It wasn’t your usual dramatic introduction, which made it even more iconic!
Roger Daltry, 75 and Pete Townshend, 74 walked on stage very calmly as crowds filling up the Amalie Arena erupted to their arrivals. There was no huge production such as pyro other than the 48-piece orchestra that backed the iconic band.
It was a night of homey and funny chatter amongst the band that entertained the crowd with hits being belted out, such as ‘I’m The One’, ‘Pinball Wizard’ and ‘Baba O’Riley. The band certainly did not disappoint by sprinkling in hits spanning from the 60s to the 80s, to even the new material they have set to come out!
One thing that stood out was the fact that Pete Townshend told the crowd what got him back out on the road was the new material they were putting out. He contemplated about ending the iconic band’s run after conquering their South American tour a few years back, but putting out new music gave him that extra push to not end it all. Boy are we grateful for that!
It will be no surprise when they announce their retirement, but in the meantime they’re still rockin! At one moment Townshend started to a song before realizing he was supposed to introduce another, and he proudly shouted ‘My moment’ while Roger Daltry double-checked the setlist. It didn’t end there, because Daltry had the same hiccup later on in the show, as they both joked and said “You’ve got the same f***ing problem I have,” Townshend said. “Your brain’s gone,” and Daltry couldn’t say anything but agree with him.
It was a night to remember, thousands were able to check off that box right next to Experience THE WHO, on their bucket list!
We’re Not Gonna Take It
Who Are You
Imagine a Man
Hero Ground Zero
I Can See for Miles
You Better You Bet
Won’t Get Fooled Again
(acoustic; Roger & Pete only)
Behind Blue Eyes
(with violin & cello accompanists)
Ball and Chain
The Real Me
Love, Reign O’er Me