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Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: johnnythunders ()
Date: March 19, 2024 14:13

that was fun...let's do it again!

OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: bye bye johnny ()
Date: March 19, 2024 16:09

The Who with Orchestra: Roger Daltrey couldn’t even read the setlist – but with music this magnificent, who cares?



As Daltrey prepares to step down from the Teenage Cancer Trust, there’s not only life in the old dogs yet but also power, purpose and vision

Neil McCormick
19 March 2024


Ian West/PA Wire

“I didn’t know we were going to be playing Tommy, it wasn’t on the list,” griped Pete Townshend, after a sustained 40-minute highlights rendition of his hugely ambitious and complex rock opera, which the 78-year-old guitarist had apparently negotiated with sheer muscle memory and virtuosity.

“I’ve got a list here,” shot back 80-year-old frontman Roger Daltrey, squinting through thick glasses. “But it means f--- all, cos I can’t read it.”

In the most venerable venue in London, two old men squabbled amiably onstage, joked about their fading hearing, eyesight and memories, and played the hits of their youth for charity. “I’m trying to remember when I wrote all this s---,” pondered Townshend, making the band wait while he ran through a chord sequence. “It’s gotta be 50 years ago.”

“They’re old ’uns, but good ’uns,” chuckled Daltrey.

Who are The Who? They were once the fiercest, wildest live band of their generation, who sang “I hope I die before I get old” and played like they might not even make it to the end of a concert alive, delivering their genius guitarist’s expansive songs with fast and furious flair, pulling material to bits and reassembling it by the seat of their pants, then ending in a blaze of autodestruction.

Utterly thrilling as that was, perhaps it really wasn’t a sustainable model for rock performance. Two members did indeed die before they got old, and the surviving twosome have matured into something else entirely, veteran road warriors, backed by a five-piece band capable of exactly replicating their most ambitious recordings, and here augmented by a full orchestra adding brass, string and timpani force to Townshend’s distorted guitar power chords amid a miasmic web of synthesizers, nimble bass and tom-tom-heavy drums from Zak Starkey (son of Ringo, taught to play by The Who’s late, great Keith Moon).

It was utterly magnificent. The sound was fantastic, filling the Royal Albert Hall with a glorious richness, doubling up the punchy drive of The Who’s earth-shaking rock with cinematic lushness. The songs were as bold, strange and potent as ever, from the searing blaze of Who Are You and Won’t Get Fooled Again to the skyscraping emotion of Love Reign O’er Me. Townshend’s apparently under-rehearsed playing was gutsy, crunchy and exciting. I think he is always at his most interesting when he is forced to engage intensely with his instrument. And what can we say about Daltrey, an octogenarian who still sings at the top of his range with lung-busting power as if he wants to punch his way out of the song and woe betide anyone who gets in front of him.

I have to say that sweat poured out of him all night, and when he briefly attempted his trademark microphone lasso swing he looked like he might do himself an injury. The Who have been doing farewell tours for over a decade now, but I have heard mutterings that this really might be at least the beginning of the end. Daltrey has not ceded to retirement but, after 24 years, he is stepping down from his role curating the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts that have raised more than £32 million. But on this evidence, there is not just life in the old dogs yet, there is energy, purpose, soul and vision. Like the man said, they’re old ’uns, but they’re good ’uns.

[www.telegraph.co.uk]

Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: cole ()
Date: March 19, 2024 22:50

For what it's worth, my little story about tomorrow evening..

I grew up in Dartford and went to the same school as Jagger (a fair few years later mind!) but it was only really during Covid, as a young adult, I fell in love with the Stones and could really appreciate what they have achieved. I have consumed almost every record, book and documentary about them since, travelled around Europe watching them during SIXTY and even experienced them releasing new material.

One thing it also made me appreciate was the history of rock n' roll and music in general, especially in and around London. I haven't even scratched the surface yet, but have already enjoyed so much footage and literature on the decades before me, as well as a fair few gigs of those still going.

Something that stood out to me was a story my dad told about The Who. He happened to go to Leeds University and was there, in person, for the famous Live at Leeds gig in 1970! Just about the coolest thing he's ever done, other than produce moi.

So tomorrow, I will create long lasting memories and take pleasure in seeing a band that my dad saw 54 years on.



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Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: ChrisL ()
Date: March 20, 2024 16:22

Quote
cole
For what it's worth, my little story about tomorrow evening..

I grew up in Dartford and went to the same school as Jagger (a fair few years later mind!) but it was only really during Covid, as a young adult, I fell in love with the Stones and could really appreciate what they have achieved. I have consumed almost every record, book and documentary about them since, travelled around Europe watching them during SIXTY and even experienced them releasing new material.

One thing it also made me appreciate was the history of rock n' roll and music in general, especially in and around London. I haven't even scratched the surface yet, but have already enjoyed so much footage and literature on the decades before me, as well as a fair few gigs of those still going.

Something that stood out to me was a story my dad told about The Who. He happened to go to Leeds University and was there, in person, for the famous Live at Leeds gig in 1970! Just about the coolest thing he's ever done, other than produce moi.

So tomorrow, I will create long lasting memories and take pleasure in seeing a band that my dad saw 54 years on.

Nice. Enjoy the show.

Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: March 21, 2024 14:38

Ha, great review, and nice b*tch slap delivered at the end...

This is Daltrey’s final year of curating the Teenage Cancer Trust events, and on this showing – to borrow a phrase from some peers he’d blow off any stage – he couldn’t be going out with a bigger bang.

Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: SomeTorontoGirl ()
Date: March 21, 2024 15:45

Couldn’t agree more with the reviews - Monday was an incredible show. So lucky to have been there. Some bits are emerging on YouTube, hoping for more. Still shaking my head in admiration! Many thanks, B!


OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: bye bye johnny ()
Date: March 21, 2024 17:26

Eddie Vedder guests on "The Punk And The Godfather" - Royal Albert Hall, March 20




Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: RollingFreak ()
Date: March 21, 2024 18:12

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bye bye johnny
“I didn’t know we were going to be playing Tommy, it wasn’t on the list,” griped Pete Townshend, after a sustained 40-minute highlights rendition of his hugely ambitious and complex rock opera, which the 78-year-old guitarist had apparently negotiated with sheer muscle memory and virtuosity.

“I’ve got a list here,” shot back 80-year-old frontman Roger Daltrey, squinting through thick glasses. “But it means f--- all, cos I can’t read it.”

In the most venerable venue in London, two old men squabbled amiably onstage, joked about their fading hearing, eyesight and memories, and played the hits of their youth for charity. “I’m trying to remember when I wrote all this s---,” pondered Townshend, making the band wait while he ran through a chord sequence. “It’s gotta be 50 years ago.”

Not to pull the curtain back, and maybe its all just shtick which is fine, but I don't really get this. They played almost exactly the same set they played last year, so what is Pete talking about when he needs to remember anything or not knowing they were playing Tommy? I'm sure they sound good, but its not like they're wildly changing the setlist each night, its pretty set in stone.

Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: johnnythunders ()
Date: March 23, 2024 12:04

My review of the two RAH gigs written for Record Collector magazine here

[onlyrockandroll.london]

OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: bye bye johnny ()
Date: March 23, 2024 23:41

With ‘Tommy’ Revival, Pete Townshend Is Talking to a New Generation

He’s also still working through his childhood trauma. Considering his musical’s legacy, he sees a story about how “we prevail ultimately, by turning toward the light.”

By Rob Tannenbaum
March 23, 2024


Erik Tanner for The New York Times

[www.nytimes.com]

[archive.ph]

Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: paulywaul ()
Date: March 24, 2024 10:51

Quote
johnnythunders
that was fun...let's do it again!

These two shows were utterly magnificent !!

What a joy and a privilege to have been there .....

[ I want to shout, but I can hardly speak ]

OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: bye bye johnny ()
Date: March 27, 2024 12:32

Pete on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", March 26








OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: bye bye johnny ()
Date: March 31, 2024 17:32

Pete talks with Tracy Smith on "CBS Sunday Morning", March 31




Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: peoplewitheyes ()
Date: April 1, 2024 19:30

That Tommy Melody was pretty horrible. Second guitarist doing a lot of PT's heavy lifting on the acoustic.

Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: More Hot Rocks ()
Date: April 1, 2024 19:55

Quote
peoplewitheyes
That Tommy Melody was pretty horrible. Second guitarist doing a lot of PT's heavy lifting on the acoustic.

I guess youre just deaf, dumb and blind

Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: NashvilleBlues ()
Date: April 1, 2024 19:57

Quote
More Hot Rocks
Quote
peoplewitheyes
That Tommy Melody was pretty horrible. Second guitarist doing a lot of PT's heavy lifting on the acoustic.

I guess youre just deaf, dumb and blind

He plays a mean pinball, though.

Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: roryfaninva ()
Date: April 1, 2024 20:01

Pete compliments Keith in recent interview..sort of...

"And it's turned out, surprise, surprise, that rock'n'roll is really good at dealing with the difficulties of aging. Watching Keith Richards onstage, trying to do what he used to do – it’s disturbing, heart-rending, but also delightful."

By Fraser Lewry
( Classic Rock )
published 25 March 2024

Re: OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: RollingFreak ()
Date: April 16, 2024 21:01

Quote
tommycharles
The ‘14-‘17 tour was talked about as being the end. They got a second wind with the orchestra shows in ‘19-‘23. I expect these RAH shows to be actually it.

Pete Townshend Now Says There Will Not Be a Who Farewell Tour: ‘I Was Being Sarcastic’

[variety.com]

“I don’t get much of a buzz from performing with the Who. If I’m really honest, I’ve been touring for the money. My idea of an ‘ordinary lifestyle’ is pretty elevated.”

Sounds like a fun guygrinning smiley

OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: bye bye johnny ()
Date: April 16, 2024 23:37

Pete Townshend did indeed tell Alan Light & Mark Goodman that there won't be a Farewell Tour He referenced the fact that they'd already done that - in 1982.

Asked directly by Goodman if The Who will tour again, Pete's response was "Why not? I think the only thing that would stop us would be old age."

The full "Sound Up!" podcast is a good listen - [open.spotify.com]

OT: The Who stuff
Posted by: bye bye johnny ()
Date: May 16, 2024 03:46

Pete Townshend Says The Who Will 'Certainly' Tour Again By 2025

By Andrew Magnotta
May 15, 2024

The Who have no plans for a farewell tour, but guitarist Pete Townshend is certain that the band will hit the road again by next year at the latest.

Speaking with Q104.3 New York's Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show on Wednesday, Townshend explained that while there are many decisions to be made, he and frontman Roger Daltrey fully intend to work out the details of a tour at some point this year.

"We certainly will [tour], I don't know when," Townshend explained. "Maybe later this year in '24, maybe early '25, but we will definitely be back."

He acknowledged that there has been some confusion about whether he and Daltrey actually want to tour again with The Who. Townshend reportedly declined an offer for a Who tour this year, but he tells Q104.3 that was only because his schedule was too busy with other projects, including the revival of The Who's Tommy musical on Broadway.

"Roger is out doing a few shows at the moment," Townshend noted. "We were offered a tour as a final tour by Live Nation in August and I turned it down. But I didn't turn it down because they wanted it to be marked up as a 'final tour.' I turned it down because I'm involved in Tommy, I have some other projects that I'm working on, and my year is really busy so I turned it down. But there will be a tour soon, without question."

Townshend said that a longstanding source of dissonance is that he and Daltrey have fundamentally different relationships with performing live. Townshend admitted that his own ambivalence for playing live is unusual for someone in his position (as a legendary rock star), and abnormal to many of his peers, including Daltrey.

"My feeling about performing is very different to [Roger's], but very different to pretty much everybody that I know," the guitarist admitted. "I don't get much out of it. I don't enjoy it that much. I'm not a natural-born performer, but when I look at myself on the stage after I've got an adrenaline rush, I have always managed to pull off some amazing stuff. But it's never really fulfilled me in the same way that sitting in a studio does and writing a song, writing music or even writing words, lyrics.

"For me, there's no drive to perform, no anxiety to get in front of an audience and be validated," he continued. "I get that from people responding to my work as a writer and a composer and a recording artist. Some people just love being in front of an audience, and Roger is one of those people. He comes alive, you know. ... He fronts the band in the most incredible way. I'm a little bit blasé."

[q1043.iheart.com]



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