Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images Nine days after the deadly tornado that touched…
- Posted on Nov 21st 2009 4:00PM by Robin Milling
The 65-year-old rocker was enjoying the intimate setting of his solo outing, using the opportunity to share childhood working-class tales of toiling in a steel factory. But he was forced to stopped mid-story to berate an annoying fan.
"There are people here who are interested in hearing what I have to say," Daltrey scolded, "so shut the f--- up already. Come up here and we'll see who shouts louder!"
After putting the patron in his place, Daltrey showed he was in fine form. Tanned and fit, he wore a white tailored shirt that kept unbuttoning to reveal a sculpted chest that was more gladiator than grandpa. Proving he was just as vocally fit, Daltrey performed Who classics including 'Who Are You,' 'Going Mobile,' and 'Behind Blue Eyes,' and relayed a story about the death of his beloved dog, which he said lent a new melancholy to the lyric, 'No one knows what it's like to be a sad man.'
The more loquacious half of The Who, Daltrey didn't seem lost without partner Pete Townsend, whose sound-alike younger brother Simon Townsend filled in on vocals and guitar. Daltrey was in a playful mood, peppering the set with more obscure Who tunes "that Pete never wanted to play," such as 'Pictures Of Lily,' 'Naked Eye,' and a ukulele-driven 'Blue, Red And Grey.' "Pete felt silly playing the ukulele," he teased, "but I don't."
The sold-out crowd, who got an experience that could rival any Who concert, stayed well after the show ended. You could almost imagine them asking, "Pete who?" as they shuffled out of the venue.