The Who

Wed, 13 June 2007:

Munich, Olympiahalle

Setlist

I Can't Explain
The Seeker
Substitute
Fragments
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Real Good Looking Boy
Baba O'Riley
Relay
Drowned
A Man In A Purple Dress
You Better You Bet
My Generation
Cry If You Want
Won't Get Fooled Again

Encore:
The Kids Are Alright
Pinball Wizard
Amazing Journey
Sparks
See Me Feel Me
Tea And Theatre

Note

Olympiahalle, 2 1/2 hours before the show:

Newspaper Review

Talking about their generation

Das Original ist besser als jede Kopie. In der Münchner Olympiahalle spielten The Who vor 6000 Fans: Zehn Lehren aus einem fulminanten Zwei-Stund...
(Süddeutsche Zeitung, 14-06-2007)

Veteranen schließen Frieden

Früher galten sie als Radau-Brüder. Dass die älteren Herrschaften von The Who noch immer zur Rockspitze gehören, bewiesen sie in ...
(Müchner Merkur, 15-06-2007)

Fanreports

Klemens

This was the 7th show I saw on this tour, and it was one of the best. Once again: A disappointing setlist, only three songs from Endless Wire, no Mini-opera. But never mind! Let them play what they want, they are phantastic!

Roger's voice was really great in the first part of the show. He hit every note; A Man In a Purple Dress was a very strong performance, one of his best on this tour. Later his voice became bader, maybe because of the smoke, and when singing Tea and Theatre, he had some trouble getting the right notes (for this he apoligized during the song). But he did his best, and the song became a perfect ending for the show!

Pete was smiling most of the time, no technical problems like in Fulda. They played a perfect set, loud and exciting. Highlights: A Man in A Purple Dress, Drowned (including some german verses from O'Parvardigar) and especially My Generation. Not to forget: Simon, Pino, Zak and Rabbit. They do an amazing job.

The audience was on fire from the first seconds of Can't explain, and Pete and Roger seemed to enjoy the concert. The Olypiahalle was not sold out, there were many vacant seats.

All in all: A great evening.

Thomas

First of: The show that "the old guys" put on for us was nothing short of amazing!

Roger apparently got his voice back after Verona, there where really only two or three points where he had to cut back later in the show.

But what really struck me as odd, was that lame ass excuse for an audience! Sure, they were clapping and shouting after every song, but during the songs it was often incredibly quiet: Only a few people clapping to the tunes, and not a lot who where singing along, only a lot of standing and staring.

Ian Astbury from "The Cult" got it right, when he said: "Feels like a f**cking aquarium or museum (to which Duffy replied: "Sounds like an aquarium, looks like a museum.....)

Ian told the people to "unplug their head", but apparently they didn't do that, not even for "The Who" later on.

I was standing about 8-9m away from the stage, and there was a guy in a suit standing next to me!! Nearly no sweaty faces after the concert, even that close to the stage..

It got better during the last few songs, but still was far from being appropriate for the show the guys gave us.

As Pete said himself: "Music has to do with the heart, it shows what you feel inside". It just seems too many people forgot to bring their heart yesterday...

Rudolf

Anfangs war ich äußerst skeptisch. Zum einen sind von der Ursprungsformation bekanntlich nur noch Pete und Roger übrig, nachdem Keith 1979 und John 2002 den Löffel abgegeben haben; zum anderen hat die Band ihre beste Zeiten längst hinter sich. "Who's Next", eine der besten Rockplatten aller Zeiten, "Live at Leeds", eine der besten Liveplatten überhaupt, sowie die beiden Rockopern "Tommy" und vor allem "Quadrophenia" sind Klassiker der 1970er. Was danach folgte, war leider nicht mehr groß von Belang.

Wie schon gesagt, ich war sehr skeptisch, was die Tour angeht. Auch weil viele Live-Platten, die seitdem auf dem Markt kursieren, auch die in der Royal Albert Hall, nicht sehr überzeugen. Aber dann siegte doch die Neugier, jene Band wiederzusehen, die einst meinen Einstieg in das Rockzeitalter bedeutet hatte. "My Generation", oft gecovert und verballhornt, war genau genommen die erste Single, die ich mir als für damals 4 Mark und 75 Pfennige gekauft habe.

Gestern Abend nun fand das Konzert in der Münchner Olympiahalle statt. Und ich muss sagen - es war grandios. Nicht nur wegen des glasklaren Sounds, den die Toningenieure in die als schwierig geltende Olympiahalle gezaubert hatten, sondern auch wegen der Band selbst. Was Pete Townshend der Stratocaster entlockte, war phänomenal. Die Hooklines, die er da drosch, müssen jeden Jung- oder Möchtegerngitarristen zu Stein erstarren lassen. Keiner außer Rory Gallagher hat ihr bislang vergleichbare Töne entlocken können. Und mit dem furiosen Zak Starkey hat er endlich einen kongenialen Drummer gefunden, der seinem Spiel nicht nur rhythmisch folgen, sondern auch noch die perfekten Synkopen dazu trommeln kann. Wer Starkey gestern bei der Arbeit an den Fellen hat sehen und hören können, wird sofort verstehen, warum sich Pete Townshend und Noel Gallagher wegen ihm in die Haare gekriegt haben.

Und auch Roger, der Älteste der von allen, zeigte sich nicht nur erstaunlich fit, sonnengebrannt und ohne richtiges Bäuchlein, sondern auch stimmlich wieder voll auf der Höhe. Das war, wie wir wissen, nicht immer so. Bei "The Kids Are Alright" ging der Ton schon mal daneben. Aber was die Voluminösität und Kraft seiner Stimmer angeht, da kann er es noch mit jedem Rocksänger aufnehmen.

Die knapp 6000 Besucher in der leidlich gefüllten Halle, zu 90 Prozent 50 plus X, gerieten, nachdem sie endlich ihre Altersreserviertheit abgelegt hatten, richtig aus dem Häuschen. Am Schluss gab es gar stehende Ovationen für eine Band, die ob der Begeisterung, die ihr entgegenschlug, sichtlich überrascht, überwältigt und gerührt erschien. Damit hatten sie, nachdem die Hallen überall nur gut zur Hälfte gefüllt sind, nicht unbedingt gerechnet.

Zu unrecht, wie sich rasch nach den ersten Tönen abzeichnete. Mit "I can't explain", einem wunderbar neu rhythmisierten "The Seeker" und dem Klassiker "Substitute" hätten sie keinen besseren Start hinlegen können. Und als nach gut einer halben Stunde die Anfangsklänge von "Baba O'Riley" erklangen, gab es sowieso kein Halten mehr. Danach hallte es nur noch "Who, Who, Who ..." durch die Halle, bis die Band den Hauptteil mit einem großartig zusammengeschnittenen "My Generation" und "We Won't Get Fooled Again", dem wohl besten Rocksong, den Townshend je geschrieben hat, beendete, um wieder zu Puste zu kommen. Die Zugabe mit Ausschnitten aus "Tommy" und einem Unplugged aus "Endless Wire" steigerte nochmal, was eigentlich nicht mehr zum Toppen war.

Auch die Videoeinblendungen, die altes Material der Band mit neuem verquickten, konnte sich sehen lassen. Sie zeigten, dass hier eine Band auf der Bühne stand, an der die Zeit vielleicht vorbei gegangen ist, aber deren Spiel selbst "zeitlos" ist. Die 115 Minuten, die gestern The Who absolvierten, war jedenfalls Rockgenuss at it's best. Wer noch keine Karten hat, sollte dieses Ereignis in den kommenden Tagen schleunigst nachholen.

Aki

It was indeed a great a show - despite the somewhat lame German audience. (Hey, I'm one of those "lamos" myself.) I found it especially pleasing that the tracks from "Endless Wire" and "Real Good Looking Boy" were performed with the same (or even more) passion than the classics. And compared to the open air gig in Ulm (summer of 2006) the audience had familiarised themselves more with the new material and reacted much more to them. In fact it seemed to me that the convincing accoustic performanche of "Man In A Purple Dress" had enthralled the audience so much that they were kind of reluctant to come out of that pensive mood for "You Better You Bet". It was also nice that Roger and Pete were really communicating with the audience both in gestures and facial expressions as well as with comments.

Finally, one attempt to save the reputation of German audiences: Many people here like to watch the musicians and take everything in, in order to have a nice memory. Also, two thirds of the audience are always sipping beer from their plastic cups or smoking which makes them less likely to go bananas...

Ralf

A very good show in Munich's Olympiahalle! Unfortunately the venue was far from being sold out - Germany just isn't Who territory, what a shame! Alas, the audience were rather dull and the band had to work hard (and they DID) to win them over...

Anyway, no gripes as far as the band and the show itself are concerned! Rog's voice has fully recovered, clear and strong, thank God nothing to be heard of the problems he had in Verona on Monday. Lots of microphone twirling by Rog, very(!) powerful guitar by Pete who did innumerable windmills throughout the show. Seems there were some technical guitar problems during the first part of Sparks when Pete strummed along for some time looking confused, seemingly trying to get a different sound or more loudness, which eventually worked and he launched into a great and immensely energetic version of the song!

Setlist was nearly the same as in recent shows, with the exception (major bummer for me personally) that they didn't play The Real Me (my favourite rock song of all times). There was no mini opera either, but that was to be expected, as this has been off the list for some time now.

Summing up: Despite a rather reluctant audience, a powerful, high-energy show! Anyone who still doubts whether to buy a ticket or not, don't hesitate - go and watch this brilliant band as long as you can!

Line Up

Attendance & Support

Attendance: 6000

Support Act: The Cult

Records & DVD

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