Review by Melissa and Gary Hurley
Badminton is famous for its long weekend horse trials event when up to 250 thousand people descend on this small parish town located 21 miles from Bristol and 110 miles from London. The horse event has been in existence for over 50 years and is arranged by the lord of the manor without incident during this half century in time. But because Covid hit a few years ago the event was cancelled and without any income they decided this year to sell their souls and rent out the land for a 4 day Music festival that in the end was just 2 days, the other show being Rod Stewart. The local people where all up in arms and protested with the thought that 100 thousand people will turn up and burn the town and forest down and cause long term damage to the horse trial field that brings in a lot of money for the town every year. In the end around 5000 people turned up for each show and the only damage to the town was a small pot hole appeared on one of the small country roads.
Out here in the fields fields fields and even more fields… cold and wet in the middle of nowhere!
The Who and orchestra. Tommy. The violins and the flute stood out beautifully throughout the Overture, 1921, Amazing Journey, Sparks, Acid Queen, Pinball Wizard, WNGTI. Pete really let himself go and playing different riffs and looking pleased with himself. Pete mentioned that this orchestra is getting better and better every show as they are touring with The WHO.
Pete once again introduced to the audience the orchestra and then said the next song is a question for you – Who Are You. Pete then said the next song is a political song – Eminence Front. Every word was sung with clarity. Next Pete said the orchestra needs to take a break as it’s Union rules. Roger said ’We never get a break’. THE WHO TKAA, You Better You Bet was a massive sing along with the audience and The Who.
The highlight of the show for us was the appearance of the red Rickenbacker that Pete strapped on. It hasn’t appeared on stage for ages! AAA, Roger introduced that everyone in the crowd was born with a plastic spoon in their mouth to which Pete said that everyone on this stage was born with a plastic spoon with the exception of Loren Gold. The next three songs did need introductions – ICE, My Generation, WGFA. Behind Blue Eyes, Pete introduced Katy and Audrey for another fantastic version of the song.
Pete reintroduced the orchestra to the stage. The usual five song selection of Quad was performed again with no song intros. After Roger’s final tremendous scream on Love Reign O’er Me, Pete did a very quick band introductions due to time restrictions. Final song of the night was Baba O’Riley but, Roger came in too early and then had to restart and he was laughing as Pete had a grimace on his face. There was no Tea and Theatre as it was too cold and late.