Review by Matt Whipple
Boston, Boston, Boston. What can I say about the Boston show? I was lucky enough to get front row seats in the section to the right of the stage on Pete’s side without having to break the bank. My son was attending his 5th or 6th Who show with me. I checked out the Who Cares table before the show but found out that Simon wasn’t coming out to meet or sign. I tweeted Simon who responded that it was a union issue and that he couldn’t sign tonight. Oh well.
The band was in great form and spirits from the start of the show. Early on, Pete commented that he only had to say the word “Boston” to get a cheer, so he proceeded to say “Boston” five or six times to which he received resounding cheers.
Zak was a driving force the whole night. He played non-stop all night long with incredible energy! The sound at the TD Garden was excellent with the exception of Roger’s mic seeming to be mixed low in a few instances. Roger was in excellent voice and didn’t seem to struggle at all. I don’t know if he had digital help, but his scream in Won’t Get Fooled Again was loud and clear.
Pete was in great spirits all night, very relaxed. He seemed to gain energy as the night went on and was still hopping and jumping around even at the end of the night.
Simon played his usual best, which did not go unnoticed by me. Pete made a point during band introductions to point out what a great artist Simon is and to check out his music. He is right on.
Highlight of the night for me was The Rock – Pete really loves to play this song. The sound was excellent and Pete, Simon and Zak really stood out. Pete commented on how he would like to play more of Quadrophenia.
Join Together was a great rarity to hear. Loren Gold on jaw harp really gave this a great sound. The set from Tommy was super and the instrumental parts, along with The Rock, gave Roger some time to rest his voice.
I can’t say there was a clunker in the whole set. A really great retrospective of songs spanning 50 years!
At the end of the night Roger thanked the surgeon in Boston who saved his voice. They were very gracious as they left the stage. A truly great evening of Who music!
Review by Pat Stanton
The concert in Boston was fabulous. The Boston fans were so enthusiastic and loud it was great. This was the band's 20th concert in Boston. After some extra rest, both Roger and Pete were ready. Roger seemed happier and laughed all night. Plus he sounded wonderful. His Love Reign was spectacular. Pete also joked all night. I was a bit concerned about his voice as he barely sang anything during sound check, not even running through Eminence Front at all as he normally does, but he sounded fine during his numbers. The set list was the same as MSG. This concert blew away the previous 4 in 2016.