The Who kicked off their US summer tour on July 16, in Canandaigua, New York, at Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center. The legendary British rockers treated fans to a 21-song setlist, packed with greatest hits and beloved album tracks, including their 1982 single “Eminence Front.”
Fans can check out the action in the video above. The appearance at the CMAC came on the heels of The Who's electrifying headline appearance last week at Quebec City Summer Festival, during the “Pinball Wizard” hitmakers only Canadian stop on the summer romp.
Along with classics like “Baba O'Riley” and “Won't Get Fooled Again,” Setlist.fm reports that the multi-platinum sellers also surprised fans by performing the 1973 Quadrophenia classic “The Punk Meets the Godfather” for the first time in four years. The Who last dusted off the fan fav on July 8, 2013 in London at Wembley Arena.
The video opens with psychedelic lighting flashing across the LED screen, as Who keyboardist and musical director Frank Simes performs the intro. The rhythm section puts down a spacious funky groove, giving room for Who guitarist Pete Townshend to add some tasty solo work, before taking over lead vocals on the first verse, singing, “The sun shines/And people forget/The spray flies as the speedboat glides/And people forget.”
The Who were recently among the star-studded artists to donate their talents for a charity cover of Simon & Garfunkel's “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to benefit victims of devastating apartment block fire last month in London's Grenfell Tower. The song soared to the top of the U.K. charts on June 23.
Fans pumped to see The Who during their summer romp can whet their with an upcoming TV appearance. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers recently announced that they will make a rare live television appearance July 19 on NBC's popular talk show “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
The Who 2017 Tour will continue on July 18 in National Harbor, Md., at MGM National Harbor. The U.S. leg will wrap up Aug. 16 in Stateline, Nev., at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys and will be followed by the band's first-ever tour of South America, which launches Sept. 23 in Rio De Janeiro at Rock City.