Ranch reviews – “The Who” still bring energy to stage

Ryan Javate– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The legendary British rock band “The Who” arrived at the Amalie Arena on their North American tour, “The Who Hits Back!” on April 28.

This band was known as one of the most energetic bands in their prime with their original drummer being the source of their triumph. However, his battles with alcoholism leading to his death.

“The Who” has been touring on-and-off since then. The two original members, vocalist Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend, are both pushing their late 70’s.

“The Who” may not have the same energy that they had in their prime, but they still put on a great show. The band played 22 of their greatest hits with a live orchestra supporting them instrumentally. In all honesty, the band sounded better without the orchestra.

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With the addition of string and brass instruments, they lost what they were famous for in the first place. Sure, some songs did work better with the orchestra, but it just did not feel the same as when they were performed in the past.

The addition of the orchestra didn’t affect the overall quality of the show, but the sound and light show also helped boost their performance quite a bit. I hadn’t seen stage effects that good ever since watching Def Leppard and Journey back in 2018.

The only regret I have about watching this show was not knowing more of their songs. I knew the classics such as “Pinball Wizard” and “Behind Blue Eyes”, but I personally could not get into the show as much as I liked to.

Overall, “The Who” are a great band live, but you must listen to them in advance to gain a good connection with their music.