A night after the Who brought their 50th anniversary tour to New York’s Madison Square Garden, the rock legends dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to make their first U.S. late-night performance in nearly a decade. For the visit, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend delivered a rousing take on “Who Are You,” featuring a phenomenal, climatic solo by the guitar god.
The Who’s Tonight Show performance marked the first time the band had appeared on an American late-night show since September 2006, when Daltrey and Townshend appeared on Late Show With David Letterman to perform “A Man in a Purple Dress,” a cut off their then-new LP Endless Wire. That appearance marked the Who’s first late-night stop since 1967, when they played an explosive, very destructive “My Generation” on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
Prior to the Who’s Madison Square Garden concert, both the band and the venue paid tribute to David Bowie, who died January 10th.