The Albert Hall, London, UK
This time last year Wilko Johnson was supposed to be playing one of his last gigs at the Albert Hall supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust. Sometimes fairy tales do happen, so 12 months after he was supposed to have expired he’s back, with the characteristic goggle eyed-stare, stage strut and machine gun guitar very much in place. Playing a 30 minute set comprising, amongst others, “Roxette” and “Down By The Jetty” he was the perfect opening act for the main event of the evening.
Although at 71 years of age Roger Daltrey’s mic swinging technique may have gone downhill since Woodstock his voice remains in fine fettle and, in a “medium” size venue, he is still a charismatic front man. An eight-piece Who with the ever reliable Zac Starkey on drums, a statuesque Pino Palladino on bass, Pete’s brother Simon on guitar, plus three keyboard players sounded tight, despite Townshend’s stated dislike of soundchecks and Daltrey declaring that evening’s one to have been a “waste of time”.
Kicking off with Mod anthem “I Can Explain” a run of classic singles ensued. The passing of time was brought poignantly home during » Continue Reading.