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E3 2008: The Greatest Party Ever--The Who

Every year, several companies host parties for the press to attend. This year was no exception. There were parties that ranged from Kotaku, who hosted an event in a small bar, to Activision, who hosted a party after their Press Conference, to Bethesda, who hosted their 2nd Annual First Ever E3 Party, to EA who hosted a Meet the Makers party, and even Joystiq hosted their own Rock Band 2 and game giveaway party. However, none of these parties could compare to what MTV and Harmonix hosted at the Orpheum on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. On that night, a jam packed Orpheum Theatre hosted The Who live and in concert!

In E3's past, when the show was a much larger event, the only parties that could compare to The Who showing up was Sony. Sony's annual "Sony Party" was the key event of E3 and was a ticket everyone looked for. Since E3 has downsized, Sony has also ceased the parties that used to overlook Dodger stadium. But The Who made me forget all of that.

I was told by another journalist that the "secret performer" was The Who. MTV and Harmonix kept this a secret but they had a difficult time because Reuters released a story saying that The Who were playing in a secret downtown LA event. Journalists began to put two and two together. And we all know, 2 + 2 = The Who!

This was my first and sadly probably my only chance to see The Who in concert. They rocked the Orpheum and the jam packed audience started to really get into the concert. Once the performers realized how into the music we were, they let loose and never looked back. From what I was told, this was one of their best performances and I wish I was able to record it to share with you all.

The Who rocked out for over two hours that included two encores. Jeff Green, over at 1Up put this song list together. Apparently I did not think to do this myself and give him the credit for the song list:

1. I Can't Explain
2. The Seeker
3. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
4. A song from their last album "Endless Wire"--sorry didn't know the name :(
5. Who Are You
6. Behind Blue Eyes
7. Baba O Riley (oh my god this was epic)
8. A song Pete said was from 1971 that I couldn't place, but that Shane said might be called "Freeway" but I can't confirm it so far.
9. 5:15
10. My Generation
11. Won't Get Fooled Again
12. The Kids Are Alright
13. Pinball Wizard
14. Amazing Journey
15. See Me/Feel Me...Listening To You medley from Tommy
16. Tea & Theater (duet w/just Roger and Pete) from Endless Wire album

So how do you even begin to experience The Who if you missed out on this concert? The second best way is with the new DLC for Rock Band. I am definitely planning on downloading all the next time I get on Rock Band and highly recommend that you do the same. This concert energized me and made the week of E3 even more awesome than it already was.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 07/17/08

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