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3 Responses to Nov 5, 2012 – The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth GA

Dan says: November 17, 2012 at 12:37 am

I was fortunate to have a VIP ticket. I’ve listened to The Who for a lifetime – it was an absolutely awesome and moving concert. Thank you to all that made it happen. The full band sound check left me speechless…. thanks for the mini-concert! God’s peace to you all. Live long!!!

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John says: November 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm

A friend and I saw the 1973 tour stop at the Omni in Atlanta following the release of Quadrophenia and could not help but reminisce during the current tour. Daltrey and Townshend sounded great and especially Townshend’s voice. The on-going ever-present video complemented the concert and flooded the audience with memories through time. The band was exceptional–especially Starkey. The one “unplanned” moment involved Daltrey becoming tangled in the earpiece chord while preperaing the harmonica microphone. No harm done to the music or the show. Long Live The Who!

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Kirka says: November 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Daltrey’s post surgery voice was so very strong. It seemed to strain a bit towards the end. As usual, Roger gives it all.

Pete was pretty subdude through the first 2/3 and then seemed to really get into his Fenders and started to come out of his shell. It looked to me during the portionw here a stool is put out on the stage, Pete was getting ready to rip into a solo and appeared miffed and cut out a solo…just my opinion, I may be off.

Zakk Starkey. Great drum rolls. SPOILER-plays along with video of Keith Moon.

Pino Palladino- solo low in the mix than in previous tours. SPOILER stopped playing while audio and video of The Ox played on screens.

With pix on screens, obviously Keith and John are still a part of the show. Lesson for everyone….enjoy your mates while they are around. Tell them you love them and how much they mean to you. Either you are taken r your mates are slowly taken from you. Remember what is important to you….not what other people think is important for you.

Audio mix was ok. This is my home venue so i knew a lot of the ushers and could walk the floor and arena at will. Obviously by the soundboard sounded the best, best still arena murkiness. Stage left and right had very little Pino. Drums very high in the mix.

Simon had some great leads and obviously supplements some guitar from Pete and vocals from Roger.

Quadrophenia came of very well with loops and pre-recorded fills and over dubs available in 2012 where they were not when originally released.

Craftsman at work. 10 people on stage during Quadrophenia. Horns section did triple duty with trumpets, french horns and trombones.

Frank Simes of Roger Daltrey’s solo band guitar/vocals and band leader fame was on the keyboard for Quadrophenia giving three on stage. Frank is a tue gem and it’s great to see each of the musicians crafting something very special on stage…larger than their individual parts.

About 750 or so tickets short of sell out.

Opening band was a very good R&B band with an Otis Redding style front man.

One thing I really miss is the old, raw The Who. But Atlanta got to see a powerful, well crafted performance of Quadrophenia that, if their last tour, is one hell of a way to go out.

Thanks from this fan for filling a gap in my soul.

Keeping the faith

Kirka

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