Classic Rock Corner

The Who Reign O'er Houston

The Who, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Toyota Center April 29, 2015

A generation or two removed from The Who's heyday, I came around to them late. It took watching a bunch of Austin bands playing Who songs one night in a small, crowded bar about 15 years ago for me to really get it. The magic is in the way the individual parts of each song interlock with one another, and how the resulting music opens a portal that allows the audience inside. Join together, with the band.

Wednesday night, at a crowded but not full Toyota Center, surviving original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey brought the rock legends' valedictory "The Who Hits 50" tour to Houston, but kept any sentimentality to a minimum. There was too much music to be played, about two hours of solid Who and a touch of amusingly cantankerous banter between the two principals. By the end of the show, it was as awe-inspiring as music created by guitars, vocals, keyboards and drums can be.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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