SetlistI Can't Explain
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Real Good Looking Boy
Pick Up The Peace
We Got A Hit
They Made My Dream Come True
A Man In A Purple Dress
Mike Post Theme
You Better You Bet
Cry If You Want
Won't Get Fooled Again
See Me Feel Me
Tea And Theatre
(The Vancouver Sun, 09-10-2006)
The show was a virtual sell-out, very few vacant seats to be seen. Crowd-watching was very entertaining. Very diverse group of young and old, biker-types and golf-shirted guys in pleated slacks, lots of families with some quite little kids.
The Who was loud. A couple of impressive outbursts of the old-style Who intensity and volume came through in the early songs. Some nice
tangential jams in The Seeker and Anway Anyhow Anywhere. This was something that surprised me. Though these jams were still somewhat stylised -- modernized or updated or whatever -- that's one aspect of the old Who I didn't expect to see. It was totally absent the last time I saw them, which was the Quadrophenia tour in '97 (also great, but much more subdued). Pete played some great guitar on these jams. People seemed to react to this stuff exactly as people reacted forty years ago -- they went wild. Some very conservative-looking, middle-aged people seemed unable to resist the flow of adrenaline and freaked out early and often. The crowd was very into it all the way through, though noticeably quiter during the new material.
The new material sounded great, I 'm really looking forward to the new album. The show did slow a bit toward the middle, but it is fantastic to hear the new material in this form. The lull in energy was in no way meaningful with respect to the quality of the new songs. It was just a question of lack of familiarity on the crowd's part -- although the entire audience on the floor was on its feet through the whole show.
Amazing Journey and Sparks were the late set highlight. Zak Starkey went nuts on these two. He was amazing all night long.
By most accounts, from those in attendance and based on various boards reviewing the Sirius rebroadcast, this may well have been the best performance on the tour to date. Roger especially was impassioned and in good voice. No glaring miscues, only one noticible technical glitch (guitar problems for Pete beginning Pinball Wizard forced a restart). Having seen the band now nine times since 1979, this was by far the best performance I've witnessed first hand. Plus, had a nice meet and greet moment with Mr. Townshend after the show.
I have attended Who concerts since the seventies in Chicago, Seattle and Vancouver. I have been a fan even longer.
The show on this night was electric. I did not know what to expect as I've seen phenomenal shows like the Chicago Ampitheatre show right after the Cincinnati disaster in December 1979; I've seen somber efforts as witnessed during the 2002 tour, days after Entwhistle's untimely passing. There were the Tommy tours of 1989, the Quadrophenia shows of 1996 and 1997 and everything in between. Today's show ranks in the top 3 concerts that I have seen of all time. A 1973 Led Zep and 1975 Stones show in Los Angeles were my favourites. Tonight, the lads were on their game. Daltrey's singing was perfect-hitting all the high notes: Townshend went wild on My generation and the crowd sucked it all in. I have seen Zak on drums now 3 times and he reminds me of a mature Keith Moon, if that's possible, smashing those skins with all his might.
Support Act: Rose Hill Drive