The Who return to the road in Nashville

After canceling three shows due to singer Roger Daltrey’s voice problems, The Who continued their The Who Hits 50 Tour Monday night at Bridgestone Arena. The down time allowed Daltrey to recover enough to belt out a hit-filled 22-song set that included I Can See for Miles, Baba O’Riley andWon’t Get Fooled Again. The tour, which features Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as support, continues Wednesday at AllState Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

My Generation gap. “There are a lot of people who weren’t born when most of this was written,” guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend told the audience.

The Nashville sound. “There are a few songs that are in the key of Nashville,” Townshend said early in the evening. Whenever the band played a song with a slight country bent, namely Squeeze Box and Quadrophenia‘s I’m One, he introduced it as a song in a Nashville key.

Music in the air. Townshend bought a mandolin while he was in Music City. When he began playing it in his hotel room, he said, “I could hear the city chiming in.

The grand ole rock operas. The set list included songs from both The Who’s rock operas, Tommy and Quadrophenia, as well as 1966’s A Quick One While He’s Away, the “mini-opera” that paved the way for Townshend’s more ambitious works.

Giving back to the community. Before the concert, Daltrey announced that country trio The Band Perry would be the new national ambassadors for the Who’s charity, Teen Cancer America.

The Who’s Nashville set list follows:

1. I Can’t Explain

2. The Seeker

3. Who Are You

4. The Kids Are Alright

5. Squeeze Box

6. I Can See for Miles

7. My Generation

8. Magic Bus

9. Behind Blue Eyes

10. Bargain

11. Join Together

12. You Better You Bet

13. I’m One

14. Love Reign O’er Me

15. Eminence Front

16. A Quick One While He’s Away

17. Amazing Journey

18. Sparks

19. Pinball Wizard

20. See Me, Feel Me

21. Baba O’Riley

22. Won’t Get Fooled Again

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