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Review by Kamesh Nagarajan
The show tonight was outstanding and not the Quadrophenia show. I started with a pint at the Molly Wee with a friend and then went in just in time for Elvis Costello, who rifled through his hits in about 45 minutes and it was just one hit after another. BUT, the big surprise is that his final song was a cover of "Substitute" and he sounded great.
Then, after a short video about Teen Cancer America, The Who hit the stage and it was immediately a new vibe, no sheet music for Pete and both Pete and Roger were in good spirits and talkative, particularly Pete. As soon as they launched into Who Are You, Pete seemed free from playing Quad and then when The Kids Are Alright was played, you knew it was going to be a different show altogether. But for me, it was during 5:15, when instead of the video, they introduced Pino and the spotlight came on him and he played the solo, that I thought Pete really kicked into gear. Pete was jumping all over the stage and they seemed to really have fun with the songs. They had Pino turned up in the mix and they were raw...I thought Pete was playing much more and Simon was playing backup as opposed to Quad where he carried more of the load. I thought Roger sang well (and I mean he really sang without help). To see them in a small setting (the theater at MSG) was just outstanding. I thought You Better You Bet even sounded great. The only downside was at 11pm, they had to end the show to avoid paying Union overtime. I saw the setlist and it appears I Can See For Miles was on there and Tea and Theatre. But all in all a great show and promise that they could launch a greatest hits tour at some points and enjoy it!!
Elvis Costello was sitting in the crowd and jamming to The Who. Long Live Rock....