by Helen Daly
My Dad always talks about the time that he first saw The Who in the early seventies. I loved hearing stories of smashing up guitars and throwing microphones in the air while the crowd were going crazy and I always hoped that I would be able to see this band who I loved hearing about from my Dad. So I could hardly believe my luck when I happened to find myself and my Dad sitting in the Metro Radio Arena waiting for The Who to walk on stage and light up the room just like they did when my Dad saw them in the 70s.
It is safe to say that I was not disappointed.
Roger, Pete and the band walked on stage to rapturous applause and cheers before breaking into the Quadrophenia hit ‘The Real Me’. I knew from this very first song, and from the very first line, that this was going to be an amazing night. Roger proved that he still has that timeless rock sound to his voice whilst Pete’s guitar sounded electric. The fantastic visuals behind the band showed both Mod culture and Britain’s political history which integrated perfectly with the soundtrack of the night.
Personal favourites of mine from Quadrophenia had to be ‘5:15’ and ‘Bell Boy’ thanks to the inclusion of John Entwistle and Keith Moon on the screens behind the band. Entwistle’s thunderous bass performance left the arena with mouths wide open at the sheer talent they were witnessing whilst Moon’s charisma was perfectly characterised by his role in ‘Bell Boy’. Both tributes got the responses they truly deserved from the crowd who cheered and applauded the genius and talent that is sadly missed today.
Aside from Quadrophenia, The Who performed a tantalising selection of their greatest hits including fan favourites ‘Baba O’Reily’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ which incited deafening roars from the crowd who sang along to every single word. After the euphoric lyrics and riffs of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, the majority of the band left the stage until we were left with The Who’s original members. Roger and Pete stood side by side, thanked the audience for coming, and ended with the poignant ‘Tea and Theatre’. ‘We did it all’ seemed like the most fitting lyric of the night, and as Roger and Pete left the stage at the end of the show, I couldn’t help but think that triumphant sense that yes, The Who have done it all and truly deserve their recognition as one of the greatest rock bands in the world.
As I left the arena that night, feeling euphoric, privileged and immensely lucky to have witnessed one of the best rock bands in the world, I couldn’t help but get the feeling that like my Dad, I will be talking about the time that I saw The Who live for years and years to come.
by Billy Bud Stoker
I was at the concert in Newcastle, I have waited over 40yrs to see my heroes, it was beyond my expectations, fantastic, flawless, unbelievable !!
The set was brill, sound was amazing, including Boris & Moon into the set was so emotional & made my night.
Thank you so much Roger, Pete & co, you made me, one VERY happy man.
Fb, Billy spud stoker.