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The Who - CMAC, Canandaigua, NY - July 16,2016

By John Jeffrey
 
Having celebrated their 50th anniversary three years ago, the Who are still going strong.  The band currently features founders, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend, along with Jon Button on bass guitar, Zak Starkey on drums, Simon Townshend (Peter's brother) on rhythm guitar, and John Corey (keyboards, backing vocals, percussion, bass harmonica), Loren Gold (keyboards, backing vocals, percussion, jaw harp) & Frank Simes (keyboards, backing vocals, percussion, banjo, mandolin) rounding out the lineup.
 
Rock Music Star attended their performance at the CMAC, in Canandaigua, NY on Sunday, July 16th.  The English rock band performed a sold-out show to 15,000 people.  Although the band announced their 50th anniversary Farewell Tour in 2014, their lifelong fans show their support by continuing to follow them on their tour across the world.
 
Pete Townshend stated in an interview conducted in December of 2016 that he was reinvigorated by seeing younger fans at their "last big tour," the "Farewell Tour" that began in 2014.  Townsend went on to say, "It's much nicer to play our music to younger audiences, who really haven't grown up with it.  That's what struck me about the last five weeks of the tour; we were playing to a much larger number of younger people.  I just feel, like, 'Wow. I'm alive to see a new generation of people really get this stuff.'  It's just a real kick."
 
The band pleased the fans by playing their most famous hits all night, as they opened the show with the 1965 hit “I Can’t Explain” leading into the “The Seeker.”  They dug deeper into their back catalog when they played a handful of tracks from 'Quadrophenia,' and ended the night strong with a trio of hits, “Pinball Wizard,” “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”