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March 1, 2013

Elvis Costello & The Imposters and The Who show WHO CARES for Teen Cancer America

 

The Who ended their tour of North America by topping the bill at a stunning benefot concert last night in aid of Teen Cancer America at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden. 

 

Elvis Costello played an excellent hard-rocking set, which he fittingly closed with a performance of The Who’s ‘Substitute’.

 

Opening the show was rising star, singer-songwriter Stephen Roth.

 

The Who played a set which combined some of their greatest hits with songs from Quadrophenia in a stunning performance. “Pete Townshend was simply remarkable,” writes Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411, “as he, Daltrey and the current model of The Who (which includes Townshend’s brother Simon and Ringo Starr’s on Zack Starkey) demolished the stage with a greatest hits show.”

 

The band is now taking a well-deserved break before hitting the road again to tour Quadrophenia + More in the UK and Europe in June.

 

 

 

 

Set List:

Who Are You

The Kids Are Alright

Behind Blue Eyes

Pinball Wizard

5:15

Drowned

You Better You Bet

Love Reign O’er Me

Baba O’Riley

Won’t Get Fooled Again

 

 

 

 

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23 Responses to Elvis Costello & The Imposters and The Who show WHO CARES for Teen Cancer America

Stan says: March 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

The WHO were completely F’IN ON FIRE last night! Pete was jamming his ass off and Roger was SO on . Crowd completely into it. Thanks to Elvis for getting us warm, but thanks more to the WHO for setting us on fire last night.. the Kids are Way Better than allright!! ( you better bet your life ! )

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Cindy says: March 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Absolutely a classic band! Love you guys and would have loved to have been there! Thanks for the great music over the years!

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Steve Prisco says: March 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm

On the way to see The Who last night it hit me that this could be the last time I was to see them perform as a band. It was the last performance of their US tour and you have to wonder if they would ever be up to another one. So many variables to consider, the least of which is just knowing when to say when. Add the fact that they just spent almost a year playing a massive production of Quadrophenia – a record that was built upon the personalities of the four original members – a show that at times seemed like a career retrospective with archival videos projected on the huge screens and included performances by both John Entwistle and Keith Moon. If this was the note – pure and not so easy – that they would go out on, it would have been a high note to be sure, but it still made me feel a bit melancholy that this might be the wrap up to a relationship that had started when I was a teenager.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the old Felt Forum. After a blistering set by Elvis Costello, who ran through a parade of classics like the building was on fire, The Who took the stage to perform what was billed as a “greatest hits” show. In actuality, it was little more than the extra songs that they had been playing on the tour to close the shows. But there was a difference last night – a big difference. The huge stage had been stripped down for the smaller venue but the distinct change was that the ghosts stayed backstage. During the tour, one of the highlights of the evening was John Entwistle’s bass solo, played “live” thanks to the magic of modern technology as Pino Pallidino, who stepped right into Entwistle’s shoes after he passed, respectfully left the stage. However, when they played the song last night, there was no video and it was Pino who brought the thunder. They didn’t play “Bell Boy” so Keith’s bit wasn’t a part of the show, but his god son Zach Starkey made it clear that you can draw a line from the past to the future, bringing something new while embracing the old. Roger was giving his all as he always does. A Who show always lives or dies with Pete, and he was alive and well, going for some of the high notes this time around and wrangling, strangling and slapping his guitar – to the point where I almost thought we might see one meet the stage floor only to be spared at the last moment.

They had been ending the shows with “Tea and Theater” from “Endless Wire” with only Pete and Roger on stage. That song, with it’s retrospective lyrics (we did it all, didn’t we?) made you feel that this may be a their swan song. But last night, after ending with “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” the band lined up across the front of the stage and left us with rock’s greatest anthem ringing in our ears.

It may be all speculation on my part, but it felt as if there was a very conscience effort to show that this was a band with a long history, a loud and proud, history, but that the story is not quite finished. This isn’t The Who that was, but The Who that is, here and now and, quite possibly, for another amazing journey somewhere down the line. I know I’m ready for it and as far as The Who – well I can tell you that the kids are alright.

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GEOFF GROOME says: March 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm

i have followed the who for more years than i can remeber i think what you are doing should set a example to other people with the power to change peoples lifes and i take my hat of to you.I hope i can see you again in concert sometime as im in Venezuela so please keep going for a while yet lol all the best to you all .long time follower geoff

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