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The Who: Live At Verizon Center
Roger Daltrey (left) and Pete Townshend are touring with one of the greatest artistic works in the rock 'n' roll canon: their ambitious 1973 rock opera and album 'Quadrophenia.'
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Indeed, tender is the word that best describes Daltrey these days. His voice isn't what it once was--after all, who could scream in his style for so long and expect it to survive? But where he strained to hit some notes, there was a visible dedication to the internal struggle that defines "Quadrophenia's" songs.
Daltrey, once the unconquerable lead singer, has, in a way, become an elder Jimmy the mod.
Can you see the real me? We can, Roger, and we appreciate it.
As for Pete Townshend, what can you say? He's still sincere, still focused, and still one of the greatest rock 'n' roll icons of all time.
Although not an original member, drummer Zack Starkey is phenomenal--a monster behind the kit and the only logical or even possible successor to the late, great drummer Keith Moon.
The Who once said "hope I die before I get old." But we can be glad that they're still here--older perhaps in body, but still full of the true spirit of rock 'n' roll.
Dave Smalley, former editor of the Weekender, is literally the old boss.