Rolling Stone: "John beste basgitarist aller tijden"

Rolling Stone bevestigt nog maar eens: John Entwistle is de beste basgitarist aller John tijden.
"The clear winner in our poll was John Entwistle of The Who. Known as both Ox and Thunderfingers, Entwistle was trained on the piano
and French horn before switching to the bass. He played it like a lead instrument, creating a powerful, booming sound that often overshadowed Pete Townshend's guitar playing. His solo on "My Generation" is probably the most famous bass solo in rock history. The Who have carried on since his sudden death in 2002, but their music has lacked Entwistle's thunder and been considerably weaker as a result"

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Independent: "Faithful reading of 'Tommy'"

The Independent besteedt vandaag aandacht aan de uitvoering van Tommy. Ze geven drie van de vijf sterren. De schrijver van het artikel heeft zijn vraagtekens bij het nummer Fiddle About, tijdens een optreden ten bate van tieners.

"The Who singer and his American band give the piece a faithful reading, with Pete Townshend guesting to thunderous acclaim on "The Acid Queen", the composer's voice less reedy and more powerfully gravelly than it has often seemed. (…) Daltrey's voice is in good shape, and his trademark mike-whirling gets increasingly ambitious as the evening enters post-Tommy party mood with its rare outing of "Pictures of Lily" and a return to the stage for Townshend on "Baba O'Riley"."

Concluderend: "One is left with a pleasant feeling of skew-symmetry: although Tommy long ago lost any cultural relevance it may have for teenagers, tonight, at least, it had a profound pertinence to one particular group of them. And that rocks".

Pers over "Tommy" show

RD The Daily Telegraph geeft de show 3 sterren en spreekt van een "rollercoaster show". "Bafflingly, Pete Townshend shuffled on stage, in dark suit and with acoustic guitar, to deliver xe2x80x9cThe Acid Queenxe2x80x9d. Suddenly, the camera phones were blazing, and the audience was alive, air-guitaring to xe2x80x9cPinball Wizardxe2x80x9d, xe2x80x9cIxe2x80x99m Freexe2x80x9d and the glorious xe2x80x9cListening to youxe2x80x9d finale. Overall, though, it was obvious why the Who, in latter years, have xe2x80x9cdone 'Tommyxe2x80x99xe2x80x9d via a 10-minute medley in their live sets"
"Daltrey bantered about last-minute rehearsals, presumably explaining the eveningxe2x80x99s non-Whoness. There followed two Daltrey solo numbers, but also xe2x80x9cBaba Oxe2x80x99Rileyxe2x80x9d, for which Townshend returned, windmilling gamely, but visibly far from match fit. It was, overall, a rollercoaster show"

NME heeft een neutraal artikel.
"Daltrey performed the whole of The Who's rock opera backed by a five-piece band. Townshend made a surprise appearance early on, strapping on an acoustic guitar and taking up lead vocals for 'The Acid Queen'".

Musicroom.net kopt met Roger's opmerking over The Beach Boys: "We sh*t on them". Het artikel meldt dat Pete niet langer meer complete concerten kan spelen vanwege zijn gehoor. En passant weet de schrijver te melden dat de drummer van The Who, John Bonham, in 1980 overleed….

Optreden Roger (en Pete) in Royal Albert Hall (24 maart)

Gisteravond gaf Roger met zijn band een concert in de Royal Albert Hall in Londen. Tommy werd weer integraal gespeeld, en Roger zei dat ze gingen proberen om er een tour van te maken, en dat hij daarom de teksten moest leren.

Tijdens de show sprak Roger ook over John Entwistle: "Back in the '70s we used to love doing harmonies. The Beach Boys, we shit on them. John always had the loudest voice, he had the voice of an angel. So this is for him and all those guys out there who are sent to terrible places like Afghanistan"

De verrassing van de avond was toen Pete op het podium verscheen. Slechts begeleid door akoestische gitaar zong hij The Acid Queen. Na Tommy volgde nog een toegift, waaronder Without Your Love, Pictures Of Lily en Days Of Light. Voor Baba O'Riley keerde Pete nogmaals terug op het podium. Opvallend is dat hij niet zijn zangpartijen deed, deze werden door Roger overgenomen. Charlie Siem speelde viool.

Op forums wordt reeds gediscussieerd over Pete. Hij speelde erg zacht en leek erg introvert te zijn. Men vraagt zich af of het te maken heeft met zijn gehoor of dat het recente overlijden van zijn moeder een rol mee speelt.

Setlist:
Overture
It's A Boy
1921
Amazing Journey
Sparks
Eyesight To The Blind
Christmas
Cousin Kevin
The Acid Queen
Do You Think It's Alright?
Fiddle About
Pinball Wizard
There's A Doctor
Go To The Mirror
Tommy Can You Hear Me?
Smash The Mirror
Sensation
Miracle Cure
Sally Simpson
I'm Free
Welcome
Tommy's Holiday Camp
We're Not Gonna Take It
Days of Light
Pictures of Lily
My Generation
I Can See For Miles
Young Man Blues
Baba O'Riley
Without Your Love

Filmpjes:
Hele show in stukjes
Interviews met fans

Berichten in de media:
NME – "Roger Daltrey pays tribute to John Entwistle at Royal Albert Hall"
Musicroom.net – "Roger Daltrey: the Beach Boys: we sh*t on them"

Foto's:
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Reacties van fans:
"Pete seems so aloof, I understand not wanting to take the limelight from Roger but not to sing his own part in Baba, is borderline criminal. I,over the years have never known him so quiet,about what he is doing,and where he is at,seems to have lost some weight too"
"Roger's voice was unbelievable last night, probably the strongest I've heard live, which was amazing!"
"I thought it was good Pete got to hear his own work from a band approaching The Who. I haven't heard any recordings yet, but reports say it was a spectacular show with Roger in very good voice"
"Just got back from tonight's show, and I've got to say that Rogers voice was probably the best that it's been for many years. I was also good to see Pete on stage with him for the 2 numbers"
"Awesome gig and loved hearing the songs with the revived harmonies. Daltrey sounded great and Townshends appearance was the icing on an already tasty cake!"
"John Entwistle was the greatest bass player and never got much credit for his vocals , along with his horn and key board playing. Thanks Roger"
"Magnificent concert, superbly presented as always. Pete on blistering form"

Roger: "We're not going to break up again"

Op Planet Rock is een interview met Roger te beluisteren. Het gesprek vond afgelopen vrijdag plaats. Roger zegt onder andere dat The Who nog niet voorbij is: "We had a tour planned and we put it on the back burner. The state of play is, we're toying with ideas. We're very much not broken up. We're not not going to do it again. We're just trying to find ways of getting around some of the difficulties we're having from these years of playing very loud music."