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Review Melbourne, Sun, 29 March 2009

Who's roaring guitars?

The Herald Sun, 30-03-2009

The sound roaring engines was replaced by roaring guitars at the Albert Park grand prix last night.

The Who played a strong set of classic hits. The band formed, in ex-pat territory Shepherd's Bush, London, kept old fans with some rarer numbers.

It was Roger Daltrey, not Pete Townshend to perform the trademark windmill guitar move first.

Not to be outdone Townshend unleashed his windmill move in the next song.

Daltrey struggled to hold some notes but the 10,000 strong throng didn't seem to mind.

Townshend joked their last album was made when they were 92 years old before launching into Who Are You, causing the first mass sing-along of the night.

This song was only outdone by The Who's version of My Generation and the crowd were clearly pleased Daltrey's hopes of dieing before he got old never eventuated.

Visiully the screens were filled with images of James Bond - Sean Connery not Daniel Craig, Jimmy Hendrix, Peter Sellers, and English landmarks.

The six-piece relished the big stage with Zak Starkey blasting the drums reminiscent of his father Ringo Starr.

Starkey also bought the average age of the band down considerably.

The Who sang long into th night and crowd left a happy bunch of racegoers.


Michael Cahill