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18 Responses to Nov 3, 2012 – Amway Center, Orlando, FL

Tony says: November 9, 2012 at 2:07 am

Can anyone tell me how long the show is and what time (approx) it ends? We have tickets and hope to take our son to the show but I’m worried about how late it might go for someone who usually goes to bed at 8. :)

Tony

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Vinny says: November 7, 2012 at 12:06 am

I’m still thinking about the show- my favorite band playing my favorite album. I loved it so much, I’m sorry I said anything negative in any way in earlier comments. I loved it so much, I’m just sitting here thinking about how, when, and where I will see it again because I really want to see this Quadrophenia show at least a couple more times…

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LRB says: November 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

The miscues of Ft. Lauderdale were a thing of the past in Orlando! The band fired on all cylinders!! I was so glad to be able to see the concert with my wife, daughter and sister in law. Simon, thanks for signing my 16 year old daughter’s phone case in Ft. Lauderdale and remembering her in Orlando!! Quadrophenia is STILL the best rock and roll album of all time, and to see and hear it live again was as close to a religious experience as one can get. Roger and Pete: stay healthy!!

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Heidi Miller says: November 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I waited 33 years to see this how and I was not disappointed. In fact it was everything I had hoped for … and more! The way John and Keith were brought to life during the show was just magnificent. By the way, I was the one that yelled “We love you Keith” during a quiet moment! I couldn’t help myself.
After the show I was compelled to drive home and watch “The kids are alright”. Couldn’t help myself there, either!
Thank you all for making one of my dreams come true!

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Pat Akers says: November 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm

The band put on a great show Saturday night in Orlando. Despite all the technical advances since the album was first released, Quadrophenia requires a great deal of musicianship (and patience, I would imagine) to execute onstage. The band did a wonderful job of bringing this challenging work of beauty to life.

Although there have been a fair amount of media comments about the sound mix at these two shows (so far), much of that can be attributed to the acoustic vagaries of each of the venues. This contributed to to some of the synths and keyboards getting buried in the mix, and unfortunately Pete’s acoustic guitar got buried at times, as well. Lastly on the negative side of the sound mix, although Zak Starkey was putting on a true master class in drumming throughout the evening, the drums sounded somewhat muddied and muted at times. Definitely wasn’t his fault, as his performance was one of the evening’s highlights. It was just disappointing, considering the powerful role the drums play in propelling a number of Quadrophenia songs.

Modest sound issues aside, there were a number of things that were spot on. First off, the horn section was wonderfully incorporated into the mix, and their work on “5:15″ makes it one of the evening’s show-stoppers. Pino and Simon did a great job of fleshing out the sound while clearly having a great time watching Pete and Roger breathe new life into this work. Which brings us to the two men at the front of the stage.

Many people are wondering how Roger’s voice is going to sound, noting some uneven performances in recent outings. Bottom line: he’s sounding great. Really. To be fair, there are a number of notes that he doesn’t attempt to hit. But why should he? Would you rather see him blow his voice in the first 30 minutes, or conserve his voice and give you a great two-and-a-half-hour show? The choice is obvious.

Saving the best for last, Pete was in great spirits and was committed not only to the material but to the audience experience, as well. As best I can recall, he was the only member of the band who never left the stage during the entire show. And Saturday’s show was one long set: after Quadrophenia, the band dove directly into its catalog. In addition to playing all three CSI theme songs, the band pulled out a couple of classics from the mod era: “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” and “The Kids Are Alright.” Inspired choices to cap off an inspiring evening.

Great job, everyone. Truly wonderful.

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