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  posted on 7/12/2011 at 06:42 PM
I enjoyed this gig so much, I didn't want it lost in the UK Gigs thread! Admittedly I'm biased as The Who are my all time favourite band (then ABB, them Elvis Costello). A long talked intro by Rog explaining that they were trying to recreate the original feel of the album with the harmonies and multi-tracked guitars by using a bigger band than The Who set the scene and a fine job they did of it too, even down to replicating some of the Ox's bass lines in Underture. No great visual effects or light show, just some simple graphics provided by university students, so that the focus was all on the music.

4 month's short of trhe 40th anniversary of my first ever gig - The Who at Green's Playhouse in Glasgow - Rog is in fine voice, although at 67 we can't expect him to be at his peak (he admits that several times during the show), but he gave it his best, despite having sound problems with his earphones.

I Can See For Miles, Behind Blue Eyes, Days of Light, Freedom Ride, Real Good Looking Boy, The Kids are Alright, Young Man Blues, Baba O’Riley, Without Your Love, Red Blue and Grey, some with new arrangements filled the 2nd half, with an extended jam version of Young Man Blues being my highlight.

The band is Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Deavours (drums), Jon Button (Bass), Loren Gold (Keyboards) and, also on guitar, Simon (younger brother of Pete) Townshend

More dates still to come in the UK with a Canada and USA tour from September - highly recommended.

 

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  posted on 7/12/2011 at 06:47 PM
Thanks very much Jim. Have tix for 9-15, and am very much looking forward to it. I saw Daltrey open for EC in early 2010, and was very impressed.
 

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  posted on 7/12/2011 at 06:50 PM
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Thanks very much Jim. Have tix for 9-15, and am very much looking forward to it. I saw Daltrey open for EC in early 2010, and was very impressed.


Sure you will enjoy the show, especially as that's my birthday!!

 

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  posted on 7/12/2011 at 11:09 PM
Jim, isn't there a Rudge in Who history, or am I thinking of a different band? Peter Rudge?

I did not recognize some songs that you noted - Days of Light, Freedom Ride, Without Your Love - are they Who or Roger solo tunes?

 

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  posted on 7/13/2011 at 02:58 AM
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Jim, isn't there a Rudge in Who history, or am I thinking of a different band? Peter Rudge?

I did not recognize some songs that you noted - Days of Light, Freedom Ride, Without Your Love - are they Who or Roger solo tunes?


No relation! Pete Rudge was manager at one time and also managed the Stones and Skynyrd.
Days of Light is a Daltrey written song, but if my memory serves, wasn't recorded by him but by the Steve Gibbond Band. Freedon Ride was introduced as a cover (by The Hooters?) and Without Your Love is from McVicar.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2011 at 08:44 AM
So good to hear this show was so enjoyable. I saw the Who perform many times; the highlight was at the New York Opera House on the weekend I graduated from high school (not sure what level that relates to in England) but I was 17 and they did the entire Live and Leeds album followed by Tommy in its entirety.

I also saw this twice at the Fillmore East around the same time but the acoustics came nowhere near the Opera House.

They were spectacular, weren't they? How lucky those of us are to have experienced this. Glad to see that Roger is still plugging along. Lord knows, he doesn't need the money.

 

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So good to hear this show was so enjoyable. I saw the Who perform many times; the highlight was at the New York Opera House on the weekend I graduated from high school (not sure what level that relates to in England) but I was 17 and they did the entire Live and Leeds album followed by Tommy in its entirety.

I also saw this twice at the Fillmore East around the same time but the acoustics came nowhere near the Opera House.

They were spectacular, weren't they? How lucky those of us are to have experienced this. Glad to see that Roger is still plugging along. Lord knows, he doesn't need the money.

 

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  posted on 7/13/2011 at 11:30 AM
Anyone see the Broadway version of Tommy? I thought the music with a full orchestra was very true to the original album.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2011 at 08:00 PM
Would endorse everything Jim said having just seen the first London show.

Tommy was magnificent in its dellivery, whatever you might think of the material with the benefit of hindsght. The band - mainly US West Coast - were fantastic, Roger was in great voice and Simon Townsend was a very able deputy for his brother.

The second half was unapologetically a bit "odds and sods" including a Johnny Cash medley. Matters were not helped by the crew printing a set-list which differred from Roger's selection! Nevertheless, hugely enjoyable and, at 15 minutes shy of three hours without a break, great value for money.

I can't think of a better rock vocaliist produced by Britain than Daltrey and he is clearly far from finished.



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  posted on 7/21/2011 at 08:30 PM
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Would endorse everything Jim said having just seen the first London show.

Tommy was magnificent in its dellivery, whatever you might think of the material with the benefit of hindsght. The band - mainly US West Coast - were fantastic, Roger was in great voice and Simon Townsend was a very able deputy for his brother.

The second half was unapologeticaly a bit "odds and sods" including a Johnny Cash medley. Matters were not helped by the crew printing a set-list which differred from Roger's selection! Nevertheless, hugely enjoyable and, at 15 minutes shy of three hours without a break, great value for money.

I can't think of a better rock vocaliist produced by Britain that Daltrey and he is clearly far from finished.




Paul Rodgers is pretty good too.....

 

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  posted on 7/21/2011 at 08:31 PM
Thanks for the report Shavian. I have to say I am loving these positive reviews, since I basically was shouted down by so many when tix went on sale for this.

Didn't you think Roger's drummer kicked ass? He may not be Moon, but he really drove the show I saw. Come on September!

 

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  posted on 7/22/2011 at 03:20 AM
Yeah, Scott Deavours was great on percussion.

Playing Keith Moon's drum parts must be a dream for an energetic drummer.



 
 


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