Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Who Plays Quadrophenia

 The spirit of the late John Entwistle loomed large, particularly during the middle of an extended 5:15, which included video footage from their 2000 gig at the Royal Albert Hall
 Keith Moon's vocals for Bell Boy were inserted into the live version, as was video footage from Charlton Football Grounds in 1975. Keith's heir, Zak Starkey kept perfect time, while still being able to fill the spaces like his late godfather.


The Who, in the form of survivors Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, brought their Quadrophenia tour to Toronto last night, to what appeared to be the be the biggest crowd on the Canadian leg of their North American tour. The dearly-departed John Entwistle and Keith Moon made special appearances in seamlessly-inserted video clips during 5:15 and Bell Boy, respectively.

The band, which combined Roger's touring band along with long-time sidemen Pino Palladino on bass and Zak Starkey on drums, tore through the 85-minute opus, then returned for an encore which featured their biggest rock-radio hits Who Are You, Behind Blue Eyes, Baba O'Riley (please people, learn to spell this properly) and Won't Get Fooled Again. The evening ended with Pete and Rog, doing their best Everly Brothers imitation on 2006's Tea and Theatre. The crowd got what they wanted, the band expressed their long-held love for Toronto ("...especially when I was drinking", confessed Pete), and everybody went home hoarse. In a good way.

Photos taken at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario on November 23, 2012.

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