(Left to right) Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform on stage at Alpine Valley Music Theatre during The Who’s “Moving On” tour. Sunday, September 8, 2019 in East Troy, Wisconsin
Photo by Barry Brecheisen
When last we checked in with The Who, there were moments on stage when guitarist Pete Townshend seemed less than thrilled about the prospect of performing with a 48-piece orchestra during the group’s “Moving On” tour.
That was opening night – four months ago on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
What a difference those four months have made.
“It’s a delight and a pleasure for me,” said Townshend Sunday night at Alpine Valley Music Theatre. “We’re honored to be able to play with such fine orchestras.”
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Sunday marked The Who’s return to the rural Wisconsin venue in the village of East Troy (population 4,281) for the first time in 30 years. Townshend, Roger Daltrey and backing vocalist Billy Nicholls last performed at the massive outdoor amphitheatre (capacity 37,000) over the course of three July nights in recognition of the 25 years since original drummer Keith Moon first joined Townshend, singer Roger Daltrey and bassist John Entwistle.
“We were last here in 1989. Where did it go?” asked Daltrey rhetorically. “We understand that this venue draws people from three different states,” added Townshend of its location southeast of Madison and southwest of