There are a handful of musical acts that Id pay almost anything to see.
There are even some acts I'd time travel for -- Nirvana, Sublime, the Beatles, Dean Martin and Hank Williams come to mind.
But I'm a little unsure of -- perhaps totally over, in fact -- bands who tour under their original names, but with replacement members.
This diatribe is spurred by the recent announcement that The Who are going on a tour showcasing their 1973 rock-opera "Quadrophenia." Only two of the original four members are still alive, vocalist Roger Daltrey and guitarist/songwriter/musical genius Pete Townsend.
They are arguably the most pivotal members of the band, and I certainly wouldn't turn down a pair a free tickets to see them play, but I can't imagine a Who show being a Who show without Keith Moon and John Entwistle. (I've seen video.)
I could never tell someone, "Oh yeah, I've seen The Who in concert," without qualifying the statement with the year said event took place and the fact that it was really only half the band.
Which, for me, takes away the "cool" factor.
I'm sure I'll get some flack for this, as I did last year when I blogged about how wrong I thought it was for Sublime to tour with a new lead singer.
But what hits the raw nerve is using a name that means something to people, while delivering a different product. And while I'm well aware that this happens all the time, I don't have to like it.
It's often true that replacing a bass player here or a guitar player there won't always make much impact on a band. Sometimes even replacing a lead singer isn't a death sentence -- Van Halen and Genesis are successful examples of such, though there is plenty of contention between the fans of David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar.
Remember The Doors of the 21st Century? Back in 2002, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors toured with a new lead singer -- drummer John Densmore refused to join them due to Jim Morrison's absence (the singer died in 1971 when he was 27 years old).
While I can admire their dedication to the music, the fact is that Jim Morrison was The Doors.
Having said all this, there's obviously a market for nostalgia. Even without all the original members, the music still holds deep meaning for plenty of people who are willing to pay to hear it and have a good time doing so.
Far be if for me to take that away from them.
If you want to see The Who: Quadrophenia and More, the concert will be coming to The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., on Nov. 5. Tickets ($72.50-$147.70) go on sale Monday, but pre-sale starts today at Ticketmaster.
Katie McCarthy, features writer, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-571-8515. Visit her blog at ledger-enquirer.com/junkfood for more commentary.