Event Review: The Who at The O2 Arena in London


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Guest review by Trish Poole & Carol Hepworth…


1. What event did you go to see and why?
Trish: The Who – just because I love live music and do have a bit of a crush on Roger Daltry!

2. What did you think of the performance? Did it live up to expectations?
Trish: It was brilliant! They came on at 8.30pm and played straight through to 10.50pm, with no intervals. They certainly would give the younger bands a run for their money with their stamina. It was great to hear the old classics such as ‘My Generation’, ‘Who are You’ and ‘Teenage Wasteland’, and it was great to see a lot of the Mods in their suits and parkas too. Rogers voice is still fabulous at 71 and Pete Towsends guitar playing is awesome – he still did his trademark jumps and he is 69!

3. Was this your first visit to The O2? What did you make of the facilities?
Trish: No, I’ve been may times before and love the whole experience of the Arena and all it has to offer.

4. Did you enjoy a meal or drinks out before the event? If so would you recommend the places? 
Trish: We ate at Zizzi’s inside The O2 and 2 pizza’s and 2 soft drinks came in at £31 – really great food and service. I would definitely eat there again.

5. How did you get to The O2? How did you find travelling around London?
Trish: Travelling from York to London then going to South Kensington to pick my friend up from work, we travelled from South Kensington to Westminster on the District Line, changed trains here onto the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich.

6. How does The O2 compare to other venues?
Trish: I love The O2 as a venue as it a great for nights out, as well as restaurants and bars before your show. It’s also great for the audience as no matter where you are sitting you get to see the show.

7. Have any other events caught your eye this year?
Trish: I have tickets to see Paul McCartney in May, Fleetwood Mac in June and Bette Midler in July.

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Carol Hepworth’s review…

The support act Slydigs warmed the audience up with a selection of Rock ‘n’ Roll music. It was well worth the wait after the show was cancelled in December due to Roger Daltry being ill.

From start to finish the audience was with the band. Having been a fan of the band from their very beginnings – it was amazing to see that Roger Daltry and Peter Townshend could still perform.

The bid screen showed footage of John Entwistle and Keith Moon as the band played ‘The Kids Are Alright’, bringing the original members together.

All the favourites were played – ‘I can’t explain’, ‘Substitute’, ‘Who are you?’, ‘I can see for miles and miles’ and ‘My Generation’.

‘Quadraphonia’ featured half way through – plenty of memories were brought back from the first time round!

A condensed version of ‘Tommy’ gave them added momentum to finish with.

The audience were all enthralled – The Who is still an exhilarating act to watch! Daltry’s voice has lost none of its power – although he does not move around the stage as he used too! Townshend’s guitar playing kept everyone captivated.

We enjoyed the concert immensely, well worth the wait.

Have you seen The Who live in concert? Perhaps you’ve seen another event at The O2 arena? Let us know using the comments box below. 

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