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The Who - Live in Boston (2004)

The Who  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: The Who
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQFGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Songs: I Can't Explain, Substitute, Anyway Anyhow Anywhere, Who Are You, Another Tricky Day, Relay, Bargain, Baba O'Riley, Sea and Sand, 5.15, Love Reign O'er Me, Eminence Front, Behind Blue Eyes, You Better You Bet, The Kids Are Alright, My Generation, Won't Get Fooled Again, Pinball Wizard, Amazing Journey/Sparks, See Me Feel Me, Listening to You (full screen format)
  • Interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey (anamorphic widescreen format)
  • Art gallery by John Entwistle

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The Who have seen their share of tragedy in a monumental career that began 40 years ago, in 1964. Captured on their 2002 tour, LIVE IN BOSTON showcases the band on their first outing after the unexpected death of bassist John Entwistle. What may have started as an ordinary tour became a moving tribute to Entwistle and his legacy.

The Who: Live in Boston captures the legendary band during their 2002 American tour, which began with the death of John Entwistle, singer-songwriter and superior bass player whose complex lines and thunderous sound was integral to the Who's brilliance. Vocalist Roger Daltrey and guitarist-leader Pete Townshend soldiered on (drummer Keith Moon died in 1978), and Live in Boston finds the rock & roll survivors in passionate if slightly distracted form. Surrounded by old friends (John "Rabbit" Bundrick on keyboards, Zak Starkey on drums, Pete's brother Simon Townshend on vocals and guitar) and shored up by Pino Palladino on bass, Daltrey and Townshend sizzle during the bedrock numbers ("I Can't Explain," "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere"), touch on the crucial early '70s stuff ("Baba O'Riley"), but catch fire on mini-suites from Tommy and Quadrophenia. Townshend rambles, sometimes unattractively, between numbers, and even Daltrey gets peevish with the crowd. But considering the pressure they were under, their performance is miraculous. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Show Must Go On April 29, 2005
As Roger explains during his interview on this DVD, John Entwistle died only days before this tour kicked off. Although this show in Boston was much later in the tour, it is very difficult to believe that he, Pete, and the rest of the band were able to pull it together so well. I was a little hesitant to buy this at first knowing that John would be absent, but after reading the (for the most part) great reviews, I did so. I am certainly glad I did. The many pros outweight the few cons by a large margin:


-Fantastic sound quality, especially in 5.1 Surround

-Great camera work, with just enough movement from one member to the other without going overboard

-Enjoyable interviews with Roger and Pete, although Pete really seems to take himself very, very seriously sometimes.

-The set list. Somewhat the same as Royal Albert Hall, but with some wonderful new additions (Love Reign O'er Me, Tricky Day, Sea and Sand--yes, I said Sea and Sand!!, Amazing Journey>Sparks).


-Intermittent "swishing" sound - it took me two watchings before I realized that it was coming from Roger's microphone when he swings it around. I had never heard that on other videos.

-Roger definitely seems a little down. Not that one could blame him, but it's still strange to not see him smiling all the time and interacting with the audience.

With that out of the way, I need to emphasize one more thing--the Amazing Journey>Sparks part of this concert could very well be the most explosive, exciting, and emotional performance I have ever witnessed out of Pete.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Entwistle, but The Who Still Rocks January 15, 2005
I attended a concert on this tour and remember specifically purchasing a ticket in advance to be on the left side of the stage to see Entwistle up close. Needless to say there was disappointment and sadness learning of his death in Las Vegas at the beginning of the tour.

I don't agree that this was one of the best concerts from that year as I have listened to The Who box set from this tour and/or was at the concert.

My top three concerts from that year were:

1) Grand Rapids 2) New York 3) Toronto

Boston was a strong showing as well, but I got the feeling from watching this DVD that a lot of the dialogue was edited (I happen to like the dialogue between songs, it's entertaining and puts the song into a unique context).

I also agree that the video editing doesn't do justice to the live concert . . . but I really don't think any typical edit is adaquate. From watching them live I think the best way to shoot them is to just set a panoramic camera somewhere in the center and just leave it. They're up there competing for your attention and having an editor choose for you is annoying.

And what ever happened to DVD support for multi-angle functions...why couldn't they take advantage of this like they did on the Royal Albert Hall DVD?

I was also disappointed that the DVD didn't contain a long Pete solo during 5'15 such as the one he performed at the Grand Rapids concert. This is a perfect example of how good Pete was playing, and how he was stepping up his performance to keep the concert rocking. If you watch the Live at Royal Albert Hall DVD, Entwistle gave a jaw-dropping bass solo during 5'15.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kids are STILL Alright! October 22, 2004
In 1982, a video came out called "The Who Rocks America," which documented the band's farewell tour. This film was shot twenty years later, and the Who can still rock. Pete does more of his classic windmill in this performance, and the band as a whole still sounds just as exciting. The inclusion of "Just Another Tricky Day" was nice; it is great to see oddities as well as old favorites. Pino Palladino is a good bass player, though he will never replace John. I've always loved the Who, and this film is a great addition to any Who collection. Also recommended is the Royal Albert Hall DVD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Kids" Can Still Rock! July 14, 2005
I had trepidations when I purchased this DVD. I wasn't sure if Pete & Roger could pull it off. They are no longer "kids" competing in a "young mans" rock & roll world. With the recent death of original bassist John Entwhistle, (on the eve of this tour) I wondered if they would be "just going the the motions". I was highly surprised and pleased to see they both put on a subperb highly energized concert, and proved your never too old to rock & roll. Something a lot of younger bands could take note on. Rounding out the band was Zak Starkey on drums (yes Ringo's kid) and Pino Palladino on bass, and longtime keyboardist, John 'Rabbit' Bundrik. Over 2 hours of original Who songs, all of which you will know, and DVD extras. All in all this was a good purchase, and a whole lot cheaper than the ticket I bought to see the band. Buy the DVD, you will be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Two Are Alright February 7, 2006
The Who's summer 2002 US tour began on a sour note when bassist John Entwistle died the night before the first show. Pete and Roger carried on with Pino Palladino on bass. This DVD serves not only as a souvenier of a great tour, but also as a tribute to John.

The band can still rock really hard, and on this performance we are treated to songs that we don't often hear live, like "Another Tricky Day," "Amazing Journey" and "Sparks." Pino handles the bass lines rather well, especially on the classic solos during "My Generation." I was very impressed with every aspect this performance, and the video and sound quality are quite nice as well.

The bonus features on this DVD include interviews with Pete and Roger about their feelings on the tour, plus a collection of John Entwistles's artwork. These are really interesting to watch.

In conclusion, this is a great performance by the remaining band members. I recommend it to any Who fan. If John's absence really bothers you, skip this and get "The Kids Are Alright."
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5.0 out of 5 stars They still have it
A Who fan since the '60s, I ordered this to add to my collection of Who DVDs. John's still alive in this show, and they show they still have "it".
Published 6 months ago by Charles Dudek
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Who fan
I was at this concert, 7th row and they put the best show ever. It was shortly after John passed so I wasn't sure what to expect -but Pino did an incredible job. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jean MS
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprised this is only $2.98 for used, but worth it:
I do think that this is a very good show but I don't think that it was as good as the Live internet show that they did when Entwhistle was still alive, the 2 of them did a bangup... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars I was there
My wife and I were at this show at Great Woods. It was the first show after Entwhistle died in Vegas. New base player, Pino Paladino is good but not much to look at. Read more
Published on June 13, 2010 by P. robb
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Rock Band Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!
It has taken me many years to finally decide that the WHO are the greatest rock band ever. If "Won't Get Fooled Again" or "Baba O'Reilly" doesn't get your moving, then I don't... Read more
Published on September 15, 2009 by R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...classic Who!
Blew me away...the boys did a great job despite losing a member of the band. I miss Roger's range, but he still has it.
Published on January 27, 2008 by D. Proko
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Performance in Difficult Times
Although I've been a fan of The Who for the past 30+ years, I must admit I had my doubts about this DVD. Read more
Published on December 14, 2007 by A. Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars classic wholigans
hey this movie is one of the best who movies out there. The performance is amazing. pete and roger are on top of their game as is ringos son as drummer! Read more
Published on April 30, 2006 by Jimmy Page
5.0 out of 5 stars A night without THE OX !!
This is THE WHO minus JOHN ENTWISTLE. This is one of the concerts played by what is left of the original band, a few days after John Entwistle died. Read more
Published on February 21, 2006 by luco
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Wa$te Your Money!
I own a lot of concert DVDs and this is the worst one. (And I am a big fan of The Who). Fortunately, I only paid $10. Read more
Published on December 30, 2005 by Kenneth L. Moffett
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