Pete Townshend performing in Rotterdam, May 5, 1997.
'Won't Get Fooled Again,' Quadrophenia tour 1996
When the Who reformed in 1996 to play Quadrophenia, they decided that the encores shouldn't be familiar versions of their hits. Instead, they opted to do many of them in a dramatically stripped-down fashion. "Won't Get Fooled Again" was played by just Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, with John Entwistle joining in midway through on acoustic bass. With the drum solos and synths removed, Townshend's brilliant lyrics about the futility of revolution sounded even more bitingly cynical.