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Tournament of Rock – Legends: The Beatles vs The Who

Results: Many, if not most people probably expected The Rolling Stones to make it as far as the finals in the ToR. Only one band now stands in the way of that eventuality. The numbers: #2 The Rolling Stones 58%; #4 The Police 42%. The Stones move onto the Final Four.

Up next, our search for the greatest band of all time heads out to the final of the Hollywood Bowl region – and the first showdown between members of the “Holy Trinity.” This oughta be fun.

#1 The Beatles: Listen #3 The Who: Listen

<br /> <a href=”” mce_href=””>Which band/artist deserves to advance in the Tournament of Rock: Legends?</a><span style=”font-size:9px;” mce_style=”font-size:9px;”>(<a href=”” mce_href=””>poll</a>)</span><br />

Polls close Friday morning.

The updated bracket looks like this:

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7 replies »

  1. This one is going to be tough. I trace the genesis of epic rock (a la Tommy, 2112 by Rush, and American Idiot by Green Day) to The Who. But you could argue that The Beatles did it first (of course, you can make that argument about just about anything). And did The Who influence other bands more than the Beatles?

    Don’t know. Gotta think about this one.

  2. Well, no, it’s not fun, since these would be my two finalists. But have to go with The Beatles. Too many great songs, too much impact on global culture. The Who were louder, better instrumentalists (Townshend is still one of the three or four great guitarists), wrote some great songs (even though they had problems producing a consistent album), and were (and still are) one of the best live acts ever. But still, The Beatles had so much impact on practically everything that followed, both musically and culturally.

  3. I love both of these bands intensely… but I’m voting for the Beatles. Keith Moon would be cool with it… after all, he gives a nod to Ringo Starr in the drum interlude of “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Don’t believe me? Listen to “The End” on ‘Abbey Road,’ then the aforementioned Who song.

    I can only imagine what kind of spirited one-upmanship these two bands (four actually, counting Floyd and Zep) would’ve had in the 70s had the Beatles stuck together. I think George would’ve taken the world music and folkedelica a whole lot further, John would’ve flipped between his own brands of roots rock, funk and punk, Paul would’ve finely honed his pop chops with John constantly on his case, and Ringo would’ve topped it all off nicely with his signature style. The mind still boggles at what could have been.

  4. Well, now. This is getting interesting. The Who are actually gaining on the Beatles and the contest is close. Hey, I LOVE the Who. Just love ’em. Spent many an hour playing air guitar to “Who’s Next.” i would vote them second best in this contest.

    The Beatles are special. I can’t recall any band whose music grew and branched as much as theirs, yet still managed to be excellent music. I can’t imagine any band that’s had a more outsized impact on popular music. I love Checkov and Miller and Moliere, too, but Shakespeare wins.