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Pro News › Who Apperances › 2008 Tour is underway!!!

Rock used to be a right laugh. The trouble is the rock press have made it all so serious. Fifty per cent of rock is having a good time.

-- Roger Daltrey
Melody Maker Oct. 23, 1971

Who Apperances
2008 Tour is underway!!!





The tour kicked off last night in Detroit Michigan, and early reports indicate a great show. If you went to the show, please submit your review on the forums, and if you got any pictures, login and submit them to gallery ("my account/my gallery")

The setlist for Detroit was as follows:

1. Introduction
2. I Can't Explain
3. The Seeker
4. Getting In Tune
5. Fragments
6. Who Are You
7. Behind Blue Eyes
8. Tattoo
9. Baba O'Riley
10. Relay
11. Sister Disco
12. Mike Post Theme
13. Eminence Front
14. 5:15
15. Love Reign O'er Me
16. My Generation
17. Won't Get Fooled Again
18. Magic Bus
19. Pinball Wizard
20. Amazing Journey
21. Sparks
22. See Me, Feel Me
23. Tea & Theatre

The Detroit Free Press has a review online...you can read it here: http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081022/OPINION03/810220412

The Who pay back Detroit with rousing show

The Who kicked off a mini-tour of the United States with an energetic show at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Tuesday night, despite having just stepped off a trans-Atlantic flight. It might have been eminently more sober than their many gigs at the Grande Ballroom in the banner year of 1967, but the effect on the audience was as potent (if not mind-altering).

In his more dignified middle age, Roger Daltrey has reverted to the short-cropped, tailored Mod look of his youth, and it suits him. His voice is a throwback as well, with the strong, bright tone he had as a youngster. Daltrey is a master of the controlled yell, and if he's missing any notes on the upper end of his register, we didn't notice.

Wearing the darkest of sunglasses, Pete Townshend is the hopped-up middle-age punk, his arm windmilling over his Stratocaster as he chopped out those familiar magnetic riffs, each of which sparked an emotional memory.

There were a few first-night bumps -- Townshend had to stop strumming right at the beginning of "Pinball Wizard" to change guitars, and Daltrey broke atambourine (not on purpose), then had to leave the stage at one point to retrieve his own guitar -- but the audience didn't mind.

They are one of the most quintessentially British groups, but The Who bonded with southeastern Michigan in the late '60s, and the bond is steadfast. The members donated their take from the show to two Detroit charities, Gleaners Food Bank and Focus: HOPE, because they wanted to give back to a community where they tasted their first American success, Daltrey said.

The 11,000 paid customers at the Palace will provide a nice shot in the arm for two charities that will be hard-pressed to help people this winter.

"We had our first hit record out of Detroit," Townshend said between songs. "I forget the radio station that played it, but it was a funny little record called 'Happy Jack' in 1967. We got the hit here, and then it spread all over the place."

Townshend also bragged that the best car he ever owned was a Lincoln Continental, "built right here in Detroit."

He recalled that "a guy from the MC5" attended their first Detroit gig, which drew "about 10 people. Maybe 20."

"Then I just found out that we played Southfield High School that year, too," Townshend said, to screams. "That's why we're here," he added at the end of his Detroit tribute. Modestly, they didn't mention that they were donating their fee.

Other musical highlights: "5:15," which had the audience dancing and the band jumping (despite Townshend's complaints of jet lag), "Love Reign O'er Me," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Eminence Front" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."

Townshend's elegiac chord changes, rising majestically, on "Listening to You" at the end of the "Tommy" segment, are a reminder of how, at their best, The Who have always been a communal experience, one that not only entertains, but elevates.

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1964
EMI sends Kit Labert a letter of rejection for The High Numbers. The rejection letter is later included with the Live At Leeds album. Since the reason the group is rejected is their lack of original material, Kit and Chris set up Pete with a Vortexion reel-to-reel recorder and tell him to get writing. From this time on almost all Pete songs will be written and presented as completed demos, a style of presentation then unknown in England. His first pieces with the new system are a dance song called "You Don't Have To Jerk" and a male chauvinist/hot-rod song (meant to appeal to both Roger and Keith) named "Call Me Lightning."",

1965
The Who appear on the BBC Light Programme Saturday Club performing live-in-studio versions of Pete's new songs "The Good's Gone," "My Generation," and "La La La Lies." They also appear to play in Milford Haven

1966
The Who play in Simrishamn and in in Höör

1967
The Who play two shows at the Saville Theatre in London preceded by Vanilla Fudge and Studio Six. Before the show Pete is interviewed on camera about illicit drugs by Australian director Peter Clifton. During the show, Pete plays a two-necked guitar and Keith wears a jester's outfit.

1969
The Who continue a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show.

1970
The Who play in Stockton

1973
The box office opens for The Who's first British tour in over two years. Twenty thousand line up at London Lyceum for nine thousand tickets.

1976
The Who return to England except for Keith who returns to Los Angeles. Pete Townshend: "(we) had no new album, nothing happening, no feeling of existing, and everytime we picked up a paper, there were snivelling little brats [the punk rockers] knocking us."

1982
The BBC2-TV program Newsnight airs footage of The Who's concert at Shea Stadium during a report.

1983
Roger gives an interview to the Times (London) to promote his appearance in The Beggar's Opera on BBC TV. His remarks indicate that he still believes The Who will record a follow-up album to It's Hard.

1990
Pete appears on the Showtime program Coast To Coast hosted by Herbie Hancock. Pete, Hancock and Pat Metheny perform "I Put A Spell On You" and "Magic Bus" and with Simply Red, "It's Only Love."

1996
The Who play in Inglewood

1997
The Who Concert File by 'Irish' Jack Lyons and Joe McMichael is published by Omnibus.


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