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The Who played in Hamilton, ONT, Canada last night. If you attended the show we encourage you to post a review in the forums, and post any pictures you've taken in our gallery ("My Account/My Gallery").

The setlist was as follows:

Can't Explain
The Seeker
The Kids Are Alright
Fragments
Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Real Good Looking Boy
Sister Disco
Baba O'Riley
Getting in Tune
Eminence Front
5:15
Love Reign O'er Me
My Generation
Won't Get Fooled Again

Encore:

Naked Eye
Pinball Wizard
Amazing Journey
Sparks (with a Little Cap'n Walker thrown in)
See Me, Feel Me
Tea and Theatre

There are a couple of reviews posted on the net:

The first from the Hamilton Spectator:

http://www.thespec.com/News/BreakingNews/article/453859

The old guys are alright
October 23, 2008

By Graham Rockingham
The Hamilton Spectator
It started out a nostalgic, but fairly staid affair. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend — the two surviving members of one of the greatest rock bands ever — trotted out onto the Copps Coliseum stage last night, offering up their typical opener, I Can’t Explain.

It’s a fitting start to a Who concert, the band’s first single from way back in 1965. Back then it seemed strident, but now it just seemed, well, sentimental.

The video screen behind them showed scenes from the ’60s when The Who were the wild ones, crazy and unpredictable, violent and destructive. There were plenty of shots of their late bandmates — John Entwistle and Keith Moon — mugging for the camera, both looking utterly scurrilous.

Daltrey, at 64, in his wire-rimmed glasses and closely cropped hair, looked rather bookish as he twirled a few short hoops with his microphone chord. Townshend, removing a dark blazer to reveal a black and white striped pullover, looked more like a French waiter than the rock ‘n’ roll genius he is.

Things picked up through The Seeker and the nostalgia turned sing-a-long for The Kids Are Alright. But a funny thing happened somewhere in the midst of song number 5.

Townshend leaned over his guitar and lit into an intricate but familiar solo before lurching into it full throttle, leg fully extended and fingers thrashing. The windmills came in a flourish.

Daltrey threw his head back and roared into the final verses of Who Are You. Zack Starkey’s double bass drum kit rolled out the thunder in a way that would have made his long deceased mentor, Keith Moon, proud. Everything came together in an intensity only one band could produce.

At that moment, the more than 11,000 fans may not have known who they were, but they certainly knew where they were. They were at a Who concert. And it was magnificent.

After that nobody minded when Daltrey slowed things down for Behind Blue Eyes and his homage to Elvis, Real Good Looking Boy. We knew they’d be bringing the house down again soon with Sister Disco, Baba O’Reilly,
Getting In Tune and Eminence Front.

Very few people were looking at the screen any more, at least not until it started showing scenes of the commuter madness that signalled the driving “out of my brain on the train” theme of Quadrophenia’s 5:15 and it’s logical followup, Reign O’er Me.

There was nothing sentimental about the power behind the next two numbers — My Generation and Won’t Get Fooled Again.

They played them like the anthems they are.

After encores were finally over, one thing was clear — the old guys are still, very much, Alright.


Another review was posted on Jam! Music:

http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/W/Who/ConcertReviews/2008/10/23/7174696-sun.html

Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ont. - October 22, 2008

By JASON MacNEIL - Sun Media

4 stars out of 5

HAMILTON, Ont. - It only took them a mere 44 years after forming to make their way to the steel city, but in the end The Who ensured that Hamilton enjoyed an amazing two-hour journey Wednesday night at Copps Coliseum.
The legendary British band, led by vocalist Roger Daltrey, 64, and guitarist Pete Townshend, 63, thrilled the near-capacity, multi-generational audience even though it took them a couple of songs to work out the kinks (no pun intended) musically.

The fact The Who were playing the second of back-to-back shows after a benefit gig in Detroit could have made for a spotty and slightly sub-par affair. Yet from the opening notes of Fragments, a new song from the band's 2006 album Endless Wire, it was pretty much the way fans should remember the band with Daltrey pushing his voice to the limit and Townshend doing his right-handed windmills.

"Great to be back in Canada!" Townshend shouted after the song. "Wish we were staying longer."

Backed by a four-piece supporting cast including drummer Zak Starkey, guitarist (and Pete's brother) Simon Townshend and bassist Pino Palladino, Daltrey and Townshend definitely hit a new gear during Who Are You and especially the lighter but equally powerful ballad-meets-rocker Behind Blue Eyes which caused cigarette lighters to flicker throughout.

Yet this current tour isn't exactly the typical hits package The Who have routinely tossed out over recent years. One such number was Sister Disco which was decent but paled compared to the groovy Eminence Front that had Townshend occasionally peeking to his left at a sheet stand, mostly likely with the song's lyrics.

By far the biggest highlight of the evening was Baba O'Riley halfway through the main set. Here Daltrey nailed each line with the same brawny growl he's performed it with for decades as fans came close to drowning him out. The second half wasn't too shabby either with Starkey, Townshend and Daltrey fleshing out the rapid-fire finish.

Meanwhile, the tight and usually short My Generation, complete with Daltrey's signature stutters, was a decent run-of-the-mill effort that went off on a tangent and is still looking to find its way back home.

Nonetheless, when the time came for The Who to deliver the precious spine-tingling moments in the show, they never failed. This was especially evident on Love Reign O'er Me and 5:15 as images of a railroad were shown on a video screen behind them during the latter.

The Who said little during the show aside from Daltrey paying tribute to Elvis Presley with Real Good Looking Boy (which showed early footage of the G.I. era Elvis).

Daltrey and Townshend did joke though before the encore, highlighted by Naked Eye and Pinball Wizard, about how The Who rarely returned for an encore in its formative years. Daltrey mentioned how back then there was so much else apart from music to do but Townshend seemed to nail the reason behind the early encore-less performances.

"There was no way we could've come back on because all the gear would've been destroyed," Townshend quipped.

Nobody knows when The Who will finally call it a day, but it's reassuring knowing that Daltrey and Townshend are not going gently into that good night.

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