Two of the Who revive 'Quadrophenia'

  • Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 28, 2012 - 1:52 PM

Review: Townshend and Daltrey played their other rock opera in its entirety Tuesday at Target Center.

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mike316Nov. 28, 1212:14 AM

I know you guys usually put out a quick review and then another full review the next day. I'm not complaining about the opinions in this one. It's a totally disjointed piece though. There was more about the band's dead members than there was about the concert.

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annieoakNov. 28, 12 6:30 AM

Correction for the caption: Simon Townsend is Pete's younger brother, not his son. Great show, and the author's commentary regarding the audience sitting really doesn't say much here in the Twin Cities. I have been to shows across the US, as well as in Europe and by far, Minneapolis crowds are the worst in overall energy and basically wanting to stay seated. I was actually happy to see the floor section stand during Quadrophenia. We were not so lucky in section 113 due to people asking us to sit five minutes in. I figured if Pete and Roger can stay on their feet for the whole show, the least we younger kids could do is the same.

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blummymNov. 28, 12 6:42 AM

An outstanding concert! Never sat once Chris; nor did anybody around me! Townshend has still got it down. The new help makes them sound so awesome and as close to Keith and John being still around as possible! Saw them at the Civic Center in '82 and they have aged so much better than me!!! With Pete's troubles and in respect to the cause, I almost didn't attend, but they truly put on a great show! THANK YOU!!!!!

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whynotrightNov. 28, 12 8:09 AM

I went to the show, a friend gave me 2 comp tickets and while trying to give away one of them at Kieran’s Irish Pub I won 2 more tickets. I tried to give them away but almost everyone already had tickets, many given to them. I think a good share of attendees were on free tickets. It was decent show, the 2 founding members playing are getting old as were many of us who remember them from our youth. At least they weren’t on the dreaded casino circuit... yet.

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trickydebbieNov. 28, 12 9:28 AM

Having now seen The Who 4 times, I can say that last night's show may well have been the best one of them all. I am obviously a fan of theirs and but, in particular, the operas of “Tommy” and “Quadrophenia”. I have read and played music my entire life (since I was 4!) so I have a great appreciation of the melodies, themes and orchestration that went into making these two masterpieces. The fact that they both came from the mind of Pete Townshend is just amazing to me; he is a modern day Beethoven in my opinion. Yes people were sitting throughout the performance but that doesn’t mean that they weren’t excited or appreciative to be there. I saw many people around me “air-drumming” and nodding their heads along with every nuance in each song. These people obviously knew the material well and were simply just lost in the music and I would say they enjoyed it just as much as the people who were standing. I loved the incorporation of video clips of Keith Moon and John Entwistle and noticed the way Roger turned and looked up at the screen while the clips were playing. I felt it was a great way to honor two people who were such an integral part of band from the beginning. I hope this tour is being received well across the country and they decide to go out on the road again next year. I want to see them again!

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goldencroNov. 28, 1211:45 AM

I think Pete and Roger knew this tour was going to appeal to more the deep fan base of The Who and thus a lesser draw was expected or at least not surprising. I felt the bands energy diminish when they rolled into the final five "classic" songs. They look like they are tired of playing them and frankly I am tired of hearing them.

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JamesSorbyNov. 28, 12 1:17 PM

Zak Starkey (Ringo's son) did an excellent job on the drums. He played on every song and was able to capture the unique Moon style of playing. Townsend at times did talk/sing through some lines that he seemed to know his voice wouldn't be able to sing. In a recent special Townsend said they haven't performed Quadrophenia since it came out in it's entirety but for a few times. And only after the initial release. The album had so many tracks it took 3 keyboard players on stage to recreate it live. Just to hear the whole piece together made it worth while to go. As for standing up or sitting down. Quadrophenia was never a "danceable" album. Looking around me everyone was sitting but had both legs bouncing (channeling their inner Keith Moon I suspect) and head bobbing and singing along. A lot of the music of that time was made to be listened to and the intricacies appreciated. It doesn't have to be danceable to be enjoyable.

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BismarckerNov. 28, 12 3:57 PM

The Who was fantastic and can't wait to see them again. Melodic Rock Concerts will have a cool review by Friday. I urge you to look it up.

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realworldmomNov. 28, 12 4:47 PM

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are "passing themselves off as The Who"? If Pete Townshend can't lay claim to The Who, who can? Of the three Who shows I've seen in Minneapolis, this one was the best. Reimenschneider's not a fan, is maybe too young -- that's cool. For fans, the show was fantastic.

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kwolivaNov. 29, 12 2:19 PM

I'm a little late to the party but wanted to say I was at the concert with my daughter and we both thought it was fantastic. I was at their WHO'S NEXT Tour concert at the Met Center in '71 and they were great then and they're great now. Also, like trickydebbie and realworldmom, I would like to know how anyone can make a statement like the one about "passing themselves off as The Who", Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are the heart and soul of THE WHO. Moreover Pete Townshend is THE WHO!! I wonder how many composers over the past 40+ years can match the quantity and quality of his work. If you saw Pete Townshend at this concert you saw a guy that really loves to rock.

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