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2007-02-25 – Reno Gazette Journal

2007 02 25 Reno_Gazette_Journal_Sun__Feb_25__2007_

CONCERT REVIEW

Who’s classics chief thrill for Reno crowd Friday

BYJASQNJSELLNER
jkellner@rg].com

In The Who‘s first Reno
appearance Friday at the
Reno Events Center, the band
brought much nostalgia for its
near—sold—out crowd, but also a
heavy dose of new music for the
band‘s 2 hour, 15 minute show.

Opening with the very first
single, 1965‘s “I Can't Explain,"
Pete Townshend. Roger Daltrey
and company wasted no time in
bringing the mostly older crowd
to its feet.

Daltrey immediately launched
into his microphone swings, and
Townshend didn’t wait through
one song to prove he could still
perform his trademark windmill
guitar playing (although the
gymnastic jumps are no longer a
part of the show for the 61 year—
old guitarist).

The Who didn't try to distract
the audience with flashy visual
effects, and their performance
throughout the night would
prove they didn’t need to. A
simple five‘panel video display
showed footage of the band in
its past glories as well as random
psychedelic images.

Just about 15 minutes into
the show the band dug into
a somewhat stubborn set
consisting mostly of 10 songs
from the new album, “Endless
Wire,” starting off with
“Fragments" and closing the

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show with “Tea and Theatre.”

With about 25 songs in the
show, devoting almost half to
the new album seemed a bit
much. given the band's 40v()dd
years and 10 studio albums.

All the new songs, in which
the audience seemed mildly
interested, left no room for
such favorites as “I Can See for
Miles,” “Love Reign O’er Me,”
or “Magic Bus.”

Still, the band, with Pino
Palladino on bass and Ringo
Starrvkid Zak Starkey on drums.
sounded tight, and had the
audience hanging.

Starkey provided a solid
foundation worthy of any stormy
drumming from original Who
drummer Keith Moon, and,
dare I say above and beyond the
drumming of dad Ringo.

And through such Who
classics as “Behind Blue Eyes."
“Baba O'Riley" and “My
Generation," Townshend
and Daltrey proved their
worthiness of still being out
there commanding top dollar
($703170) for tickets.

They didn't pull it all off
without error, nor did they try
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When Daltrey started to sing
a wrong song as the band kicked
in. he stopped and said. “oh, I

haven't got the right key." before
realizing he had entirely the
wrong song.

Shrugging it off, he said “s—t
happens” to the amused and
forgiving crowd.

Townshend paused to share
his memories of driving through
the Sierra with his daughters in
an RV before touching on the
band’s midvperiod with 1982‘s
“Eminence Front.”

And they erased any doubt
about their modemvday
relevance when launching into
“Won’t Get Fooled Again,"
where the audience waited.
with breath held, for Daltrey’s
climactic wail of “yee—eahhhh,"
which he can still hit.

The band returned for an
encore of “Pinball Wizard,"
“Amazing Journey," Sparks"
and “See Me Feel Me," before
closing with the sleepy duet of
just Daltrey and Townshend
singing the new “Tea and
Theatre," in a display of
camaraderie that erased years of
arguing.

Openers Rose Hill Drive
played a 40—minute set of
Southern rock with a tinge of
metal that proved to be the
best unknown opening act I've
seen in years, and the audience
seemed to agree. The bass player
acknowledged during their set
that he had to pinch himself
when he announced that The
Who was coming up next.

SCOTT SADY’RENO GAZETTE-JOL‘RNAL

Guitarist Pete Townshend. 61 . rocks out during The Who’s concert at the Reno
Events Center Friday.