The Who & Arkells @ Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI

Review & photography by Rebekah Witt

On May 28th, British rock band The Who brought their Moving On! Tour to the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI. The band had different special guests per show, but opening today was Canadian rock band Arkells. Lead singer Max Kerman bounced around the stage in his rainbow fringed jacket as the band warmed up the huge crowd. Their setlist was mostly made up of songs from their latest album Rally Cry, including ‘Hand Me Downs,’ ‘Eyes On The Prize,’ and ‘Relentless,’ as well as older songs ‘Leather Jacket,’ and ‘Knocking At The Door.’

Around 8:30 pm, the orchestra members and touring live band walked on stage to begin The Who’s set. The last surviving members of the band, guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey, joined them on stage shortly after, to the sound of thunderous applause all through the arena. They began with a mostly instrumental overture to show the talents of the orchestra, before going into ‘It’s A Boy.’ At ages 74 and 75, the two men still know how to put on a great show. They performed songs from all throughout their 50 year career as a band, the majority from albums Tommy (1969), Who’s Next (1971), and Quadrophenia (1973). Fans from down on the floor up to the nosebleed sections sang along to favorites like ‘Who Are You,’ and ‘The Real Me.’ Halfway through the set, they took the opportunity to perform without the orchestra, playing ‘Behind Blue Eyes,’ ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ and ‘Tea & Theatre.’ During the show, Townshend mentioned that they were making a new album to be released this year, the first in 13 years. Although The Who have been around since the 60s, there were fans of all ages at this show, including kids even younger than 10 years old. The band closed their set with song ‘Baba O’Riley,’ and the arena echoed with the audience singing along to the lyrics.

The first leg of the Moving On! Tour just ended, but The Who will be back in North America for the second leg in September and October. Find more info at their website here!

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