Dutch Mob in Londen

Verslag van DJ:

"Net terug in mijn hotel van een avond THE WHO in The Royal Albert Hall. Ik stond helemaal vooraan op de eerste rij. Ik vond het een goed concert met Eddie Vedder en de zanger van Kasabian als gasten. Verder een aantal blazers en twee strijkers en een extra toetsenist. Het publiek was enthousiast.
’s Middags zaten we met een aantal Who fans uit Ned en verder een aantal Who fans uit alle delen van de wereld in een pub vlakbij de Royal Albert Hal. Roger was goed bij stem. Ik vond Pete een uitgebluste indruk maken. Het was net of hij het af en toe niet leuk vond. Een aantal solo’s speelde hij niet zelf maar liet hij over aan z’n broer Simon. Verder vind ik dat Pete nu echt oud wordt. Terwijl Roger er nog erg goed uit ziet voor zijn leeftijd. Hoogtepunten: Drowned, 515, Dr. Jimmy en Love reign over me.

Helaas geen toegift. Ik ben blij dat ik geweest ben. Ook heeel apart om ze mee te maken in de Royal Albert Hall.

Gr.
DJ

PS Ik sprak Bobby Pridden nog even in de middag en vroeg hem of ze weer gingen toeren. Dat ontkende hij – hij wist van niets".

Verslag Renxc3xa9 Driesen:
"Meestal zit het venijn in de staart maar dit keer had ik de meeste thrills bij het begin. I’ve had enough en Is it in my head bijvoorbeeld. Je hoorde de gitaar van Pete vaak niet of niet goed genoeg. Dat was jammer. Pete maakte de indruk dat hij er geen zin in had. Er leek niet zoveel beleving te zijn en er werd geen woord gewisseld met het publiek. Ook geen toegift. Ondanks het feit dat Roger niet alles meer haalde en ook geen woord tot het publiek sprak was het bij hem wel duidelijk dat hij zich bewust was van wat hij zong.

In The Times stond gisteren een recensie met de zin: Misschien was The Who wel meer bezig om het moeilijke Quadrophenia zo goed mogelijk te spelen dat ze vergaten zichzelf te laten zien. Ik vond dat nog niet zo’n gekke stelling. Indien dat zo is hebben ze het toch misschien wel zo goed mogelijk proberen aan te pakken.

Wat het uiterlijk betreft van Pete: Volgens mij is dat al een tijd overeenkomstig zijn leeftijd. Ook zijn we van Pete gewend dat hij er vaak juist niet gelikt uit wil zien. Gitaarspelen in The Who is tenslotte werken heeft hij wel eens gezegd. Vandaar dat hij destijds in een niet al te trendy overal optrad. En laten we eerlijk zijn: Zien al die fans er nu nog zo gelikt uit (geintje)?

P.S.: Namens de Dutch mob hebben Sven en ik onze plicht gedaan om in het beroemde/beruchte steegje van Brighton en op de muur bij het zebrapad van Abbey Road enige DutchMob Who-kenmerken/logo’s met pen achter te laten"

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Reacties fans: "It was most enjoyable!"

"The band came on very late, probably a ploy to ensure there was not time for an encore. This was the closest I have been to the band since around 1968. My wife and I watched the London June ’07 DVD a few days before and I was amazed at how Pete had aged in that short time. Roger looked as if he had the World on his shoulders. Pete never looked comfortable until around 5:15 when he started to loosen up, the intro to 5:15 was the only missed cue I noticed. Well, that’s the story so far, all the rest is good. I wish to say to the world that the gig was the best I have seen post Moon. I thought that Rogers voice sounded great throughout. Pete’s ears? Well 15 years ago when he started saying he had a problem he stood in a perspex box playing a J200 while "Boltz" Bolton played lead. Wind the clock on a decade and Pete’s back with a Strat standing in front of a couple of Fender Vibro King stacks at full chat. I often wonder just how bad his ears are. That was my 188th live show since the Locarno Stevenage in 1965, and heres to many more.

"Roger’s voice sounded really good to begin with though he did suffer a bit towards the end, especially when singing "Is it me?". It sounded like his throat had some fluid in there or something, but mostly he was pretty Quad10_4strong. This was really a showcase of the music of Quadrophenia, it wasn’t as energetic as a normal Who show. Pete didn’t windmill too much until towards the end, or jump and spent the whole gig wearing reading glasses, probably to check his music notes. Pete sounded good on vocals, though sometimes he really changed the phasing and timing of the melodies which didn’t always work in my opinion"

"The show was the entire Quad album, as expected. But no encore. Roger Daltrey had some severe problems with his voice. Sometimes he got it, but mostly it was painful to listen. Let’s face it, his voice is sore. And Pete Townshend suffers with his ears. He was very backdrawn with his guitar sound. Simon ‘no encore’ Townshend did a great job to fill the ‘holes’. There were a few failures but the band did great for this one off performance. The absolute highlight was Love Reign O’er Me. A very very very touching version, with a good Roger and a superb Pete, who lifted his sound that late in the show. No encore was really disappointing".
Quad10_5
"Most enjoyable Who gig I’ve had in a long time. Rog voice held out! Bit ropey in places. But as expected!
Quite a few empty seats around. Very static crowd. No encore or additional songs".

"All in all very very good and the band were fantastic – the addition of Eddie Vedder definately helped Roger out and tbh he needed it in places. That is not to say he wasn’t up to the job, he fluffed a few lines and on occasion looked thoroughly p****d off with himself but he was fantastic. To sing that album like that at 66? I salute you!"

"Pino: don’t bother with the bass solo… with that sound it just sounded like mud!  Pete: was great but suddenly looks really old – I might have missed one but it took him ages to do a full windmill and I reckon the glasses were part of his monitor system. The roadies seemed to be setting up for an encore, but before they left the stage Rog signalled to Pete that his voice was through and then Bob Pridden put his coat on and thQuad10_6at was that".

"Since it wasn’t mid tour, Pete seemed to be concentrating a lot on his playing, although did loosen up in the 2nd half and really seemed to enjoy Drowned more than i’d seen in a long time. One-off show also resulted in a few minor mistakes – missing queues…particularly Roger – he even managed to forget one of the first lines in The Real Me ".

Reacties fans: "It was most enjoyable!"

"The band came on very late, probably a ploy to ensure there was not time for an encore. This was the closest I have been to the band since around 1968. My wife and I watched the London June ’07 DVD a few days before and I was amazed at how Pete had aged in that short time. Roger looked as if he had the World on his shoulders. Pete never looked comfortable until around 5:15 when he started to loosen up, the intro to 5:15 was the only missed cue I noticed. Well, that’s the story so far, all the rest is good. I wish to say to the world that the gig was the best I have seen post Moon. I thought that Rogers voice sounded great throughout. Pete’s ears? Well 15 years ago when he started saying he had a problem he stood in a perspex box playing a J200 while "Boltz" Bolton played lead. Wind the clock on a decade and Pete’s back with a Strat standing in front of a couple of Fender Vibro King stacks at full chat. I often wonder just how bad his ears are. That was my 188th live show since the Locarno Stevenage in 1965, and heres to many more.

"Roger’s voice sounded really good to begin with though he did suffer a bit towards the end, especially when singing "Is it me?". It sounded like his throat had some fluid in there or something, but mostly he was pretty Quad10_4strong. This was really a showcase of the music of Quadrophenia, it wasn’t as energetic as a normal Who show. Pete didn’t windmill too much until towards the end, or jump and spent the whole gig wearing reading glasses, probably to check his music notes. Pete sounded good on vocals, though sometimes he really changed the phasing and timing of the melodies which didn’t always work in my opinion"

"The show was the entire Quad album, as expected. But no encore. Roger Daltrey had some severe problems with his voice. Sometimes he got it, but mostly it was painful to listen. Let’s face it, his voice is sore. And Pete Townshend suffers with his ears. He was very backdrawn with his guitar sound. Simon ‘no encore’ Townshend did a great job to fill the ‘holes’. There were a few failures but the band did great for this one off performance. The absolute highlight was Love Reign O’er Me. A very very very touching version, with a good Roger and a superb Pete, who lifted his sound that late in the show. No encore was really disappointing".
Quad10_5
"Most enjoyable Who gig I’ve had in a long time. Rog voice held out! Bit ropey in places. But as expected!
Quite a few empty seats around. Very static crowd. No encore or additional songs".

"All in all very very good and the band were fantastic – the addition of Eddie Vedder definately helped Roger out and tbh he needed it in places. That is not to say he wasn’t up to the job, he fluffed a few lines and on occasion looked thoroughly p****d off with himself but he was fantastic. To sing that album like that at 66? I salute you!"

"Pino: don’t bother with the bass solo… with that sound it just sounded like mud!  Pete: was great but suddenly looks really old – I might have missed one but it took him ages to do a full windmill and I reckon the glasses were part of his monitor system. The roadies seemed to be setting up for an encore, but before they left the stage Rog signalled to Pete that his voice was through and then Bob Pridden put his coat on and thQuad10_6at was that".

"Since it wasn’t mid tour, Pete seemed to be concentrating a lot on his playing, although did loosen up in the 2nd half and really seemed to enjoy Drowned more than i’d seen in a long time. One-off show also resulted in a few minor mistakes – missing queues…particularly Roger – he even managed to forget one of the first lines in The Real Me ".

Britse pers: "Opera Rocks!"

Het optreden van gisteravond werd goed ontvangen in de Britse pers.

The Sun jubelt:
Quad10"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 Quad10_2 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 Quad10_3may 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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The Who brengt Quadrophenia terug naar Londen

PtGisteravond speelde The Who in de Londense Royal Albert Hall de integrale versie van Quadrophenia. Als special guests waren Eddie Vedder (Godfather) en Kasabian-zanger Tom Meighan (Ace face) aangetrokken.

De band was aangevuld met Billy Nicolls, een blazerssectie, een violist, een celliste en een extra keyboardspeler. Er was geen toegift. Tijdens 5:15 kreeg Pino zijn bas-solo.

Setlist:
I Am The Sea / The Real Me (film)
Quadrophenia
Cut My Hair (film)
The Punk & The Godfather (film)
I’m One (film)
The Dirty Jobs
Helpless Dancer (film)
Is It In My Head
I’ve Had Enough (film)
5:15  (film)
Sea And Sand (film)
Drowned
Bell Boy (film)
Dr Jimmy  (film)
The Rock (film)
Love Reign O’er Me (film)

The Who brengt Quadrophenia terug naar Londen

PtGisteravond speelde The Who in de Londense Royal Albert Hall de integrale versie van Quadrophenia. Als special guests waren Eddie Vedder (Godfather) en Kasabian-zanger Tom Meighan (Ace face) aangetrokken.

De band was aangevuld met Billy Nicolls, een blazerssectie, een violist, een celliste en een extra keyboardspeler. Er was geen toegift. Tijdens 5:15 kreeg Pino zijn bas-solo.

Setlist:
I Am The Sea / The Real Me (film)
Quadrophenia
Cut My Hair (film)
The Punk & The Godfather (film)
I’m One (film)
The Dirty Jobs
Helpless Dancer (film)
Is It In My Head
I’ve Had Enough (film)
5:15  (film)
Sea And Sand (film)
Drowned
Bell Boy (film)
Dr Jimmy  (film)
The Rock (film)
Love Reign O’er Me (film)

Eddie Vedder als de Godfather

EdTijdens het concert van The Who dat momenteel gaande is, treedt Eddie Vedder op als de Godfather. Dat valt te lezen op de Twitter-pagina van Teenage Cancer Trust. Eddie droeg een geel jasje, dat ooit toebehoorde aan John Entwistle.

De geplande setlist is hier alvast te bekijken.

Uit monde van een lid van de road crew van The Who werd opgetekend: "Yeah, this looks like the last time..".

Eddie Vedder als de Godfather

EdTijdens het concert van The Who dat momenteel gaande is, treedt Eddie Vedder op als de Godfather. Dat valt te lezen op de Twitter-pagina van Teenage Cancer Trust. Eddie droeg een geel jasje, dat ooit toebehoorde aan John Entwistle.

De geplande setlist is hier alvast te bekijken.

Uit monde van een lid van de road crew van The Who werd opgetekend: "Yeah, this looks like the last time..".

Roger over zijn autobiografie

In het interview in de Daily Star praat Roger ook over het schrijven van zijn autobiografie. Contactmusic heeft hier ook een artikeltje over. Roger wil het boek zelf schrijven en wenst geen gebruik te maken van een zogenaamde ghost writer.

"I’m toying with writing my autobiography as I don’t want it ghosted. I’m playing with ideas on the format for it. There are a lot of tales that people have never come near to discovering, so it’s an interesting story. But it’s whether or not I’ve got the writing talent that will determine whether or not it comes out, because I really don’t want some ghostwriter putting words into my mouth. I don’t want my autobiography to be an A to B plod of events, as life isn’t like that", aldus Roger.