The Who get nostalgic with concert DVD and reissue
The Who's tour of North America in 1982 was the band’s last to feature Kenney Jones on drums. The tour in support of the June 1982 It’s Hard album began with two warm-up dates in England. The set list included a number of tracks from the new LP—some of which the band would only play live on this tour—along with several immortal Who classics such as ‘Behind Blue Eyes,’ ‘Baba O Riley,’ ‘Who Are You,’ ‘Pinball Wizard,’ ‘See Me Feel Me,’ ‘Love Reign O'er Me,’ ‘Long Live Rock,’ ‘Won't Get Fooled Again,’ and ‘Summertime Blues.’ It would be the last Who tour for seven years.
The Eagle Rock Entertainment concert film, Live at Shea Stadium 1982, is taken from the October 13, 1982, show that was the second of the group’s two nights at the famed stadium in New York City. While a couple of tracks have appeared on compilations, this DVD/Blu-ray edition of Live at Shea Stadium 1982 is the first official release of the full show—complete with restored footage and newly mixed sound. The music is enhanced by Eagle Vision's standard definition Blu-ray range that presents the “upscale original material” with DTS high definition master audio and linear pulse code modulation (LPCM) stereo sound.
The complete Live at Shea Stadium 1982 track list includes ‘Substitute,’ ‘I Can't Explain,’ ‘Dangerous,’ ‘Sister Disco,’ ‘The Quiet One,’ ‘It's Hard,’ ‘Eminence Front,’ ‘Behind Blue Eyes,’ ‘Baba O Riley,’ ‘I'm One,’ ‘The Punk And The Godfather,’ ‘Drowned,’ ‘Tattoo,’ ‘Cry If You Want,’ ‘Who Are You,’ ‘Pinball Wizard,’ ‘See Me Feel Me,’ ‘Love Reign O'er Me,’ ‘Long Live Rock,’ ‘Won't Get Fooled Again,’ ‘Young Man Blues,’ ‘Naked Eye,’ ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Summertime Blues,’ and ‘Twist And Shout.’ Deluxe edition bonus tracks from the first night at Shea include ‘My Generation’ and ‘A Man Is A Man.’
Another recent release is Truancy: The Very Best of Pete Townshend. The 17-track album via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) was remastered at the renowned Abbey Road Studios in London. It features two new songs by the legendary Who founder, guitarist, and driving force behind the band. ‘Truancy’ is part of an extensive reissue program that involves remastering and reworking Townshend’s entire solo catalog.
“I hope [‘Truancy’] offers a selection that works to introduce new fans to my solo work,” states Townshend in a news release posted on TheWho.com. “I am a bit of a dabbler I’m afraid. I am as interested in building, developing and playing with recording studios as I am with making music. The Who has taken up most of my road hours, and in this year of the 50th anniversary of our first significant year in 1965, we are back on the road again.”
The Who performed at this year’s Glastonbury Festival in England as original members Townshend and Roger Daltry continue to anchor the band’s new lineup, which includes Townshend’s brother, Simon, on guitar, mandolin, and backing vocals. The group is currently touring Europe as The Who Hits 50! Tour gets underway. North America tour dates begin Sept. 15 in San Diego and wrap up Dec. 13 in Oakland, California.
Watch The Who in a live performance of ‘Twist & Shout’ from the group’s 1982 concerts at Shea Stadium.
As A Matter of Fact…
* The founding members of the Who include Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and John Entwistle, all of whom grew up as schoolmates in Acton, London. The Who evolved out of an earlier group called the Detours, adding drummer Keith Moon in 1964. The group distinguished itself onstage by featuring the “auto-destructive art” of smashing instruments.
* The Who’s first single ‘I Can't Explain’ was a Top 10 hit in the U.K. and was followed by a string of singles including ‘My Generation’ and ‘Happy Jack,’ the latter becoming the first Who single to crack the Top 40 (No. 24) on the Billboard Hot 100.
* In 1967, The Who performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released the Top 10 Hot 100 single ‘I Can See for Miles.’ The rock opera Tommy followed in 1969, featuring the Top 20 single ‘Pinball Wizard.’
* Live appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival further established The Who as one of the era’s premier rock acts. The group rolled on in 1971 with Who's Next and the classic ‘Won't Get Fooled Again.’* The release of Quadrophenia in 1973 solidified The Who’s global superstar status. A new “symphonized” version of the album is currently available from Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Classics titled, Classic Quadrophenia.
* The death of Keith Moon overshadowed the release of 1978’s Who Are You. The iconic drummer was replaced by Kenney Jones, and The Who continued on with the 1979 film adaptation of ‘Quadrophenia’ along with the retrospective documentary, “The Kids Are Alright.”
* Various tours followed, but The Who took a break after the release of 1982’s It’s Hard and the subsequent promotional tour. The Who had to date put 16 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including eight Top 20 hits.
* Regular touring resumed in 1999 with Ringo Starr’s son, Zak Starkey, on drums. Bassist John Entwistle died in 2002, and plans for a new album were delayed. Townshend and Daltrey eventually continued touring as The Who, releasing Endless Wire in 2006.
* Townshend and Daltrey claim the current Who‘s 50th anniversary tour marks the end of the band’s large-scale touring. Townshend recently told the U.K.’s MOJO magazine that he’s also ready to step away from the band. “I think I will stop after this year,” he says, but stresses it won’t be the end of his collaborative relationship with Daltrey.