Next year will be a milestone for one of The Who’s landmark albums, “Quadrophenia.” The band is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the album by bringing it to life on stage with surviving band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. The tour began on November 1st in Florida and finished up the first leg of the tour at the Mohegan Sun arena last Sunday night. This is only the second tour to feature The Who performing the entire “Quadrophenia” album straight through since its release in 1973.
As the sound of the ocean filled the arena, The Who took the
stage for an audience that was in for an adventures and exciting live performance.
Daltrey’s vocals were a little shaky on the opening song, “The Real Me,” but
his voice quickly warmed-up. He blasted through songs like “The Punk and The
Godfather,” “Is It In My Head” and the crowd-favorite “5:15.” Guitarist Pete
Townshend wasted no time showing off his signature windmill guitar solos, but
it was his vocals on “I’m One” and “Drowned” that made the audience want more.
The Who also worked in tributes to past band members, John Entwistle
and Keith Moon into the evening's performance. Moon’s video vocals during “Bell
Boy” fit in perfectly with Daltrey’s live vocals and Entwistle’s video bass
solo was made even more powerful by the live drumming of Zak Starkey. The
8-piece band, supporting Daltrey and Townshend gave the songs the perfect
combination of passion and drive, as if they performed on the original album 40
Pete Townshend traded guitar licks with his brother Simon
during the instrumental “The Rock” before finishing their main set with the
climactic “Love, Reign O’er Me.” Daltrey’s subtle vocals and loud screams were
still in perfect pitch.
The remainder of the show was like a mini greatest hits set,
beginning with “Who Are You.” The audience became more enthusiastic with each
hit performed, playing air guitar during “Pinball Wizard” and air drums during “Baba
O’Riley.” The band finished the set with an energetic version of “Won’t Get
Fooled Again.” As the band bowed and left the stage, Townshend and Daltrey
stood alone to perform the gentle, acoustic ballad “Tea & Theatre.”
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend stood together, arm and
arm, the audience was still memorized by this outstanding performance by two of
music’s iconic legends. The two-and-a-half hour performance placed another page
in the ever-growing history of The Who.
Starting off the evening was the California band, Vintage
Trouble. Their blend of James Brown-type R&B vocals and Led Zeppelin-esque
music got the crowd on their feet early. With only a thirty minute timeslot,
Vintage Trouble performed six song set that was so uplifting and successful that
there was a huge gathering of new fans waiting to meet them and become “Troublemakers.”
Setlist: 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, Who Are You, Behind Blue Eyes, Pinball Wizard, Baba O'Riley, Won't Get Fooled Again, Tea & Theatre