Great show! But beyond that, goosebumps! These guys are the history of Rock and Roll! And they let you know it.
They can still play, and sing. Loud, and in your face. Powerful. The Quadrophenia was so intense, with the light show,
and the screens constantly showing images of their early days, mixed with images of historic events, even some tragic
events. It was like, the history of the world, as told by the Who. And if they aren't producing relevant music for today,
the relevance of what they created, so many decades ago, still outshines many, if not all of their contemporaries.
And it will be relevant for a very long time. The boys were in great form. Pete was windmilling like a young man.
Roger can still hit most of the high notes. And can do it with enough power, to send chills down your spine. The
incredible ending, Love reign O'er me, was a highlight. Maybe the best I've ever seen them do live. He nailed the
primal scream at the end, like a man of much fewer years. The band is fantastic. Zak Starkey is a beast on drums.
He is perfect for this music. And looks kinda like his dad. Which adds another dimension to the rock and roll history
lesson. Simon is always great. The rest filled out the sound very well. I came away from this show, extremely satisfied.
Another highlight, was the video of Keith. Heartwarming, that they could include him, so completely. I do feel like
he and Entwistle were both there tonight, in a way. A great crowd, of mostly older folks, mostly sitting quietly, and
enjoying the show. I felt at home. I danced in my seat, and sang along. Had a blast. And the last part, the greatest
hits segment, was just a big old sing along for the whole place. We were all that familiar with the music, it was like
being young again, for a short while. I was pleased to see several younger folks there too. And really enjoying the
music. There were more than a few Union Jacks waving in the place. Nice touch.
Smoking was absolutely forbidden. And I saw one man in our section get booted for lighting up during Pinball Wizard.
But otherwise, a really great crowd. No other security problems.
A side note about Canada, I have never seen so many Tim Hortons. And I was on my way back home, before
I realized the road signs were in Km. I thought I was making great time. Um, no, it's just not as far as I thought.
The old Coliseum looked sort of the same. But had new seats, and luxury boxes, and the neighborhood was all changed.
The empty lots across the street where I parked and hung out for the Dead shows, were gone. But it still was good
to be back there. Hope I get a chance to go up there for a show again sometime.
HAMILTON: "Roger Daltrey and Peter Townshend demonstrated through a seamless 90-minute set that their 40-year-old masterpiece remains one of the great moments in rock ’n’ roll, a place where pop music came closest to approaching art."
Photo by Kaz Novak
I can't come down, I've been set free.
Who you are, and what you do,
don't make no difference to me.