The Who

The Who at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA

For over 50 years, The Who has been one of the greatest and most influential rock bands of all time. The band was originally formed with Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass), and Keith Moon (drums) and the same lineup remained until Moon’s passing in 1978. For 23years, The Who only played a few one-off shows and only released two albums in the ’80s. After Entwistle’s passing in 2002, Daltrey and Townshend continued on as The Who and released their first new album in 22 years in 2006. Since 1996, Zak Starkey, son of Ringo Starr and godson of Keith Moon, has been the drummer. Pino Palladino was bassist since John Entwistle’s passing and was replaced by Jon Button in 2017 when Palladino went back to touring with John Mayer regularly. Pete Townshend’s brother Simon (guitar) has also been a touring member for over 20 years, and Loren Gold has been one of the Who’s keyboardists for the last seven years. On Dec. 6, they will release WHO, their 12th studio album.

Since the ’60s, The Who has been known for their loud and reckless performances which have included smashing guitars and exploding drums. At 75, Daltrey still swings the mic around and at 74, Townshend still pulls off his signature windmill guitar move. In the last five years, the band has come back around with a new tour each time they hit the road including their 50th anniversary and Tommy tours. Their latest tour, Moving On, features classics, rarities and new songs. Not only have they expanded from a four-piece band on the road to including keyboards and rhythm guitar, for this tour, they also included an orchestra! The show is broken into three parts starting with the band and the orchestra.

The Who kicked off the show at Viejas Arena in San Diego on Oct. 16 with “Overture,” the opening song from Tommy and played another five songs from that album. 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Tommy album. After the 10th song,  “Hero Ground Zero,” the orchestra left the stage. The band took us back to 1966 with “Substitute” and played a few songs from early on in their career. Daltrey and Townshend played “Won’t Get Fooled Again” as an acoustic duet. They were accompanied by the orchestra’s lead violinist and cellist for “Behind Blues Eyes.” The orchestra returned for “Ball and Chain” off the band’s forthcoming album and played throughout the duration of the show.

The final two songs were “Love, Reign O’er Me,” and “Baba O’Riley,” which left the crowd in awe after a stellar performance. There are just three North American dates left of the tour with the final one being at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 24. The Who will tour throughout the UK in March and April of 2020.

Opening the show was Liam Gallagher of Oasis, who played a short 30-minute set in dark lighting including hits “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,” “Wonderwall,” and “Champagne Supernova.”

Setlist

With Orchestra

  1. Overture

  2. 1921

  3. Amazing Journey

  4. Sparks

  5. Pinball Wizard

  6. We’re Not Gonna Take It

  7. Who Are You?

  8. Eminence Front

  9. Imagine A Man

  10. Hero Ground Zero

Band Only

  1. Substitute

  2. I Can See for Miles

  3. You Better You Bet

  4. Won’t Get Fooled Again- Roger and Peter acoustic

  5. Behind Blue Eyes with violin and cello

With Orchestra

       16.Ball and Chain

       17. The Real Me

       18. I’m One

       19. 5:15

       20. The Rock

       21. Love Reign O’er Me

       22. Baba O’Riley