The Who has always had a reputation for electrifying live performances and their return to the Isle of Wight in 2004 ranks among the current line up's best. Fans will finally be able to purchase “The Who Live at the Isle of Wight” in multiple formats for the first time ever on home video June 2 via Eagle Rock/Universal.
Sandwiched between the tragic loss of bassist extraordinaire John Entwistle during their U.S. tour in 2002 and prior to their 2006 comeback album Endless Wire, the iconic British rockers had something to prove to fans in their home country during their 2004 tour of the United Kingdom. The multi-platinum sellers had not played the Isle of Wight since their historic debut performance at the world renown festival in 1970 and the tour marked the first time the band had performed in their home country since Entwistle's death.
Backed by the powerful lineup that would become the core of their touring band, including longtime sidemen Simon Townshend (guitar), drummer Zak Starkey (drums) and Pino Palladino (bass), as well as veteran keyboardist John "Rabbit" Bundrick, the “Pinball Wizard” hitmakers hit the stage with all guns blazing. Digging deep into their huge back catalogue, The Who opened with hits from their formative years, starting with their 1964 single “I Can't Explain” and fired off hit after hit, including early singles like “Substitute” and “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” before launching into beloved favorites from classic albums like 1971's Who's Next, 1973's Quadrophenia and 1969's Tommy.
Roger Daltrey demonstrates the vocal chops and mic swinging that have made him one of rock's premiere frontmen and Pete Townshend thrashes out the trademark power chords, signature windmills and innovative lead guitar work - tools which have helped make him a rock legend - while thundering through hits like "My Generation," "Who Are You?" and "Won't Get Fooled Again." The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers proved to themselves and fans in their home country that The Who could still rock with the best of them and would later make a triumphant return to the Isle of Wight Festival as headliners once again in 2016.
“The Who Live at the Isle of Wight” is now available for preorder here on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD and digital format. Fans can check out a clip of The Who performing “Naked Eye” from the show above.
The Who will return to North America this summer for a series of dates starting with a headline appearance on July 13 in Quebec City, Quebec, at Quebec City Summer Festival and wrapping up Aug. 16 in Stateline, Nev., at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys. Tickets for a wide variety of Who events are available at AXS. For all the latest details on The Who, click here.