Brian Kehew's Backstage Blog

The Who Hits Back! Tour: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, 26 May 2022

May 26, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the Garden . . . well, we most certainly have done that. One of our most favourite places to play. A place we like to call our NYC home from home – the wonderful Madison Square Garden. Our penultimate date on this first leg of The Who Hits Back! Tour 2022 and we’re here tonight with our special guests – all the way from England too – The Wild Things. They supported us recently at our Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall in London and they are just the best. Make sure you catch their act because you’r going to love ‘em.

Binky’s workstation. Our favourite bit of backstage hazard tape!

Dave Heard and Iestyn Thomas of our lighting crew

Our video team, Louis Buxton, left, Mathieu Giroux, right

Clive ‘Binky’ Brinkworth’s work station. Binky is Simon Townshend’s guitar tech.

Lawrence Jenkins’ work seat. Lawrence is Zak Starkey’s drum tech

Some dedicate Who fans dressed for the party

There’s more at the door, more at the door!

Some cool posters on the Bravado merch stand

And it’s showtime! And kicking it all off, The Wild Things!

Syds of The wild Things on the big screen

Keith Levenson conducting the orchestra

Zak, Jon, Billy, Simon and Emily

Loren, Pete, Roger and Zak

Video courtesy of Joe Records 

All photographs © Brian Kehew/Yearhour LLC

Finally a big shout out from our Lighting Director Tom Kenny to . . .

Erica Lesser from Live Nation NY – Superstar.
Incidentally, Erica thanks every IA and IB member and how amazingly respectful everyone who works there is to The Who from Jim Dolan down.
Lorri Dennis from LN Touring who put the tour together and makes my job easy.
Kyle Bahrle, Director of MSG Ops who’s team made for a great day.
Craig Goetsch and all the local live nation friends

Tonight’s Set list

Orchestra Set I
Amazing Journey/Sparks
Pinball Wizard
We’re Not Gonna Take It
Who Are You
Eminence Front
Ball and Chain
Join Together

Band Set
The Seeker
You Better You Bet
Won’t Get Fooled Again

Orchestra Set II
Behind Blue Eyes
The Real Me
I’m One
The Rock
Love, Reign O’er Me
Baba O’Riley