"Attic Jam" in Joe’s Pub

Gisteravond vond in “Joe’s Pub” in New York weer een “Attic Jam” plaats. De show werd aan elkaar gepraat door Rachel en Jimmy Fallon (van Saturday Night Live). De gasten waren Martha Wainwright, Sean Lennon, Ryan Adams en Pete. Pete speelde zijn standaard setje weer, met “Drowned“, “Sunrise“, God Speaks Of Marty Robbins”, “In The Ether”, “Endless Wire” en de finale met alle gasten, “I’m One“. Roger was ook aanwezig, maar verscheen niet op het podium.

Reacties van fans:
“I had never seen Martha Wainwright and of all the guest artists, she held the most allure. Her powerful voice & musical expression come across in every song and she held the audience well. And she’s got great legs and has the guts to wear spike high heels”
“Sean Lennon was brought up for a few. After making a few interestingly odd jokes about his mom, he played songs that, while the songwriting was lacking, showed his voice to be eerily similar to John Lennon’s and his stage presence of similar ease. Genetics at their best”
“The 3 songs Ryan Adams elected to play last night had the crowd mumbling, giggling and comatose. Depressing in tone and lyric is an understatement. Ghastly”
“Pete was sensational as you’d expect. Whilst this was a pleasant evening of entertainment in NYC, the show would draw no one if not for Pete so I could have used a bit more Pete but I suppose that’s to be expected. It was fun and for $50 + the $18 cheezeburger, $8 beers a nice way to spend a balmy 60 deg f. late November evening
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Foto’s zijn onder andere te zien op de site van WhiteFang.

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Bridgeport (29 november)

Na alle hectiek tijdens het concert in Hershey, ging het er wat gemoedelijker aan toe tijdens het concert in Bridgeport gisteravond.

Setlist:
I Can’t Explain
The Seeker
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
Fragments
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Sound Round
Pick Up The Peace
Endless Wire
We Got A Hit
They Made My Dream Come True
Mirror Door
Baba O’Riley
Eminence Front
Man In A Purple Dress
Mike Post Theme
You Better You Bet
My Generation / Cry If You Want
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Encore:
Pinball Wizard
Amazing Journey / Sparks
See Me Feel Me
Tea And Theatre

Reacties van fans:
"When I saw The Who at Madison Square Garden in September, the band had just a few shows under its belt after several years off and it showed. Tuesday night at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, it was a totally different story. Two months on the road has the band playing much tighter and Roger back in form as one of the top rock roarers out there".
"The Who were superb last night. Period. Great small venue with excellent sound, me front row & center under Pete’s feet. Pete in excellent mood. Roger’s voice excellent & stronger than I’ve heard it in 4 years and well connected to the material. Zak on fire. Simon becoming even more important in filling out the edges. Rabbit sorely missed."

Op de site van Channel 4 is een artikel te lezen over de auto’s van Keith.

Berichten in de media:
Connecticut Post – "Fight at Who concert"
Herald – "For Pete’s sake: Townshend taps Daltrey to put the Who back in action"
Boston Globe – "Looking back at a lifetime of Who shows"

Kort nieuws

Pete heeft op de site een aantal interviews gezet. In het laatste interview zegt Pete, over de toekomst van The Who:

“While we can we will always perform together now in some shape or form. This is not an end, it really is a beginning for us. We two old buggers have one of the great banners of rock history to wave, and we are determined to wave it, partly in memory of our two buddies who flew the coop. Roger and I have each other, and that means more today than it did when we first crossed angry paths as kids in Acton in 1960, forty-six years ago”.

Daarnaast lijkt het dat Universal niet erg tevreden is met de input van Roger en Pete met betrekking tot de promotie van “Endless Wire”.

“Monte Lipman, the president of the Universal Republic Records, the disc’s distributor, says there were challenges in promoting the album — including the fact that while on tour, the band has turned down most interviews or TVappearances. But he anticipates some good news nonetheless. The bandmates, Mr. Lipman says, “are working together and possibly writing a new album.”

De Britse band Spiraling heeft op haar MySpace een versie gezet van het kerstnummer  “Do You Hear What I Hear?“, met samples van “Baba O’Riley“. De moeite waard om even te luisteren.

Hershey (27 november)

Gisteravond speelde The Who in het Giant Center in Hershey. De band had problemen met het geluid. De microfoon van Roger bleef feedbacken, hetgeen enkele vloeken en pissed-off blikken van Roger richting geluidscrew opleverde. Pas halverwege “Mirror Door” was het euvel enigszins verholpen. Roger zei slechts vier woorden de hele avond: “thank you” en “always listening“.

Pete op zijn beurt had weer gitaarproblemen. Vaak kreeg hij een nieuwe gitaar die ontstemd was, hetgeen hem liet ontvallen in een “I need a new guitar because this one is FUCKED!“. Toen ze van het podium afliepen na “Won’t Get Fooled Again” bleef Pete als laatste bij zijn versterker staan. Daarna liep hij van het podium en terwijl hij langs een geluidstechnicus liep, duwde Pete deze zo hard dat de technicus viel. Pete liep stoïcijns door terwijl de technicus door iemand anders overeind geholpen werd. Toen ze weer op het podium verschenen keek Pete alsof hij iemand kon vermoorden, maar grijnsde daarna naar het publiek op een manier van: “ik ben wel pissig, maar niet op jullie”.

Setlist:
I Can’t Explain
The Seeker
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
Fragments
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Sound Round
Pick Up The Peace
Endless Wire
We Got A Hit
They Made My Dream Come True
Mirror Door
Baba O’Riley
Eminence Front
Man In A Purple Dress
Mike Post Theme
You Better You Bet
My Generation / Cry If You Want
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Encore:
Pinball Wizard
Amazing Journey / Sparks
See Me Feel Me
Tea And Theatre

Reacties van fans:
I thought Hershey was lacking in parts.  Though it isn’t mentioned in the review, I think the biggest  difference was Rog’s voice, which was hurting big-time for the entire show as he struggled to hit anything higher than his normal speaking voice.  I think Pete tried to pick up the slack and be more “On” at times, but he ended up having his own issues with his guitars (more so than on Saturday)”
“Not too many bathroom breaks during W&G, and there were definite murmurs of acknowledgement and appreciation when the new stuff was played, much like Saturday. The band really is hitting a nice groove with the EW stuff compared to when I saw them at MSG in September, though I’m disappointed that they’ve dropped Black Widow’s Eyes. Pino is looking more and more comfortable, and actually did a couple of the “normal” licks during the bass break in MG”
“Right at the end of WGFA, I mean right at the end, Pete went over to 4 amps stacked in the shape of a square, specifically to the one on the top right. He started banging it with his hands and shrugged his shoulders, as if it wasn’t working or turned on right or something.  After spitting on the thing, Pete started waving desperately for someone to help with whatever was wrong.  The roadie finally came to help at the very end of WGFA, and when he got there, Pete started ripping him a new asshole.  I mean he tore into this guy for like ten or fifteen seconds, pointing and shaking his finger at the dials or knobs or whatever.  Then, Pete walked over to his mic and thanked the crowd, waved, smiled, and then started to walk off the stage via the left side with Roger, but then switched his direction to the right side.  As he was about to exit the stage, the tech guy was walking towards the amp, and when he ran into Pete, Pete grabbed him with both hands and literally threw him out of his way.  I couldn’t tell if the guy fell or not, but Pete was PISSED.  When the band came back to do Pinball, Pete went over to the now famous amp, played a test riff, and gave the amp a thumbs up, like all was fií”
“Roger’s voice was noticeably worn, but he went on and gave one hell of an effort.  I did notice him drinking a lot of fluids, and he blew his nose on a big black hanky at least once, so maybe he was a little sick???  Also, he seemed to be visibly uncomfortable about technical stuff throughout the whole show, especially some feed-back issues.  I saw him clench his ears on one occasion”

Berichten in de media:
Pennlive.com – “Rocking The Arena”
Huffington Post – “Who are you, Pete?”
Morphism – “Remember Pearl Harbour – An Interview with Pete Townshend”
Connecticut Post – “The Who bring crowd to Bridgeport”

Roundhouse show op TV

Afgelopen zondag zond BBC1 een registratie uit van het Who concert tijdens de Electric Proms. Het programma duurt 50 minuten.

"If you weren’t one of the fortunate few at London’s Roundhouse, and you forgot to tune in to Radio 2 three weeks ago, you can stop kicking yourself now. The sell-out concert, performed by the Who on the closing night of the Electric Proms festival, is being shown tonight. It’s a stonking, high-energy show that has the audience in ecstasy from start to finish. The band (fronted by the only two surviving original members, but with Zak Starkey on a Keith Moon-esque double drum kit) rattle off hit after hit – from Baba O’Riley and My Generation to Pinball Wizard and See Me, Feel Me – as well as premiering several songs from Pete Townshend’s new mini-opera Wine & Glass. Fans fearing that Townshend and Roger Daltrey might have lost their edge after 40 years of rocking need not fear: their trademark windmilling and microphone-twirling are as much in evidence as ever".

Je kunt het hier terug kijken.

Philadelphia (25 november)

Gisteravond speelde The Who voor de tweede keer deze tour in het Wachoiva Center in Philadelphia (de eerste keer was op 12 september). “Real Good Looking Boy” werd deze keer niet gespeeld.

Setlist:
I Can’t Explain
The Seeker
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
Fragments
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Sound Round
Pick Up The Peace
Endless Wire
We Got A Hit
They Made My Dream Come True
Mirror Door
Baba O’Riley
Eminence Front
Man In A Purple Dress
Mike Post Theme
You Better You Bet
My Generation / Cry If You Want
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Encore:
Pinball Wizard
Amazing Journey / Sparks
See MeFeel Me
Tea And Theatre

Reacties van fans:
“It absolutely kicked, everybody sounded great, and it was pretty much a surreal experience. The new stuff translated very well live, to the degree that I vastly prefer nearly all of the versions I heard tonight over the studio versions. There were a couple of strange mistakes during Who Are You that involved at least two people missing the cue for the last verse, but they played through it very powerfully, and Roger made a bemused comment”
“That Brian Kehew fellow was very clear in the mix as well, and a suitable player for the job, a cool dude. Also, I hope the assholes who left at the beginning of Wire and Glass missed the immediately following tight-as-tight version of Baba

Berichten in de media:
Philadelphia Daily News – “Daltrey dines at Davio’s”

Atlantic City (24 november)

Gisteravond speelde The Who in The Borgata in Atlantic City.

Setlist:
I Can’t Explain
The Seeker
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
Fragments
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Real Good Looking Boy
Sound Round
Pick Up The Peace
Endless Wire
We Got A Hit
TheyMade My Dream Come True
Mirror Door
Baba O’Riley
Eminence Front
Man In A Purple Dress
Mike Post Theme
You Better You Bet
My Generation / Cry If You Want
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Encore:
Pinball Wizard
Amazing Journey / Sparks
See Me Feel Me
Tea And Theatre

Reacties van fans:
“Roger looked really good. I’m not sure if he changed his hair style, took off his glasses or ??? But, he looked younger than he had in more recent appearances. Pete was just amazing the entire night – windmills, jumps – you name it. He played well, sang great, etc. Truly amazing.”
“Fans always appeared to be concerned about Roger’s vocals – this show was no exception. Roger started out very strong, but appeared to be losing his voice during “Real Good Looking Boy”. However, I thought he carried himself just fine throughout “Wire & Glass” and “Man In A Purple Dress” was sung in a very relax (and powerful when needed)  vocal. Pete then made a comment about “no more new songs for awhile” and they launched into “You Better, You Bet”. The volume seemed to go WAY up and now Roger was singing as if he never had any strain. (Perhaps some ice cream while Pete was talking?)”
“I thought the show was just great! I enjoyed every moment of it. If you get the opportunity – just *go*.”

Berichten in de media:
Daily Record – “Who’s on keyboards?”

CSI aflevering met Roger uitgezonden

Gisteren werd in Amerika de aflevering van "Crime Scene Investigation" uitgezonden waar Roger in mee speelde. Hij speelde de rol van maffia-baas, die daarnaast ook nog eens een "master of disguise" was. Er zaten ook wat Who-referenties in. Zo zei Roger’s personage: "That’s a real good looking boy".

De Amerikaanse fans hebben natuurlijk voor de buis gekluisterd gezeten. Enkele reacties: "If it wasn’t really great, I would say so. Roger did an outstanding job. He spoke with many accents, very convincingly so. I am very proud of him". "Very good show. They put Roger through much more than the average guest star. He was all over the place doing an excellent job".

Een voorproefje van de betreffende aflevering kun je hier bekijken. CBS heeft een artikel op de website staan, met een video-item.

Atlanta (22 november)

The Who speelde gisteravond in het Gwinnett Center in Atlanta. Pete refereerde aan de operatie aan zijn hand na het optreden in Atlanta in 2000. “They reattached my hand. My job tonight is to detach it  again“. Bij het voorstellen van Brian Kehew op keyboards zei Pete dat Rabbit hem verteld had dat het einde van Sue dichterbij aan het komen was en dat Rabbit zich weer bij de band zou voegen na haar overlijden.

Tijdens “You Better You Bet” rende een jeugdige fan het podium op en begon te dansen. Hij werd snel door de beveiliging van het podium afgehaald. Tijdens “Won’t Get Fooled Again” schoof Pete op zijn knieën over het podium en maakte met zijn handen een bid-gebaar, terwijl Roger zong: “I get on my knees and pray”.

Vlak aan het begin van “Tea & Theatre” werkte de microfoon van Roger niet meer. Pete bleef het intro herhalen terwijl Roger de microfoon op de grond smeet en er kwaad op stampte. Daarna nam hij een andere microfoon om het nummer te zingen. Beelden daarvan zijn hier te zien.

Setlist:
I Can’t Explain
The Seeker
Anyway Anyhow, Anywhere
Fragments
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Real Good Looking Boy
Sound Round
Pick up the Peace
Endless Wire
We Got a Hit
They Made My Dream Come True
Mirror Door
Baba O’Riley
Eminence Front
A Man in a Purple Dress
Mike Post Theme
You Better You Bet
My Generation / Cry If You Want
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Encore:
Pinball Wizard
Amazing Journey / Sparks
See Me, Feel Me
Tea & Theatre

Reacties van fans:
The standing ovation for BOR was overwhelmingly long, loud and never ending. Pete & Roger both interacted, smiled and played off eachother all night long. The crowd was 100% receptive, thrilled &  energized from start to finish, including during W&G – standing at every seat in the arena, which ignited Pete & Roger”
“During MG, Pete stood on top of a monitor and lipped angry words at the crowd that was as vicious as I’ve ever  seen…it went on forever. The windmills by Pete were a record breaking  in numbers – easily!”
“Tonight in Atlanta we were absolutely thrilled by what we  witnessed! It was an amazing night full of emotional highs more so that  have been previously experienced

Berichten in de media:
RetroLowFi – “The Who in Sunrise, Florida”
Connecticut Post – “The Who returns to Bridgeport”
AJC.com – “The Who plays Gwinnett”

The Waves Are Alright

Palm Beach Post ontmoet Roger op het strand.

"Swim in the ocean, mate. The water’s warm, but it’s bloody cold once you get out."

That’s Roger Daltrey, frontman for The Who, describing for Page Two a rare day off on tour. After playing Monday night in Sunrise, the band spent Tuesday at the Four Seasons Palm Beach. At night, Daltrey walked into Cafe Boulud for the pre-party of the March of Dimes Dec. 8 gala. He signed an auction guitar and threw back some red.

So, Rog, where’s Pete Townshend? "We don’t hang out," he says, "and that’s just fine. We’re in tune onstage, but that’s it. … What’s amazing to me is how big we are in this country. In Europe, people say hi and move along. Here? We can’t step outside the hotel without people coming up to us."

False note: venues such as the BankAtlantic Center.

"They’re built for sports. I wish they were built for music."