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The Who goes beyond expectations for the Colosseum’s first rock residency

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Ethan Miller/Getty Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend throughout The Who’s very first residency show at the Colosseum on July 29.

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017|2 a.m.

2 right away striking things from The Who’s program at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, Aug. 1:

1. This is the first rock-band residency to strike the Colosseum given that the venue made its launching in March 2003. That may not be entirely unexpected, considering this is the house that Celine developed, which the other highly successful headlining programs feature more pop-oriented entertainers like Elton John or Rod Stewart. However there were 2 country music residencies (Shania Twain and Reba McEntire with Brooks & & Dunn) registered prior to rock got here with The Who on July 29. It’s another mark in the continuing development of live home entertainment on the Strip, but it most likely might have occurred several years back.

2. At 72 years old, Pete Townshend is still doing the power slide. That’s amazing. Townshend has many classic guitar stage relocations in his toolbox– he utilized the windmill a number of times on Tuesday night, too– however the power slide is the one, plastered all over YouTube with videos entitled “The Coolest Thing Ever,” and further immortalized by Jack Black in his Solid D motion picture. There’s never ever been any report of Celine power-sliding across the Colosseum phase.

Notoriously fronted by enduring original members Townshend and Roger Daltrey, 73, The Who’s present visiting band is 8 strong, anchored by Zak Starkey on drums and John Button on bass. Its residency setlist is extremely similar to the band’s first program at Caesars in Might 2016, although one distinction from Tuesday night was opening with 1964’s “I Can’t Describe.” Townshend and Daltrey both sound great and powerful, with the charming frontman Daltrey easily hitting strong, high notes in “Love, Reign O’er Me.” The audience was on its feet for the majority of the program, with “Pinball Wizard” serving as the greatest singalong. The hits exploded, but the band was at its finest during “Behind Blue Eyes,” and the rollicking “5:15” from the band’s second rock opera, 1973’s Quadrophenia.

Townshend’s in between song banter was dominated by jokes and sarcasm about playing Vegas, and whether or not The Who fits on the Strip. After a fun gone through “Pictures of Lily” early in the set, he playfully jabbed, “They just like those rarities, the Las Vegas audience.” Earlier, introducing “My Generation,” he questioned whether anybody in the Colosseum was anywhere near his age, but there were a lot of pleased concert-goers in their 40s, 50s and 60s. Townshend has shown The Who could have a longer future in Las Vegas, and after all the joking around, he enhanced that while they are so effective they do not need to be here, they’re here because they wish to be. Then, after “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” they presented the band and left the phase to enormous applause, leaving– in the meantime– 5 more Colosseum shows.

The Who wraps up its this run at Caesars Palace with concerts on Aug. 4, 7, 8, 9 and 11. Find details and tickets at thecolosseum.com.