Een greep uit de recensies van de recente “Quadrophenia”-shows:
“Daltrey, who at 68 still isn’t shy about baring his chest for all to see, was an absolute lion at the microphone for most of the night. He roared proudly through the classic cuts “The Real Me,” “5:15” and “Love, Reign O’er Me.” His voice started to give out come encore time, when The Who ventured into greatest-hits territory, but he would somehow manage to stand tall when it mattered most — delivering the famed scream with gusto at the end of “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. Townshend, the only other original member left in the band, also was in fine form. He delivered a particularly soulful guitar solo during “5:15” and managed to thrill everyone in the house with that heroic lead — one of the most cherished in all of rock ‘n’ roll — at the beginning of “Pinball Wizard,” which came during the six-song encore”
“Pushing 70, Townshend and Roger Daltrey don’t have the vocal chops they once did, yet passion, experience and professionalism counteract the effects aging has had on their singing. Not to mention fitness. Daltrey, a month short of his 69th birthday, has the best torso in rock ’n’ roll. The late, great bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon were remembered fondly in excellent video segments on a huge, circular screen backdrop: Entwistle soloing in the epic “5:15,” and Moon’s unmistakable Cockney accent singing “Bell Boy.” Although it might sound hackneyed, Moon’s cameo was an emotional highlight“.
“Both nearing 70, Daltrey and Townshend are still vibrant performers, if a bit inconsistent when it comes to vocal quality. Gone are the bizarre antics and unpredictability that characterized the group in its early days, but still Townshend graciously delivered a generous helping of guitar windmills while Daltrey unabashedly displayed his impressively chiseled torso to the mostly delighted audience”
“He might be 68, but Roger Daltrey can still rock like it’s 1964, and the frontman for The Who teamed up with legendary lead guitarist Pete Townshend to blow the roof off of the Staples Center for more than 15,000 attendees in spectacular fashion. It was a performance for the ages, and one that truly captured the electrifying spirit of the rock shows of old”
“The Who could very well have hobbled its way through this show. After all, few acts can withstand the loss of a rhythm section as thick and thrilling as bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. (..) Townshend and Daltrey in their late 60s, one could be forgiven for wondering whether they’d be able to pull it off. (…) When they kicked into “The Real Me” after the opening instrumental, any doubts about strength and endurance vanished“.
“Makes for a lot to chew on at a concert, especially when there aren’t many radio staples during the first 90 minutes or so – which helps explain why these shows aren’t selling out at triple-digit prices. Not every Who fan cares for this particular work, not as much as Tommy anyway, and the number of dutifully trotted-out warhorses at the end hardly justifies anyone but die-hards springing for tickets“.