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The Who: Barclays Centre, Brooklyn

Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages, 15 November 2012

I'VE BEEN AFFECTED in many ways by the thousand-plus rock concerts I've attended over the years. Not all of my reactions have been pleasant, and some have strayed mightily from what I took to be the artist's likely intentions. So when I say that Wednesday night's performance of Quadrophenia by the Townshend-Daltrey band was the saddest concert I've ever seen, you will be sorely tempted — but wrong — to hear the sound of yet another diehard Who traditionalist disappointed at the sight of two men nearing 70, pounding stages like superannuated clowns.

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