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July 8 – Wembley Arena

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by Steven Page

I approached last nights show at Wembley arena with some trepidation due to my own feelings (would this be the last time?) and the inevitable how can it be as good as the rest of the shows I’ve seen? question that hangs around the “end of term” gig.

No need to worry on the last score however – another fine show which featured Roger Daltry on excellent form, Peter Townshend ad lobbing in the most unusual places, and successfully I may add, and the rest of the band on the money with any changes to arrangement or emphasis followed and supported ably.

The audience wasn’t as vocal as the superb Liverpool crowd but caught on fire from 5.15 onwards, on a note of validation it was great to see some of the young and very young Who fans in the audience, one little lad was wind milling his arm outside the gig afterwards fit to bust!

The “and more” sequence was I felt One of the best I’ve seen with all the songs performed very well, especially “You Better You Bet” that had some stunning piano playing, Baba which had a marvellous “count out” delivered by Pete that caught a lot of the audience out!

To close – a fine gig and from the shows seen personally and the reviews read, a stunning tour.

As Young Mr Grace would have said – “You’ve all done very well”!

 

 

by Graham Hewitt

I came to see The Who last night. I was a little uncertain what to expect.  As a long term fan – ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ is the single greatest recording in the last 50 years – I had almost prepared myself for a sentimental trip down memory lane, but no more than that.  I bought along a couple of friends who were visiting from the States, we had arranged the trip to combine our two favourite bands in one weekend – The Stones and The Who.

The Who were magnificent, this wasn’t a retrospective, (there were than passing nods to the original band!) – it was, as Pete Townsend pointed out, as relevant today as when Quadrophenia was first written.  The performance was stunning. Quadrophenia was one of the first albums I brought, and last night for the first time I really understood what it was about.  This wasn’t a rock concept album as I thought, this was a brilliantly written and amazingly produced portrait of teenage angst.  The staging and performances were stunning. Townsend guiding the band, Daltry imperious as ever, supported by Simon Townsend and the whole thing bound by the brilliant drumming.

The debate – The Stones vs. The Who will carry on forever.  Yesterday was a revelation, The Stones do their own thing, if you like it you come along for the ride.  The Who demand your attention and challenge you to follow them. More importantly they capture the raging emotions and tell all those growing boys that the feelings of frustration, inadequacy, anger, isolation and confusion are not just you – it’s everyone.  Relevant for the 1963 when it was set, relevant for 1973 when Pete wrote it, and relevant now – for blokes irrespective of age.

The Who have carved out a unique niche in which they can never be surpassed – they captured everything rock and roll should be about, fun, emotional and relevance. In these days of plastic pop stars who rise and fall for as long at takes to for one of their manufactured singles to play, we should be grateful for the enduring powers of these immortal greats. We may die before we get old – thankfully that’s still a long way off!

I didn’t take any pictures – I was transfixed by the band throughout!

 

9 Responses to July 8 – Wembley Arena

Bert van Berkel says: July 13, 2013 at 10:23 am

I come from the Netherlands. Last week I missed the concert in Amsterdam. I was sad all weekend. On Sunday i decided to go to the concert at Wembley Arena. I went together with my sons Kees and Thijs of 23 and 22 years. We are all great fans. I since my youth in the sixties and seventies and my sons since their early youth because i never stopped listening The Who albums. In a pub near Wembly we met a father and son from Plymouth. Nigel and Jake. We all couldn’t stop talking about The Who. The concert was really fantastic. We enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. The power, the energy and the quality of the show gave us goose pops from the beginning to the end. I am so happy we went. We will never forget we we were part of a pre-historic event.

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Mark says: July 13, 2013 at 9:14 am

Personally,I didn’t think it was as good as the RAH shows from a few years ago.Can’t argue with the staging & quality of the production,but it felt a little “end of tour” weary for me. Contrary to what Townshend said on the night about it not being “nostalgia”, that’s precisely what it is,but there’s nothing wrong with that when it’s done like this.
Deep down we all know we go to see them in the hope they play the “classic songs”, (all the more galling to have to endure “You better..”)none of the crowd at Wembley the other night,especially the daft old pillocks in their flip flops shouting “we are the mods” go to hear anything recorded much after 1978, so why Pete gets so sniffy about nostalgia is a mystery.
And Pete, would it have killed you to have mixed up the encore set list a bit? The same bunch of songs for pretty much the whole tour- throw in “Squeeze Box” or “The Seeker”, it smacks of lazy Ness to rely on the same few tunes, imagine Dylan or Springsteen doing that?
Anyway,a decent night out but could have been a great one.

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Luile says: July 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I went all the way form my country (Panamá) to see the Who in Washington, last year. This tour and show, are all what about the WHO are. Passion, history, the best rock music ever one can ask for and a great band always connected to the fans.

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