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November 4, 2012

The Who Nail It in Orlando

Photo taken by Rob Lee for thewho.com during rehearsal

 

The Who gave a rousing performance, to the delight of Who fans young and old, of Quadropenia and Who classics, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida last night.

 

The technical problems which has arisen in the first show had vanished and both Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend seemed to relish in the power and energy of their performance. The new production of ‘Quadrophenia’  focuses on presenting Pete Townshend’s score as it was first recorded on the original album. It is accompanied by visuals which add the 4th dimension – Time – to the original concept of the work, which was to represent the four personalities of The Who ‘back then’ – Pete, Roger, John and Keith. It is as if the two surviving members of the band are looking back at the life aqnd times of the band and the context in which they achieved their success.

 

The second part of the concert was pure magic, with the band rattling through the band’s most famous hits and with Pete and Roger kissing the audience goodnight with a touching performance of ‘Tea And Theatre’, from The Who’s last album, ‘Endless Wire’.

 

The next gig is in Duluth, GA on Monday November 5th. To buy tickets for this and/or other gigs on the tour, click  HERE. 

 

If you were at the Orlando show and wish to post pics and/or your own review of the show, click HERE.

 

SET LIST

 

1. QUADROPHENIA

I Am the Sea
The Real Me
Quadrophenia
Cut My Hair
The Punk and the Godfather
I’m One
The Dirty Jobs
Helpless Dancer
Is It in My Head?
I’ve Had Enough
5:15
Sea and Sand
Drowned
Bell Boy
Doctor Jimmy
The Rock
Love Reign O’er Me

 

2. AND MORE!

Baba O’Riley
The Kids Are Alright

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
Behind Blue Eyes
Who Are You
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Tea & Theatre

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36 Responses to The Who Nail It in Orlando

Pat Akers says: November 6, 2012 at 12:36 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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Mark J. says: November 6, 2012 at 12:51 am

I first saw the Who at the Citrus Bowl in 1982 for their “It’s Hard” tour.Last night was just as exciting and a true treat. I am too happy that I was able to get in to see my favorite band!! Roger sounded great as expected and Pete’s music is still as great as it has always been. I want to see them again.

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Vinny says: November 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I love what Pete has done with mirrors…in Tommy, in Quadrophenia, in Wire and Glass….mirrors…got to go to the mirror boy…

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