Half of The Who rock the Blaisdell

by billso on Wednesday, 4 August 2004

Music: Last night I saw The Who, or what I would describe as Who’s Left. This was The Who’s first appear­ance here in 37 years, I am told. Roger Dal­trey and Pete Town­shend are still around and still great, but other musi­cians are fill­ing in, includ­ing a cou­ple of my early-80s favorites.

On the right of Dal­trey, we have Pete’s brother Simon Town­shend. I remem­ber Simon from his 1983 album Sweet Sound. On the left is bassist Pino Pal­ladino, who still plays like he’s the lead, which is essen­tial to fill in for John Ent­whis­tle. Pino did get a few sec­onds of glory last night dur­ing the bass run in “My Gen­er­a­tion”. He was on Jools Hol­lands’ first album and in Paul Young’s band. Zak

Starkey was on drums, but with­out Keith Moon, the prop­erty dam­age was minimal.

But it was a damn good show. We got most of the major Who songs, plus half an hour of Tommy. The demo­graph­ics of the audi­ence skewed old, with many exam­ples of just plain weird cloth­ing. T-shirts were $50 apiece, so I passed on the loot. The show ended around 10 PM, as The Man needs his sleep. Con­cert review from the Star is here. Thanks Sam!

Roger Daltrey. Courtesy of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Pete Townshend. Courtesy of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin

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