.

The Who Break Out Hits, Rarities in Jersey

The "tribute band" of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey bring as Who-like a show as possible

November 27, 2008

October 29th
Izod Center
East Rutherford, New Jersey 

Few people are less romantic about the state of the Who since bassist John Entwistle died than Pete Townshend. "I used to be in a band called the Who," he recently wrote on his website. "It does not exist today. We are like a tribute band."

But for two hours in New Jersey, Townshend and Roger Daltrey – with a band including drummer Zak Starkey and bassist Pino Palladino – put on a maximum-intensity blast of pure Who-ness. They dusted off a few rarely played classics (1978's "Sister Disco," 1971's "Getting in Tune"), in addition to their usual live hits ("Baba O'Riley," "Pinball Wizard"). Prior to "Who Are You," Townshend addressed the economy. "Times are hard," he said. "Luckily not for me, but for you guys. We're going to brighten up your day."

Daltrey didn't always hit the right notes, but he nailed the primal scream at the end of "Won't Get Fooled Again" with remarkable force. After the Tommy medley, Daltrey and Townshend stood alone at center stage for a beautiful acoustic take on "Tea and Theatre," from 2006's Endless Wire. The song, about old friends enjoying a cup of tea, was a poignant reminder that the Who's journey might be close to the end. Townshend might not think it's the Who anymore, but it's as close as you're going to get in 2008.

This story is from the November 27th, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com