The Who: Quadrophenia and More – Live at Sheffield Arena

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On 18th June 2013, I went to the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena to watch The Who perform their Quadrophenia album live in its entirety, as well as some of the bands greatest hits.

The Who are one of the most famous bands of all time. Formed in 1964, the group – originally made up of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon – have sold around 100 million records worldwide. As soon as I heard the band, with surviving members Daltrey and Townshend, were coming to Sheffield as part of their ‘Quadrophenia and More Tour’, I knew I wanted to go and I was fortunate enough to get tickets for the show at the Motorpoint Arena.

After purchasing the tickets at the start of February, there was a lot of anticipation for what was going to my first ever arena concert. The date finally arrived and we made the short journey to the arena as show time approached. There was a great atmosphere outside the venue, with fans wearing all kinds of Who merchandise and lots of ‘mod’ scooters parked around the arena.

We took our seats in the seating area of the venue shortly before the supporting artists, Vintage Trouble, came on stage. The American blues rock band, formed in 2010, played an entertaining set lasting around half an hour. Lead singer Ty Taylor doing a fantastic job of warming up the crowd with an energetic performance which saw him leave the stage and join the audience on a number of occasions.

There was a short break before the main event and the excitement built inside the arena. The venue suddenly plunged into darkness and a video played on the big screens while the introductory part of the album, “I am the Sea” played. The stage then suddenly burst into life as Daltrey and Townshend blasted out “The Real Me”.

The two men, along with their backing performers, played out the entire Quadrophenia album, The Who’s second ‘rock opera, including the likes of “5:15” and ‘Love Reign O’er Me”. This tour was the third to include the album, having previously toured with it in 1973 with little success before revisiting it for a tour in 1996-97. The Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield was the sixth night of the European tour, having done a North American tour towards the end of 2012 and start of 2013.

Lead vocalist Daltrey, aged 69, and lead guitarist Townshend, 68, gave fantastic performances to the packed out crowd – playing the songs just as energetically as they did when the album was released a remarkable 40 years earlier. The band also commemorated the two original members of the band who are no longer with us during the show. Drummer Keith Moon, who died in 1978, appeared on the big screens in “Bell Boy” singing and playing a remarkable drum solo while bassist John Entwistle, who died in 2002, also appeared on the big screen during the song “5:15” playing a simply incredible bass solo.

As the group played the final song of the album, “Love Reign O’er Me”, the first part of the show drew to a close to rapturous applause from the audience. Daltrey and Townshend then had a bit of banter with the joyful crowd before breaking out into the hits encore. Starting with “Who Are You”, they followed this up with the classics “Behind Blue Eyes”, “Pinball Wizard” and “Baba O’Riley”. The highlight of the evening then came for me with the penultimate song – “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. To see one of the greatest songs of all time played live, with the unmistakable opening tune and of course Daltrey’s famous scream, was an incredible experience and something I will never forget.

A final song was played, a ballad called “Tea and Theatre” from the latest album “Endless Wire” to draw what had been a fantastic evening’s entertainment to a close. I am delighted that I got the opportunity to see The Who live – one of the greatest and most famous bands of all time – and I had an amazing and unforgettable night.

Outside the Motorpoint Arena before the show

Outside the Motorpoint Arena before the show

Mod scooters outside the venue

Mod scooters outside the venue

Merchandise on sale

Merchandise on sale

The support band, Vintage Trouble

The support band, Vintage Trouble

Lead singer Ty Taylor performed an energetic set

Lead singer Ty Taylor performed an energetic set

The Who!

The Who!

Pete Townshend on lead guitar

Pete Townshend on lead guitar

Townshend on the big screen

Townshend on the big screen

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, the two surviving original members of the band

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, the two surviving original members of the band

Townshend performs on acoustic guitar

Townshend performs on acoustic guitar

The first part of the show sees the Quadrophenia album performed in full

The first part of the show sees the Quadrophenia album performed in full

Pete Townshend's younger brother Simon plays rhythm guitar and vocals on the tour

Pete Townshend’s younger brother Simon plays rhythm guitar and vocals on the tour

Original bass player John Entwistle is honoured on the big screen

Original bass player John Entwistle is honoured on the big screen

Entwistle performs the bass solo in 5:15

Entwistle performs the bass solo in 5:15

The two men approaching 70 rock the Sheffield Arena

The two men approaching 70 rock the Sheffield Arena

Original drummer Keith Moon is also honoured on the screen, performing vocals on 'Bell Boy'

Original drummer Keith Moon is also honoured on the screen, performing vocals on ‘Bell Boy’

Keith Moon 1946-1978

Keith Moon 1946-1978

Lead singer Roger Daltrey

Lead singer Roger Daltrey

Various historic events are shown during the performance, including the assassination of John Lennon

Various historic events are shown during the performance, including the assassination of John Lennon

'Love Reign o'er Me'

‘Love Reign o’er Me’

The band perform the final song of Quadrophenia

The band perform the final song of Quadrophenia

The Quadrophenia set comes to a conclusion

The Quadrophenia set comes to a conclusion

Daltrey and Townshend chat to the crowd

Daltrey and Townshend chat to the crowd

Townshend introduces all the musicians

Townshend introduces all the musicians

A greatest hits encore follows, starting with "Who Are You"

A greatest hits encore follows, starting with “Who Are You”

Who logos from various years flash across the screen

Who logos from various years flash across the screen

'Rock on Sheffield!'

‘Rock on Sheffield!’

Pinball Wizard

Pinball Wizard

The Who, still going strong after over 40 years

The Who, still going strong after over 40 years

Another screen animation shows the four original members draped in the British flag

Another screen animation shows the four original members draped in the British flag

Baba O'Riley

Baba O’Riley

The rock classic 'Wont Get Fooled Again'

The rock classic ‘Wont Get Fooled Again’

The musicians take a bow

The musicians take a bow

Daltrey and Townshend perform a final song, Tea and Theatre

Daltrey and Townshend perform a final song, Tea and Theatre

Two music legends

Two music legends

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend soak up their well deserved ovation from the crowd

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend soak up their well deserved ovation from the crowd

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