CD/Blu-Ray Review – “The WHO: LIVE at the Isle of Wight”

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Eagle Rock Entertainment goes back to the vaults to release a historic concert by the legendary band The WHO.

LIVE at the Isle of Wight 2004” marks the first time the band had played the festival since 1970.

Original members Pete Townshend and Roger Datrey are joined by drummer Zack Starkey, rhythm guitarist Simon Townshend, bassist Pino Palladino and keyboardist John “Rabbit” Bundrick to play a rousing 23 song set of Who classics plus “Real Good Looking Boy” and “Old Red Wine” which at the time were brand new.

This show was originally released online through as part of the band’s 2004 “Encore Series” highlighting all the shows on The Who’s 2004 tour. The LIVE concert set has been sold out for years so diehard fans will definitely want to add this new release to their CD collections.

The 2 disc CD set also comes with the entire show on video as well and can be purchased with a DVD or Blu-Ray companion disc. The audio for the video portion of this package was restored and by long time Who collaborator Bob Pridden in stereo and 5.1 making this the best sounding version of this concert that has ever been released.

The setlist includes all the classics including “I Can’t Explain,” “Who Are You,” “Baba O’Riley,” “My Generation” and “Pinball Wizard” just to name a few. Roger is in great voice and Pete is his  rocking hard and entertaining as ever with his off the cuff between song stage patter.

If you have never seen The Who LIVE in concert before then you need to check out “LIVE at the Isle of Wight 2004” as it is a fine example of what this legendary band does so well… ROCK!



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Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.

Pat FrancisCD/Blu-Ray Review – “The WHO: LIVE at the Isle of Wight”