Live Review: The Who at Oracle Arena

The Who review: Long live rock: Aidin Vaziri | Lacking the effortless innovation of the Beatles and the sexy swagger of the Rolling Stones, the Who always got by on making an unholy racket. So it went Friday. Backed by an eight-piece touring band featuring a two-man horn section, three keyboard players, Pino Palladino on bass, Pete’s brother Simon Townshend on guitar and Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey on drums, the band upped the wattage on “Quadrophenia,” making it sound, if not always memorable, impressively mighty. As the overhead screens alternated between scenes of the band in its prime and the world unraveling, songs like “Cut My Hair” and “Is It in My Head?” felt more like parts of a movement than stand-alone compositions. It didn’t matter. They gave Townshend the opportunity to unleash his signature guitar windmills and Daltrey the chance to imperiously swing his microphone around.
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