The Who in Concert (Pretenders open)

The Who in Concert (Sunrise, Florida), 11-20-2006 BankAtlantic Center. With Set List.

Before we get to the who, a brief word about Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders. What a fucking awesome opening act. They need their own show. Talk about the currently reigning queen of rock, she’s right here. You can see she’s been around awhile because she knows how to rock and she did a great job. I was happy to see it was nearly 2/3rds full when they started at 735pm and went for about 45 minutes.

I’ve always been a casual fan of The Who, but I was excited at the chance to finally see them live. I was expecting a concert much like the rapidly-aging Rolling Stones would put on. The Who out-rocks the Stones. I must admit this — and I like the Stones more than the Who. They took the stage at 850pm and rocked until just shy of 11pm. And when I say rocked, I mean rocked. This band doesn’t take it easy, and the crowd appreciated it — despite the paper’s lukewarm review today. I enjoyed the music, the cool background visuals, everything. I can say I am more a Who fan now than before the show.

The Who had more feeling in their performance and it showed. They didn’t coast through most of the numbers and gave it a good show. Plus, we got a bit of the “South Florida” connection because a number of the songs were written locally in WPB as we were told by Pete — Roger was largely silent when it came to audience banter.

Their new mini-opera was pretty damned good, too. Nobody stood, but it’s a new group of songs and this crowd wanted to sing Teenage Wasteland (Baba O’Reily) at the top of their collective lungs. It was a widely age diverse crowd, too. I liked that.

So we’ve got Pete’s relative (Simon) and a Ringo Starr relative in the band. It’s the celebrity back-up band. On keyboards we had Brian Kehew who is the band’s keyboard technician because the regular player’s wife is very ill and had flown to London a few days before. And let me tell you, they were good. Really good. This was a very tight performance in every good way possible.

Set List (hopefully accurate)
I Can’t Explain,
The Seeker,
Who Are You,
Behind Blue Eyes,
Real Good Looking Boy,
Sound Round,
Pick Up The Peace,
Endless Wire,
We Got A Hit,

They Made My Dreams Come True,

Mirror Door,

Baba O’Riley,

Eminence Front,

Man In A Purple Dress (w/o band),
Mike Post Theme,
You Better You Bet,
My Generation,
Cry If You Want,
Won’t Get Fooled Again

encore begins

Pinball Wizard,

Amazing Journey,


See Me Feel Me,

Tea And Theatre

added 25 Nov 2006:

The Who roadie joins band

From World Entertainment News Network / November 25, 2006 9:15 AM EST

A roadie for rock legends THE WHO has been asked to join the band after he impressed them with his keyboard skills. Band member JOHN BUNDRICK had to pull out of their US tour when his wife became ill, and American roadie BRIAN KEHEW was immediately asked to step in. The Who’s manager, ROBERT ROSENBERG, says, “Roadies sometimes stand in for the musicians during the soundcheck. When the band heard Brian they were really impressed.”

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