Review: The Who proves they're better than alright

Oklahoman Modified: March 25, 2007 at 6:50 am •  Published: March 25, 2007

/> Nearly 30 years after his death, drummer Keith Moon's shadow still looms large, but without a doubt, Starkey is the next best thing. The son of Ringo Starr, Starkey received his first drum set as a gift from Moon, and he clearly models his style after him.

Palladino, a longtime sideman for Townshend, maintained the same low-key stance as John Entwistle and capably spooled out the monstrous bass solo on "My Generation.”

Simon Townshend filled out the sound both on guitar and vocal, his harmonies closely matching those of his older brother.

The Who closed out its main set with a superb rendering of "Won't Get Fooled Again,” and Daltrey sounded completely recovered and full of fire on the song, knocking the signature scream to the back of the arena.

The band took a brief break, then returned for an encore dominated by their 1969 classic, "Tommy,” including "Pinball Wizard,” before closing with "Tea & Theatre,” the bare-bones closing track from "Endless Wire” that references The Who's long, difficult, but ultimately triumphant history.

With Daltrey in fine voice and Pete Townshend fully engaged with both his instrument and the audience, The Who proved that the men are better than just alright.

— George Lang


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