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The Who
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The Who

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 7:30p

IOne of rock’s legendary and defining bands, have announced a major North American arena tour where they’ll perform their iconic 1973 double album "Quadrophenia" in its entirety, along with a selection of Who classics.

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Few bands in the history of rock & roll were riddled with as many contradictions as the Who. All four members had wildly different personalities, as their notoriously intense live performances demonstrated....
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Arena at Gwinnett Center
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy.
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 813-7500
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Nov 06, 2012 - beau_gust
Long Live Rock!

The Who rocked an enthusiastic crowd at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Monday night with an amazing, energetic performance of Pete Townshend’s second rock opera. Quadrophenia tells the story of a Mod in the early 60s who has a four-way personality split, which four parts represent the members of the Who. The show managed to bring us all four original members, in spite of the fact that two of them have died.
Quadrophenia was performed from start to finish by The Who’s current band with a few added performers to fill up the sound. It was a bravura performance, despite an occasional missed line. The show opened with Pino Palladino replicating the opening bass lines of The Real Me. Simon Townshend (Pete’s brother) was on guitar and backup vocals. John Bundrick capably provided keyboards, and Zak Starkey served up thundering drums. They were supported by two trumpeters and a second keyboardist. Of course, Daltry provided vocals and some acoustic guitar and Townshend played lead and rhythm guitar.
Daltrey’s voice, roughened by age, couldn’t hit the high notes any longer, but it hardly mattered. Pete Townshend’s guitar was mixed a little low, though for much of Quadrophenia he played acoustic, leaving the electric guitar to Simon.
After Quadrophenia, a small selection of Who classics were performed, lightly skimming over the band’s history, with an emphasis on songs from Who’s Next. There were a few glitches (it was only the third performance of the tour). Daltrey missed a line or two, and during the “quiet guitar” part of Who Are You, Townshend apparently couldn’t hear his monitor on stage and so just abandoned his lead. The band just picked up at the next part of the song as though it was planned.
The Who have always been known for a great light show, and this time was no different. Quadrophenia has a number of instrumental pieces, and during these they showed scenes which followed history through the years of the bands lives, on several screens behind and above the stage. Some were historical, some tied in the Quadrophenia theme of Mods vs. Rockers, and some were of the band throughout their history. The visuals ebbed and flowed with the rhythm of the music effortlessly.
It was via these screens that the deceased and much missed band members were included. At one point, the screens presented John Entwhistle ripping off astonishing bass lead, accompanied by Zak Starkey on drums (live). During the song Bell Boy, recorded scenes of Keith Moon singing the part of the Ace Face Mod let the Who’s original drummer join in. Keith and John were frequently pictured on the background throughout the show, to the delight of the crowd.
They closed out the show with a touching performance of Tea and Theatre from the Endless Wire – a sort of “old friends remembering their past” acoustic piece which seemed a perfect end to the night.

 
 
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