With only a few hours rehearsal to nail down the intricate drum parts to the Who's Quadrophenia, Roger Daltrey's solo drummer Scott Devours filled in for an ailing Zak Starkey during Tuesday night's (February 5th) concert at San Diego's Valley View Casino Center. Pete Townshend commended Devours during the show and Daltrey saluted Devours in a statement saying: "Quadrophenia's not an easy piece. To do what Scotty did took real guts."
Starkey will be back on board for Friday's (February 8th) show at Las Vegas' The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel / Casino, TheWho.com posted that his sickness was "not serious."
- Part of the reason for Pete Townshend's eagerness to play out with the Who over the past decade is his connection with Starkey: "He studied at the feet of Keith Moon. He was eight years old when I first met him, his dad is Ringo Starr, but Keith Moon bought him his first drum kit. He was a big Who fan as a kid. So when John (Entwistle) passed away, suddenly there was Zak and I -- and then what I realized is that he and I have this extraordinary chemistry. And it's innate. It's a chemistry that's based on the fact that whatever I do, he's already doing it."
- The Who tour dates (subject to change):
February 8 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel / Casino
February 12 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
February 14 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
February 16 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
February 17 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
February 19 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
February 21 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
February 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
February 24 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
February 26 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center
February 28 - New York, NY - Theater At Madison Square Garden
June 8 - Dublin, Ireland - The O2 Dublin
June 10 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Odyssey Arena
June 12 - Glasgow, Scotland - S.E.C.C.
June 15 - London, England The O2 - London
June 18 - Sheffield, England - Motorpoint Arena
June 20 - Newcastle upon Tyne, England - Metro Radio Arena
June 23 - Manchester, England- Manchester Arena
June 25 - Cardiff, Wales - Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
June 28 - Birmingham, England - LG Arena
June 30 - Liverpool, England - Liverpool Echo Arena
July 3 - Paris, France - Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
July 5 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
INTERNET COMMENTS at TheWho.com -- agree or not?
Shawn Perry wrote: "Knowing Scott, it doesn't surprise me at all he pulled this off. He's a great drummer and will be featured on VintageRock.com in the next couple of weeks...
mark waldvogel wrote: "Third times the charm! Saw THE WHO in '82, '09, and this show was by far the best. Scott is a fantastic drummer if he can do Moonies/Starkey's bits with two hours practice time and pull off what he did. Loved seeing the John Entwhistle bass playing exhibition, he was also clearly one of the greatest."
Brian Murphy wrote: "This was my first Who show and it was incredible. So glad I have now seen them perform live and this helps completes seeing as many of my favorite bands/artists in my lifetime. The drummer, Scott Devours, stepped in at last minute and was just awesome. My favorite parts of the show was how they edited in John Entwhistle's bass solo during '5:15' and singing along on Who Are You (favorite Who song). Great lights, great sound. Hope everyone else had a great time!
Mike says: "I was at the show last night in San Diego. It was an incredible, masterful performance by the greatest band in the world. Third time I've seen them and Roger never sounded better. Scott WAS magnificent. Pete came out and informed the audience before the show what had happened. I really appreciated that. If you have a chance to see this tour DO NOT miss it. I'm still tingling with excitement over what I witnessed last night. Thanks guys!"
CHECK IT OUT: The Who in San Diego on Tuesday night:
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