> From: Crfclause"at"aol.com
> To: kathyvt
> Subject: Who Concert...WOW! - July 29 TORONTO
> Date: Wednesday, July 30, 1997 2:06 AM
> The Who at the Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto
> July 29, 1997
> SET LIST: QUADROPHENIA (Complete); plus Won't Get Fooled Again (Pete & Roger,
> Pete plays acoustic. John joins in on Bsus4 chord - [Pinball Wizard]),
> Behind Blue Eyes (1st half - The original Who, then all players (tutti)),
> Substitute, Can't Explain Pete's speech/introductions, and Who Are You (led
> by Roger playing acoustic guitar). [PJ Proby: Godfather, and Ben Waters:
> Ace Face]
> I have to make this short, as I am very tired and have a long day tomorrow.
> But, I have to write about what I experienced almost 4 hours ago. I have
> seen the Who three times: once in 1981 at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto and
> in 1982 at Rich Stadium. Although the Rich Stadium show has been my all-time
> favourite, this show tonight was simply phenomenal. NEVER in all of the live
> footage I have seen of the band or my live experiences have I seen the three
> members of the Who have such a good time together. Pete played mostly
> electric, using his Fender Strats (Red and White mainly), which was a great
> surprise. In fact, during one of the piano pieces (Reign O'er Me?), his
> plexiglass "booth" tipped over and hit the keyboard in classic Who style! In
> fact, Pete's inspired performance, complete with windmills galore, fats
> strumming (as well as a touch of right-hand flamenco style in Fooled Again)
> and energetic grace, made the show a remarkable Who experience. It was great
> to see him do what he does best!! Roger did a fine job to a piece that was
> written out of this range 24 years ago!! There were some missed high notes,
> but his vocal phrasing was dynamic, powerful, and musical. Fantastic horn
> section, great guitar solos and vocal harmonies by Simon T, and a tight set
> of arrangements, thanks to Billy Nichols. Zak Starkey's interpretation of
> one of the greatest "parts" in rock and roll drum history was faithful,
> creatively innovative and downright FANTASTIC. He drove the piece with
> excellent tempos (except for SEA AND SAND, which was too slow) and youthful
> energy. Keith would have been proud! However, the highlight for me was
> seeing the incredible bass solo by John Entwistle during 5:15. I have never
> seen Entwistle play with so much energy and high level of virtuosity. It
> left me breathless!! (note: I was mad at the sound guy for mixing him too
> low the whole night!!).
> If Quadrophenia is a work you hold close to your heart, get ready to be
> moved. It was an incredible night, where I was close to crying about 5
> times...not bad for a guy!! If you haven't got tickets yet, GET THEM NOW!!
> This is a MUST SEE concert for those who love this work. And the bonus is
> seeing them do a few of our old faves, especially Substitute. In fact, Can't
> Explain brought the house down AGAIN (it was brought down a lot last night).
> Don't let cynical feelings keep you away from what is THE rock and roll
> concert event of the summer. ..... What a night!
> P.S. Oh yeah, a portion of the ticket price went to the Canadian Music
> Therapy Foundation - what a great idea!!
> And so to bed!!
> Christopher Clause
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