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REVIEW: British legends The Who rock St. Paul

REVIEW: British legends The Who rock St. Paul

Updated: September 07, 2019 02:08 PM

“After the anarchy of Reginwolf, now you’re gonna get discipline and order. No smashing of guitars,” joked British rock legend Pete Townshend. 

It’s been three years since The Who brought their 50th Anniversary Tour to the Twin Cities. And on Friday night they brought their “Moving On!” tour to the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul. 

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Roger Daltrey, now 75, and Townshend, 74, jammed along with a five-piece backing band and a 48-piece symphony orchestra for over two hours. 

“When Pete hit his guitar with the windmill stroke, that’s as close as I’ve been to God!” Ian Riley of Woodbury told us as he stood in the merch line waiting to get a T-shirt. 

It was amazing watching these legends shred through classics like “Overture” and “Sparks,” but the clear favorites were “Who Are You” and “Eminence Front.” They also introduced fans to a few songs off their upcoming album set to release in November, “Hero Ground Zero” and “Guantanamo.” 

The orchestra took a short break in the middle of the set but once they rejoined their mates, the very talented female lead violinist and cellist played a beautiful version of “Behind Blue Eyes” while Daltrey shared his smooth vocals. 

Then came the goosebump inducing “Love, Reign O’er Me,” which started with a piano interlude courtesy of Loren Gold. “Baba O’Reily” was the closer, and it rocked. 

If this was The Who’s last visit, they sure gave fans one heck of a farewell. 

Setlist

With orchestra:
•    Overture
•    1921
•    Amazing Journey
•    Sparks
•    Pinball Wizard
•    We’re Not Gonna Take It
•    Who Are You
•    Eminence Front
•    Imagine a Man
•    Hero Ground Zero 

Without Orchestra:
•    Substitute
•    I Can See for Miles
•    The Seeker 
•    Won’t Get Fooled Again (acoustic, Roger & Pete)
•    Behind Blue Eyes (with violin & cello accompanists)

With orchestra:
•    Join Together 
•    Guantanamo (Pete Townshend song) 
•    The Real Me
•    I’m One
•    5:15
•    The Rock
•    Love, Reign O’er Me
•    Baba O’Riley
 

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