Verslag concert Forest Hills

The Who keerde gisteravond terug naar Forest Hills. Just Backdated heeft een verslag van het concert.

“Pete takes the mike, then launches into one of the best ‘My Generation’s I’ve ever heard, then goes into an amazing jam. It’s important to note, dear reader, that I believe for a long time they were afraid to do this, feeling unable to do so due to some “missing parts”. That is absolutely NO LONGER THE CASE. His fingers were flying all over those frets. Everyone was on board. WHAT JOY!!!! ‘Slip Kid’ had more great lead by Pete and a lot of whammy bar! The whaaaaaaaangawhaaaaaanga after “You won’t blackmail me” was epic!

Setlist
I Can’t Explain
The Seeker
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
My Generation
Behind Blue Eyes
Slip Kid
Bargain
Join Together
You Better You Bet
I’m One
Love, Reign O’er Me
Eminence Front
Amazing Journey
Sparks
Pinball Wizard
See Me, Feel Me
Baba O’Riley
Won’t Get Fooled Again

“10 Observations from The Who Concert at Barclays Center”

According2G heeft 10 dingen op een rijtje gezet die hen opvielen tijdens het concert in Brooklyn, afgelopen week.

Nummer 1: “Despite being down two (of 4) original members (RIP John Entwistle and Keith Moon), the two that are left – Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend – may be both 70 but they rocked and rocked hard for 2 solid hours with no intermission.

Pete: “Being a rockstar fuels addiction”


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heeft enkele citaten van Pete over zijn verslavingen. Deze uitspraken deed hij tijdens het MusiCares evenement, afgelopen donderdag.

“When I was at art school, I smoked a bit of grass . . . I realized — and I don’t want to offend any pot smokers in the audience because I know it’s the great new thing — but it felt to me like every time I listened to a record, I went back to the same place . . . Then LSD came along, and I had two or three trips that weren’t particularly good. I saw those funny colors. So for the next 15 years, I just drank a lot. And anybody that did a lot of drugs, I used to feel a bit superior to them. Filthy drug addicts. At one time I was doing about three bottles of brandy a day . . . I didn’t drink any water, I didn’t drink any tea, I didn’t drink Coca-Cola. I don’t think I ate. I just lived on cognac.

Setlist MusiCares evenement

De backingband tijdens MusiCares was de tourband. De volgende nummers werden gespeeld:

Met Joan Jet:
Summertime Blues
I Can’t Explain
Met Willie Nile:
Substitute
The Kids Are Alright
Met Roger:
The Seeker
Young Man Blues
Met Billy Idol:
The Real Me
Who Are You
Met Pete, Roger en Bruce Springsteen
My Generation
Met Pete:
I’m One
Poging tot “Eminence Front”, maar vanwege technische problemen niet gespeeld
Met iedereen, behalve Joan Jett:
Won’t Get Fooled Again

Speech van Bruce Springsteen tijdens MusiCares

NJ.com heeft een artikel over MusiCares en dan vooral over het feit dat Bruce Springsteen de Stevie Ray Vaughan Award mocht uitreiken aan Pete.

Springsteen speelde “My Generation” en “Won’t Get Fooled Again” tijdens de ceremonie afgelopen donderdag. De speech van Bruce is in het artikel na te lezen en hier te bekijken.

“Pete managed to take the dirty business of rock and roll and somehow make it spiritual and turn it into a quest. He may hate this, but he identified the place where it was noble, and he wasn’t afraid to go there. I took a lot of that with me as the years passed by. So Pete, I’m here to say, congratulations, well deserved, and thanks for not just Who’s Next and ‘Who Are You,’ but for who I am”, zo sloot Springsteen zijn speech af.

Diverse sites, zoals de Rolling Stone en de NME, besteden aandacht aan het feit dat Bruce met The Who optrad.

MusiCares zet Pete en manager Bill Curbishley in het zonnetje

Op donderdag 28 mei werden Pete en Who-manager Bill Curbishley in het zonnetje gezet. Beiden hebben veel werk verricht voor MusiCares, een goed doel dat muzikanten die met een verslaving kampten of hebben gekampt, weer op het rechte pad brengt. De avond werd georganiseerd in het Best Buy’s Theatre in New York.

Er waren speeches en optredens, zo meldt o.a. Variety. Mick Jagger, Joe Walsh, Ronnie Wood, Elton John en Roger Waters waren enkelen van de artiesten die een videoboodschap hadden achtergelaten. De tourband van The Who begeleidde diverse artiesten, zoals Joan Jett, Billy Idol en Bruce Springsteen. Pete en Roger verschenen zelf ook op het podium. De Award werd aan Pete uitgereikt door Bruce Springsteen.

Voordat Roger “Young Man Blues” zong, zei hij: “His songs touch people so much. They mean as much today as they did when he wrote them all those years ago. Well done, Pete“.

“When Keith Moon died, that’s when I got into trouble,” Townshend said before the show, about his own struggle with addiction. During his acceptance speech, Townshend said it was not drugs but alcohol that caused his downward spiral in the 1980s. “For about 15 years I just drank a lot. At one point I was drinking about three bottles of brandy a day. I just lived on cognac.”

Prior to launching into “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” with the entire ensemble of guest artists, Townshend pointed out one uplifting fact: “The reason I am able to get up on stage and do this tour with The Who and still put on a fairly good show is because of the thirty years I have been clean and sober.”

“The Seniors are alright’

Jambase heeft eveneens een uitgebreid concertverslag van het concert in Brooklyn.

While at a few points Roger struggled to hit the high notes, for the most part he nailed his signature vocals. Pete was his feisty old self delivering plenty of f-bombs and the pioneering guitar work that influenced so many who came in his wake. It was Townshend who acted as MC throughout the evening as he told the stories behind a number of the songs performed and kept the crowd engaged.

Seeing The Who in 2015 is a far cry from watching the band during their late ’60s/early ’70s hey day, but Townshend & Co. put on a dynamic show filled to the brim with some of rock’s greatest songs. If you like The Who, you’d be well advised to catch this tour before the group hangs it up for good”

“The Who Doles Out Hits and Disses at Brooklyn Tour Stop”


The Hollywood Reporter
heeft een uitgebreid concertverslag van het concert dat The Who in Brooklyn gaf.

“Townshend hasn’t lost a step in his playing, delivering his trademark power chords and eliciting an ever-varied palette of sounds from his electric and acoustic guitars. By this point, Palladino and Starkey have long proved that they more than live up to their esteemed predecessors, John Entwistle and Keith Moon, with Starkey anchoring the music with his anarchic yet tightly controlled drumming.

Daltrey was also in fine form, although he at times seemed to be struggling to hit his high notes. His voice has inevitably darkened, something he seemed to acknowledge by concluding “Love, Reign O’er Me” with a dark, rumbling bass. But he delivered his thundering scream in “Won’t Get Fooled Again” with full force, even if it elicited concern that he might shred his vocal cords.

He seemed to acknowledge this at the show’s end, declaring that the massive tour was “uncharted territory” for the band at this point in its career and admitting, “As a singer, it’s getting tougher every day.” But if this is indeed the Who’s last major jaunt, it shows them going out in fine style

“Join Together” (Brooklyn 2015)

“Join Together” tijdens het optreden in het Barclays Center in Brooklyn, op 26 mei jl.

Op het blog Just Backdated van Chris Charlesworth is een recensie van het concert te lezen. “Barclay’s tonight. This show was right up there with Toronto and Largo in 1976. That’s a pretty highfalutin statement, I realize that. However, that being said, there was the most punch, power and raw genius on that stage tonight than I’ve seen in an eternity