Taped during The Who's 25th anniversary tour, the band with guest appearances by Steve Winwood, Patti LaBelle, Phil Collins and Elton John perform the rock opera Tommy in its entirety at ...
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Taped during The Who's 25th anniversary tour, the band with guest appearances by Steve Winwood, Patti LaBelle, Phil Collins and Elton John perform the rock opera Tommy in its entirety at the Univeral Ampetheater in Los Angeles. The second half of the concert is devoted to the band playing their greatest hits.Written by
Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>
Eric Clapton and Tina Turner were supposed to appear at the concert reprising their roles from the film as the Hawker and the Acid Queen repectively. However, they dropped out a few weeks before the concert took place. See more »
When I first saw this concert, I couldn't believe that this was the same band that I enjoyed looking at so much. The Who as a group operated at their beest when it was just Townshend, Daltrey, Entwhistle and Moon, as well as Moon's replacement Kenny Jones. However, I have a problem with most bands that feel they have to bring along a bunch of extra musicians, especially a horn section, to fill out their basic sound. As for the concert itself, it was pretty okay. The one person who in my opinion really stole the show was Phil Collins portrayal of everyone's favorite pedophile, Uncle Ernie. He performs the song with all the sinister gusto that Keith Moon brought to it, even going as far as wearing the same costume as Moon including the hot water bottles. The other guest performers (Steve Winwood, Patti LaBelle and Elton John) were okay but they tended to perform the songs more as straight covers, rather than add anything new to them. This is especically surprising from Elton John, whose version of "Pinball Wizard" from the film version was about the only thing close to a classic from that film. This concert was okay, but if you really want to see a great rendition of "Tommy" get the video "Listening to You: The Who At the Isle of Wight Festival" which features the band at what was perhaps their greatest performance.
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