The Who Hits 50! + Slydigs – San Diego – May 27, 2016

The Who has been one of my favorite groups since I can remember knowing about rock ‘n’ roll.  I can recall the first time I heard Quadrophenia in junior high and it has been in my main listening rotation ever since.  In high school “Baba O’Reilly”, from Who’s Next, was still played regularly at school dances and when I got to college my roommate had a GIANT promo picture of the cover art from Who Are You hanging in our dorm room.  I’ve seen The Who several times, including a trip to The Forum in the mid-’70s and the Quadrophenia tour just a few years ago.  Including this last show, if I close my eyes and just take in the music I don’t feel that the passage of time has diminished their power and musicality at all.  Sure, it’s not the same without Keith Moon and The Ox, but with Zak Starkey  on drums and Pino Palladino on bass the creative duo of Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey have found very capable substitutes.

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