The Who’s First Full Show of 2012 Ends In Controversy

Last night The Who kicked off their Quadrophenia Tour at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida and it did not end happily. For their main set, The Who performed their landmark 1973 album Quadrophenia in its entirety followed by a five-song tour of the band’s greatest hits as an encore. Guitarist Pete Townshend, apparently unhappy with the stage volume, walked off during You Better You Bet, the next to last song, and left his band mates to finish the show without him.

According to Boca Mag, there was more drama than what took place during the encore, “Throughout the evening, Townshend gestured and, at times, fumed at his off-stage crew due to sound issues and problems with his guitars.” Hopefully yesterday’s issues aren’t a harbinger of what’s to come over the course of the 36-city tour.


Set: I Am The Sea, The Real Me, Quadrophenia, Cut My Hair, The Punk and the Godfather, I’m One, The Dirty Jobs, Helpless Dancer, Is It In My Head?, I’ve Had Enough, 5:15, Sea and Sand, Drowned,  Bell Boy, Doctor Jimmy, The Rock, Love Reign O’er Me

Encore: Pinball Wizard, Behind Blue Eyes, Who Are You?, You Better You Bet, Baba O’Riley

Both Keith Moon and John Entwistle were featured in the performance despite passing away in 1978 and 2002 respectively. WPTV tells us that video of an Entwistle bass solo was shown during 5:15 and Moon sang Bell Boy via video. From the looks of this clip, The Who spared no expense with the stage design for this tour. We just wish Roger Daltrey would keep his shirt on.

The Who – The Rock, Love Reign O’er Me

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5 thoughts on “The Who’s First Full Show of 2012 Ends In Controversy

  1. BR Reply

    Hopefully they get their shit together before Greensboro

  2. Roose Reply

    you mean the first show of the tour ended with something that could be published as fodder in every magazine in the country? no way!

  3. John D Reply

    Anyone know what time they went on last night? I have tickets for Orlando tomorrow but don’t know if I’m gonna make it after work

    • Greg S. Reply

      They went on at 8:30 sharp. Show was phenomenal. Unfortunate the problems at the end, but it was still amazing!

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