NEW YORK – MAY 22: Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend of The Who perform at Madison Square Garden May 22, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
To this day, I have The Who to thank for helping me wipe away the horrific images of September 11, which to this day remains the scariest day of my life.
The Who were just one of an esteemed lineup of music heavyweights that played the Concert for New York City on October 20, 2001, little more than a month after 9/11. Working just blocks from where the towers fell, my lasting images up until that point were of lower Manhattan being completely engulfed with smoke and soot after both buildings came down.
In just a few minutes, Pete, Roger and John were able to wipe away that image from my noggin and completely stole the show that night.
Sadly, this was the last US performance with John Entwistle, who would pass away a few months later. I had tickets to see them at the Garden about a week after he passed away and it was still one of the best and loudest concerts I’ve ever been to.
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