Review: The Who at Wembley Stadium

“Our glamour is gone, our youth is gone, but the music still sounds fucking brilliant.” ~ Roger Daltry.

British rock legends The Who performed at Wembley Stadium on Saturday for the first time in 30 years.

Remaining members Roger Daltry, lead singer, and Pete Townshend, guitarist, were joined by a full orchestra band as part of their Moving On! tour.

This show brought a different style to the rock veterans. Although I will admit, due to my youthful age, I only know a handful of songs by The Who, but every track throughout this show was magical and brought power, emotion and quality.

They, of course, played my favourite track Pinball Wizard, with its iconic guitar riff which brings shivers up my spine. Plus the best sing-a-long tracks have to be Who Are You?, Behind Blue Eyes & Won’t Get Fooled Again – which was performed acoustically and I was surprised to discovered it was originally written to be an acoustic song but when it was recorded in the studio, they made it heavier.

We also got introduced to two new songs which will appear in their upcoming new album; Still Waiting For The Big Cigar & Hero Ground Zero.

Roger and Pete also managed to perform a few tracks by themselves, playing Substitute & The Seeker – showing us a bit of their classic rock on stage.

The orchestra returned for several more tracks, followed by a beautiful solo piece by the pianist.

The show closed in energetic style with their UK Platinum song, Baba O’Riley.

In addition, The Who were supported by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, who put on a stunning acoustic performance.

Also supporting were Leeds finest rock band of the 21st Century, Kaiser Chiefs, who did a phenomenal 40 minute set, opening with their new single People Know How To Love One Another then continued with classics including I Predict a Riot, Ruby, Oh My God & The Angry Mob. Definitely eager to see them on their UK tour next year!

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