October 24, 2020

1994-02-25 – The Herald Palladium

1994 02 25 The_Herald_Palladium_Fri__Feb_25__1994_

Roger Daltrey stages Carnegie Hall shows

Who lead singer
packs In the stars,

Associated Press Writer

oger Daltrey, lead singer of
R the Who for 20 years, turns

50 next Tuesday, so he's cel-
ebrating big this week by doing
two concerts at New York’s Came-
gie Hall.

At the first one Wednesday
night, Daltrey rocked the hall, in
splendid . voice and looking fit,
showing chest and arm muscles,

at the more than three-hour con- , . °

cert. Behind him, Michael Ka-
men condiIcted an orchestra
from the Juilliard School.

.The evening, taped for a pay-
.pe'r-view speeial Saturday night,

was a tribute to Pete Towns--

hend. guitarist and composer in
the Who and one ofthe guests.

The audience was in an infor—
mal party spirit and definitely
not intimidated by Carnegie Hall.
People booed the arrival of Si-
nead O’Connor, yelled messages
to Daltrey, jumped up repeatedly
in standing ovations, roared with
delight when a guest occasion-
ally used profanity, dancedtin
place to rhythmic numbers.

Daltrey began the concert by
singing “I Can See for Miles”
and “You Better You Bet.” He
'said he chose, his guests with
care, for special reasons, then in-
troduced the Spin Doctors, say-
ing the audience would hear
influences of the Who.

They were followed by saxo-
phonist David Sanbornr Alice
Cooper, who got a standing
ovation for “I’m a Boy,” then
threw his black baton into the
audience,, the waif—like Linda

STAR-STUDDED: Peter Townshend (right) steps to the mike during the finale oi the first of two Roger Daltrey (left) Carnegie Hall shows. The
Who alumni were joined by (from left) Linda Perry of Four Non Blondes, Spin Doctor Chris Barron and Alice Cooper.

Perry of Four Non-Blondes and
Lou Reed, who gave his selection
a sensitive country-blues feeling.

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
sang two weil-known Townshend
songs — “My Generation” and

“The Kids are Alright," —- and an
obscure one, “Sitting in the
Shade at the Sheraton Gibson
Playing My Gibson."

Daltrey sang songs from
“Tommy” then Townshend came

on and played a song from his
solo album “Iron Man” and the
Who song “Who Are You?”

The audience yelled for an en-
core. “How am I going to follow
that?” Daltrey mused. “I must be

crazy.” -

But he did follow it, with
“Won’t Get Fooled Again." Then
the audience sang “Happy Birth-
day.” Daltrey wasn't crazy. It
was his night.