Terugblik op concert in Norwich (1965)

In 1965 speelde The Who in Norwich in de Industrial Club. EDP24 kijkt terug op dat concert. Keith Moon was ziek, zijn plek werd overgenomen door Viv Prince van de Pretty Things.

“They had just got some of the loudest Marshall Amps available and when they turned the volume up…wow.  The distortion and feedback were fantastic. The swearing at the audience referred to was all good banter and typical of The Who

Excuses van Royal Albert Hall na concertverbod in 1972

In 1972 werd The Who verbannen uit de Londense Royal Albert Hall. Na een turbulent 1971 voor de hal werden in het jaar erna alle rock- en popoptredens verboden. De band wilde er een opvoering van “Tommy” geven met het London Symphony Orchestra. Het concert mocht van de Royal Albert Hall niet doorgaan.

Gisteravond, na 43 jaar, kregen Pete en Roger een cadeau: officiele excuses van de Royal Albert Hall. Dat valt te lezen op de website van de Londense concerthal en de London Evening Standard.

“Dear Roger/Pete,
We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for banning your show here on 9 December 1972. We’ve had a long think and, on reflection, you’re welcome back any time.
Thank you for 50 years of fantastic music and legendary performances.

Kind regards,
All your friends at the Royal Albert Hall”

Roger en Pete, die na 1972 weer vaker in de hal hebben opgetreden, zagen de humor er wel van in. “I just find it extremely funny. It might have taken 43 years, but we beat the buggers in the end!”

“Fantastic, as we’ve come to expect”

The Daily Telegraph heeft een recensie van het concert dat The Who gisteravond gaf.

“The Who were fantastic, as we have come to expect. With those dynamic characters, such incredible songs and that powerful sound, they are a rock band who can only be judged by the very high standards they have set themselves. I saw them on Sunday at the O2 Arena, the first date of this touring leg, and they were a bit rusty, making lots of mistakes, although it contributed to a sense of genuine live perfornance that has always been part of The Who’s appeal. They have never been afraid to show their human side amidst the roaring machinery of sound and light.

At the Royal Albert Hall they were slicker, tighter and more relaxed, although that isn’t necessarily what fans want. Where once they might have punched each other out when things went awry, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend bickered amiably like a couple of codgers taking pleasure in a good moan. It’s a kind of muscle memory of aggression, a device to stir the juices. A playful argument about Townshend talking too much kick-started a fiery version of My Generation. “That got him going,” laughed Daltrey, in delight“.

Concert Royal Albert Hall London (26 maart 2015)

Gisteren speelde The Who een concert in de Royal Albert Hall in Londen in het kader van de Teenage Cancer Trust concertreeks. 15 jaar geleden alweer, in 2000, speelde de band haar eerste concert, dat later op DVD en CD verscheen. Eergisteren verscheen Roger overigens op het podium tijdens het concert van Van Morrison. Foto’s daarvan zijn hier te bekijken.

Voorafgaand aan het concert werden enkele tieners met kanker op het podium gebracht. “We’re doing this for – I’m not going to say the kids because they’d be deeply offended – but we’re doing this for the young people [who are suffering with cancer] tonight“, meldde Pete tijdens het concert.

Even later sprak Roger over nutteloze soundchecks: “It’s a really strange hall to play when it’s empty and it sounds completely different when you are here, so it just goes to show soundchecks are a waste of time“. Pete voegde toe: “Fucking soundchecks. In our day we used to get here and smash up all the gear. In fact the Royal Albert Hall banned us twice and it wasn’t even our fault. It was you lot

Wilko Johnson speelde als voorprogramma.

Setlist:
I Can’t Explain
Substitute
The Seeker
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See For Miles
Pictures Of Lily
My Generation
Magic Bus
Behind Blue Eyes
Join Together
You Better You Bet
I’m One
Love, Reign O’er Me
Eminence Front
A Quick One (While He’s Away)
Amazing Journey
Pinball Wizard
See Me, Feel Me
Baba O’Riley
Won’t Get Fooled Again

De NME heeft een verslag van het concert.

Roger: “I want us to stop at the top of our game”

Rolling Stone heeft een nieuw interview met Roger geplaatst. “I do know this is the last big tour we’ll ever do. We have to be realistic. I want us to stop at the top of our game when we are still really good at what we do. The quality of the music is really what this is all about“, laat Roger weten.

Over zijn stem zegt hij: “Oh, my voice is fine. I’m quite lucky that I met the genius Dr. Steven Zeitels up in Boston. My vocal cords are better now than they’ve ever been! I’m actually enjoying playing”

Over het toevoegen van “A Quick One While He’s Away” aan de setlist:
“We wanted to do it for ages. It’s important to show that The Who’s music came out of nowhere, unlike so many of the great bands like the Rolling Stones or Eric Clapton or whoever. (…) It just makes you smile. When it gets to the “You are forgiven” thing, we’ve got a band now that can reproduce all of the backing vocals, which always played an enormous part in our early sound. They got neglected for years and years when John  lost his high voice and we lost Keith. The backing vocals got scratched, but now we’ve brought them back in the full quality we used to do them back in the day. It brings an enormous dimension to the sound

Andere eventuele toevoegingen aan de setlist: “I would love to do “How Many Friends,” but I don’t want to copy the record. I would like to do that song as who I am now. It’s done in a half-falsetto voice, very high. The lyrics are really interesting and I’d love to sing it as a 71-year-old singer and do it differently. That could be really interesting. Maybe we wouldn’t try to make it a big anthemic thing, but maybe just an acoustic thing with Pete and I

Concert O2 Arena London (23 maart 2015)

Gisteren speelde The Who het tweede concert in de O2 Arena in Londen, dat eigenlijk op 18 december 2014 had moeten plaatsvinden. “Slip Kid” was verdwenen uit de set, terwijl “Eminence Front” en “You Better You Bet” waren toegevoegd. “Magic Bus” werd halverwege de show gespeeld.

Toen Roger zijn inzet miste bij “Substitute” en “I Can See For Miles” zei Pete dat hij zijn ‘momentum’ kwijt was. Roger reageerde: “You are such a tart!”.

Setlist:
I Can’t Explain
Substitute
The Seeker
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
Pictures of Lily
My Generation
Magic Bus
Behind Blue Eyes
Join Together
You Better You Bet
I’m One
Love Reign O’er Me
Eminence Front
So Sad About Us
A Quick One, While He’s Away
Amazing Journey
Sparks
Pinball Wizard
See Me, Feel Me
Baba O’Riley
Won’t Get Fooled Again

De Rolling Stone heeft een recensie van het concert. “[M]ost of the recollections were musical: From Quadrophenia’s “I’m One” and “Love Reign O’er Me” to It’s Hard’s “Eminence Front” to Tommy’s “Amazing Journey,” “Sparks” and “Pinball Wizard,” the band played every song with minimum fuss and maximum volume, Townshend’s windmilling power chords and Daltrey’s roar still intact. Finally, after a high-powered finale of “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” a little sentiment crept in. “Thanks for sticking with us over the years,” said Daltrey, casting a last, lingering look over the crowd

The Guardian meldt: “The Who can still be a breathlessly exciting live act, especially in rooms smaller than this 20,000-capacity barn, but tonight they seem constantly to be trying to catch up with themselves. “Can you imagine a football team playing two games in a row?” Daltrey asks, only three songs in. “That’s what they expect of us.”. In the last third of the set, though, what had been a disjointed ragbag of a show finally starts coming together“.

“The Who at 50″-panel tijdens SXSW-festival

Afgelopen donderdag vond er een paneldiscussie plaats tijdens het beroemde SXSW-festival in Austin, TX. Het onderwerp was “The Who at 50″. Rocker Little Steven van Zandt maakte onverwacht zijn opwachting bij het panel, dat tevens leden van The Zombies en Blondie-drummer Clem Burke bevatte.

Austin360 heeft filmpjes en foto’s van de paneldiscussie, die eindigde met de opmerking: “We’ll see you back here in 50 years for ‘The Who at 100′.