The best thing about last night's Super Bowl halftime show was that producers did away with the custom of positioning bubbly young people near the stage to jump up and down excitedly.

Instead, The Who was surrounded by an array of arced lights that turned out to be the stars of the show, generating far more energy than did the sexagenarians on stage.

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The venerable band trotted out a medley of long-ago hits, inviting cynicism from viewers born after the Kennedy Administration who wonder when the NFL will end its recent string of vintage acts.

By the end of halftime last night, the answer should have been clear: In time for Super Bowl XLV, please.

What did music critic Glenn Gamboa think of The Who's performance?