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The Who - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2000)

Bryan Adams , John Bundrick , Dick Carruthers  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bryan Adams, John Bundrick, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Noel Gallagher
  • Directors: Dick Carruthers
  • Producers: Pierre Lamoureux
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NFZQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Who - Live at the Royal Albert Hall" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 2-disc set
  • Documentary with Roger Daltrey interview (The Teenage Cancert Trust)
  • Rehearsal footage: Sanctuary Studios, Eddie Vedder, Kennedy, Bryan Adams, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Pete and Roger
  • Backstage footage: "Let's See Action"
  • Multi-angle version: "Pinball Wizard"

Editorial Reviews

For a band that held its farewell tour in 1982, the Who sound far from finished when it comes to exploring the greater passions and sonic possibilities of its old material. Never has that been more evident than in The Who: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, a record of the group's remarkable stand at a charity gig in London late in 2000. Perennial patrons of adolescents, the Who is clearly energized by an emotional attachment to Britain's Teenage Cancer Trust (beneficiary of the fundraiser), a feeling that also sweeps through several well-chosen guests who happen to be spiritual descendants of the band. After a long opening set that includes a scorching "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere," a gorgeous update of "The Kids Are Alright," and a soulful "Bargain," the Who usher in punk violinist Nigel Kennedy to help electrify "Baba O'Riley," the Jam's founder Paul Weller for a lovely, acoustic rendition of "So Sad About Us," and Stereophonics guitarist-vocalist Kelly Jones for a nearly epiphanous "Substitute."

More than just a parade of celebrities paying homage to Townshend and fellow Olympians Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, the select visitors here challenge the Who to add new colors to old warhorses (Noel Gallagher's psychedelic tinge on "Won't Get Fooled Again") and delicate semiclassics (Eddie Vedder's sympathetic duet with Townshend on "I'm One"). By the end of a robust evening, Daltrey's voice is shot and Townshend looks ready for a shot of vitamins, but anyone who would declare the Who a bunch of worn-out grandpas is spoiling for a Mod-era stomping. This is an essential set for Who loyalists and a wonderful show for everyone else. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

For millions of fans around the world, The Who has defined the quintessential rock band for nearly four decades. The band's extraordinary music and lyrics have left and indelible imprint on music history, and their live performances are legendary.

I Can't Explain
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
Pinball Wizard
My Wife
The Kids Are Alright
Magic Bus
Who Are You
Baba O-Riley
Heart To Hang Onto
So Sad About Us
I'm One
Behind Blue Eyes
You Better You Bet
The Real Me
Won't Get Fooled Again
Let's See Action
My Generation
See Me, Feel Me

Customer Reviews

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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During the playing of John's song, "My Wife", the cameras capture a sequence that literally, says it all. The band has just entered an instrumental break. Pete is introduces the line, John tosses his pick to the wind and grabs up great handfuls of bass strings. From there, it's a race. At their best the Who were always like that. They played as if they were trying to run away from the each other but kept landing in the same place. They were evenly matched and "read" each other so well it usually worked. Mistakes happened, but hell, those only showed how many chances they were willing to take. Crowds loved that and it literally, cemented their reputation as the greatest live band ever. When Keith died they were still an excellent band but his part of that chemistry was lost. John (Rabbit) Bundrick was (and still is) fine with it, but Kenney Jones wasn't. It was that simple.
Then Zak Starkey came along. When (yet) another tour was announced for the spring of 2000 critics were quick to label it to end up as another zip-less grab for money. Little did they know. Zak had been with the band for a few years and largely restored the vitality Keith had injected. More important, he gave Entwistle and Townshend someone they could "run" with again. When they stripped the band back down again the old fire came back. In the spring, summer and fall of 2000 they hit north America with a roar that hadn't been seen from anyone from any genre in decades. New material or no, the most explosive live band in rock was back!
Live at the RAH more than illustrates this. That it's a "greatest hits" set (with an "all-star" guest list to boot) put me off for a while. Don't make the same mistake. The catalogue the Who have to offer is a great one.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out here in the fields... October 18, 2004
I was really torn about purchasing this DVD. I love the Who, but was worried that this show might contain shopworn and perfunctory performances from a band well past its prime and relevence.


Live at the Royal Albert Hall is, I think, the ultimate Who documentary -- should music historians wish to the study the group years from now.

While the band isn't as kinetic on stage as they once were (thank goodness!) -- they still have plenty of gas in the tank. Pete Townshend windmilled, Roger Daltry swung his mike like a crazed rodeo clown, John Entwistle rattled the rafters with his bass runs -- and Zack Starkey (all hail Zack) is clearly Keith Moon reincarnated. (Are we sure he's Ringo's son? Did Barbara - Ringo's wife - hang out with Keith much???)

This concert was a fundraiser for a cancer research charity, so in that spirit, many of the Who's musical friends stop by to sit in on several songs. This was a wonderful addition as it lent new texture and life to some old time songs. It didn't work everytime, but for the most part -- a delight!

Eddie Vedder sounds amazing on "I'm One." The Sterophonics' Kelly Jones turns "Substitute" into a modern day punk anthem. Paul Weller's (The Jam) acoustic duet with Townshend on "So Sad About Us" is a wonderful surprise. The only one of these guest appearences that fails is Bryan Adams' flaccid treatment of "Behind Blue Eyes." A singer of dubious talent, Adams belongs on stage next to Roger Daltry about as much as I do. And while most guests chose more obscure songs from the Who catalog thus muting possible comparisons, Adams chose the high-profile "Behind Blue Eyes," my personal favorite Who song. Um, let's just say that Roger sings it better.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's as if the Who have been reborn! October 27, 2001
When I saw The Who perform here in Seattle back in their heyday, they were unquestionably one of the top live rock groups on the scene. By the time they played a benefit for Kampuchia (1979?) and their 1982 "Farewell Tour", they had devolved into a mere shadow of their former selves, going though the motions, looking tired and uninspired. I remember remarking that the song "My Generation" with the lyrics "Hope I die before I get old" were conspicuously missing from those final tours.
Now, all these years later, after reading rave reviews of this Albert Hall 2000 DVD, I bought a copy, and was floored. From Pete Townsend's opening chords of "I Can't Explain" it was as if the Who magically recaptured the power,intensity and stage presence they had thirty years ago. Songs like "Relay" "My Wife" "Magic Bus" "Bargain" "5:15" are played as well as I've ever heard them. In fact, I can't think of another rock band formed in the past 25 years that can touch these guys' energy even though Townsend, Daltrey and Entwistle are pushing 60. The younger members of the band, Zac Starkey on drums and John Bundrick on keyboards fit right in, excellent musicians.
I recognize that this was a benefit show, and these often involve special guests. However, the Who is such a great band that the appearance of guests only subtracts from the show in my opinion. One exception is violinist extraordinaire Nigel Kennedy who does a great job on Baba O'Reilley, and on another positive note, at least Phil Collins (the usual benefit guest) wasn't invited.
The frosting on the cake is that the show is impeccably filmed (although I agree with another reviewer that the edits every 3 seconds is too much) and the sound is first rate. This is what DVD is all about.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good one if you're a Who fan
All their classic songs. They are a little older but it doesn't take away from the performance at some ways maybe better.
The guest appearances a good also.
Published 17 months ago by Lowell T. Whitney
2.0 out of 5 stars The setlist in not all performed by the WHO
Half of the songs are performed by high paid stand in's like Eddie Vedder and other 90's radio rock hero's that have no business taking mic time away from Roger Daltry who does... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Deimos
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best concert DVDs I have seen
I won't regurgitate the excellent substantive analysis from other reviewers. I have to say that this performance was incredible. Read more
Published on June 16, 2012 by Vespucci
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who - 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall' (Image Entertainment) 2-DVD...
Review no. 85. Forgot I even had this 2-DVD from The Who's brilliant November 27, 2000 performance. Total of twenty-three Who classics to take in. Read more
Published on January 30, 2012 by Mike Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous concert!
Many 'Who' favorites and an unbelievable performance by Kennedy on violin! Also features Ringo Starr's son on drums. A great DVD to add to your 'concert collection'
Published on November 28, 2011 by Who Am I?
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Live Albert Hall
I bought this DVD because I wanted to get Entwistle on DVD, and this was his last concert with The Who. The 5:15 solo Entwistle does is unsurpassed. Read more
Published on December 21, 2008 by Stephano
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Who's best performances...
I was really taken by the Kids' performance on this one. Their voices were a bit raspy but hey, age catches up with us all. Read more
Published on March 11, 2008 by J. L. B. Schulze
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who in year 2000
This is great show - Like the one Cream Reunion did there later -
I find the levels irratating for some reason - The best part for me is the Special Feathers DVD2 that has the... Read more
Published on December 24, 2007 by John G. Tubbs
4.0 out of 5 stars The little known best one without Moon
There are a number of WHO DVD's around but of the 'new' WHO lineup, this is the best. Compare the other new ones that don't include John Entwhistle, they are no way as good. Read more
Published on July 31, 2007 by Greg W. Morling
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing!!!
This is a must have for any Who fan,especially if you love how John Einwistle plays, his bass solo is the best I've seen, I couldn't have expected anything better!
Published on January 16, 2007 by L. Wozny
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