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Concert review: The Who does 'Quadrophenia' proud in Tulsa

BY GEORGE LANG Modified: February 15, 2013 at 5:21 am •  Published: February 15, 2013

The 20,000-strong crowd showed its love to the band throughout "Quadrophenia," but was most energized by the encore, which pulled heavily from 1971's "Who's Next." The band's massive round video screens complemented the synthesizer parts on tracks such as "Baba O'Riley" with frenetic computer graphics, but the real focus was on Daltrey as the crowd anticipated the famous scream near the close of "Won't Get Fooled Again." Over four decades after recording it, Daltrey can still send that scream to the back of the arenas, and Townshend, who suffered tinnitus in the late-1980s but has since recovered much of his hearing, is able to expertly recreate his signature riffs and melodies -- no jumps or splits anymore, but he still managed to execute his classic windmill slashes at his strings.

The rest of the band left Daltrey and Townshend onstage for the final song, "Tea and Theatre," a track from 2006's "Endless Wire" that looked back with nostalgia on The Who's accomplishments and legacy. "We did it all/ Didn't we?" Daltrey sang as Townshend plucked out the song's delicate acoustic melody. On Thursday night, The Who did not dig deep into their catalog and classics like "I Can't Explain" and "My Generation" were nowhere to be found, but when it came to "Quadrophenia," they did it all, and they did it proud.