The Who at Amsterdam - Ziggo Dome

 

The Who Setlist Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2015, The Who Hits 50!

 

 

Videos

Who Are You
Who Are You
Who Are You
The Seeker
The Seeker
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
I Can See For Miles
I Can See For Miles
Pictures of Lily
Pictures of Lily
My Generation
My Generation
My Generation
Behind Blue Eyes
Bargain
Join Together
You Better You Bet
I'm One
Love, Reign O'er Me
Love Reign O'er Me
Eminence Front
Amazing Journey / Sparks
Pinball Wizard
Pinball Wizard /See Me, Feel Me
Baba O'Riley
Baba O'Riley
Won't Get Fooled Again
Won't Get Fooled Again

 

Press

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Anjali Ram Photography

 

Review by Tom Offermans

Last time The Who played here, in July 2013, they performed "Quadrophenia". That was a fantastic show. Two years later, they are back. What a way to go out - on top! I got a feeling that this show was meant for younger Who fans, or fans who had not seen the band before. There were essays on the screens before the show, about Pete's guitar smashing and tributes to John, Keith and Chris Squire.

From the first crashing chord of "Who Are You" it was clear that this was a loud audience, happily clapping and cheering away. Pete and Roger were in a good mood, it seems. Roger told a long story about being married, it was an introduction to "The Kids Are Alright". A great rendition of "I Can See For Miles" followed. It was mindblowing to hear that song live, after all those years. Same holds true for "Pictures of Lily". I had hoped for more rarities. Along the way, some interesting songs were played.. and dropped. I wouldn't have mind "Slip Kid", "A Quick One" or "So Sad About Us". Even "Can't Explain" was dropped. Oh well..

Pete also talked about performing in the Netherlands. "I have a boat that's made in Holland", he said. "So you f**ckers paid for the thing". Loud cheers, again. It was great to witness the audience. Jumping, fists in the air, clapping and singing. No sea of cell phones, thank God.

The very moment Pete wanted to explain the story behind "Eminence Front", Bob Pridden started the synthesizer tape. "Stop it!", Pete shouted. The tape was stopped, so Pete could tell his "I invented the internet"-story. All in good spirits.

Nice to finally hear "Join Together", the crowd was singing along. I wonder why it wasn't played more often in the past. Hit after hit followed, with "Won't Get Fooled Again" as final song.

It was a great show. The Who go out in style. Thanks for a great evening, gentlemen!

 

Review by Bert Ververs

Celebrating their 50th anniversary as rock band The Who rock stars Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey went on the road with a great band to support them to play a selection from their very long list of world changing legendary songs. Of course it is hard to make a choice, because by playing one song it means automatically they can’t play another song. By missing ‘Can’t explain’ or a song from ‘Endless wire’ I was happy to see and hear them play oldies like ‘Pictures of Lily’ and ‘I can see for miles’. Pete stated cryptically that the latter might well be their best song! It might be true, although it is better not to make such tough decisions. Just enjoy every song for its own merits. But I love this mystical sounding song with the wonderful harmonics in the chorus. I was very pleased that the complete band made it sound like I know it from record. In this way we were gladly surprised by some unexpected songs now and then, next to the monumental songs we all like to hear every time we visit a concert of The Who. One song I really expected them to promote, but didn’t play, was their latest single ‘Be lucky’, but we were lucky nevertheless.

A highlight for me was Pete singing the part of the synthesizer at the start of ‘Bargain’. A surprising and wonderful choice. Both Petes and Rogers voices sounded like we want them to sound! Extremely recognizable, full of variation and strong!

Another highlight was the ‘smart pointing’ of Roger, pointing to his right while singing ‘And the parting on the left’ and pointing to his left when singing ‘Are now parting on the right’. So simple and smart.

On my way to the concert thoughts crossed my mind that right after the huge concerts at Hyde Park and Glastonbury the guys would play the gig in Amsterdam a bit dutifully, but these thoughts were crushed completely right from the start. The band gave everything to us and performed a wonderful concert and were clearly enjoying themselves. Even Pete didn’t struggle with his guitars and sound, like he did once 2 years ago in the same Ziggodome. His mood was very cheerful and full of jokes, ‘bragging’ about him ‘being always a little bit ahead of his time and that he saw the internet coming long before it came’. He nevertheless stated to look forward to the next 2 months period without concerts, but I can’t imagine him to be sick and tired of playing concerts, even if they are as huge as in the last weeks and later this year in the US and Canada. But if they decide to retire I would respect that and feel extra privileged to having witnessed again a wonderful concert together with a nice friendly easy going crowd of Amsterdam. I hope they will continue to play before they get old, because old they aren’t yet! Thanks guys!

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