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
(Miami Herald, 21-11-2006) Continue reading
(Aversion Music News - Rock, Punk, Indie, 21-11-2006)
First of all the Pretenders were an awesome opening. Chrissie Hynde is a rock star and her stage presence is huge. The band kicked major ass and most of the crowd was there to watch.
As for The Who. What a f*cking show! Meg, Joyce, Marc and I were third row right in front of Pete, my ears are still humming. Pete had this angry look on his face for the first three songs bringing back the memory of the second MSG show in 2000 when he stayed that way thru the entire show and didn't say a word to the crowd. But, he cracked a smile all of a sudden to someone in the crowd and loosened up.
Him and Roger were as playful together as ever. Roger nixed the glasses and had a tucked in black shirt, he looked 10 years younger and the shit kicker of it all was that his voice was perfection tonight.
It was a full house at the Bank Atlantic Arena, but the crowd sat for the new songs on the most part except for us crazy f*cks in the front rows, but the fact that they sat for the new songs seemed to fire the boys up. Of course, they then stood and went crazy for the old classics.
Baba stands out as a ripping version as well as the fiery extended MG/CIYW jam. The mini-opera fired me up, I just loved it more than ever tonight. Seeker was in the second slot, AAA replacing Substitute. No Black Widow's Eye's which was a slight disappointment but the overall energy of the show overpowered that for me. RGLB was as gorgeous as ever played.
I made up a poster that said: The Boy Who Heard Music to The Endless Wire. It All Started Here (Florida) September 24th 2000. (Pete had mentioned on his diary awhile back that he started writing TBWHM by the Atlantic ocean in West Palm Beach Florida on September 24th 2000). Right after Fragments I held it up and Roger gave me the smile and acknowledgement but then I was trying to get Pete to read it but he didn't seem to look at it and that brought a huge laugh to Roger as brought to my attention by Meg, Joyce and Marc. Pete finally read it and announced to the crowd that there was someone holding a sign and went onto explain how it was true that he had started it(TBWHM) in West Palm Beach.
Someone took the sign from me and had people in the 3 or 4 rows behind us pass the sign around and each person held it up It was a trip!!! I didn't think I was going to get it back because I really want to bring it to Joe's Pub and have Pete sign it. Thankfully Meg got it back for me! Thanks Meg! I'm emotionally and physically drained.
There's just nothing like being up there in the front rows. We wound up watching the encore in the front row with a bunch of rowdy fans. A couple were talking really loud during Tea and Theatre and Roger just stared at them with this wicked glare and I tapped on their shoulders and told them to please be quiet for this song and they obliged and Roger started. Very emotional, really powerful. We forgot to buy the Who tea mugs at the souvenir stand. We were planning on getting them after the Pretenders set and holding them up for Tea and Theatre. We will remember for the next time hopefully. What can be said about Tommy encore? It always shreds!
You really get the interaction with the boys that close. My voice is shot. Overall, we were more than satisfied, it was a rip roaring night for sure!
The Pretenders came on right at 7:30pm and played their usual 50 minute set. They were as great as everyone was telling us from the prior shows. I decided to go into the stands a bit further back to video tape them. I loved Chrissie Hynde's red boots. She took time out to teach the audience a shimmering English style type of dance that she said "Pete would love". 30 minutes later as the show was winding down - she started to do that dance again!
I have never seen Roger smile so much at any Who show ever ... and I've been to 30 of them. He smiled during every song and even invented some really creative dance moves on the stage. As my brother said, his voice was perfect tonight!
My Generation segued into CIYW, but it was one of the longest versions on the tour, incredibly explosive guitar work by Pete which included him singing "let your tears go, let your past go" several times. And Roger's coolest (and a bit funny) dance moves came during this song. And it wasn't the Chrissie Hynde one!
The encore as usual was unbelievable. There's nothing more to say about it! Pete actually did a scissor kick leap like the old days. Matter of fact he seemed to jump more than usual.
During the start of "Tea And Theater" some people in the front row next to us were talking and yelling loudly at each other which caused Roger to glare at them. My brother and I quickly told the folks to stop gabbing and pay attention (and respect) and they did immediately and the song was as emotional as ever.
What a night!! We all agreed that it was better than our previous favorite show of the tour in Boston last September. Oh one more thing. You fuckers in the front row don't belong there. I never saw so many people in the front row who didn't even seem to know what show they were at. They seemed to be waiting for Wayne Newton to show up. It was unbelievable. Joyce, Meg, Mike and myself stood and sang all the words to W&G and you can see Roger and Pete taking notice while the rest of the crowd sat down. And I mean all of them sat down. I pretty much got all the words right except Pete looked right at me when I sang a line wrong and he did a double take and started laughing at me and shaking his head.
We all had some kind of interaction from the band tonight! As Mike said, we ended up in the front row for the encore. Although the 3rd row at that place was as close as you can get without being front row. The fence was the closest I have seen at a venue.
Support Act: The Pretenders