Posted in music | pictures on November 15, 2012

photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

The Who

The Who are out performing their classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia on a tour that came to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night (11/14), the first of five NYC-area dates that stretch into the new year (actually six if you count the just-announced Sandy benefit). Tickets are still on sale for those other shows, and pictures and the setlist from the Brooklyn show are in this post. .

Someone at the Greensboro show wrote:

"Concluding Quadrophenia with a stellar "Love Reign O'er Me," the encore was a string of greatest hits which ignited the crowd. "Baba O' Reilly" had the whole coliseum on it's feet reliving teenage wasteland days. Next, Townsend's guitar laid out the opening notes to "Pinball Wizard" and Daltrey seized the vocals. Daltrey was excellent on the classic "Behind Blue Eyes" while manhandling an acoustic guitar. "Who Are You" rocked the place once more before bringing the house down with "Won't Get Fooled Again." As scenes from 9/11 flashed on the video screens the power and emotion of the music could not have been clearer." [CL]
Full NYC setlist and more pictures, opener Vintage Trouble included, below...

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Who guitarist Pete Townsend, who recently came to NYC in celebration of his new memoir Who I Am.

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THE WHO at BARCLAYS CENTER -- SETLIST, 11/14/12
I Am the Sea
The Real Me
Quadrophenia
Cut My Hair
The Punk and the Godfather
I'm One
The Dirty Jobs
Helpless Dancer
Is It in My Head?
I've Had Enough
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Sea and Sand
Drowned
Bell Boy
Doctor Jimmy
The Rock
Love, Reign O'er Me
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Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Pinball Wizard
Baba O'Riley
Won't Get Fooled Again
Tea & Theatre
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Comments (73)

way too many photos of old guys...could stand to edit down

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 9:25 AM

Geriatric ward .. Can't believe you paid to see that! See what you get when you have The Barclays Center

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 9:28 AM

9:28: If you reach that age, you'll be sitting in sweat pants yelling at a television (is my guess). So try to show a little respect for your elders.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 9:35 AM

Enough with the crusty boomers. Haven't you heard that this country is moving forward?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 9:45 AM

Quadrophenia is my favorite Who album, but I am so glad I didn't waste my time or money on this shit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 9:45 AM

Did Townshend take another bare belly solo?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 9:45 AM

Went to the show with a healthy dose of skepticism, but have to say - and haters can hate if they like - that those guys pretty much killed it last night.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 9:47 AM

except it ain't the who. it's half.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 9:49 AM

To anyone who couldn't make it, there's another show at MSG next month and one at my beloved Mausoleum in February.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 10:04 AM

Who's Left?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 10:06 AM

9:49 .. the ho?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 10:10 AM

Denim Dan

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 10:12 AM

Reminds me of the one guy from Pink Floyd touring and doing the Wall around the country. Big money and you don't have to share it with a lot of band mates.

Posted by Steve | November 15, 2012 10:12 AM

the who are missng a drummer and a bassist....why dont they join forces with McCartney (basist) and Ringo (drummer) and go on the road as a supergroup?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 10:22 AM

Went to the show last night - I thought it was amazing considering these guys have been around for ages!
I for one am glad I went!! They also paid tribute to Moon and Entwistle!!
Rock on gentlemen!! Thanks for the great show!

Posted by Mary | November 15, 2012 10:26 AM

2 surviving members of The Who is still The Who. Even though the best stuff was written when Entwistle and Moon were in the band.
Zak Starky is an amazing addition and a phenomenal drummer.
Roger Waters didn't tour as PINK FLOYD. He was touring as Roger Waters preforming "The Wall"..an Album he wrote

I am sure this was an incredible show.Quadrophenia is a great Lp from start to finish.

Great Pictures

Posted by J | November 15, 2012 10:30 AM

10:22 - they have Ringo's progeny, so maybe they can get Stella McCa to design their Stonehenge outfits?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 10:34 AM

Incredible show. Just got tickets for the Garden show.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 10:58 AM

The Who were before my time, but thank god I saw them while Entwhistle was still alive. This is just a joke - time to hang em' up boys.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:01 AM

all you folks clearly never saw them live. Peter, Roger, plus a world class bassist in Palladino, etc. Always kill it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:16 AM

Let me be the voice of reason here to combat the idiots above who seriously don't have a clue.

Went to the show last night. Have seen The Who a number of times before luckily.

This was not good last night. Felt sort of like a cover band doing The Who. While Townsend is still great, Roger cannot hit the notes anymore. If you say otherwise, just go kill yourself cause you are delusional. The show just did not feel like a Who show. Sorry to hit you fools above but I am guessing you have never seen them before. So i can understand why you think the show was amazing. It was not. Far from it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:40 AM

For those wanting to see the other shows don't be a fool and get them on ticketmaster. Good seats were being dumped by scalpers outside for less than face last night.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:44 AM

Daltrey is so old he still wears denim on denim.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:49 AM

I think the last time I'd seen The Who before last night was at the Garden for the Who's Next tour. Jeez. That was a long fucking time ago. -_-

@11:40 wrote: "The show just did not feel like a Who show." I don't necessarily disagree with that. But disagree when he/she wrote: "Felt sort of like a cover band doing The Who." That might sound like a contradiction on my part, but I don't think so. It felt like, arguably and with no disrespect intended to John Entwhistle or Keith Moon, the two core members of The Who, Pete Townshend, who was amazing, and Roger Daltrey, who hit not all but enough of the high notes, performing one of the all-time great albums and a few other Who classics with a highly competent backup band. You can argue what exactly it was or wasn't, but I thought it was pretty damn good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:14 PM

More photos please.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:15 PM

Where are the pictures?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:22 PM

To the "voice of reason" - seeing them several times does not make you an expert and you can not tell the others, such as myself, that it was a bad "cover band" type concert. That is strictly YOUR opinion - you cant tell the rest of us who did enjoy the show that we are dilusional.
Since your such the expert, maybe you missed your calling as an opinionated groupie.
Signed a pleased fool who loved the show. Maybe you should lay off concerts for a while so you can compose yourself after what in your opinion was a bad show.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:24 PM

well being someone who saw them before Keith Moon died and a few times since.
Yeah the Who aren't the same but Pete's guitar sounds the same as the 70's. So its not a cover band!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:41 PM

@12:24 of course i can tell you and others that loved this show that you are idiots. And yes having seen the band a bunch of times does lend that credibility. This was not The Who last night. Sorry,. Deal with it and move on dumb ass. Oh and it is delusional not "dilusional"

@12:14, sorry to disagree with you. It was not even close to pretty damn good. I will bet you a ton of money that in a week you won't even remember this show. Also, to say Daltry hit enough of the notes is just ridiculous. The guy's voice is shot. Cmon. Let reality sink in for a second. It is ok. Keep your memories of seeing them on The Who's Next tour intact.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:45 PM

"I call that a bargain, the best I ever had"-- nobody

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:48 PM

Ever since they changed their name from the Hugh Numbers they've been trash.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:55 PM

@ 12:45 - the great and powerful Oz has spoken LOL Give it up and stop trying to force YOUR opinions on others and thank you ever so much for being the spelling police - my day is now complete and I feel much better now that you corrected me!!!
Big deal you saw them more - who the hell are you to judge? No one - yeah, thats right.
I eagerly await your next opinion.
HAHAHAHAHA what a tool

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 1:01 PM

Oh so sorry you are feeling offended Mr Uneducated. Also sorry you only got to see this crappy show. Life will get better for you i'm sure. Give it time

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 1:06 PM

Guys, c'mon.....a little to much tension in your extension??! It's not about who's been into them longer or who's seen them more times. It's about the meaning and value it gives to your life. At least it's safer to see them in later years then it was in the 70's. If you were a chick @ their shows back then you better hold your piss for the duration of the show. Rapes were notorious @ the Amplitheatre when about 70 percent of the guys in those crowds were hyped up PCP among other things.

Posted by union,illinois | November 15, 2012 1:33 PM

^ Hello, Mr. Old Person who saw The Who 40 years ago. When you're typing a screed like that, does hitting shift+2 really save time over typing 'at'? Just Curious.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 1:49 PM

it's a left handed thing. when you get old you'll have falling accidents,too.

Posted by union,illinois | November 15, 2012 1:55 PM

Saw the show last night, it was pretty great. Quadrophenia is a though piece to pull off which they couldn't do in their prime, but now they can. The videos really added to the music and set the concept off nicely. Worth the ticket price in spades.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 1:56 PM

@1:55 - really? ok - snark apology.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 2:01 PM

"Quadrophenia is a though piece to pull off which they couldn't do in their prime, but now they can."

You are such a clueless fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 2:07 PM

is the backup a reworked fine young cannibals??

Posted by union,illinois | November 15, 2012 2:14 PM

@1:06 - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! You're such a douche!! Maybe you should run for president, or maybe DICKtator
Hurry, go to another show and bash that too!!
If people say they enjoyed it, so be it - your DB opinions mean nothing apparently.
You probably get much joy from tormenting old people and running over puppies too.
Time for you to get your ego in check - no one cares what you think. If they liked it, they liked it...now go cry like a little bitch and quit knocking everyones opinions because they dont match yours.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 2:17 PM

>>it's a left handed thing. when you get old you'll have falling accidents,too.

:-) As long as you're not having potty accidents

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 2:17 PM

2:07 probably doesn't know much about The Who. ignore him :)

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 2:23 PM

@2:17 you seem really angry there buddy. Why so mad? You are ranting.

@2:23 I can assure you i know much more about them than you do.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 2:27 PM

you kiddin?? that's why they invented depends. it's why i'm out. once a month shopping. and frivolous, free and really stooge quality fun on this ridiculous piece of technology. would like to get stoned with all you people. we could change each others diapers........

Posted by union,illinois | November 15, 2012 2:27 PM

@2:27 - Angry? Hardly! I just think its BS that the Dbag that is insisting that they sucked in his/her opinion and seems to want everone else to jump on the "all knowing and all wise" band-wagon.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but that doesnt mean we should try to force it down someone elses throat God forbid someone doesnt agree with their opinion....because it's apparent they are the expert concert critic and missed their calling.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 2:38 PM

Of course you are angry. You have made the same comment over and over in a somewhat overly long post each time. Some of them you even included caps locked HAHA's

A clear sign of someone very mad and hurt.

Now go away fuckwit. The show was really not good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 2:45 PM

@ 2:45 Hehehehehehe - a douche is a douche is a douche, with opinions that no one gives a crap about.
Hope you feel really super about yourself!! You get an E for your efforts today, alas no ones opinions have changed because you think they should.
Someone should slap your parents once.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 2:59 PM

how many kids were in the front pit?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 3:12 PM

"with opinions that no one gives a crap about."

Oh but your opinions matter so much that you feel like you can be a spokesperson for everyone else on what they give a crap about.

How's that pie in your face tasting, idiot?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 3:16 PM

I'll be the voice of hummus here. I've eaten Sabras before, several times. The lemon hummus last night was just OK. If you ate it back in the 70s when most of you had never heard of hummus you would know why it was not epic like many of you kids are saying.

Now GET OFFA MY LAAAAAAAAWN!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 3:24 PM

well put. gee, if youth could tell what age knew........

Posted by union,illinois | November 15, 2012 3:39 PM

@ 3:16, unlike you I am not forcing my opinions down other people throats.
All I am saying is that everyone is entitled to their opinion and just because you dont agree with it doesnt give you the right to shoot them down. Who are you to think otherwise?
Some enjoyed the show - fantastic, some (like you, almighty concert guru) did not. The ones who liked it are not forcing their opinions down your throat so what gives you the right to pass judgement upon others because of their opinions?
Pie is delicious, you should try it, its called humble pie.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 3:39 PM

Very disconcerting to see all the rocker Who pictures adjacent to the Lana Del Rey 'Paradise' ads to the left....:-)

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 3:42 PM

The concert was great and even my teenage son who is their big fun was able to see The Who still performing... It is something that young generation likes same groups their parents like and they can still see them live and enjoy that music!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 3:48 PM

pete is one of the finest rock guitar players of all time... he's got punch and muscle... it ain't the original Who but Pete and Rog alone are better than most bands playing rock and roll today... even at their advanced age...

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 4:18 PM

Roger's voice definitely sounded worn, especially towards the end of the show, but overall he was solid enough considering the challenging nature of the material and the amount of mileage on his voice.

Pete sounded great, both on guitar and vocals. I'm One is always great, and it was almost worth the ticket price alone just to hear Pete sing the "Don't Cry, Don't Raise Your Eye" part of Baba O'Riley.

Zak Starkey is one of the greatest drummers in the world, and Pino Palladino and the rest of the band sounded great. The visuals were well put together, and the John and Keith tributes were excellent.

All in all a solid show. It may not have been 1973 The Who, but who cares when it is still this good in 2012?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 4:21 PM

@ 4:21 - well said!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 4:33 PM

The tunes took on their own life long ago and their history speaks for itself but even if I had had children I wouldn't have influenced them to become Who fans today. The guy has always been outspoken but any speculation back in the day about them being gay was largely left in the closet. Recent comments he's made and that book leave alot to be desired. For a guy who's so prolific and inventive as a songwriter that book was a real disappointment. Perhaps it's age but I feel he lost alot of muscle as performer making statements like that. Maybe he feels entitled, I don't know...Or it is quite possibly their last hurrah. Anyway, a poor strategy to use to sell tickets. Some parts of this country are really sick of having that shit shoved down their throats. It might be a new America but I'm still entitled to my beliefs. God made Adam and Eve-not Adam and Steve.

Posted by scotsman and a lady stables | November 15, 2012 4:34 PM

^ go fuck yourself, with whichever parts your God gave you.

Posted by ALMOST everybody else who reads BV | November 15, 2012 4:43 PM

"the who are missng a drummer and a bassist....why dont they join forces with McCartney (basist) and Ringo (drummer) and go on the road as a supergroup?"

they got the next best thing... Ringo's son.

btw, show was awesome last night

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 5:07 PM

Don't worry--Scot Halpin was more than adequate filling in for Keith Moon on the drums.

Posted by Regular reader | November 15, 2012 5:24 PM

Wow, Entwistle looks great.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 5:47 PM

Had a friend who worked for the news media in the 90's and she used to love these Brit rock stars till she met them. God forbid if your not the trophy model type. She's pretty thick skinned but was horribly insulted and very turned off. Has not attended concerts since.

Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2012 8:17 PM

I really enjoyed seeing The Who on their 2002 Farewell Tour at MSG. That was about 4 tours ago now!!! What gives?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 9:28 PM

lotta rockin daddies in this thread

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:43 PM

Got to agree with the people who said the show was not very good. I cannot fathom the tastes of the ones who said they loved it. I am guessing they have never seen them before or are just too old to know better. Hey, some people like to wallow in mediocrity.

It was just eh. Pete's guitar playing did not even sound as good as it has in the past.

Please also stop with the comments about the challenging nature of the songs. Give me a break. The Who have played Quadrophenia songs many many times over the years and done it much better than at this show.

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Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2012 2:40 AM

Not a big fan - but glad to hear scalpers were dumping tickets at the venue. I couldn't pull the trigger on $831 Stones tix yesterday, and hope to get in for less than 2 weeks salary.

Posted by under-employed | November 20, 2012 1:00 PM

The Who's Farewell Tour was actually not in 2002....it was in 1982!!
Yes, 30 years ago they played their final tour. Until the ten other tours they've done since.
Hey, it is their right to do what they do. The other two are dead, but Pete and Roger want to play so they play.
It is not the same, and they never said it was going to be (in fact, Roger Daltrey said several times in 1979 that it was never going to be the same without Keith.)
But the songs are there, Townshend is still the guitarist that he's always been and has been back to full electric for over a decade now, and Daltrey never phones it in - working harder than ever with a voice that is still there in the lower registers, where some of his powerful performances reside anyway.
They aren't doing "greatest hits". It is Quadrophenia, and for the most part it works. The "history lesson" aspect of the visuals is a misstep, but the beach/sea imagery is done beautifully. No band should have 9/11 clips in the name of entertainment though - that's shameless.
Otherwise, these guys still have a ton of heart and are worth seeing, because the real farewell isn't too far off on stage.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2012 1:01 PM

11/15 12:45- you would think that such an amazing, know - all fan of The Who would know that the singer's name is "Daltrey", not "Daltry". Especially one so conscious of spelling. Just saying.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 1:01 AM

They've never done it but it would be awesome if just one tour (select major cities) was devoted to obscure tunes they've done over the years. Sadly, much of their best work will go uncelebrated. I mean everything comes to an end one day. Some of the old bootlegs had tracks you'll never hear again. Just a heads up for some of you if you ever can get a hold of "Who's Zoo" that was the original "Quad" recorded live all over this country though most of it I believe was recorded @ the Garden. Simon was @ Martyr's in the city tonite but to far to drive/find parking and my cows are sick. Found a sitter for Friday nite but can't find one for tomorrow. Curious to see them again after fourteen years..............

Posted by union farm widow | November 28, 2012 9:13 PM

The who is still amazing to see live.

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