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Mon Oct 19 10:49:45 UTC 2009
Roger Daltrey Honors John Entwistle, Garth Hudson at L.A. Show
Posted on Oct 18th 2009 4:00PM by Steve Baltin
When the Who take the stage, it's deservedly an event. With a catalog 40 years in the making, frontman Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend, the last two remaining original members of the band, have earned that right. On Saturday night at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, Daltrey was at the helm of a more low-key event, taking to the stage as part of his 'Use It Or Lose It' solo tour with another Townshend by his side, Pete's younger brother Simon. But the music of the Who continued to assert itself alongside Daltrey's solo work.
Daltrey took advantage of the smaller size and lack of pomp and circumstance. After opening with a rocking "Who Are You" that showed off his six-piece band, the singer reminisced about late great Who bassist John Entwistle and talked about how the next song, which the band rarely performed anymore, hadn't been the same without his fallen band mate.
While it would've been great to hear The Ox's background vocals one more time, the rare "Pictures Of Lily" was still a highlight of the night, along with "Behind Blue Eyes," which Daltrey called his "favorite song." It hadn't been performed on the solo tour, he added, but it was a request that evening.
Who songs like "I Can See For Miles" were arguably the framework of the night. In its recorded version, that track featured Townshend on vocals because, as Daltrey explained, "I never sang it on record, my voice is too gruff, rough." Daltrey then dug into his solo catalog for a few tracks and dedicated a Celtic song to the Band's Garth Hudson, mentioning that he and Townshend have always loved and admired his work.
Though seeing Daltrey chatty, relaxed, and commanding his solo material provided highlights, there was no question that ferocious versions of "Young Man Blues" and "Baba O'Riley" were the peak of the performance. For "Baba," the audience was up on its feet and yelling along.
-Brian in Atlanta
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