There is something indescribable about witnessing musical legends perform. The expert level skill, the charismatic stage presence, the absolute electricity between crowd and performer. When The Who stopped in San Francisco on their Movin’ On Tour last week, they brought every element of an unforgettable show.
Now in their 70s, The Who’s remaining members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend brought more than enough energy to carry the nearly three hour long show. The completely sold-out arena erupted in cheers the instant that Daltrey and Townshend took the stage. This unbridled enthusiasm from the crowd continued throughout the night.
After the postponement of several previous shows due to Daltrey’s bronchitis, there were doubts about his vocal strength. Such doubts were quickly put to rest. Daltrey navigated the night’s songs with command, quickly easing any concerns of his vocal health. After a truly spectacular opening overture, Daltrey launched into “1921.” Several more songs from Tommy followed. With each song, the audience’s roars became even louder.
The show was divided into three acts. First and third included a nearly 50 piece orchestra, adding to the expansively cinematic sound. These acts included some of The Who’s most iconic songs: “Who Are You,” “Pinball Wizard,” and “Baba O’Reilly.” Daltrey, Townshend, and the touring band performed alone for the second act.
The Who are indisputable rock icons. They are some of the last performers remaining from a truly untouchable era of music. Seeing them perform is a gift, one that the crowd of the Chase Center undoubtedly relished. They knew they were a part of something truly special. From Townshend’s dry sense of humor to Daltrey’s masterful voice to the pair’s unshakeable onstage chemistry, the show was expertly crafted to showcase the best of an unforgettable band.
Check out a gallery of The Who’s performance below: