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Keith Moon

The Who roar to life at MGM National Harbor

The Who roar to life at MGM National Harbor

After a lifetime of hearing the music of one of the all-time great bands — whether listening, as a fan, or simply absorbing it, through the culture — there’s something about finding yourself in the same room with it. Particularly when the band produces a sound as distinctive as the Who does, with Roger Daltrey’s howl, by turns defiant and vulnerable, with Pete Townshend’s polyglot guitar, alternately skittery and booming.

I’m not ordinarily a great fan of screaming in rock. But when Daltrey unleashed his trademark roar at the denouement of “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” two hours into the band’s set Tuesday at the Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, it brought chills. It was...