Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Who at Jones Beach (9/13/06)a

A good (but not great) show by The Who, marred only by a 40 minute soft spot in the middle of their soon to be released album, Wire and Glass, which, of course, nobody knew (an EP came out on August 30th '06, with the full CD scheduled for a October 30th release).

I always thought The Who never got their due relative to the great English bands of the 1960s and 70s. Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd -- The Who are easily in that pantheon, and yet they seem to be perceived as a notch below. I can't explain. 

A good band behind the 2 surviving members. The drummer was particularly sharp -- Zak Starkey, son of the Beatles' Ringo Starr, did a surprisingly excellent job as Keith Moon's replacement.

Peter & Roger:

The stage and lighting worked well:

Concert Blue:

Video: Download Baba O'Riley

I am striking out when it comes to finding the playlists  -- Here's what I remember:   

I Can't Explain   
The Seeker,   
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere   
Who Are You,    
Behind Blue Eyes   
Baba O'Riley
My Generation
Won't Get Fooled Again

Pinball Wizard,  Amazing Journey,  Sparks,  See Me Feel Me 

Man In A Purple Dress 
Good Looking Boy 
Black Widow Eyes 
mini-opera from  Wire and Glass,    


The Kids Are Alright 
Let's See Action
Magic Bus
anything from Quadraphenia 
Young Man Blues 
Happy Jack 
Summertime Blues 
You Better You Bet
Join Together
I Can See For Miles
Slip Kid
Love Ain't for Keeping
Getting In Tune
Going Mobile

One interesting aspect of the show was the taping for DVD of the show. The band will offer for sale  sale a CD/DVD of your precise concert via The Music Store.

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Sorry to say, the 2 remaining WHO members are ready for the geriatric ward, as are the Rolling Stones. Their time has passed for live shows and they should stop embarrassing themselves.

Posted by: Dr. No | Sep 14, 2006 9:15:29 AM

Dr. No. -- you are so wrong about The WHo -- they were simply awesome. Totally rocked the joint.

If you can see them in a smaller venue, do so!

Posted by: Barry Ritholtz | Sep 14, 2006 9:47:13 AM

Really? You feel that the Who get underrated by Rock fans and the like? I never got that impression (although I was born at the end of their run with Keith Moon) from reading critics' album reviews and listening to the radio.

The Who always got their due with radio programmers and you'd hardly be surprised to come across live footage of the band or a documentary about them while watching cable TV. I've always thought of them as one of the giants of the 70s, right up there with the bands you mentioned.

By the way, their performance from the Stones' "Rock N Roll Circus" was the greatest.


Posted by: David Shvartsman | Sep 14, 2006 3:31:47 PM

Whoever wrote this essay is very unqualified to do so. The Who have NEVER been second notch to Zeppelin or Floyd. In fact, in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame The Who are one of three bands to have ever had the label bestowed upon them as THE WORLD'S GREATEST ROCK AND ROLL BAND. Learn your history, Dude. And, as the late Entwistle said, "we may have not made as good albums as The Beatles but we could blow them off the stage." And, the Stones? Didn't release ROCK N ROLL CIRCUS for 30 years because they felt The Who outdid them. gO back to school before you pollute the web with your garbage!

Posted by: jimmy | Sep 16, 2006 12:58:01 PM

In terms of popularity and sales, the Who never matched up with the other 4

I am saying I think they SHOULD -- they are every bit as talented and influential as Floyd, Zep, the Stones or the Beatles.

Now switch to decaf before you give yourself a heart attack, man!

Posted by: Barry Ritholtz | Sep 16, 2006 1:18:11 PM

heres a bunch more photos

high speed internet required

Posted by: mstrsail | Sep 16, 2006 8:56:06 PM

How about the jerk who yelled at Townsend "Shut up and play your guitar", Townsend reply "Why don't you go see KISS" was priceless...BTW, your review was spot on. Third time I've seen them at the beach, weakest of the shows but still very entertaining.
You catch Roger Waters on Friday? That was awesome!

Posted by: JM | Sep 19, 2006 2:09:17 PM

That guy was almost as bad as the maniac sitting behind me -- out of his mind, yelling THE WHO ON LETTERMAN THURSDAY NITE incessantly

I missed Roger Waters -- it poured Friday -- heard it was a great show

Posted by: Barry Ritholtz | Sep 19, 2006 10:26:19 PM

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