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…
Amazing gig in San Diego. Hats off to drummer Scott Devours who stepped in for Zak… Having only one Quad run thru, he was faultless. Legend
— Simon Townshend (@STOfficialUK) February 6, 2013
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…
[Hat Tip – Sammy Saltzman]