The Who Kick Off 2022 North American Tour


24-song set on the first night of “The Who Hits Back!” tourand the band’s first concert in more than two years.

The setlist mirrored that of 2019’s “Moving On!” tour, and for good reason: The Who had yet to make up some postponed shows that were interrupted by the pandemic, and they built the current tour around those pending obligations.

It’s also clear the band — comprised of Simon Townshend (guitar/backup vocals), Loren Gold (keyboards), Emily Marshall (keyboards), Jon Button (bass), Billy Nicholls (backup vocals) and Beatle progeny Zak Starkey (drums) — is reinvigorated playing reimagined orchestral versions of songs that have been canon for decades.

There are still some kinks to work out as the band gets back into their element after two years off the road, but “The Who Hits Back!” is a compelling show both for Who diehards and those who wrongly think they’ve heard these songs enough times.

Setlist:

With Orchestra:

Overture

1921

Amazing Journey

Sparks

Pinball Wizard

We’re Not Gonna Take It

Who Are You

Eminence Front

Imagine a Man

Hero Ground Zero

Join Together

Band Only:

Substitute

The Seeker

I Can See for Miles

The Kids Are Alright

Won’t Get Fooled Again (Daltrey and Townshend acoustic)

Behind Blue Eyes (with violin and cello)

With Orchestra:

Ball and Chain

The Real Me

I’m One

5:15

The Rock

Love, Reign O’er Me

Baba O’Riley

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Photo: Getty Images AsiaPac


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