The Who – Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul MN – September 6th 2019

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The Who Moving On tour came to St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center.

It was an exciting evening with one of rock’s most iconic bands with and orchestra backing them. They opened with a bunch of tunes from Tommy. Since they have an orchestra with them can’t of a better way to start the show. Overture – 1921 – Amazing Journey – Sparks – Pinball Wizard(which sounded awesome with full orchestra) and We’re Not Gonna Take it.

Pete talked to the crowd throughout the night telling stories and seeming to have a great time. The last two times he did not seem to be moving and smiling as much as he did tonight. Now he may have been having a great time around the last times but I was two far in back to see. Roger’s voice sounded really good, not as strong as a young Roger but for 75 he sounded really good.  He still did his signature moves and whipped the mic around. I did find out on drums was Ringo Starrs kid Zak Starkey, that was a fun surprise. He was super fun to watch play. Simon Townshend Pete’s brother is still playing and rocking with the band.

Who Are You and personal favorite Eminence Front were up next. For some reason when this song came out I really got into it. I was only 12 when it came out and listened to my friends brothers Who albums all the time. But that song is so different for them. Who Are You was really interesting with the orchestra. Very rarely played song Imagine A Man came next. I looked it up and they only have played this song live about 19 times. I am not familiar with it but always a treat to hear rarely played songs. Pete then introduced Hero Ground Zero, a new song from their up coming new album.

The orchestra then took a break and the band played Substitute – I Can See For Miles and The Seeker. That was the only section of the evening of just the band. Pete and Roger then did Won’t Get Fooled Again acoustically. It was good but really wanted the band to play that. It is such an epic rock song I would have loved to hear it with the band. Behind Blue Eyes was accompanied by 2 of the girls from the orchestra. It brought a new dynamic to the song. I was kidding with my friend the Limp Bizkit version is better. AHH NO.

The orchestra came back for the final set of the evening, mostly songs from Quadrophinia and closing with Baba O’Riley. Overall the evening was an awesome night for Who fans. To see them bring their hits to life with an orchestra that everyone should see.

More dates coming in the state – click HERE for info.