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Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey nonetheless rock

Of their day, they had been the best, most fun reside performers rock ‘n’ roll had ever recognized, an unhinged drive of nature leaving shards of smashed guitars and battered drum kits of their wake.

We’ll by no means see that Who once more.

They misplaced Keith Moon, essentially the most electrifying drummer on the planet, to an early dying by misadventure in 1978. And lead bassist John Entwistle, he of the thundering Rotosounds, died in 2002.

That leaves Pete Townshend, now 77, and microphone-twirling frontman Roger Daltrey, now 78, to hold on the legacy of a band whose early claims to fame included a stuttering youth-culture anthem whose most defiant second was the oft-quoted lyric ” I hope I die earlier than I get outdated.”

Solely that did not occur for Daltrey and Townshend. They’re nonetheless right here with that very same albatross round their necks. And we’re all higher for it, as Sunday’s efficiency at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix made completely clear.

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