The Who kicked off their ‘Quadrophenia and More’ tour at a packed out BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida last night in true Who style.
They gave a stunning performance of Quadrophenia, with some great musical moments, including blistering guitar solos by Pete Townshend, and visuals and staging directed by Roger Daltrey. The central idea behind Roger’s concept was to go back to its original idea. Jimmy, the central character’ was a character with four personalities, each loosely based on the four original band members of The Who – Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend (the surviving members) and Keith Moon and John Entwistle (sadly departed).
The visuals reflected the history of the band and the context of that history. It was as if the Roger and Pete of now are looking back, with the audience, at The Who of yesteryear.
At two key points, famous performances by John Entwistle and Keith Moon were worked into the visuals, to the delight of the audience.
The audience were less delighted, however, when Pete Townshend walked offstage towards the end of the second half of the performance and didn’t come back. This was due to sound problems, which rendered the volume levels too high, but which will be sorted out for the next shows.
(It wouldn’t be a Who tour if there wasn’t some drama. And hats off to support act Vintage Trouble. What a warm up set. Don’t miss them! – Ed. the who.com)
The tour hits Orlando, Florida on Saturday, November 3rd. To buy tickets for this and/or other gigs on the tour, click HERE.
For pics from the Sunrise show and to post your own pics and comments, if you were there, click HERE.