Who #1 in IGN Classic Rock Poll

IGN heeft een uitgebreide "Classic Rock Albums"-poll op hun site gezet. Het ging hier om albums die uitgebracht vxc3xb2xc3xb2r 1984. The Who staat met "Quadrophenia" op nummer 1 en verslaat daarmee The Stones’  "Let It Bleed" en "Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" van The Beatles.  IGN jubelt:

"Where Tommy laid out the definitive blueprint for the rock opera, Quadrophenia improved upon it by leaps and bounds. This is, without a question, doubt, or any argument whatsoever, The Who’s crowning achievement as a band. Every single song bristles with emotion, both raw and introspective. Pete Townshend’s songwriting is at its peak, as is his guitar playing and singing. Roger Daltry steps up to the plate and slams out some searing vocal emotion. Meanwhile both John Entwistle and Keith Moon prove that they were one of the best rhythm duos of their (or anybody’s) day. There’s no need to list all the songs here, since each and every one is a classic. If you don’t own this album it causes one to query "What’s wrong with you?" Seriously"

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood (26 maart)

Gisteravond speelde The Who in het Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Pete had wat gitaarproblemen tijdens de eerste nummers. Hij stopte een aantal keren met spelen en keek een aantal keren vrij pissig naar Bobby Pridden en de technicus die hij in Hershey omver duwde. Laatstgenoemde kroop een aantal keren naar Pete’s versterker.

Setlist:
I Can’t Explain
The Seeker
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
Fragments
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Real Good Looking Boy
Baba O’Riley
The Kids Are Alright
Substitute
Eminence Front
A Man In A Purple Dress
Black Widow’s Eyes
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:
"Singing along and carrying on in general, in addition to a good performance. Tonight, I thought Pete played some of his most exciting, creative, and spot-on solos and his guitar sound – chords and single notes – rang loud and clear. Roger had depth and pitch to his voice tonight, and he did a nice job with RGLB and most everything else…"
"The Kids Are Alright was more together, exciting, and powerful tonight than in Tampa, and Substitute was powerful and enthusiastic as well"
"The band played spectacularly well, Zak and Pino, and Simon…I thought it was one of the top shows i’ve heard them play"
"This did rank up there among the others with Pete’s intensity in his playing on these – My Generation, Won’t Get Fooled Again, Amazing Journey, & Sparks. Pete did alot of machine gunning at the edge of the stage, and alot of that mouthing off to the crowd wildly like he does. I know it’s a common phrase – but Pete was on fire! Zak’s playing was incredible, he was definitely charged up by Pete’s energy"

Tampa (25 maart)

Who2503Gisteren speelde de band het inhaalconcert in het Ford Amphitheater in Tampa. Setlist was hetzelfde als in Oklahoma, waarbij "Wire & Glass" weer niet gespeeld werd. "I might hit some bum notes tonight, but what I have is yours", meldde Roger, "and if everyone sings along, no one will give a fuck anyway." Na het optreden kwam Roger naar buiten om foto’s te laten nemen en spullen te signeren.

Setlist:
I Can’t Explain
The Seeker
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
Fragments
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Real Good Looking Boy
Baba O’Riley
The Kids Are Alright
Substitute
Eminence Front
A Man In A Purple Dress
Black Widow’s Eyes
You Better You Bet
My Generation / Cry If You Want
Naked Eye
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Encore:
Pinball Wizard
Amazing Journey / Sparks
See Me Feel Me
Tea And Theatre

Reacties van fans:
"Lots of "f-bombs" dropped from Pete and Roger, lots of humor as Pete making silly gestures of Roger’s longish intro to RGLB and Roger and band making faces at one another during Pete’s rap before BWE’s. Lots of windmills and mic swinging. Pino hit the jackpot on the mg solo and played some amazing bass all night"
"KIDS started off with Pino and Simon looking dumbfounded at one another, then the song gradually got some momentum followed by a smashing Substitute. More cosmic groove and wildness with Eminence Front. Classic signature Who all night long! Quite simply a fabulous night to be a who fan!"
"Roger was clenching his teeth and shaking his head violently as if to try and muster everything he can as he spit, hocked and drank his cup of liquids quite often. Pete was very quiet and not very animated until almost mid-show. He even had an attitude about him as Roger explained RGLB to the crowd. Pete was standing with his body leaning and his hands on his hip as if he was thinking to himself …."save your f*cking voice Roger"!"
"A highlight was when Pete did what seemed like twenty windmills in succession toward the end of WGFA. The encore was very good with Pete doing a wicked birdman. Tea and Theatre was a challenge for Roger but he came out of it in fine form. Once again very emotional"

Berichten in de media:
Tampa Tribune – "The Who make howling return to Tampa"
Creative Loafing – "The Who redo"

Pete: "All good things must come to an end"

Pete heeft op zijn blog weer een stukje geplaatst. De afgeblazen shows in San Antonio en Mexico zullen niet ingehaald worden. Dit paste niet meer in het tourschema, aangezien de band zaterdag in de Royal Albert Hall in Londen speelt en daarna de Europese tour volgt.

Een Amerikaanse tour in augustus waar over gesproken werd, gaat niet door.

"Under the present uncertain circumstances I have decided it might be better to abandon this plan, and get the European shows behind us first. I’m sorry to have raised the hopes of some fans in Vegas and the Northeast, but all good things must come to an end"

Oklahoma City (23 maart)

Gisteravond speelde de band in het Ford Center in Oklahoma City. Volgens de eerste bronnen was "Wire & Glass" van de setlist verwijderd en vervangen door "The Kids Are Alright" en "Substitute". Pete zei dat hij een nieuw nummer geschreven had, "Dirty Water", en speelde twee coupletten er van. Aan het einde van de show speelde de band een stuk van "Ring Of Fire" van Johnny Cash. Brian Kehew speelde weer toetsen. Pete meldde dat de ouders van Kehew aanwezig waren in het publiek. "Normally we don’t even mention him", grapte hij.

Setlist:
I Can’t Explain
The Seeker
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
Fragments
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Real Good Looking Boy
Baba O’Riley
The Kids Are Alright
Substitute

Eminence Front
A Man In A Purple Dress
Black Widow’s Eyes
Dirty Water (gedeelte)
You Better You Bet
My Generation / Cry If You Want
Naked Eye
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Encore:
Pinball Wizard
Amazing Journey
Sparks
See Me Feel Me
Ring Of Fire
Tea And Theatre

Reacties van fans:
"Gigantic Thumbs Up !!! Roger Daltrey was unbelievable. His voice was perfect. He even told an audience member to "Shut the "F" up !" Pete was Pete (always unbelievable!) I would have enjoyed more Endless Wire songs than they did, but a boistrous crowd loved every second of this show"
"Suffice it to say, it was an amazing show and Roger was up to the task. He and Pete were obviously having a great time and Pete was joking left and right. Toward the end of the show, they paid tribute to Johnny Cash with a brief, playful verse of "Ring Of Fire"."
"After all Roger’s been through the past couple weeks, it was very moving to hear him implore the crowd to "Shut the fuck up so I can sing this song!" during the final duet. It was all in good humor of course and the crowd was behind him all the way. By that point, we all knew it was almost at an end and everyone wanted to let the band know how much they loved them"

Berichten in de media:
The Oklahoman – "The Who hit all targets"
Burlington Free Press – "These rock icons put the rock in rock & roll"

Alltell Arena (22 maart)

"Boy, it feels good to be out of bed", meldde Roger gisteravond tijdens het concert in de Alltell Arena in Little Rock. Roger zong gewoon de hele set, maar dronk wel veel tussen de nummers en was af en toe aan het hoesten. De toetsen werden bespeeld door Brian Keweh. Rabbit is teruggevlogen naar Londen, vanwege zijn vrouw.

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
Man In A Purple Dress
Black Widow’s Eyes
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 started slinging his mic around the minute he hit the stage, and while he wasn’t moving around quite as much as usual, didn’t seem especially fatigued. He did make the comment about being glad to be out of bed, and looked as if he meant it–lots of smiling. His voice actually sounded better than at the other two shows. Coughing between songs was minimal; I only noticed it once or twice"
"The band sounded fantastic. Zak Starkey (son of Ringo) is a first-rate drummer. Daltrey was in good voice, and had nothing been said about the possibility of a cancellation nobody would have known he’d been ill. But it’s Townshend’s band. He may be a geezer, but the man still plays aggressive, electrifying rock music. The man is a smoking hot player"
"Their concert begs comparison to the Stones, whose 2006 show here was just good, raunchy rock music. In my opinion, the Who brought better sound, better production value, and a MUCH more affordable ticket. I still suffer buyer’s remorse from that Stones show. The Who show was well worth the cost"
"I thought the show was great. I admittedly went into it with very low expectations, but Pete and the boys brought the goods. Roger’s voice started to fade towards the end, but I think we all expected that considering what he’s been through recently"

Berichten in de media:
WKRN.com – "The Who’s US tour resumes in Arkansas"
BBC – "Who return after Daltrey illness"
Arkansas Online – "Music no fooling: Who delivers the goods"

Roger en Jamba Juice

Square Pegs bericht vandaag over een toevallige ontmoeting met Roger.

"About an hour ago I walked through the NorthPark food court on my way to the Dell store to deal with a computer issue. As I passed by the Jamba Juice and Aunt Annie’s Pretzels, I walked by Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who. He was just hanging out with a couple of other British guys, and after a couple of minutes, he got in line for a Jamba Juice. Several feet away a couple of cops were keeping an eye on him, although none of the other shoppers were paying him any attention. I asked a NorthPark security guard nearby if I was an idiot for thinking that the random man waiting in line for a Jamba Juice was Roger Daltrey, and the guard said, "You know, I was thinking the same thing."

I swear on my life, the Bible, and my vinyl copy of Quadrophenia that it was him. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind. Anyone know why he is in town?"

Weer updates over Roger

Pete heeft zojuist een update gegeven op zijn blog over Roger.

"I spoke too soon. Roger’s Sodium levels are still really low, and now going down again. Search "Low Sodium Levels" out on the web if you want to see how serious this might be"

Later op de avond verscheen er alweer een update!

"The last four shows of the tour will go ahead. Roger has been advised by no less then three doctors that he is OK to perform and although I think he may still find the next few days hard (more shows in a row than we normally do) I’m sure we’ll be great. Thanks for your patience. See you in Little Rock, Oklahoma, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale."