Concert Review by Glenn J Eriksen Special
Going into this show, I
really didn’t know what to expect. Would Roger Daltrey
sing Who songs? Solo stuff? New work? What kind of band
would he have?
Well, any doubts were
erased just minutes into what started as a semi-acoustic
“Who Are You,” when Daltrey and his band kicked into
high-voltage mode with a full-bore rockin’ version of the
What followed were
wonderful versions of older Who tunes, some solo work, a
tribute to Johnny Cash and a generous dose of Who
favorites. Concerns over Daltrey’s voice were quickly
blown away – he belted out the rockers with pipes that
certainly didn’t sound like they were in their mid-60s!
Between songs, and explaining the
occasional glitch (this was the second show of the tour),
Daltrey was earthy and down-to-earth – like an easygoing
bloke having a good time with his mates. It was a hoot
when he pointed out a guy near the front who kept
shouting out requests, and Daltrey implored the crowd to
come on down and “beat the s*** out of him!”
What was already a
magical night (especially when you’re just 30 feet from
the stage) was transformed into an epic one when none
other than Eddie Vedder trotted out on stage and joined
Daltrey in performing the Pearl Jam song “Better Man.” A
surge of electricity went through the crowd – we were
witnessing something truly special.
From start to finish,
Daltrey’s band was clean, tight and absolutely fantastic.
Who guitarist Peter Townshend’s brother Simon sounded
just like his older brother on vocals. As for the
drummer, Keith Moon IS BACK – minus the self-destruction.
That guy is GOOD!
When the finale, “Bargain,” with
Vedder again onstage, wrapped up and the band took its
bows, I was left standing there with my jaw hanging open
in stunned amazement – I couldn’t believe what I had just
seen and heard, and I will be eternally grateful for the