Legendary rockers The Who resumed their Moving On! tour at the new Chase Center in San Francisco. The band had to end their Houston, TX show early due to singer Roger Daltrey losing his voice at the end of September.
Back on the road, with former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher opening the show, The Who were in excellent form on a cool San Francisco evening… which just happened to be John Lennon’s birthday.
The younger Gallagher brother strutted on stage earlier in the night, opening the evening with “Rock N’ Roll Star”, an Oasis classic. His setlist was oddly brief, consisting of six songs, and also ended with an Oasis tune “Champagne Supernova”. The older Gallagher brother, Noel, has made a handful of appearances here in the San Francisco Bay Area over the last few years, so it was nice to catch a glimpse of Liam… regardless of set length.
After a bit of a change over (an entire orchestra needed to set up), The Who took over the show with their signature “Overture”, before continuing on with their 24-song set.
Roger Daltrey’s voice was clearly back in action, and fan s were treated to a grandiose sound, complete with swinging microphones and Pete Townshend’s signature windmill guitar attacks. The orchestra, seemingly about 40 musicians-strong, accompanied the band for about 75 percent of the set, leaving songs like “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Behind Blue Eyes” to be performed in a more stripped down fashion.
An energetic evening with a greatest-hits-like setlist, which also included The Who’s current single “Ball and Chain”, from their upcoming album WHO (to be released December 6th).
Zak Starkey, son of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, manned the drum kit. Simon Townshend, younger brother of The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, accompanied on second guitar.
Photos of the show by Clay Lancaster.