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The Who Nail It in Orlando

Photo taken by Rob Lee for www.thewho.com during rehearsal

 

The Who gave a rousing performance, to the delight of Who fans young and old, of Quadropenia and Who classics, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida last night.

 

The technical problems which has arisen in the first show had vanished and both Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend seemed to relish in the power and energy of their performance. The new production of ‘Quadrophenia’  focuses on presenting Pete Townshend’s score as it was first recorded on the original album. It is accompanied by visuals which add the 4th dimension – Time – to the original concept of the work, which was to represent the four personalities of The Who ‘back then’ – Pete, Roger, John and Keith. It is as if the two surviving members of the band are looking back at the life aqnd times of the band and the context in which they achieved their success.

 

The second part of the concert was pure magic, with the band rattling through the band’s most famous hits and with Pete and Roger kissing the audience goodnight with a touching performance of ‘Tea And Theatre’, from The Who’s last album, ‘Endless Wire’.

 

The next gig is in Duluth, GA on Monday November 5th. To buy tickets for this and/or other gigs on the tour, click  HERE. 

 

If you were at the Orlando show and wish to post pics and/or your own review of the show, click HERE.

 

SET LIST

 

1. QUADROPHENIA

I Am the Sea
The Real Me
Quadrophenia
Cut My Hair
The Punk and the Godfather
I’m One
The Dirty Jobs
Helpless Dancer
Is It in My Head?
I’ve Had Enough
5:15
Sea and Sand
Drowned
Bell Boy
Doctor Jimmy
The Rock
Love Reign O’er Me

 

2. AND MORE!

Baba O’Riley
The Kids Are Alright

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
Behind Blue Eyes
Who Are You
Won’t Get Fooled Again
Tea & Theatre

36 thoughts on “The Who Nail It in Orlando”

  1. Butch says:

    I was at the Orlando show and I enjoyed it!

  2. david green says:

    can’t wait to see them fri nov 9. got 2nd row. this setlist looks great good luck on the tour guys!

  3. Patrick says:

    AMAZING SHOW!

    Only downer was Pete BLOWING the end of the 45 minute, non stop Quadrophenia extravaganze during the last 10 seconds of Love Reign O’re Me. Roger was poised to nail the scream and Pete came flying in with his Pick Slide…about 8 bars early.

    Still they brought the house down!

    The music/video synching of John and Keith with the live performance knocked the crowds socks off!

    I am so happy to have been able to see these legends…maybe for the last time.

    1. zig says:

      Hey, mistakes are part of live fun! I took it as a ” treat”. 🙂

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  5. Vinny LoCascio says:

    I love Quadrophenia! And I loved being there last night. Roger gave his all and sang so soulfully and great- The Rock stands out in particular (or is it the end of Dr. Jimmy?) All I know is that the heat IS rising, the past IS calling, and the stars are falling.
    Pete is my most beloved hero on this great earth so to see him, hear, and feel him from the second row right on the heels of not being able to put WHO I AM down (I couldn’t put it down)- well that was like a night in heaven for me. I should be in the second row every damn night because in my own little self-obsessed fantasy, I inspire them to play better because I am so into it! It’s a wierd thing this performer/audience interaction.

    I am not trying to put anyone down- especially the who so take my comments within the context of a lifelong fan who would love to see this show every damn night. So here are my thoughts: I thought that many of the tasty signature guitar licks in the songs seemed to be missing from action. Pete wasn’t playing them and neither was Simon. But then maybe I just couldn’t hear well in the second row. The synth sounds didn’t seem to be the same quality as the album, but I bet that such sounds are hard to reproduce live.

    The video screens were great. The highlight had to be when Keith Moon came alive again during Bell Boy. I had never seen that footage and I was happy to see they had some good footage of Keith in his prime on a good night. His crazy happy lovable energy shone through and it was as if he was there singing with the band. I wanted a little more Entwhistle on the screen and, yes, on the bass. John’s bass lines are as important to the sound as lead guitar melodies and I wanted more of both. I don’t mean to sound picky and I understand that, like Roger said at the end, it’s a very technical show. So it’s tough, I know. But I did pay like $600 for the privilege of me and my gf being there so I was imagining that they rehearsed the hell out of this. I’m not rich you know. I’m not complaining although it sounds like I am. Pete, I didn’t like when you (I assume) sarcastically thanked Roger for doing this for you. We know your a genius who doesn’t need any of us you don’t have to rub it in! (I felt the same way a few years back at MSG when you told the crowd how fucking stupid we were for spending like $200 for tickets. I know…but again, you don’t have to rub it in. I was embarrassed in front of my friend b/c he caught me actually showing for a moment that my feelings were hurt. Ironically, that was like 15 years ago and those prices seem like a fucking bargain now- the best I ever had).

    I apologize to everyone for going on so long. I never blog and now I’m blogging my ass off. I should edit this down. But it’s more fun to rant!

    I loved the post-Quad set list. It practically wrote itself. I realized as they played The Kids Are Alright that this is the song Roger and Pete if they had to pick one to both strum on the acoustics. And it sounded great. I love the now classic, perfect closer of Tea & Theatre- so perfect. I loved listening to Pete’s simple and beautiful acoustic playing on this. I need to get me a nice Gibson like that…and I want a fucking case too if I have anything left after how expensive it is for me to spend a night with my mates. When I look back at all the things I have wasted money on in my life, I don’t think I will regret this one. If anything, I may regret that I don’t just take a leave of absence from my job and just go on the road with The Who and the Whooligans to see this show a bunch more times. Shit, I do want to see it again.

  6. Dave says:

    Does anyone have any pictures or can anyone comment on what type of T shirts , souvenirs or memorabilia were offerred
    Thanks

  7. Bill says:

    FANTASTIC show. Pete was on fire and clearly ejoyed the show. Roger was in GREAT voice. Great night.

  8. Dan says:

    Last nights Orlando show was Awesome! I thought Rog sounded the best since I saw them in 2000! To hear my favorite band play one of my favorite albums through was just incredible! I thought the Hits set was perfect. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere was a complete surprise and as always ending the night with Tea and Theatre! Brilliant! After hearing of Pete’s troubles in Sunrise I thought the band blazed through wonderfully. Long Live Rock! Long Live The Who!!!!

  9. Diana says:

    I saw The Who in 1982 at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando. When they came again to the arena I just knew I had to see them again. I’m awed again.

  10. Nate Tritto says:

    My wife and I went to the first two shows. We were stoked just to see them live for the first time, especially performing Quad. The first show was decent but Pete ruined the ending by leaving his band and audience at the end without any notice or “bye”.

    Yesterday, 11/4 at Orlando was a different show! Much better energy and execution! They must have had a “family” spat about the first night in Sunrise and worked out the problems; maybe even a group hug?

    Pete and Roger actually smiled and seemed to enjoy themselves – SO DID WE! Great show!
    The band is great!

  11. craig stevens says:

    we will see you in pittsburgh! CAN’T WAIT!

  12. Karen says:

    Awesome..no other words can describe it. The last time I saw The Who was in 1974 at the Charlton Athletic Grounds in London. Last night I was 15 again. Nothing’s changed. My generation is the best and The Who’s music proves it. Thanks Roger and Pete for almost 40 years of the best in Rock n’ Roll.

  13. Allan Boyle says:

    Like a fine wine The Who just get better with age ! OK one or two or three little hiccups, but if you can’t make a couple of mistakes and just laugh it off then it’s time to call it a day, having seen these guys 20+ times this is the only occasion I can think of when Roger didn’t get in the last lines of Won’t get fooled again , but because of that I will remember this version more than the others, after all it’s Rock & F#####g Roll, long live the Oooooooooo! Support group were brilliant as well ,and as a visitor from England can I just say a big thanks to all the great people I met , you guys rock!

    1. Jim says:

      I’ve seen Roger blow the line in Won’t Get Fooled Again” and the opening line of “Who Are You” numerous times however, I have never had an issue with it. It adds to the fun. I do wonder how he can forget the only the lines to the 2 songs he sings at every show.

  14. Matt says:

    A question from good old europe: how’s the attandance over there in the US?

    1. Allan Boyle says:

      Would guesstimate about 14/15000 at the Orlando concert.

    2. Otmar says:

      Great, it is absolutely great, I saw them at MSG NYC in 2002 and now in Amway Center (Orlando), the attandance is perfect !!!

  15. Otmar says:

    Awesome, I came over from Germany to see the show at Amway Center, well I’ll be blowed. The Quad – show in connection with the audience was a great experience to me. On my way home to Germany I met some of the guys ( Frank Simes, Simon Townshend, Loren Gold and John Corey ) on the plane to Atlanta, I used the opportunity to say thank you to everybody of them for that great event. Keep on rocking, also thanks to Pino, Zak and last but not least to Roger and Pete ! Keep on rocking the US, thx from Otmar (Cologne Germany)

  16. Jim E says:

    Pittsburgh is looking forward to the Who…Long Live Rock!

  17. Scott says:

    Absolutely brilliant! Roger Daltrey’s production design on this tour is nothing short of amazing. 6 video screens, seamless animation sequences, Who inspired lighting, and of course, awesome performances by the Who themselves has made this one of the best concerts I have ever seen (and I’ve seen well over 100). Great show,guys! Keep rocking!

  18. Richard says:

    Can anyone tell me what time The Who hit the stage? Going to the Greensboro show but my flight doesn’t land in Raligh until 6:30pm so I hope I can make it.
    Thanks.

  19. Richard says:

    Can someone tell me what time The Who actually hit the stage?
    Thanks

  20. Vinny says:

    How did you like that Relay teaser into Who Are You?

  21. thirdofnever says:

    How audible is Pete in the mix? His guitar sounded phenomenal on “Love Reign O’re Me”, but a clip of “The Real Me” sounded as if his amp was turned off.

  22. Vinny says:

    I love what Pete has done with mirrors…in Tommy, in Quadrophenia, in Wire and Glass….mirrors…got to go to the mirror boy…

  23. bill gahen says:

    does keith sing bellboy?

  24. Mark J. says:

    I first saw the Who at the Citrus Bowl in 1982 for their “It’s Hard” tour.Last night was just as exciting and a true treat. I am too happy that I was able to get in to see my favorite band!! Roger sounded great as expected and Pete’s music is still as great as it has always been. I want to see them again.

  25. Pat Akers says:

    The band put on a great show Saturday night in Orlando. Despite all the technical advances since the album was first released, Quadrophenia requires a great deal of musicianship (and patience, I would imagine) to execute onstage. The band did a wonderful job of bringing this challenging work of beauty to life.

    Although there have been a fair amount of media comments about the sound mix at these two shows (so far), much of that can be attributed to the acoustic vagaries of each of the venues. This contributed to to some of the synths and keyboards getting buried in the mix, and unfortunately Pete’s acoustic guitar got buried at times, as well. Lastly on the negative side of the sound mix, although Zak Starkey was putting on a true master class in drumming throughout the evening, the drums sounded somewhat muddied and muted at times. Definitely wasn’t his fault, as his performance was one of the evening’s highlights. It was just disappointing, considering the powerful role the drums play in propelling a number of Quadrophenia songs.

    Modest sound issues aside, there were a number of things that were spot on. First off, the horn section was wonderfully incorporated into the mix, and their work on “5:15” makes it one of the evening’s show-stoppers. Pino and Simon did a great job of fleshing out the sound while clearly having a great time watching Pete and Roger breathe new life into this work. Which brings us to the two men at the front of the stage.

    Many people are wondering how Roger’s voice is going to sound, noting some uneven performances in recent outings. Bottom line: he’s sounding great. Really. To be fair, there are a number of notes that he doesn’t attempt to hit. But why should he? Would you rather see him blow his voice in the first 30 minutes, or conserve his voice and give you a great two-and-a-half-hour show? The choice is obvious.

    Saving the best for last, Pete was in great spirits and was committed not only to the material but to the audience experience, as well. As best I can recall, he was the only member of the band who never left the stage during the entire show. And Saturday’s show was one long set: after Quadrophenia, the band dove directly into its catalog. In addition to playing all three CSI theme songs, the band pulled out a couple of classics from the mod era: “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” and “The Kids Are Alright.” Inspired choices to cap off an inspiring evening.

    Great job, everyone. Truly wonderful.

  26. Robert says:

    Was at Gwinnett Center….there was some sound problems hearing Roger vocals….that being said they were minor….the tribute part to John Entwhistle during “5:15” was short of AMAZING….well done, an A+…the Moon Tribute during “Bellboy” was good also…the classics after Quadrophenia are the classics…the ending number of “Tea and Theater” was an excellent ending to a memorable evening….just Roger and Pete, a heartwarming finish. Doesn’t get any better.

  27. billy says:

    looking forward to the who gig at madison square gardens and coming to america new york for 5 nights from good old blighty . Well excited out of my brain on the 5.15.

  28. Larry says:

    Hey Pete and Rog- no CDs or DVDs from this tour? What a shame. It was really good when you did those for the last 3 tours and Roger’s Tommy tour.

  29. RAY NANCE says:

    GOING TO SEE THE WHO IN GREENSBORO NC NOV 9TH. THIS WILL BE MY 5TH TIME SEEING THEM. I SAW THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1975 IN GREENSBORO AT AGE 15. CAN’T GET ENOUGH!!!!!!!!

  30. Dona says:

    I’m out of my seat to see them in Detroit on Nov. 24th. My very first concert was The Who back in 1973 at the young age of 13. I’ve been with it ever since. Bless these boys, I’ve been reading all the replys on their gigs & I’m touched to tears. Love the Who!!

  31. Colin says:

    PUT PINBALL WIZARD BACK IN THE SETLIST!!! I know it was played at the first show of the tour, so put it back! I would have that over Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere ANYDAY! haha. Also, I would probably take Can’t Explain over The Kids are Alright too, but hey, both are awesome early tunes 🙂

    Can’t wait for the DC show.

    Rock on!

  32. Ray Eisenmann says:

    It was a good show in Davie I knew going in that the first performance might have a few issues! I wish I could have seen the show in Orlando just feel like I missed out a bit’

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