The Who opened their 37-date Quadrophenia & More tour this week on November 1st, at Sunrise, Florida's BB&T Center. The band paid tribute to late members John Entwistle and Keith Moon during the Quadrophenia portion of the show, with Roger Daltrey exclaiming at one point during "5:15," "I hear the thunder!" as the screens showed Entwistle's' classic bass solo from the band's 2002 performance at London's Royal Albert Hall. Similarly, Keith Moon's vocal and image was used from the band's 1974 performance of "Bell Boy" at London's Charlton Athletic Football Ground with the footage of Moon, like that of Entwistle's, raising the roof.
In addition to Quadrophenia being performed in its entirety, the band returned for a five-song encore, which saw an irate Pete Townshend leaving the stage due to the volume being too loud during "You Better You Bet." Daltrey and the band carried on -- without Townshend -- for "Baba O'Riley." The Who had sound-checked "Won't Get Fooled Again" earlier in the day and was expected to close the show with it.
Rob Lee, the webmaster of TheWho.com posted on the band's message board: "All in all a very good start. A few technical glitches in Quadrophenia but fixable. The volume seemed to increase in the second half of the show, which was the general backstage opinion after show as to why Pete made his abrupt departure. I noticed that the volume levels seem to creep up towards the end of Quadrophenia, with 'Love Reign O'er Me,' for some reason, creeping towards 11."
In addition to Townshend and Daltrey, the Who's touring band features Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, Townshend's younger brother Simon Townshend on guitar and backing vocals, along with Quadrophenia session pianist Chris Stainton, Loren Gold on keyboards and backing vocals, and Daltrey solo sideman Frank Simes, who serves as the musical director while contributing keyboards and backing vocals.
Missing onstage last night was longtime Who keyboardist, John "Rabbit" Bundrick, who joined the touring band in 1979 and hasn't missed a tour since 1982. We asked Simon Townshend what's behind "Rabbit" being bumped off the tour: "I don't know the full story. I mean, I just know that 'Rabbit' didn't see eye-to-eye with some of the people that were working on the periphery of the tour -- and that's really it. I mean, he's upset a few people over the years. But he's a strong character, strong willed. And, y'know, he wants to do things his way, and I think, y'know, maybe, he took one step too far and pissed somebody off. I don't know. I don't know the full story."
The Who perform tonight (November 3rd) at Orlando, Florida's Amway Center.
The Who's opening night setlist on November 1st, at Sunrise, Florida's BB&T Center:
"I Am The Sea"
"The Real Me"
"Cut My Hair"
"The Punk And The Godfather"
"The Dirty Jobs"
"Is It In My Head?"
"I've Had Enough"
"Sea And Sand"
"Love, Reign O'er Me"
"Behind Blue Eyes"
"Who Are You"
"You Better You Bet"