City Paper is not for tourists
The Who brought its second rock opera, Quadrophenia, to the Verizon Center last night, led by the band’s two surviving original members, lead singer Roger Daltrey and singer/guitarist Pete Townshend. The band wasn’t same high-energy act of yesteryear—-Townshend didn’t slide across the stage on his knees, and Daltrey dialed back his microphone cord-swinging. But then again, they’re both nearly 70.
This time around, it was a more reserved affair: Townshend even used a music stand as he took the band through 17 songs of alienation and revelation, written almost 40 years ago. The visuals behind the band brought the flair, and Townshend and Daltry proved their chops are still a force to be reckoned with. No theatrics needed.
See photos from the show in the gallery.