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With this show in Hamilton at Copps Coliseum I felt it it kind of flew under the radar for me since I did not have a ticket yet and wasn’t 100% sure I was going. It seemed weird having The Who in Hamilton versus Toronto. I made the trip from Toronto a grabbed a single ticket in the 9th row. The fun begins…

The Who Concert Ticket | Hamilton

I helped a family I had met online who was coming to the show get the $9 parking and then met up with them inside to chat about their trip from Rochester, NY. An obvious Who fan and mother of 2, she brought her 10 year old daughter and 15 year old son to witness one of the greatest Rock Bands on the planet do what they have been doing for 4 decades. Play Rock Anthems.

Once inside I hung out around the soundboard at the rear floor and looked closely as the lighting technicians set up. There it is… “the setlist” … camera out and I took a photo of it and then later another shot over a couple of shoulders… just in case I didn’t get the actual setlist in hand after the show. Here I crossed paths with another serious concertaholic who goes by the handle the original kid rock. We chatted for a few minutes and I took a shot of the pass on his jacket as he staggered away.

The Who in Concert | Copps Coliseum in Hamilton | 2008

9:05pm. The Big Screen lights up and The Who take the stage and they take us for an immediate trip down memory lane with Can’t Explain. I loved hearing “Seeker” and watching Pete Townsend all bundled up in a trench coat and scarf as if he hadn’t quite warmed up yet. The first 5-7 rows down front were dancing and in the aisles no where near their seats… me included. That ended with security cleaning up and interupting my first video “Who Are You”.. which was ok because I got a little smile as I looked in front of me as the 10 & 15 year old along with their mother were being escorted back from being right down front instead of following rules back at their 17th row seats.. Way to go!

The Who at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton

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One of the unexpected highlights for me in this show was during the performance of “Real Good Looking Boy“. As much of a Who fan as I am… I just didn’t seem to recall this song… From Roger’s intro mentioning the obvious nod to Elvis to the powerful clips of The King himself on the screen as young man. The lyrics got me imagining a younger “WHO”… I saw Elvis and thought about his death, then glanced over at where The Ox… John Entwistle would be standing as Pino Paladino held down the right wing on bass… it was just one of those moments where you think you know a song and even if you do…it sounds like the first time for some reason. This song was just perfect. Right On!

The pace kept up as Baba O’Reilly (video) and Pete’s Windmill factory got going along with the crowd sing-a-long and harmonica of course from Roger. This was followed by Getting In Tune which I really enjoyed as it reminded of listening to Who’s Next over and over again back in the late 90’s when I discovered that Album over again through some friends. The Song Is Over was another favourite off that album. Here is the Getting In Tune video…

The band really leaned into 5:15 and the audience was responding in various ways from yelling lyrics, screams and one guy was throwing his chain-smoking girlfriend in the air for the entire back half of the show….plus the super fast video of the traintracks worked well. With Eminence Front next… these classic rock moments were making the string of songs..fly-by. It was so good to see this band again. Up close too! “My Generation” featured some fun bass from Pino and more and more of the excellent drumming we witnessed for the entire set by Zak Starkey. Then the finale of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” The energy level climbs up another notch on and off the stage for this one.

The Who | Baba O’Reilly | Teenage Wasteland | Hamilton | Copps Coliseum from concertaholics on Vimeo.

So the band comes back on stage for the encore and Roger & Pete start to talk about how quickly the band returns to the stage versus the rituals of the 60’s, 70’s etc. He said they had more things to do back then and Pete mentions possibly not having any equipment left to even play back then… Here is the conversation and …it leading into “Naked Eye”

Pinball Wizard was another singalong with more visuals on the screens but what happened next was worth the trip from Toronto and the ticket price for sure… according to a fan on the another forum we headed into a medley of Overature/Amazing Journey/Sparks/Underture/We’re Not Going to Take It…. and somewhere inside here it appeared Mr Townsend was going to put on a little clinic with is red axe…. so I zoomed in and started to film… for 6+ minutes..

The Who | Hamilton | Copps Coliseum | Pete Townsend Guitar Solo | Sparx from concertaholics on Vimeo.

There isn’t alot to say after watching that video… the party-lady beside me turns to me after experiencing this and musters up the best sentence she could to saying “you have to send me a copy of this”….. That is me yelling in the background at the guy beside say “unbelievable”… “deadly”… thanking the guitar gods for sending me to this show. This is Pete Townsend…this is The Who…. “See Me, Feel Me” and “Listening To You” was one big “love-in”… barely enough to slide down off that guitar solo.

At this point I actually left my row and headed back to the soundboard at the rear-floor area. So I watched Pete and Roger do the one song I knew was left on acoustic guitars… TEA and THEATRE. Beautiful.

I watched the lights come on. I watched the lighting tech’s sigh to each other on another show well done… I locked in on that setlist again… waiting as the tech shut down the 2 apples… he glanced over to his left… I was there… “Could I have one of those setlists“…as I pointed.. he looked at his partner for approval, he nodded, he handed it to me, I nodded back.

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If you look closely at this setlist and the one I got a photo of above ..they are different. The other one is actually Toronto and this one below that got handed to me I believe is Detroit with changes made.

The Who Setlist | Hamilton | Soundboard

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18 Responses to “The Who in Hamilton at Copps Coliseum”
  1. Carrie says:

    Great pics and article! I would love to post this on the concert calendar on http://www.longliverock.org. Please contact carriepr there if you are interested.

    Carrie

  2. Doug says:

    What a fantastic review – thank you. I’m going to the show in Philadelphia on Sunday, and hadn’t been able to find any YT videos of the tour until now.

    Fantastic job, I love the site – my first visit!

  3. Dr. Wu says:

    Hey Jeff, No name but I assume this is you.
    What a fab review, great pics video and real time play by play of the evening
    Damn I missed a great show.

    Wayne

  4. John H says:

    Just found this site, very cool. I had 16th row floors for THE WHO, was my 8th time seeing and it may have been the best. I would love to make a trade for video of this show. I was at Steve Howe and have some prime video of it. JH

  5. theconcertaholic says:

    @ Doug – thanks for stopping by – you will have a blast on Sunday for sure. Come back and tell us how the show went… or look for our next review coming soon.

    @ Wayne – Yes this was a great evening out for a show and I love doing the reviews.

    @ Carrie – Glad you stopped in. I found your site too…what a deadly WHO resource.

    @ John – I may know a guy who has the entire show. email me in a week or so and I’ll know by then.. Is your Steve Howe video up on youtube somewhere?

  6. John H says:

    Here’s the link for Steve Howe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_j1kVdwLfk I have 48 minutes of it, 6 complete songs

  7. Steve says:

    I was at the show in Copps …First Concert for my 2 boys….Absolutely Incredible Show put on by Roger and Pete…..Thanks for the videos and comments to the show…..Nice to relive the experience again and again

  8. Vic says:

    Great review Jeffro.I have most the show.missed a couple songs but it looks pretty good for no tripod.Everyone is welcome to a copy.V

  9. Vic says:

    Heres Naked Eye.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OTcVEYmC9s&fmt=18

  10. theconcertaholic says:

    thanks Vic, thats great… nice sound and video from the balcony!!!

  11. Todd says:

    you don’t know how much it hurt to look at that setlist and read the review having had to miss this show… been a Who fan for years my first show was at the Buffalo “Aud” Dec 4th 1979… the night after the Riverfront Coliseum disaster (Roger says opening the set, “we lost a lot of family last night and this 1 is for them” then Pete smashed his guitar and through it out into the crowd after the first tune – substitute) …. anyway aside from the obvious buzz of the live music 1 of my best Who memories …just as the band is kicking into Love, Reign O’er Me Rich Stadium Buffalo Sept 26th 1982 (the Clash opened – nice) …it starts to rain a touch…. Pete moves to the mic and says laughingly “even the Stones couldn’t afford that 1″….

    THANKS FOR A GREAT REVIEW AND THE VIDEOS ARE AWESOME…

  12. theconcertaholic says:

    Weird, I when saw them in the late 80’s at Rich Stadium… it actually rained also. I remember standing on the benches what seemed to be for 3 hours… It wasn’t even sold out but the actual feedback from the crowd at most moments made you feel like this was it…. this is the last show and there are thousands outside the stadium also cheering… (there wasn’t… but it felt that way)….

  13. marie says:

    hello, i just happened to be searching for some video or pics of the concert in hamilton of the who. i love your review and the photos, video is great. i brought my camera, but sadly i had the wrong batteries and while i watched others around me click away, i ended up with nothing. we were in the nose bleed section, but got into the rows along side the stage and at the end we ended up next to the stage, what a view. Great night, great show, great band.

  14. theconcertaholic says:

    Glad you found us Marie. Enjoy the photos. If you are ever heading to another big show at Copps or here in the Toronto Area just check in after the show and there more than likely will be a review with the photos, videos and more. We have ACDC, Neil Diamond, Daniel Lanois, Smashing Pumpkins and more coming before the end of 2008 !

  15. Niraj Sehdev says:

    I was just wondering what the name of the opening act was? I didn’t like them but it was bothering me and I didn’t here them say who they were! It didn’t bother me too long because The Who were AMAZING! It was definitely one of the greatest moments of my life!

  16. Brock D says:

    hey it was a sick show im only 14 but love the old stuff(no offense) i thikn i t was w=my fav concert even better than eric clapton (who also played wit pino at the time) aerosmith, and tom petty and now i ccant wait to c AC/DC in Toronto in Jan. also a very good review and my favourite part was in Won’t Get Fooled Again with the awesome drum solo and the strobe lights

  17. Brock D says:

    o and the opening act was inward eye and they had a good drummer

  18. sixtiesstereofan says:

    Thanks for the review & the clips. I have tickets for the Sydney (that’s the one in Australia-not Canada!!) concert on 31/3/09 & can’t wait. I first saw the WHO in 1968 & from these clips they can still deliver the goods. May they rock on forever.

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