I went to see The Who the other night at the Air Canada Centre with my buddy Jim, who is the by far the biggest Who fan I know.
If memory serves me correct, this was his 27th time seeing The Who in concert, for me, it was my first.
Jim got to meet Simon Townshend, Pete's little brother and guitar player in the band.
I should of realized that a tour called Quadrophenia would not be a show for person new to the whole Who scene. You see Quadrophenia, The Who`s sixth studio album released in 1973 was a double album and the groups second rock opera. It is a story about a British teenager with schizophrenia growing up in London and Brighton in 1965 and his experiences dealing with it.
I know a lot of The Who's music, but I did not know much from their Quadrophenia album. Not a concert I would recommend for someone new to the band or without at least listening to the album a few times, but I was not surprised to see that the capacity crowd at the ACC knew every song from the album, which the band played from start to finish.
And even I was not disappointed as the band came out for their encore and played six of their more famous hits, which I am happy to say I knew.
Although there was no smashing of guitars on stage, I am happy to say these guys could still rock and I walked out of their fairly satisfied with my first Who experience.