Wants to Make It Up to You

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I see Richie's not terribly excited that The Who -- meaning, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey -- have been tapped to play the Super Bowl halftime. Then again, his musical taste is highly suspect (trying to be ... diplomatic). So don't mind me, Mr. Whitt, when I tell you that, coincidentally enough, the band's in the process up making available, absolutely gratis, video selections from its December 4, 1982, show at the Cotton Bowl, which was a stop on the first Farewell Tour among many since then.

Right now, 10 soundboard-quality, broadcast-ready songs are up out of the 23 performed that night, among them songs you forgot (which is to say, most anything from It's Hard that's not named "Eminence Front") and the requisite standards ("Substitute," "I Can See for Miles" and "Baba O'Riley"). I know, I know. You were there. We probably sat next to each other.

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