The Who play Quadrophenia at Target Center, 11/27/12

Categories: Last Night
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Photo by Steve Cohen

In the end, it's as simple as having a cup of tea with the Who to feel like there was a connection. After the rest of the band cleared the stage, Roger and Pete broke out "Tea & Theatre" from 2006's comeback album Endless Wire. This was the least-familiar piece from the evening, but seeing Daltrey sip from a mug as Townshend strummed -- and occasionally mishandled -- a simple acoustic accompaniment, it was that humanity soaking into all of us again. As they finished, singer gingerly touched guitarist's shoulder. Rock 'n' roll has always been a young man's game, but nostalgia works the opposite way. It's a great gift when our heroes let us grow old with them.

Random Detail: As I was leaving, I spotted a young gentleman in a Godsmack T-shirt commemorating their 2009 tour.

Overheard: As the video screens shimmered with small droplets of light during the intro for "Love, Reign Over Me," someone behind me said, "Look, it's cocaine!"

The Crowd: Mostly content to sit for a good portion of this show.

Setlist:

I Am the Sea
The Real Me
Quadrophenia
Cut My Hair
The Punk and the Godfather
I'm One
The Dirty Jobs
(Simon Townshend lead vocals)
Helpless Dancer
Is It in My Head?
I've Had Enough
5:15
Sea and Sand
Drowned
Bell Boy
Doctor Jimmy
The Rock
Love, Reign O'er Me

Who Are You
Behind Blue Eyes
Pinball Wizard
Baba O'Riley
Won't Get Fooled Again
Tea & Theatre


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