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    The Who MSG 2016

    The Who MSG 2016

    The Who

    Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY
    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 Dylan
    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.

    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 again
    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          

    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 .

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

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