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Saw The Who last night in SF... Pete's Strat

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  1. drex123

    drex123 Strat-Talk Member

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    Hey guys - finally got to see the The Who last night in SF... interesting show. They had a full 50 piece orchestra/symphony behind them which honestly was quite annoying, way too much going on at once. The crowd was pretty dead too - completely sold out at the new Chase Center but completely silent inside.

    The band really shined on the songs where the orchestra left the stage, however, and Roger and Pete sounded great.

    Still didn't hold a candle to the McCartney show I saw at Dodger Stadium a couple months back, but I digress...

    Anyways - Pete was primarily using his Red and Gold EC signature strats with the Fishman Powerbridges. you can read up on them here:
    https://guitar.com/features/exclusive-under-the-microscope-the-whos-pete-townshends-live-rig/

    One thing I noticed was that Pete seems to have a file glued to the lower bout of each strat and appeared to be sharpening his picks on it? Was hard to tell exactly but it looked like a flat metal file and he kept rubbing his pick on it. Anyone have any info on what that was?
     
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    circles Grand Inquistor Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Interesting.

    Those shows with orchestras have to be expensive to stage I imagine. Probably not many venues as well? And yea I don't see it helping a Who show, but that's just me. I saw them once, back in the day.
     
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  3. drex123

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    It was just really cheesy all around (I find a lot of their songs cheesy actually, but love a handful of them). Got free tickets from work so it was definitely still worth it.

    Lots of old man banter/dialog between every song too which got old fast.
     
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    Actually here's a pic I took of the file thing, it's below his bridge - you can see it on the video screen:

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    It has been said that Pete Paul McCartney, and Clapton went together once to see Hendrix perform After the first song it has been told that Pete turned to them and said boys we are F…cked. Lol Now I just read this so who knows,
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have good friend who went to that. They are big fans.

    Any songs from Quadrophenia? There is orchestral stuff in that.
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    How did you like the venue?

    I saw Clapton there about a month ago and got food poisoning. o_O
     
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    You sure it was the food?
     
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    Yes they played a lot of Quadrophenia, Tommy, and all of the big hits. Here's the setlist (they play the same thing every night - kills me being a Phish and Dead fan):
    https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-who/2019/chase-center-san-francisco-ca-5b9c4710.html

    The venue was awesome - pretty much the premier basketball arena in the country now. Acoustics were ok, not the best. My company has a suite so I got to enjoy that and had pretty killer seats and amenities.


    I've seen all of the old guys in the past year or so (Stones, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Dead & Co) and The Who was definitely the most boring show, haha
     
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    Funny thing you mentioned the number of guitars and the audience...

    We saw Mark Knopfler a few weeks back here in the valley and if I remember correctly, he went through 8 possibly 9 guitar changes throughout the evening....I thought it was cool seeing all his guitars

    And the audience to me seemed very subdued....not that MK is a rocker, but nobody got up to dance around during some of his more raucous tunes....I know I didn't. but I'm an old fart....

    Wish I had a chance to see The Who again....Last time I saw them was on the south side of Chicago (sounds like a song coming on...) in 1979....and I actually have a DVD of that show....

    glad you had a good time...and the price was right....
     
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    Nothing is sadder than when an aging rock band does an orchestra tour.
     
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    Did he smash his guitar? He busted so many SG Specials in the late 60s he had to change to Strats because they became so hard to find!!
     
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    I'd have thought The Who were the last band to want an orchestra.

    Glad I saw them when they were a proper rock band.
     
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    Really? "A Quick One While He's Away" - they wanted a cello section, but the record company wouldn't pay for it. So we got them saying "cello" over and over again.
    Baba O Reily has a violin solo.

    Those are off the top of my head, but I'm sure there is more.
     
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    I saw them in Philly on this tour. They did a ton of songs from Quadraphenia which had an orchestra on them when recorded so it was cool (for me) to hear them live that way. The orchestra did go more idle when they were done with the Quadraphenia set. I saw them maybe two years ago in a hockey arena (instead of a stadium) and I'll admit it was a better show. Daltry's voice was more powerful, he's losing it a little bit now and had to hold back on the big power screams, saving them up for just a couple of spots (Love Reign 'oer Me, Wont Get Folled Again). Townshend also seemed more into it in the arena, maybe because the crowd was more electric (smaller venue?)

    Paul McCartney is a must see for me. Every tour he's done I've said 'I'll go next time'. Stupid. I have got to see him next chance I get.
     
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    He was also running into trouble re-setting necks, like Pete didn't own that many guitars so that probably initialized the change to Fender. Strat's on the other hand are so much easier to repair. His guitar tech talked about that same thing in an older article I read a few years back. I'm sure there was more to it but I had thought even Strat's were harder to find back in the 60's & in the Uk, according to George Harrison, when he talked about the Strat he bought & later painted at his home. As he said, I seen an ad in a paper & ran to get it before anyone else had a chance to. The Beatles were a well established band by that time. Not to be confused with the other Sonic Blue Strat that Mal Evens bought for George & John Lennon. Unless George remembers that time period differently than what really happened.
     
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    Both Roger & Pete were asked by their label to think about doing some different types of venues & doing them a little out of their normal set of songs. Pete has done solo mini tours where it's just him with other players on some of the songs. Also the orchestra thing was part of their ''We're these 2 Old guys'' concerts in 2-3k seat venues....
     
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