Later in the show, Pete said “I've found out why my amps weren't sounding right, they weren't LOUD ENOUGH!!” to a massive cheer. However, Pete is quite careful with his stage level, partly for his hearing, the mix balances, and not to drown out Roger's voice onstage. Turning up the amps is not really the answer...
One thing we've noticed over the years is when either Pete or Roger is down a bit during the show (emotionally or technically) the other pulls extra effort to carry the show and make up for whatever is lacking elsewhere. If Roger's having trouble hearing or with smoke in the room, it's almost certain Pete will have a better show, and be a lot more exuberant than usual. Similarly tonight, as Pete was having issues and confusion onstage, Roger remained in a strong, good mood and worked the crowd as much as possible.
Bass tech Michael Kaye (right) chats with Pino Palladino before The Who Perform at Air Canada Arena in Toronto, Ontario Canada. March 1, 2016. It is also Roger Daltrey's 72 birthday.
Although the Toronto people gave a huge shout when the band came out, they remained mostly a polite, listening audience afterward. Not a bad thing, this is music full of great melody and lyrics, so it's as good to just listen as to jump around and yell. Roger thought the audience was particularly good at singing along and encouraged it quite a bit; ‘WHO Karaoke’, he called it.
‘Love Reign O'er Me’ finally pulled everyone up out of their seats. Not a heavy rocker, but powerful in all the dramatic ways. Roger’s vocals have been incredible on this new leg for this one. And Roger’s not the only one excelling, Zak’s drumming has been in the best form we’ve seen in ages. He’s on fire and driving the shows throughout, with excess healthy energy.
Scotty Williams follows Pete Townshend during The Who's performance at Air Canada Arena in Toronto, Ontario Canada. March 1, 2016. It is also Roger Daltrey's 72 birthday.