The two surviving members of The Who, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, brought their “Moving On” tour to The Hollywood Bowl for the first of three performances.
It was a beautiful evening at the world famous Hollywood Bowl on Friday October 11th and the perfect setting to watch the legendary band do what they do best, play LIVE! The Who hit the stage backed by a full orchestra and immediately had the audience in the palm of their hand by playing an opening 6 song set from their iconic rock opera “Tommy.” The band perfectly blended with the strings to create the perfect mix of classical music and bombastic rock’n’roll.
The band was in fine form and as per usual Daltrey took a few songs to get warmed up but from “We’re Not Gonna Take It” until the end of the show Roger was in fine voice. It’s not easy to hit the notes in songs such as “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Love Reign O’er Me” but at 75 years of age Daltrey proved he was not ready to throw in his rock and roll towel.
The set list was eclectic with The Who performing some rarities like “Imagine A Man” from their 1975 album “The Who By Numbers.” The audience was also treated to a sneak peek of the upcoming album simply called “WHO” when the band played two brand new songs in “Hero Ground Zero” and “Ball And Chain.”
The orchestra took a much needed break after the first 10 songs while the band continued to rock alone with a 5 song set of their classic hits “The Kids Are Alright,” “Substitute,” “You Better You Bet,” “Behind Blue Eyes” and an acoustic take on “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
The Orchestra returned for 7 more songs ending the night with a rousing rendition of “Baba O’Riley” complete with a front an center kick ass violin solo provided by Katie Jacoby that had the whole place on it’s feet.
After all these years of performing live The Who are still going strong. Pete and Roger still have rock in their blood and their backing band comprised of Zak Starkey on drums, Simon Townsend on guitar, Jon Button on bass, and Billy Nicholls on backing vocals and tambourine deserve much of the credit for keeping the wheels turning on this 55 year old rock’n’roll machine.
– Set List –
We’re Not Gonna Take It
Who Are You
Imagine A Man
Hero Ground Zero (New Song)
The Kids Are Alright
You Better You Bet
Won’t Get Fooled Again (Acoustic)
Behind Blue Eyes
Ball And Chain (New Song)
The Real Me
Love, Reign O’er Me
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