“I Call That A Bargain!” For what was most likely the last time I’ll ever be able to see The WHO, what a way to end it! The WHO came back to Atlantic City to play Boardwalk Hall on Friday, May 22nd. The name of the tour was, “The WHO Hits 50!” Fifty years of Who music! Holy shit! The band played to a sold out crowd this past Friday night. The opening act was Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. She rocked the place before The Who came out to play. I am very surprised by how good she was. Joan was recently inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame and it is clear as to why she is in. She really blew me away, but now let me talk about the real reason for being at the show, The WHO!
I’m gonna skip some background information on The WHO because if you don’t know them you are clearly living under a rock. I will say that they are easily and without a doubt one of the world’s greatest rock and roll bands there has ever been. Roger and Pete came out and didn’t want the crowd to be warmed up with a less popular song, so they went right into it by playing, “I Can’t Explain” followed by “The Seeker” and “WHO Are You.” They clearly just wanted to get right into it and have the crowd go absolutely nuts, which did happen. Never before in my life have I seen a bunch of old guys go out there and give it all they’ve got the way Pete and Roger did. This show was something that was particularly special.
This was not my first time seeing the WHO, but because this is probably the last tour they will do, they seemed like they really wanted to make it extra special and exciting for people. The whole entire setlist was strictly hits, so you know that the crowd was into it the whole time. The last time I saw them they played Quadrophenia in its entirety followed by some WHO hits. That show was awesome, but this one was simply incredible. I hope that everyone has gotten a chance to see The WHO before. Being in the presence of The WHO is something that is truly special. Roger is one of rock and roll’s best vocalist and Pete Townshend in undoubtedly one of the top five best guitar players there are and ever was.
Overall, The WHO are a band that I hope you have the opportunity to see before they call it quits. If they are in your area, don’t even hesitate to go and see them. Thanks to The WHO for fifty years of awesome music and touring!