Roger Daltrey, KC 2010
Roger Daltrey's “Use It Or Lose It” Tour
Kansas City, 06/26/2010
Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who took a short break from opening for Eric Clapton's tour. Not wanting his voice to go out on him during this break* he did a little “just for fun” tour of his own and hit Kansas City's Uptown Theater.
The Uptown is just about my favorite venue in Kansas City. It's an intimate little space so there are no bad seats and there's free and easy parking right across the street.
As he explained at the start, “This is not a Who show, and it’s not really a Roger Daltrey show either. It’s just me doing songs I love.”
I was there to watch the show, not photograph it so I just used my walk-around camera. I've filtered out the really bad shots but left in some marginal ones because they have something about them I like.
There are three ways to get really good tickets to a show:
1)Buy them the instant they go on the earliest pre-sale.
2)Get them from someone with connections
3)Go on the day of the show, as soon as the box office opens. You may or may not get any tickets, but there are usually a few that the band, promoters, etc. had reserved and release day of the show.
Since I hadn't won any tickets we took a chance on option 3 and wound up with great seats – Row C, right in the center. This was actually the 7th row due to some 'special' rows in front of row A but we felt we were back just about the right distance to not have to stare up his nose all night.
A short time into the show a guy and his date showed up claiming they were his seats. When I checked with an usher she thought they may have double sold the seats and lead us to some other seats. Since they were row B, still in the center section, we were ok. Being slightly off-center was actually better for the ever-indulgent wife since she could see better. I'm almost as tall sitting as she is standing so I was able to sit most of the night, letting the people behind me see as well. Oh yeah – that guy that said he had tickets to our seats? He wound up heading out of there about 15 minutes later so I think someone did have the wrong seats. ;)
Lead guitar was by Stuart Townsend – Peter's younger brother – who worked with Roger on his solo work.
The local paper (KC Star) had a pretty good review - the reviewer mostly seemed to dislike the other attendees. That guy who kept up the leather-lunged shouting for “Substitute” was a bit annoying but it was fun when Roger first pretended to mis-hear him and then just said “I don't want to do that one.”
Here's the set list, according to the reviewer:
Who Are You; The Real Me; Pictures of Lily; Behind Blue Eyes; Real Good Looking Boy; Freedom Ride; Days of Light; Going Mobile; The Kids Are Alright; Mannish Boy; My Generation; I Can See for Miles; Squeeze Box; Naked Eye; Young Man Blues; Baba O’Riley; Bargain; Johnny Cash medley; Born On the Bayou; Without Your Love.
*“Your voice is like any other muscle,” Daltrey said. “You’ve got to keep it working. They don’t have Viagra for voices yet.”
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