Review by Tim Obarski
Went to see The Who tonight, likely for the last time ever I guess. Saw them initially 50 yrs ago and fully expected to be very disappointed in 2 old men ruining great memories of my youth. Yea, they are old. Roger can't sing like he could when we were both angry young men, and Pete isn't flying thru the air and landing on his knees anymore. And, of course, Moon and John are no longer playing with the band. All of the above is true, and yet, what an incredible fucking show! The Who once again proves, even at their age, that they are the greatest live rock and roll band ever.
Starting their set with TOMMY (and not Substitute or Can't explain, which I never need to hear again) complete with orchestra, rolling into WHO ARE YOU and then dumping the orchestra and playing, as Pete said "Like a Rock band". They played some of the their great songs – Naked Eye, Relay – both I hadn't heard for some time, plus join together and Won't get fooled again. No My Generation (that was ok too) and no Long Live Rock (which disappointed me), but a great hour of rock and roll. Orchestra came back and they concluded with Quadrophenia - outstanding. Ending with Baba O'Riley and surprisingly, Young Man Blues.
Really an incredible show, I am so glad I decided to go to say good bye to a band whose music has meant so much to me thru my life. And for those of you who were debating what type of drums Starkey was playing, I can affirm to you that he was playing the type that you play the shit out of… Moon would have been proud.
One final take. It seems clear to me that as great as Pete, Roger and Moon are and were, it was JOHN Entwistle who made the Who, THE WHO. So many times when a song was being played, I was anticipating John's booming lead bass guitar coming in, and of course, it never does. Tremendous show - and if you've been a fan of their music for a long time, please go see it and say good bye. And Enjoy.