It had been 44 years since The Who rocked the stage of Forest Hills Stadium, in Queens, NY. The rock juggernauts returned to the historic venue to close out the first leg of their career spanning “The Who Hits 50” tour. Celebrating half a century as one of Rock’s most influential groups, the band played a set chocked full of favorites that had the sold out crowd doing their best “Townshend Windmill” impressions, and swinging their imaginary microphones.
Kicking the night off, fresh off their induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts had to trouble warming the crowd up for some of her idols and long-time friends, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend
The atmosphere this time around proved to be a bit different than that of 1971. The last time the band played in the New York City Borough, they were met with mixed responses, as they tested out lots of material off their upcoming album, Who’s Next. Set list staples like “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Behind Blue Eyes”, were unheard at the time.
For those in attendance to see the band back in 71, it was a glorious homecoming that proved the rock titans haven’t lost steam yet.
More shots from Joan Jett’s set: