The Who's Pete Townshend Storms Off Stage Mid-Show at BB&T Center's Quadrophenia Tour Kickoff

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Since the show was billed as Quadrophenia and "more," a "more" portion seemed inevitable. After a brief respite, the musicians returned, surging their way through "Pinball Wizard," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Who Are You," and an especially incendiary "You Better You Bet," with "Baba O'Reilly" rounding it out. 

Although the band seemed momentarily unsure about the sequence of songs -- this was the first night of the tour after all -- the colorful visual effects were even more stunning than before. This was indeed a show for the ages, proof positive that the Who could live up to their legacy.  

One question remained at the conclusion however. Prior to "Baba O' Reilly," Townshend was seen storming off the stage, leaving Daltrey and the others to perform the song without him. As soon as the song ended, the others exited as well, seeming to finish the show prematurely and sans any encore. Townshend was apparently upset with the stage monitors and excessive noise levels, even though, at first, he didn't inform his fellow band members and offered no explanation for his petulance. Earlier, the two frontmen had shared an embrace and everything seemed in sync.  

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Opening act, Vintage Trouble, was a fine precursor to the headliners, despite having the unenviable role of having to satiate a crowd primed for the Who. Nevertheless, they possessed sufficient swagger, a clear confidence and a polished enough presence to allow an admirable performance. They take a rocking yet soulful stance, all well choreographed and professionally polished in a manner that finds them geared for greater glories. 

Although it's doubtful anyone actually knew who they were, they were an appropriate opening act in that they helped elevate the energy early on. 

Critic's Notebook 

Personal Bias: Having seen the Who half a dozen times previously -- including at least twice with Moon and Entwistle in tow -- the bar had already been set extraordinarily high as far as I was concerned. Still, there's apt reason why the Who are ranked as one of the best live bands of all time, and any time they hit the boards, there's the potential it will be a life-changing experience. 

The Crowd: Here's one classic band that still draws an audience of all ages. Fans ranged from teenagers to adults of senior citizen status.  

By the Way: Thanks to the frizzy haired fellow named Mike who sat in front of us, sharing both his binoculars and some garbled tales from back in the day, mostly stories that seemed to center on Jim Morrison and a pants-less encounter with the cops. I'm not sure we got the gist of it, but Mike was entertaining nonetheless.  

Set List: 
I Am the Sea 
The Real Me 
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 
Sea and Sand 
Bell Boy
Doctor Jimmy 
The Rock 
Love Reign O'er Me 
Pinball Wizard 
Behind Blue Eyes 
Who Are You 
You Better You Bet 
Baba O'Reilly

Location Info


BB&T Center

1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, FL

Category: Music

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Townsend's guitar playing  did not overly impress me nor did Quadraphenia except Real Me and 5:15. But I have to admit I know very little about the album. Townsend leaving staged pissed me off. I don't give  a shit if his monitors were off, he should have had them adjusted up or down by the crew. To leave stage and not return is an insult to fans....period!


I totally agree with Daniel.  Pete's performance and voice left much to be desired, but the show was fun and nostalgic.  The ending of the show was unprofessional and insulting to people who paid hundreds of dollars for seats.  The show seemed like a dress rehersal,


Holy crap! I met Mike too. I thought he was on LSD. I literally believed little to nothing of what he said even though he was a really nice guy. At one point, upon the mention of Jimi Hendrix he responded with "I think I met him once... Yeah, I played with him." Ok.... Ohhh also, he called Barrack Obama "Barracky"


As for the concert, even though the Quadrophenia portion was amazing, the more part was very weak and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Pete Townshend was clearly underrehearsed and this was evident even during Quadrophenia. I must mention however that Roger was amazing.

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