Review by Chris Elkins
As Pete said to the crowd at one point, The Who played in the “outback of Sacramento” on Wed. night. This was my third show on this leg and while a very good show, was perhaps not quite as high energy as the other two.
Roger’s voice was on all night, Pete seemed to have a cold or allergies that made his voice a little hoarse when both talking and singing. Both Pete and Roger seemed to be in good spirits with Pete remarking that he had flown in from visiting with his wife Rachel in LA.
I thought for a moment we may get a guitar smashed by Pete, who stated that this one guitar he plays all the time sounds great some of the time and other times it doesn’t.
I do find myself enjoying the orchestra more on this leg of the tour than I did on the spring leg. The Setlist was the same as Seattle and many of the previous shows on this leg. I would love to see them put back in The Relay or Young Man Blues.
For me it’s on to Anaheim, the Hollywood Bowl, and Vegas X2. Hard to believe in a little over a week this tour is over.
Review by Christopher Nichols
This week is the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to see The Who since 2019. After delivering a solid performance in San Jose on Monday, which was my 25th time seeing my favorite band of all time, I felt that The Who blew the roof off of the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Wednesday evening. I was beyond blessed to have a front row seat near Pete Townshend.
As Pete came on to the stage, I was ecstatic to see that he was NOT wearing sunglasses. I knew at that point to buckle up for a phenomenal show based on a recent comment my friend, Lauren, made about how much better shows typically are when Pete doesn’t wear his sunglasses. She is absolutely right!
Prior to this week, I have only seen The Who perform with an orchestra one other time. I love what the orchestra brings to the performances, especially during the Quadrophenia segment of the show. The inclusion of strings into the performance is nothing short of magical. I have developed a little crush on Katie Jacoby this week…I’m not going to lie. LOL. “The Rock” and “Love Reign O’er Me” were big highlights for me. It’s always fun to see the unbridled joy that Pete and Simon share when they are jamming together. I was also pleased to capture a nice video of Loren Gold’s beautiful LROM intro solo which I’ve posted to YouTube.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Tommy set to open the show, along with the many classics they performed without the orchestra during the middle of the show. “The Seeker”, “Another Trick Day”, and “Naked Eye” have always been favorites of mine. I also love it when they sprinkle in some of their newer music, so it was a treat to see them perform “Ball and Chain”. It made me a little nostalgic for the Endless Wire tour where a good bulk of their show were new material. The depth of The Who’s entire catalog is nothing short of remarkable in my eyes.
Fit as a fiddle as always, Roger Daltrey’s voice remains very strong at the ripe young age of 78. Pete also looks and sounds amazing at 77. As I prepare to see them perform one final time on this tour in Anaheim, I am hopeful that they will do another tour in the US within the next couple of years. If they decide to hang it up soon, I will always remain grateful for the incredible ride that this amazing band has taken me on during the course of my lifetime.
Long Live Rock!!!