Eddie Vedder says The Who have enriched his life in an article with Rolling Stone in which he heaps praise on the band who are celebrating their half century anniversary.
The Pearl Jam frontman hails the band for breaking down barriers and setting the standard for modern rock bands to follow while he also dubs them the best live band in the world.
He tells Rolling Stone: “The Who began as spectacle. They became spectacular. Early on, the band was in pure demolition mode; later, on albums like 'Tommy' and 'Quadrophenia', it coupled that raw energy with precision and desire to complete musical experiments on a grand scale.”
Reflecting on the first time he heard the legendary band as a starry eyed nine-year-old he reveals: “I was around nine when a babysitter snuck 'Who's Next' onto the turntable. The parents were gone. The windows shook. The shelves were rattling. Rock & roll. That began an exploration into music that had soul, rebellion, aggression, affection. Destruction. And this was all Who music."
Vedder continues: "Presumptuously, I speak for all Who fans when I say being a fan of The Who has incalculably enriched my life. What disturbs me about The Who is the way they smashed through every door of rock & roll, leaving rubble and not much else for the rest of us to lay claim to.”