Listen Live on  
 

BIG 100.3

Washington's Classic Rock
 
 

#TBT: The Who at the Verizon Center

 
#TBT: The Who at the Verizon Center
Posted August 19th, 2014 @ 8:35am

Each Thursday this summer, BIG 100.3 will play a classic live performance at noon.  The song will come from actual concerts in the Washington D.C. area.

#TBT (also known as Throwback Thursday) is an opportunity to take a look (and a listen) back to the incredible artists that have come through the nation's capital over the years. 

Share your thoughts on #TBT on the BIG 100.3 Facebook page.

 

 

This week's #TBT will feature The Who from their show at the Verizon Center on March 8, 2007.

Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, and John Entwistle formed The Who in 1964.  They previously played in a band called The Detours.  A few months later, the trio met Keith Moon.  That quartet formed what would be the classic lineup of The Who.

The band released a string of hits in their native England.  Like Jimi Hendrix, the band's first big American show was at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

Like the American guitar legend, The Who scored a spot at Woodstock. By this time, The Who had become of the world's biggest rock bands thanks to the success of their double concept album, Tommy.

Tommy was the beginning of one of the most impressive runs in rock history.  Following Tommy, The Who released Who's NextQuadropheniaThe Who by Numbers, and Who Are You.

Who Are You was Moon's last album.  The band's drummer died twenty days after its release.

The Who decided to "carry on" after Moon's death.  They released two albums with new drummer Kenney Jones, Face Dances and It's Hard.  

After the release of It's Hard, Pete Townshend, who had served as the band's chief songwriter, was absolutely spent.  Daltrey and Entwistle wanted to keep going, even if that meant touring to just play their classics.  This led to a "farewell" tour and an extended break for The Who.

The band did reunite for a couple of one-off performances over the next several years, including a performance at 1985's Live Aid.  In 1989, The Who reunited for a 25th anniversary tour.  After that, The Who started making more appearances and doing more tours.  But, on the eve of their 2002 tour, John Entwistle was found dead in a hotel room in Las Vegas.

Entwistle's death actually strengthened the relationship between Townshend and Daltrey.  They even recorded a new album in 2006.  Endless Wire was the first new Who album in 24 years.  Townshend and Daltrey have worked together on various projects.  They're currently working on a new album and gearing up for what they say will be their last tour.

Recommended Stories

More from BIG 100.3

*