Het optreden van gisteravond werd goed ontvangen in de Britse pers.
The Sun jubelt:
"It might be nearly 40, but THE WHO’s rock opera Quadrophenia sounded as fresh as the Brighton breeze last night. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and their incredible band of top musicians brought the 10th anniversary of the Teenage Cancer Trust shows to a close with as much, if not more, energy than the ARCTIC MONKEYS could drum up on Saturday. It was a rock ‘n’ roll masterclass. (….) Townshend’s acoustic and electric guitar action was mesmerising. 5.15, Love Reign O’er Me and The Real Me are classics, best heard live in venues like the RAH".
The Times Online geeft 3 van de 5 sterren:
"As usual, the build-up to the show was marked by a certain tension between Roger Daltrey, 66, whose for reviving the name and repertoire of the group knows no bounds, and Pete Townshend, 64, who always seems to have a compelling excuse not to carry on with it. (…) Daltrey sang with his emphatic touch, while Townshend played acoustic and electric guitar with a combination of finesse and aggression. There was a bit of microphone twirling and windmilling of arms but, for the most part, it was more about getting the music right rather than making an exhibition of themselves. Up-tempo numbers such as The Real Me and a rollicking version of 5.15 got the crowd rocking along, and the dramatic thread of the story was put across with a coherence that has proved elusive in the past. Then, however, it all ended rather abruptly".
BBC Newsbeat maakt vooral melding van de gastoptredens van Meighan en Vedder.
"Staying silent between songs throughout the hour-and-a-half set, organiser Roger Daltrey finished by thanking all those who appeared at this year’s series".
This Is London vindt dat de band nog een keer moet touren met Quadrophenia:
"The pressure was really on Daltrey, though, to deliver a physically demanding vocal for 90 minutes. During The Real Me, it seemed doubtful his voice would last, but the tireless 66-year-old manfully blasted his way through the set. There were stark moments, such as Pete Townshendxe2x80x99s acoustic solo spot on Drowned, however this show was really about the unsurpassed rock xe2x80x99nxe2x80x99 roll power of The Who. It was the songs that really excited this audience, though, and the band clattered and roared magnificently on Ixe2x80x99ve Had Enough and 5.15, powered by Townshendxe2x80x99s monumental riffs. Perhaps itxe2x80x99s too much to ask of pop star pensioners, but this rock opera really should go out on tour one more time".
NME heeft een neutraal verslag van de show.
Rolling Stone noemt het een indrukwekkend concert:
"it requires nothing less than total conviction. The narrative is so overwrought, even sometimes borderline comical, that any lapse in intensity would have tipped it into Spinal Tap territory. Daltrey and Townshend may now be bespectacled sexagenarians, but they retain a slashing vigor. The singer still swung his mike cord like a bolas while the guitarist retained his trademark move of raising his arm high above his head before bringing it crashing down on his guitar strings. His playing was virtuosic, moving, on xe2x80x9c5:15xe2x80xb3 between bluesy licks, shredding solos and savage power chords, but also, more crucially, fueled by an enduring rage. Only the poorly acted filmed inserts, broadcast on a screen above the stage, risked making the whole project appear cumbersome. But throughout the night, Quadropheniaxe2x80x99s conceptual excess was anchored by its sheer physical power. Ultimately, none of the albumxe2x80x99s ambitious narrative techniques proved quite as eloquent as a single blast from Townshendxe2x80x99s guitar".
The Daily Telegraph geeft 4 sterren en schrijft dat de band de staande ovatie dubbel en dwars verdiend heeft.
"Many decades on, they are two creaking old friends. I have jokingly referred to them as the Whoxe2x80x99s Left? But after this magnificent performance, I am forced to revise that to the Who Knew? (..) It was tight and driven but on a fantastic version of xe2x80x995.15xe2x80x99 it suddenly opened up. Townshendxe2x80x99s art-rock soloing seems on the verge of breaking apart and splintering on stage, and you are reminded why the Who have always been unique".
Billboard schrijft over Eddie Vedder. Kink FM schrijft dat Vedder speciaal voor het concert uit Amerika was overgevlogen was.
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