Legendary rock band The Who has performed Who Are You on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, their first full-band US late-night appearance in almost 50 years. Previously, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend played on the Late Show With David Letterman in 2006 as a duo for A Man in a Purple Dress, but they haven’t played on late-night TV as a band since that fateful, explosive set on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour back in 1967 (where Townshend’s drum kit exploded and left him with hearing damage).
With Zak Starkey, the son of The Beatles‘ Ringo Starr, on the drums, the band absolutely tore through this performance. Their flawless acoustics and strong stage presence show exactly why they are considered legends in the business, in case you needed any reminding. The flashing lights set the atmosphere for a powerful performance, as the crowd gets right into it with the band.
The Who have just begun their US 50th anniversary tour, starting off in New York’s Madison Square Garden the night before this television performance. The band toured for most of last year celebrating the milestone, and even released a live movie of their show at Hyde Park filmed in June last year. Check out more info on that here.