Concert preview: The Who brings its 50th anniversary tour to Nationwide Arena

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

In early May, the reunited Replacements postponed a concert at LC Pavilion citing illness (a makeup date has not yet been scheduled), and as recently as this weekend there was some concern the Who might follow in these unfortunate footsteps. But after delaying a trio of shows to allow singer Roger Daltrey time to rest his swollen vocal cords, the British rock legends finally resumed their tour in Nashville on Monday, May 11.

Daltrey’s vocal woes are yet another sign that the band, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary on this tour, is gradually winding to a close. In recent interviews, guitarist Pete Townshend, who joins Daltrey as the band’s sole surviving members following the deaths of drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle, has been non-committal in regards to the band’s future. “I don’t know what’s going to happen next,” he told Rolling Stone early in May.

Like fellow rockers the Rolling Stones, who visit town later this month, expect a nostalgic set heavy on hits (sure things: “Baba O’Riley,” “My Generation” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”), with at least a handful of moments where the savvy vets locate a few extra miles per hour on the old fastball.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts open the show.

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Nationwide Arena

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15

200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District