The WHO hits a Grand Slam in Philly!

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The Who performing at Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia

The WHO and Philadelphia have had a relationship longer than some marriages with almost 50 years.  On a prefect evening, The WHO took over Citizens Bank Park the home of the Phillies.  As I walked to our location to take pictures it was overwhelming to look back and see the dedicated masses who filled the stands and ball field to celebrate the “Moving On” tour.  No stranger to musical exploration, The WHO have always challenged the definition of rock music, and this night would be no different, as the stage was filled with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend also added the familiar WHO players in the band featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey (son of Ringo Starr). 

The show which clocked in at over 2 hours with combinations of orchestra and non-orchestra sets, was just the right mix to keep the night moving.  Since the band has such an extensive catalog, the songs selections which included many songs rarely played live (“Imagine a Man”) to the delight of the hardcore fans who surrounded me.  Daltrey and Townshend did their trademark windmill and mic twirl albeit in an abbreviated fashion.  The two truly seemed to be getting along with each trading goodhearted jabs at each other.  Townshend was very vocal dropping self deprecating one liners throughout the night which had the crowd laughing. 

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The Who performing at Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia

I personally loved the solo work in “Won’t Get Fooled Again” featuring an improvisational hammer-on fashion ala EVH by Townshend.  After a magic bus ride through their musical history, they saved the best for last closing with Baba O’Riley. The violin solo portion of the song, featured local native Katie Jacoby.  Katie provided an enthusiastic note for note solo while wearing a Phillies Bryce Harper Jersey which sent the crowd into a frenzy. 

The Who setlist

The Who setlist

The Who will be releasing their first album of new songs in thirteen years later this year. This Live Nation produced tour, The Who’s North American MOVING ON! brings their indelible brand of powerhouse rock to 29 cities (CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFO). The tour which kicked off date on May 7 in Grand Rapids, MI will start their fall dates on September 6 in St. Paul, MN and conclude on October 23 in Edmonton, AB.

The Who - Moving On!

The Who – Moving On!

In addition, $1 from each ticket sold for the MOVING ON! TOUR will benefit Teen Cancer America (www.teencanceramerica.org.), a charity launched in 2012 by Daltrey, with Townshend. The charity is now established in the USA, with offices in Los Angeles and devoted Teen Cancer units being opened in hospitals all over the U.S. TCA’s work has impacted over 5,000 young people and their families nationwide during the last six years.

Article and Photographs by: Bob Linneman

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