The Who Performs Complete ‘Tommy’ Rock Opera At Royal Albert Hall

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Royal Albert Hall in London hosted the 100th show put on in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust featuring a special performance by The Who. The concert for the charity founded by frontman Roger Daltrey marked the first complete performance by the band of their landmark rock opera Tommy in nearly 28 years.

Originally issued as the 1969 LP, The Who last presented a live arrangement of the Tommy rock opera in 1989. Parts of last night’s performance were supposed to be acoustic, but Daltrey explained that sound issues forced them to scrap the plan, stating, “Sorry about the acoustics. It would have taken about four weeks of rehearsals and the charity wouldn’t have made any money, so we thought, fuck it.”

“I Can’t Explain” and 1966’s “Substitute” opened the concert ahead of the offering of Tommy. Many of the songs rock opera’s had not been played since 1989 or prior, such as the rarity “Welcome.” The Tommy performance featured hits like “Pinball Wizard,” I’m Free,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “See, Me Feel Me.” The encore saw guitarist Pete Townshend and Daltrey take up favorites “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Join Together,” “Baby O’Riley” and “Who Are You.”

Watch audience-shot footage from Royal Albert Hall:

[I Can’t Explain | Captured by fromoutofnowhereis]

[Pinball Wizard | Captured by Jeff Galasso]

[Won’t Get Fooled Again | Captured by John Bank]

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[Who Are You | Captured by Darren Ward]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8cYRNVPXqk

Setlist

The Who at Royal Albert Hall

  • I Can't Explain
  • Substitute
Tommy
  • Overture  
  • It's a Boy  
  • 1921  
  • Amazing Journey
  • Sparks
  • Eyesight to the Blind  
  • Christmas  
  • Cousin Kevin  
  • The Acid Queen
  • Do You Think It's Alright?  
  • Fiddle About  
  • Pinball Wizard
  • Go to the Mirror!  
  • There's a Doctor  
  • Tommy Can You Hear Me?  
  • Smash the Mirror  
  • Underture  
  • I'm Free  
  • Miracle Cure  
  • Sensation  
  • Sally Simpson  
  • Welcome  
  • Tommy's Holiday Camp  
  • We're Not Gonna Take It  
Encore
  • Won't Get Fooled Again
  • Join Together
  • Baba O'Riley
  • Who Are You

Tour Dates for The Who

  • Mar
    16
    Manchester Arena
  • Mar
    18
    RDS Arena
  • Mar
    21
    Utilita Arena
  • Mar
    23
    The SSE Hydro
  • Mar
    25
    First Direct Arena
  • Mar
    30
    Motorpoint Arena
  • Apr
    1
    Resorts World Arena
  • Apr
    3
    Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
  • Apr
    6
    M&S Bank Arena
  • Apr
    8
    SSE Arena
  • Apr
    21
  • Apr
    23
  • Apr
    27
  • Apr
    30
  • May
    2
  • May
    5
  • May
    7
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    9
  • May
    12
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    14
  • May
    16