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

Our next single is really pop-art. I wrote it with that intention. Not only is the number pop-art, the lyrics are young and rebellious. It's anti-middle-age, anti boss-class and anti young marrieds.

-- Pete Townshend
Melody Maker July 3, 1965

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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1965
The Who play in Watford

1966
The Who play in Stockholm

1967
The Who pre-record a mime job to "I Can See For Miles" for the BBC's Top of the Pops.

1968
The Who play in Leicester

1969
The Who finish a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show. This is the last time The Who will perform at either of the Fillmores

1970
The Who play in Liverpool

1972
Keith reports to the set of That'll Be The Day at Warners Holiday Camp where he is playing drummer J. D. Clover in the rock 'n' roll movie set in the late 1950's. He is on set through the 27th there and at the Lakeside Inn in Wootton Bridge on the Isle of Wight.

1978
John is interviewed in Variety. He says that if Pete won't tour, he'll form his own band. He also expects no permanent replacement for Keith.

1980
The Who re-release their long out-of-print first album My Generation in the U.K. It is identical to the original release with the exception of the word "Virgin" (the label of the new release) in place of "Brunswick." Bruce Malamut reviews it in Melody Maker and calls it a timeless classic. It reaches #20 in the British charts.

1982
The Who play the Alameda County Stadium in Oakland, California. T-Bone Burnett and The Clash open. The Who drop "Athena" and "A Man Is A Man" from the song lineup. Bobby Pridden receives an "Employee Of The Month" award during the show.

1982
The Who play in Oakland

1986
Pete's LP, Deep End Live! from the 1985 Brixton Academy charity shows, hits the U.S. charts and peaks at #98. Also released is a single "Barefootin'" backed with "Behind Blue Eyes."

1987
Roger Daltrey is seen on a British television show attending the Auto Show at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre in London. He is shown seated in a red Ferrari on display.

1996
The Who play in Anaheim

1997
John is interviewed about life after The Who in Hello! Magazine.


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