THE WHO - Live At The Royal Albert Hall

The Who - Live At The Royal Albert Hall

29 songs
162:00 minutes
***** ***
Steamhammer / SPV


Another live album by The Who? Normally I think that every band should have one milestone live album: It's Alive for the Ramones, The Song Remains The Same for Led Zeppelin and evidently Live At Leeds for The Who. So is there really a need for another live album? Not really, but let's admit it, Live At The Royal Albert Hall is interesting enough to justify its existence.

Recorded in late 2000, it might be one of the last The Who gigs with John Entwistle who died last year of a heart condition. Then this 3-CD set also documents a benefit concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust, where The Who were reinforced by many popular mainstream artists like Bryan Adams, Noel Gallagher, Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics, Sir Nigel Kennedy, Eddie Vedder and Paul Weller. Apart from Paul Weller, these are of course not my favourite artists, but it's still interesting to see the character they are lending these songs.

With nearly 3 hours of music, the setlist should appeal to every fan of The Who: really old stuff like I Can't Explain, Substitute and the unavoidable My Generation are standing next to material from their rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus many outtakes from their hits album Who's Next.

Of course, The Who don't sound as wild as back in 1970 when they released the most important live album ever, so if Live At Leeds was an incontestable ten points worth, then we can still give 8 points to this concert recording that shows that The Who have aged with much more dignity than most of their contemporaries.

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