TICKETS TORN IN HALF July 9, 2000: THE WHO @ Jones Beach
Let it be known that I loved THE WHO, especially live WHO. Noticed the past tense as in LOVED, now I just tolerate THE WHO or better yet,I tolerate what is left of THE WHO. My collection of first day issued WHO records ebbed early on, as in QUADROPHENIA,which I still don’t own. Let’s take the time machine back to some singles I bought in 1967. One on TRACK RECORDS even.“Happy Jack” b-side “Whiskey Man”, “Pictures of Lily”, “ I Can See For Miles”, then it was time for some albums (67) “A Quick One”, Christmas of 67 I got “Sell Out”, then (68)”Magic Bus On Tour”, and finally I picked up the first lp “My Generation”.In 69 I purchased “Tommy”, and picked up my favorite (70) “Live at Leeds”. “Who’s Next” came after seeing the band at Forest Hills the summer of 71. That is the last official WHO album I paid for. However, I did accumulate many Rareties, bootlegs from Fillmore East, Woodstock, Monterey Pop, Live at other venues, 30 Years of Max R&B, the 1st Singles Box Set, The Kids Are Alright, etc, etc.
My times with THE WHO -LIVE
JUNE 6, 1969: THE WHO/CHUCK BERRY/ ALBERT KING @ FILLMORE EAST After finding out how easy it was to obtain tickets for shows at FILLMORE EAST, I ordered two seats for CHUCK BERRY and ALBERT KING for the Friday night early show, June 6. I was especially looking forward to hearing Albert King live as I wore out his LIVE WIRE BLUES POWER album. The tickets arrived in record time. When I attended the Zeppelin show I looked for where I would be seated for the Albert King show(fourth row aisle seat on the left). Too cool, really nice sight lines. Then it happened. At the Led Zeppelin show, the stage announcement was made that an additional act would be added to the Albert King Chuck Berry bill, headlining now would be…. THE WHO. OMG… I was ecstatic…But How?
Actually, The Who had played the Fillmore East only two weeks prior to the Led Zeppelin show. During their performance that weekend a fire occurred in the adjoining building. A Fire Marshall, not in uniform, attempted to evacuate the premises of the Fillmore by taking the stage. Pete Townshend The Who’s guitarist got into an altercation with the “undercover” official. Townshend thinking that this guy was a nut job hit him and an arrest of Pete Townshend abruptly ended the show. So this new show, the one I had two tickets for was labeled as THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF THE WHO.
Their album which has been labeled a “rock opera” TOMMY was released only a few short days(May23) before this rescheduled performance and the songs from TOMMY were already in heavy rotation on the radio. So there I sat four rows back from Albert King, he dressed to the nines in a dark suit, white shirt and tie, while playing a short but sweet set on his Flying V guitar, BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN, PERSONAL MANAGER,AS THE YEARS GO PASSING BY and STORMY MONDAY. I was amazed at his performance, his grace, and his size, the man was HUGE. Chuck Berry, a rock and roll legend was up next doing what I found out years later was his traditional set list. It was nothing too outstanding for my eyes and ears except seeing him doing his duck walk. Chuck was a visual performer and closed with MY DING A LING a really stupid sing along song which I found embarrassing. He reappeared for an encore and was gone and forgotten by me almost that quickly.
THE WHO on the other hand was fantastic. I sat in awe the entire time, mouth opened kind of awe, brought on by the sheer power of the band. Daltry,bared chested, draped with a fringed vest while swinging his microphone, Townshend windmilling on the guitar, Entwistle’s magical fingers running up and down the frets on his bass, and then Keith Moon on the kit, all amazing, and so very loud. CAN’T EXPLAIN, New TOMMY stuff, SUMMERTIME BLUES, MAGIC BUS, needless to say my very limited concert experiences I just had a new threshold to beat and that would be… THE WHO. Live music to me became a real education and soon an obsession.
OCT 25, 1969: It has only been about 5 months since their last performance at FILLMORE EAST but 5 months in 1969 was an eternity for a rock band. Scheduled as THE WHO “TOMMY” @ FILLMORE EAST for Six nights, just THE WHO, no opening act and – WOW was this loud as THE WHO brought their own sound system, all 45 speaker cabinets worth cluttered the stage to premier their rock opera TOMMY, mixed in with a few hits and misses. First time a band played FILLMORE EAST midweek and for 6 consecutive days AND allowed to use their own PA.Two sets with an intermission between. Keith on UNION JACK Premier drums. WOW/LOUD/UNBELIEVABLE is all I wrote in my notebook after the show.
August 1,1971: THE WHO/ LaBELLE @ Forest Hills in the fourth row center. My tape IS the bootleg out there, thanks to my buddy selling a copy I made for him, I didn’t agree to it at all. Who’s NEXT will be released shortly. This arena being a much larger than FILLMORE EAST and outdoors as well, the music was not as powerful as last time. Even though I was so close to the stage I could not feel the intensity in my chest and I needed that from THE WHO.
Sept 13,1979: THE WHO@ MSG. My fourth visit with the band.THE WHO did not tour the US since 1976 and now they were a five piece unit with KENNEY JONES (Faces) on the kit for the deceased KEITH MOON and RABBIT on keyboards. The band also added a three piece horn section on select numbers. In my opinion, even though I throughly missed MOON, I felt that THE WHO made a triumphant return to the NY stage playing a 22 song set plus encores.
1982 THE WHO were on the road in their first attempt at a “FAREWELL” playing SHEA STADIUM with THE CLASH as the openers. I don’t do stadiums so I opted out even though all my friends were going with great seats. I sat at home listening to SHOOT OUT THE LIGHTS by Richard and Linda THOMPSON.
Jan 30, 1996: JOHN ENTWHISTLE @ Tramps w/ Godfrey Townshend ( no relation to Pete) on guitar. This was a fantastic night celebrating my 44th birthday with friends listening to THE OX rock this small but great venue.
July 20, 1996: QUADROPHENIA @ MSG Not billed as THE WHO but rather as Pete, John and Roger with a host of others performing QUADROPHENIA in its entirety for Six nights at the World’s Most Famous Arena. Gary Glitter, Billy Idol, a horn section, Zak Starkey on drums (that was a huge plus), and all my buddies to see (for the fifth time) THE WHO (screw how they billed it) playing for the first time since 1989. An acoustic “Won’t Get Fooled Again” as one of the four encores and we got “Magic Bus” that night.
July 9, 2000: THE WHO @ Jones Beach Amazing, they are back.As a five piece. This being the last show of a very short US tour. Tonight, they did every song, that I wanted to hear. (“Can’t Explain”, “Substitute”, “Anyway, Anyhow Anywhere” and they including MAGIC BUS”) And being the last night Pete famously smashed his guitar at the end of “Won’t Get Fooled Again”.Followed by 3 encores.
May 22, 2004: THE WHO @ MSG This was a very short tour of the States consisting of stops in Boston and New York. My 7th time seeing what is labeled as THE WHO. I guess Pete has all rights to claim the name when he stands along side of Roger. Tonight they did all songs penned by Pete Townshend, except Mose Allisons’ “Young Man Blues” which was an encore. We arrived early to see an un-announced opening act The (New and Reformed?) NEW YORK DOLLS.
The Who: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, with “Rabbit”, Zak Starkey, Simon Townshend, Pino Palladino
We sat in the very last row middle of MSG, so far back from the band but a delight.
Taken from Wiki:
Typical May/June set list
4″Who Are You”
11″Drowned” (Townshend solo acoustic)
20″See Me, Feel Me”