The Who MSG 2016

The Who

Madison Square Garden, NYC, NYthe werks and consider the source
03 March 2016
By Bob O’Donnell
“The Geezers Have Still Got It!”

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Since I heard that this March 3rd, 2016 show by The Who at Madison Square Garden might be their last one there, I made it over there to get a ticket at the last minute on the street. Nevermind that I saw my first Who Farewell Tour show in 1982 in Gainesville, Florida, over 30 years ago! Joan Jett opened the night’s proceedings. I was late and missed it, but heard from a number of people that Joan just killed it!

Check out Jack O’Handley’s review of the Who in Ohio May 2015 here. 

The Who opened their show with the anthemic ‘Who Are You?’, followed by one of my all time favorites ‘The Seeker’:

They call me The Seeker
I’ve been searching low and high
I won’t get to get what I’m after
Till the day I die

I asked Bobby Dylan10432542_10153607304453732_1431523055104653544_n
I asked The Beatles
I asked Timothy Leary
But he couldn’t help me either

Roger may not hit those high notes like he used to, but he still has a great Rock & Roll screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam! He bellowed several of them throughout the evening and he managed to stay in voice for the duration. Roger has a great stage presence and unbridled enthusiasm for the songs, and Pete still crushes it with his guitar leads, windmilling in his trademark style. The band of fabulous keyboard and vocal sidemen complimented the superb rhythm section of Pino Palladino (bass) and Zak Starkey (drums), who have impossibly big shoes to fill with the missing Keith Moon & John Entwistle, who made many appearances on the big screen graphics.

Beginning with ‘The Seeker’ The Who dug deep into their earlier work, with these old chestnuts: ‘The Seeker’, ‘The Kids Are Alright’, ‘I Can See For Miles’, ‘My Generation’, ‘The Real Me’ & ‘Pictures of Lilly’. ‘Join together’ had the entire Big Room at Madison Square Garden singing along, just as Roger and the song exhorts them to.12832427_10153607304763732_5757116139955442854_n

After the ever-catchy ‘You Better You Bet’, Pete & Roger dipped into the Quadrophenia catalogue. The light show was glorious all night long, but really got interesting with the intense, stinging ‘Eminence Front’ though the ‘Tommy’ medley, and the obligatory high-octane closers from “Who’s Next”. ‘Baba O’Reilly’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, a perfectly appropriate closer for this hotly contested U.S. Presidential debate season:

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again12814726_10153607306243732_3128576711877976244_n
No, no! Yeah!

Meet the new boss Same as the old boss

Roger Daltry – Vocals & Guitar, Harmonica
Pete Townshend – Guitar & Vocals
Zak Starkey – drums, percussion
Simon Townshend – guitar, backing vocals
Pino Palladino – bass guitar
John Corey – keyboards, backing vocals
Loren Gold – keyboards, backing vocals
Frank Simes – keyboards, backing vocals, musical director


01-Who Are You       

02-The Seeker

03-The Kids Are Alright        

04-I Can See For Miles        12809573_10153607305268732_4768371728945157788_n  

05-My Generation      

06-The Real Me         

07-Pictures of Lilly    

08-Behind Blue Eyes 


10-Join Together        

11-You Better You Bet         

12-I’m One     

13-The Rock  

14-Love, Reign O’er Me        

15-Eminence Front    

16-Amazing Journey-Sparks  

17-Pinball Wizard      

18-See Me Feel Me    

19-Baba O’Riley        

20-Won’t Get Fooled Again  

21-Band Intros           

Bob O’Donnell is one of a three man team that Produces the “Morning Dew” Radio Show on WBAI-FM, which Airs Sundays 1:00 – 3:00 AM (EST) on 99.5 FM in New York .

To Submit a review or story for consideration hit us at [email protected]

Check out the Live Music News and Facebook page for updates and announcements.

Check out Jack O’Handley’s review of the Who in Ohio May 2015 here. 

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