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The Who @ Indigo

March 14, 2012

First published December 2008

A great performance by a great band at a great venue.

This was a fan-club only gig, which meant that there was a preponderance of balding, middle-aged men and very few women (one of the key differences between the Who and the Stones is that whilst both are still touring the Stones attract a more mixed audience). However it also meant that the Who felt confident in taking chances with their set-list. At the beginning of gig Pete Townshend quipped that there would be a few Christmas surprises in The Who’s setlist and performances of ‘Tattoo’ and a blistering ‘Naked Eye’ did not disappoint. Even better was a wonderfully ramshackle version of the rarely-performed ‘Slip Kid’ with fans having to feed Daltrey the words, whilst Pete and his brother Simon gamely struggled with the music.

The set list:

Can’t Explain

The Seeker

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere


Who Are You

Behind Blue Eyes


Sister Disco

Baba O’Riley

Eminence Front


Love Reign O’er Me

Won’t Get Fooled Again

My Generation

Naked Eye

Slip Kid

Magic Bus

Pinball Wizard

Amazing Journey/Sparks

See Me, Feel Me

Listening to You

Tea & Theatre

From “The gig got off to an interesting start when a few bars into the first number, Pete stopped the show and said he was having problems with his ears. The band went offstage and there were a few anxious minutes before they returned. Pete said his ear had just got blocked because he was suffering from a cold. But after the show, keyboard player John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick told the editor of that something strange happened to the sound and all members of the band experienced a disorienting sound that went literally in one ear and out the other. Be that as it may and, despite various minor sound problems, the band gave an extraordinary performance of a setlist which has been given rave reviews on the forums of”

Indigo is a superb venue. Part of the 02 complex it has ample room for around 900 standing downstairs. A gently sloping floor means great sightlines throughout the club. A loud clear sound and lengthy, well-personned bars mean that the whole gig experience is a joy. Which is more than can be said for the Jubilee Line, closed for an hour when some idiot ran along the track. Notwithstanding, a high note on which to close the year.

From → Gigs, Music

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