The Who

Let me start this by saying that, although I like The Who, it’s not one of big bands in my playlist (as in “I’m don’t think I can be called a fan yet”.) But yes, I do enjoy a lot of their songs so, although not almost peeing in my pants like they were Def Leppard, I went to their gig in Sydney. That proved to be a smart move, after all.

The show started with Dallas Crane. The description of “alternative rock” sounds perfectly for them. I got a little bit late into their show and I thought “hey, they sound like a hard-rock Beatles”, only to get a completely different type of song next and then think “They sound like The Police”. Also, unfortunately for them, it seems the audio was bad equalized and drums and the second guitar had a louder volume than the rest — so you would hear the beat taking over everything else. Really bad.

Then we had Counting Crows. Now let me be honest and say that it took me 2 songs to remember that their greatest hit was Mr. Jones. Yeah, I lost contact with them since that song. But, for some reason, all the songs they played sounded most the same (you can blame me for thinking that — I’m far away from being a fan.)

Then, them. The Who. It’s hard to imagine that, at 64 and 65, Townshend and Daltrey can have so much energy — specially Daltrey, which didn’t stop a second. Even the few minutes he could rest, he would stay in the stage and do something, like spinning, running in circles or playing tambourines. That’s one thing that, to me, seems to show how much he was enjoying being there. Not that Townshend was out of stage all the time: He also performed incredible well, with new riffs and chords for some old songs and going into length in his solos.

The playlist order was kinda strange to me. Usually, artists play their most famous songs in the end, but they played the famous ones (Baba O’Reily, Who Are You, which appeared in TV series recently) right in the beginning, leaving some less known songs in the end.

Anyhow, one night I won’t forget too soon.

The Playlist:

  • Can’t Explain
  • The Seeker
  • Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  • Fragments Of Fragments (not sure)
  • Who Are You
  • Behind Blue Eyes
  • The Relay
  • Baba O’Reily
  • Eminence Front
  • 5:15
  • Love Reign O’er Me
  • My Generation (without the lisp)
  • Cry If You Want
  • Won’t Get Fooled Again

And the encore:

  • The Kids Are Alright
  • Substitute
  • Pinball Wizard
  • See Me, Feel Me
  • Tea & Theatre