The Show Must Go On: Drummer Scott Devours Saves The Who’s Quadrophenia Concert in San Diego

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What is it about California that leads The Who to need to recruit drummers named Scott to save their shows? You may recall that back in 1973 The Who were famously forced to use a young drummer pulled from the crowd named Scott Halpin at the Cow Palace in Daly City after Keith Moon was “incapacitated.” Well last night in San Diego The Who were forced to call upon the services of drummer Scott Devours for the latest show of their Quadrophenia and More Tour when current drummer Zak Starkey was unable to perform due to a tendon issue.

Who fans that were in attendance last night are raving about Devours’ work at the View Valley Casino Center and from the looks of the videos it’s clear Scott did a fantastic job. Unbelievably, Devours only had one run through of the complex material before showtime and none for the “greatest hits” encore. Devours did have experience performing the songs of The Who as the drummer in Roger Daltrey’s solo band, but not with the majority of the Quadrophenia material. The Who were lucky Starkey was unable to play a Southern California area gig as Devours lives in nearby Long Beach. “Quadrophenia’s not an easy piece,” said Roger Daltrey on The Who’s website. “To do what Scotty did took real guts.”

The Who member Simon Townshend weighed in on Devours’ performance…

The Who are supposed to play JOBING.COM Arena in Phoenix tonight. No word yet on which drummer will perform with the band.

Take a look at a few videos of Devours crushing it with The Who…

 I Am The Sea and The Real Me

Bell Boy

Quadrophenia, Cut My Hair and The Punk and the Godfather


Dr. Jimmy

[Hat Tip – Sammy Saltzman]

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8 thoughts on “The Show Must Go On: Drummer Scott Devours Saves The Who’s Quadrophenia Concert in San Diego

  1. aaron owens Reply

    i was lucky enough to be there last night and the show was amazing. Scott Devours performance was perfect.

  2. Bob Sasseen Reply

    Kudos for writing about this, and many thanks for posting the videos to remember the concert by. Scott D did a fantastic job in a great show. Funny that his last name is off by one letter from The Who’s original name, The Detours!

  3. juan Reply

    Kudos to Scott. He did a magnificent job.

  4. SaunieInDiego Reply

    I saw the show, and although Pete said he’d be able to tell it was a “substitute” drummer, he gave Scott high praise, which was well deserved. Bravo Scott!

  5. Janice Joplin fan Reply

    He was just simply amazing. Scott, the drummer, woke up that morning thinking this was going to be a normal day, and look at how it ended for him. Everything happens for a reason!!!!!

  6. mark Patrick norris Reply

    Quadrophenia2 he works for gov delivering mail with gun on mod-con to cut off crust sand-wich to kill jimmy sa-vile

    as we rock-cover up as we clean up the act of Kiddy Minster in Quadrophenia2 as we screen now let it sink in swim

    Quadrophenia2 on ad work the kids do not go free terence trent d’ arby kill the kids as we clean the act of mind control as we pet shop boys on go west as we work as clive s/y ns594090c on cc power a good feed of meat on mind control as we key fence BarackObama kings mi5 do have guns and we will keep them as we swim some of this (secret wars in mind)

    Quadrophenia2 opening scene tow truck recovery for vespa as he took it 222 the max on trial bike as we could not prosecute can you sea

    Quadrophenia2 Next scene goes home his dad said where’s your bike son.its engage to go as i broke them warp seen fill in gaps later

    Quadrophenia2 Next sceen wake up 9.45am late again for work gets the sack 12.45pm back home has to go to jobcentre big cue outside said kings mi5 now hide post

    Quadrophenia2 on ad work the kids do not go free terence trent d’ arby kill the kids as we clean the act of mind control

    Quadrophenia2 how the cluch its for minster how much 99 pounds got the scissors ok 45 pounds jim who get peter i tell him to cluch

    Quadrophenia2 jim here cums the gate crushers as we gear party o shut up you pleb thats my generation

    Quadrophenia2 its got 666 gears as wae pull there feed

    Quadrophenia2 i whent bk to the motherboard as we skin theres a letter for dr no kings mi5 now deliver and tv weekend

    Quadrophenia2 wheres it going Haydons Road Railway Station is in Wimbledon, South London must bike

    Quadrophenia2 wait jim the prime minister wants a word of food

    Quadrophenia2 as you cum up up up minster free now tea can you sea the real me moonraker

    Quadrophenia2 now i cluch and leave the rest to me cue kings mi5 snooker me

    Quadrophenia2 have you got somthing 4 me yes mirror call bk to garage fight petter townsend cruch and perv me as i fuck his hole

  7. Mark Patrick Norris Reply

    Quadrophenia 2 poor education
    opening scene of Quadrophenia2 is last scene on Quadrophenia where he jumps off the bike opening scene of Quadrophenia2 you see him walk away from Beachy Head.

    Next scene is on the coach going home the next morning wakes up goes to the Jobcentre to sign on.

    Next scene receives a letter for job interview at Number 10 Downing Street.

    Next scene sitting on the top Deck of a bus at the front dressed as a mod soundtrack to the scene on the bus The Who the Seeker he’s told at 10 down Street if his application is successful he’ll have to change into black leathers.

    phil daniels bumps into ray winstone when he comes out of ten DowningStreet

    ray winstone says to phil daniels as he walks out of the gate you look like a plebgate dressed as a mod

    phil daniels shouts back you and everyone

    next scene u see ray winstone parking up his bike &

    walking in to 10 downing street

    next scene
    It was a cold rainy night the window was a jar approximately 2 inches open I could hear the rain hitting the window and dropping onto the window sill I was tossing and turning left and right I just couldn’t sleep that night my body clock was refusing to go to sleep in fear of not waking up in time for my Jobcentre appointment at 9am I turnt my head a round and looked at the clock it was showing 3:30am in the morning I decided to get up and out of bed my cupboards were bare apart from 3 digestive biscuits my fridge was empty apart from a pint of milk the only thing that I had in my freezer was Ice I turn the kettle on and started to make myself a cup of tea whilst consuming the rest of the biscuits that I had its was now 3.50am I lived above a shop I decided to get dressed and go downstairs and open the main front door which let out onto the street as soon as I shut the door behind me a taxi drove past there was a few puddles that built up due to heavy rain I could see the person in the back of the taxi looking at me he was dressed as a mod before I knew it my bottom half of me was soaked I crossed to the other side of the road I jumped on a few buses and I ended up at Vauxhall Bridge I was aware of MI6 after I finish my cigarette I jumped on another few more buses ended up outside Thames house I was aware of MI5 I proceeded to put my lighter in my pocket,after my cigarette was finished I jumped another few more buses and I ended up at Marble Arch McDonald’s I stayed there for about an hour then left before I knew it was 8:55 and I was outside the Jobcentre I signed on and I come at Jobcentre and I went back to my room to bed I forced myself to sleep woke up on Saturday morning knowing that I have to go out onto the street and beg for some money as I had to wait 5 days until I get paid from the Jobcentre I’m managed to gather enough money to buy some bread and cheese went back to my room and made myself a sandwich then I forced myself to sleep I woke up and Sunday morning to the sounds of the birds talking not tweeting they were reading my mind I turn on the radio and that was really my mind it felt like the whole of creation was coming alive I thought to myself something’s going on then all the sudden they went back into hiding before I knew it was Monday morning and I to go to the Internet cafe to do my job search to keep within my job seekers agreement time now in 11 o’clock on a Monday morning to kill some time I went on a few bus rides I ended up at Russell Square I was just watching people come and go I also notice a mod on a scooter there was a mixture of classes in the Square the majority of people in the Square was office people enjoying their lunchtime and soaking up the sun I was there for about an hour and a half and a Gentleman sat next to me dressed in jeans and a black T-shirt he looked at me he said what is my business here my reply was I’m just a job seeker just killing time he then got up and left 45 minutes later I got up and left and went back to my room to bed it was now Tuesday morning and I only had one more day to go before I receive my Jobseekers money I made myself a cheese sandwich and a cup of tea then I force myself back to sleep it was now Wednesday morning got out of bed threw on some clothes went to the post office to get my money pay some bills and got some shopping I had gone 5 days without any hot food in my belly

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