Review: The Who – Live At Shea Stadium 1982 DVD (Eagle Rock / Universal Music Canada)

The WhoFollowing the passing of original Who drummer Keith Moon in 1978, the group carried on for two other studio albums – 1981’s Face Dances followed by It’s Hard the next year. And while the merits of those two releases could be debated amongst Who fans, this DVD concert from 1982 certainly is impressive. Live At Shea Stadium captures The Who on their first farewell tour (they would regroup in 1989 for their 25th anniversary), performing songs from throughout their career, including early hits such as “Substitute,” “Tattoo,” and “I Can’t Explain,” along with essential tracks like “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Young Man Blues,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” and “Who Are You.” Although Kenney Jones was no Keith Moon on the drums, he holds the fort down rather well, recognizing that filling Moon’s shoes was a monumental, if not impossible task. That notwithstanding, however, The Who more than delivers the goods with this DVD.