Real Rock Report

January 31, 2013

The Who – Quadrophenia Live (review)

Filed under: Rock And Roll — J.S.L. @ 703p01

The Who may not know this, but this is the real farewell tour. Roger and Pete are amazing just for dragging their butts up on stage night after night and giving it what they got. Quadrophenia is my favorite record of all time and just as I did in 1996 I had to go see the live version. Unlike in 1996 this version is Rogers vision (no guest singers, smaller band) and with an enfaces on the ghosts of Who’s past. There are two amazing tributes to the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle that I wont spoil for you, but it was very touching and sincere. Can Roger or Pete still sing? Somewhat. The real evidence was when Simon Townshend sang lead vocals on one song. Simon does not have the same great voice as Roger or Pete but it showed Rogers now lack of power. The band was great for the most part (although there were a few real out of tune bonks by Pete) and the horn section and multiple keyboards did great justice to staying true to Quadrophenia. It may sound like I’m down on The Who, I’m not. I’m just saying that this is a great show to see if you want to say goodbye to one of the best rock bands in history. It is the end of an era. I also appreciated that when they went into the mini best of set they played the songs at album length for the most part so there was not a lot of extraneous solos etc. The proof that I am getting old (half as old as the remaining original members of The Who) Is that as I was having this nice cozy trip down memory lane I couldn’t help but be baffled by the hundreds of tiny computer screens filming the show. Are you really going to watch your crappy footage the day after? Is is really better to capture a bad version of an event than to actually experience it? Technology brought us amazing visuals that told a story in itself and an ability to hear from the past. It has also gone past the bell curve and is becoming more and more a facsimile of real life.

Thank you Pete and Roger for what I must believe will be your last hurrah.

Take care and God bless.

3.5 (out of 5)

J.S.L.

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