The Who, Jobing.com Arena, 2/6/13

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Melissa Fossum
Pete Townshend strapped on his red Strat.
In comparison to the 1996 tour, where Townshend mostly played acoustic guitar and let his brother Simon do most of the heavy lifting, this time he strapped on a red Stratocaster and did the lion's share of string bending. Simon Townshend, whose voice is a dead ringer of his brother's sweet young tenor, did the honors on "The Dirty Jobs." Probably a necessity in this show, where there's no break between songs, and there's no talking to the audience until all of Quadrophenia has been dispensed with. Later, we find out that this presentation was Roger's vision of Quadrophenia and his team put all the visuals together. If the '96 Quadrophenia tour was slavishly devoted to presenting the story, complete with filmed narrator talking between the songs, this tour was about slavishly presenting the original album, with not a tea kettle sound effect or a recorded crashing wave out of place.

The two overtures that bookended the album "Quadrophenia" and "The Rock" were used to visually show pre Mod history (WWII, rations, bombing raids, Elvis, teen affluence after the war) and post-1974 Who-story (the birth of punk, Thatcher, the death of Elvis and Lennon, Keith and John, 9-11, and Pussy Riot).

While introducing the band, we learned that the drummer was not Zak Starkey, who Townshend said was dealing with some "tendonitis shit," but Scott Davis who's been with them all of two shows and didn't miss a beat as it were. He and Pino Palladino were great substitutes for the original rhythm section, but both Entwhistle and Moon had their tributes. During the end of "5:15," Palladino left the stage as Davis played along with The Ox on film, doing one of his insanely fast bass solos. Faulty video projection robbed the first half of Moon's tribute, having him singing "Bell Boy" from the screen. Once the problem was corrected, the audience erupted at the singing side of the Moon and Daltrey could give a general's salute to his fallen comrade.

Never leaving the stage to come back and do planned encores, the band remained onstage and Daltrey strapped on an acoustic to deliver some old favorites or as Townshend put it, "Here we go, same old shit."

A priceless exchange between Townshend and Daltrey after "Baba O' Riley" ensued:

Townshend: "I don't know what it is about the ending of 'Baba O' Riley' but it seems to keep getting shorter and shorter. It used to go on for hours and hours."

Daltrey: "A lot of things used to go on for hours and hours."

Townshend: "Not at my house. It still goes on for hours and hours. I do it myself."

Presumably, not with "Pictures of Lily" nearby.

Alone onstage after the hard-to-top "Won't Get Fooled Again," the two men sang the new song, "Tea and Theatre," which Townshend explained was not about the two of them but two old lovers who find each other again after a night at the theater. Okay, so maybe it was about them. During "Who are You," the smell of pot and not brownies wafted up from the floor of the Jobing.com Arena despite being told at the beginning of the show "Violators caught smoking will be asked to leave."

After nearly two hours celebrating teenage rebellion, what better way two-finger salute could there be?

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Jobing.com Arena

9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, AZ

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9 comments
bradsbythe1st
bradsbythe1st

I was there. DID NOT here Pete say that. & even if he did, thats a ton of multi-media for "SHIT" songs.

bradsbythe1st
bradsbythe1st

Same old shit list. YOU ASSHOLE!! you will eat those words when they are dead & gone & you'll never get to hear them play those tunes again!!! You know it will be sooner than later. & for all the beleivers, the show was GREAT!

Bill Harris
Bill Harris

Your review was fine, the concert was more than any of us had hoped for. Great show!

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

Sorry you didn't dig Serene's review. I thought it was funny and insightful, but thanks for reading.

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

your opening comment is irritating to be honest.... Due to the date conflicting personally i went to Anaheim to see the show last week, but i found the opening of the entire review to quite annoying... although i guess in the end we agree on the show... i think this tour is quite refreshing .... shame San Diego and Phoenix haven't had Zac Starkey he was wonderful in Anaheim but you have to give the new guy filling in credit very difficult show and music in Quadrophenia to pull this off...

Dfactor
Dfactor

Well-written treatise as a review!

boingo
boingo

Very well-written review, except maybe NT wants to rethink having Serene freelance.  It really highlights how poor the staff writers at NT are these days.

boingo
boingo

"Same ol' shit" doesn't imply that the songs are "shit".  Reading comprehension is your friend.  Try it sometime!

emasley
emasley

@bradsbythe1st That was Pete Townshend, not the reviewer, who said it was the "same old shit." The writer clearly loved the show and should be eating ice cream, not his words.

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