The Who at the Santa Barbara Bowl

The Who made a stop at the Santa Barbara Bowl, which may be one of the smallest venues they have performed at. The 70-year-old rockers Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend came out strong as if it was the ‘60s again with their “Who Hits 50” tour. No amps or guitars were smashed like in the old days but the performance was tops.

They played the hits, packing classic tunes. Townshend, aged 70, and his longtime cohort Daltrey, 72, displayed the energy of 30-year-olds, but with more gratitude and application of their fans. Backed by six band mates—including Zak Richard Starkey, Ringo Starr’s son, as drummer kept a packed house on its feet.

Here are additional photos of Tal Wilkenfeld:

Tal Wilkenfeld is an Australian bass guitarist, who has gained worldwide attention performing alongside some of rock and jazz music's most notable artists played at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Wilkenfeld has recorded with such artists as Prince, Macy Gray, Trevor Rabin, Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Toto, Todd Rundgren and Ryan Adams—all happening in-between high profile tours with Jeff Beck that found her backing guests like Sting, Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, Buddy Guy, David Gilmour, plus Billy Gibbons.

Text and photos by Thomas Long

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