The Who, With Roger Daltrey Healthy, Returns

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Roger Daltrey at the Chase Center, San Francisco, Oct. 9, 2019

The Who resumed their Moving On! tour in San Francisco last night (October 9), exactly two weeks after they were forced to cut short their performance at Houston’s Toyota Center on September 25 when Roger Daltrey’s voice gave out eight songs into the show.

From all reports, the singer sounded remarkably well upon his return, even on such challenging songs as “Love, Reign O’er Me.”

[Following the abbreviated show in Houston, the band subsequently postponed the next two scheduled dates to allow the 75-year-old singer some time to recuperate from bronchitis.]

Pete Townshend joking with the Chase Center audience

For this tour, now in its second leg, The Who are performing much of their show with an orchestra, starting with six songs from Tommy, now celebrating its 50th year.

Related: The setlist is significantly different from when the first leg opened on May 7

At the Chase Center in San Francisco, they played a 22-song set–23, if you count the snippet of Scott McKenzie’s Summer of Love hit, “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair).”

During a break between songs, Townshend saluted John Entwistle, who would have turned 75 on this day.

Watch them perform “Sparks”

Watch Daltrey crush the “See Me Feel Me” portion of “We’re Not Gonna Take It’ during the Tommy finale

The Who announced a new studio album on Sept. 13. It’s simply called WHO—in all-capital letters—and it arrives Dec. 6 via Interscope Records.

The band has been performing two of the new songs, “Hero Ground Zero” and “Ball and Chain,” on the current U.S. tour.

Watch The Who perform “Ball and Chain”

The Who, Chase Center, San Francisco, CA, October 9, 2019 Setlist

With Orchestra
Amazing Journey
Pinball Wizard
We’re Not Gonna Take It
Who Are You
Eminence Front
Imagine a Man
Hero Ground Zero

Band Only
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)
I Can See For Miles
You Better You Bet
Won’t Get Fooled Again (acoustic) (Daltrey and Townshend only)
Behind Blue Eyes

Do you know what The Who’s highest-charting single is in the U.S.? This one, from 1967…

With Orchestra
Ball and Chain
The Real Me
I’m One
The Rock
Love, Reign O’er Me
Baba O’Riley

Thanks to Chipdog67 for many of the videos.

The Who 2019 and 2020 Tour Dates (Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and here)

Oct 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Oct 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Oct 16 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
Oct 19 – Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park
Oct 21 – Vancouver, Canada – Rogers Arena
Oct 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

Mar 16 – Manchester Arena
Mar 18 – Dublin 3 Arena
Mar 21 – Newcastle Utilita Arena
Mar 23 – Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
Mar 25 – Leeds First Direct Arena
Mar 30 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Apr 01 – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
Apr 03 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Apr 06 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
Apr 08 – London SSE Wembley Arena

TBA – New Orleans, LA – Jazz Fest
TBA – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
TBA – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
TBA – Houston, TX – Toyota Center

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