Well, another band to check off my bucket list. I started dabbling in The Who in junior high, around the same time that I was discovering old records by the Stones. I saw The Kids Are Alright at the Northtown Cinema in 1979, and from that point on remained a marginal Who fan, but for some reason never bothered to see them in concert until yesterday.
|The Who at Target Center in Minneapolis (photo by Pioneer Press)|
For me, last night's concert was a super sweet icing on the Quadrophenia cake that I've been eating for the past few months. In September I bought the 2011 vinyl re-issue of the legendary LP (which cost more than my concert ticket!), and it soon became one of my most played records of the year. I've owned a hand-me-down copy of the record for years, along with the soundtrack to the film that I bought when it was first released, but for some reason this was the year for me to finally dig deep into its contents. To see the album performed in its entirety last night after listening to it for months was surreal; I'd been living with this music and now here it was in front of me being performed live, and beautifully at that.
|Roger Daltrey (photo by Pioneer Press)|
And with that they were off. A fantastic night, and for me, very possibly, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of rock's biggest bands.