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The Who Hits 50 Tour rolled into the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham for a night full of high-octane energy and classic hit after hit  spanning over 50 years.

The band opted to have ONE support act, which went down well, what with tickets ranging from 65 pounds upwards.

Tonight´s support was a band called The Standard Lamps. An unsigned band who were going to be on 4 dates of this tour. The 3 piece were amazing, great music with plenty of skilled guitar work. From their first song, it was catchy and my feet were a tapping.

Before you knew it, the time came for the main act to take to the stage. The crowd erupted at the sight of Daltrey and Townshend as they kicked off proceedings with `I Can´t Explain´

As they belted through an amazing 23 songs from their back catalog, there was so much energy as they executed each and every song without fault and Daltrey can still hit those high notes as he has done through the years.

There were a few hiccups along the way but they either laughed them off, admitted the mistakes and continued on like absolute professionals.

Townshend had a slight guitar issue at the beginning of `Who Are you´  but he didn´t let it affect him as he was quickly handed another guitar by his tech.

The crowd were delighted as they worked through `The Kids Are Alright, I Can See For Miles, Pictures of Lily, Behind Blue Eyes, Squeeze Box and Join Together´

Hit after hit, non stop and bursting with energy that the crowd were feeding off, although I did feel like the youngest person in the room. I even had a slight dancing dad moment haha! Although it was great to see that they have the same fans 50 years later.

`Pinball Wizard´ really stood out to me along with `Baba O´Riley´ which is also famously known as `Teenage Wasteland.´

I was very surprised that they didn´t play `My Generation´ , at one  point, I thought to myself that it will be included in the encore but no, they ended with`Magic Bus´

It was a great overall show, they entertained  from start to finish while the arena was bursting at the seams with people who were being taken on this journey into their world which was an overwhelming experience. As Pete and Roger came to say their goodbyes,  it was obvious that they too, were overwhelmed with the hint of tears in their eyes.

oh and one thing before I go….

Pete is the ONLY man who can ROCK a smart looking tracksuit and pull if off!





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