The Isle of Wight Music Festival 1970
The Who were scheduled to appear at the 3rd Isle of Wight Festival on August 29th. They were listed as co-headliners with The Doors, topping an incredible bill that also included Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Free, John Sebastian, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Sly and the Family Stone, Spirit, Ten Years After and Tiny Tim! As these things tended to do in the 60s and 70s, the show ran very late and The Who didn't actually take to the stage until around 2am the following morning, playing a two hour set. Introduced by Jeff Dexter with "Ladies and gentlemen, a nice rock and roll band from Shepherd's Bush, London...The 'Oo", the band performed before an estimated 600,000 people. Many people had accessed the site for free by ripping down the security fences and the show was eventually opened up to all comers. Backstage things were also fraught as Kit Lambert, using John Wolff as the fall guy, tried to wrangle more money out of the organisers in order for the band to perform. A figure was agreed upon and the band went on stage and performed a show that was captured by the cameras of Murray Lerner. What better number to show than 'Naked Eye'...
'The best I ever had...'
Back on August 27 2002 The Who were playing at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. I remember this day very well as one of the crew let me use his Canon 1D for the first time (also on the following leg at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul). It was probably then that I realised the difference a good camera could make and got me more interested in photography, so a public thank you to that crew member! Unfortunately though I don't have copies of the thousands of shots I took whilst I was on the road with the band or a video from this show. Instead here's another video from the rehearsals for the 2002 tour that was filmed at Pete's Boathouse / Oceanic studios. This one is poignant as it's from the last day. The last time John would play. The studio was packed on this particular day with a film crew from JBL, photographer Ross Halfin and a couple of fans as well. I've recovered this from the internet and now have days 1, 2 (which can be seen on the 'Access All Areas' page), 4 and 6. If anyone has copies of days 3 and 5 I'd love to hear from you.
'A vague haze of delerium creeps up on me...'
The money that The Who made from their 1989 'Kids' Are Alright' 25th Anniversary tour afforded them the opportunity to perform four star studded charity shows (two in the States, two in the UK) of Tommy. On August 24 1989 they performed one of these shows at the Los Angeles Ampitheatre. With Guest stars including, Elton John (who almost didn't make this show), Phil Collins, Billy Idol and Patti Labelle the shows made millions for worthy charities and allowed many to see Tommy performed in its entirety for the first time.
Here's Billy Idol (who would later return in the 1996 Quadrophenia stage show) performing as a swaggering Cousin Kevin from the LA show.
Pete to appear at in store signings?
According to the examiner.com Pete has pencilled in some book store signing appearances on the East Coast for October. Five appearances have been listed
It also goes on to say that Pete will also be doing some PR and possibly some more signings during this period. It has to be noted that none of these have been officially confirmed yet.
Roger attends 'Dallas' reunion launch
Roger was at London's old Billingsgate market last night to celebrate the return to British TV of Dallas (there are photos around on the net). He's quoted as saying "It (Dallas) was just wonderful escapism and they were such well drawn characters. They were people you meet every day in the office I'm sure. But they transposed it to this ranch in Dallas. It was extremely good writing." Dallas star Larry Hagman and Keith Moon go way back and appeared in Stardust back in 1974.
The Who for beginners
The Guardian recently asked, via Twitter, for its readers to come up with the essential top 10 Who records that would be ideal for newcomers to the band. They've just released their results.
How do you follow Woodstock?
On this day in 1969 The Who played their first gig after their huge Woodstock performance and it couldn't have been any different. They played the tiny Music Hall in Shrewsbury, Shropshire!
Want to ask Pino a question?
If so the 'No Treble' Facebook page are gathering questions to ask Mr Palladino. If you'd like to submit a question visit their Facebook page.
New blog from Pete
Pete has posted a new blog on thewho.com
An Evening with Roger Daltrey
On 13 September Roger is to take part in a TCT fundraiser at Home House in London. Roger will be performing a few acoustic numbers as well as swapping stories of life on the road with promoter Harvey Goldsmith. Sounds like a great evening and tickets were only £50. Notice the past tense there as, unfortunately, the event is completely sold out!
Photo copyright Matt Kent
On August 20 1964 The Who / High Numbers recorded their television debut for BBC2's 'The Beat Room'. The band performed during the show's 'Audition Spot', performing two songs live - 'Bring It To Jerome' (Bo Diddley) and 'I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying' (The Miracles). The show was broadcast four days later on August 24 1964. After the recording the band hotfooted it to Luton for a show at the Majestic Ballroom. Apologies to anyone from Luton but using majestic and Luton in the same sentence just seems wrong!
Unfortunately no footage has surfaced from 'The Beat Room' (that I'm aware of) but just nine days earlier Kit Lambert shot the band performing at the Railway Hotel. Luckily that footage does still exist and includes this version of 'I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying'.
In reality though, compared to those earlier shows, it was a pretty underwhelming performance, mainly because the powers that be (or the GLC as they were called) put strict limits on the volume at the gig and also forced the band to cut short their laser light show.
It did, however, herald a big brand new tour which saw the band on the road for much of the following eighteen months, where they were to play some quite breath-taking shows. Support at Wembley came from AC/DC, The Stranglers and Nils Lofgren.
More Moon madness
There's a new video up on youtube with Dougal Butler and Richard Barnes talking about the republished book. You can view it here. You can also join Dougal's gang on Twitter at
A line up to envy
I'm sure the quality of the music would have been beaten into submission by the screaming from the audience but on this day in 1964 The High Numbers, along with The Kinks, supported The Beatles at Blackpool Opera House.
Playing two shows, which began at 6.20 and 8.15 (showing how short the sets were), The High Numbers opened up the second half of the show after The Kinks had closed the first.
The band had been appearing around the country with some of the other acts on the bill; Val McCullam and Tony Marsh and they were to return to the same venue two weeks later, again with The Kinks but this time supporting The Searchers.
The shows on August 16 though would be the only time that the High Numbers / Who would share a bill with The Beatles. UPDATE: Thanks to Dermot for the email pointing out that The Who did of course share a bill with the Beatles at the NME Pollwinners concert at Wembley on May 1 1966, playing 'Substitute' and 'My Generation'.
Watch it while you can....
Had a few emails asking if I can post The Who's performance on Sunday. Well OK, but no doubt it'll only be here for a short time (a bit like The Who's press conference recently...)
According to the Guardian newspaper The Who twice turned down the organisers of the Olympics closing ceremony before finally agreeing to play. The official olympic video of the bands performance is now available on youtube. Unfortunately there's about 8 minutes of non-Who stuff beforehand.
Almost thought it wasn't going to happen... but, as revealed here two months ago, The Who did perform at the very end of the London Olympic games tonight. Taking to the stage at just after midnight the band performed a medley of Baba O'Riley (with some alternate lyrics), See Me Feel Me/ Listening To You and My Generation. For the finale they were joined by all the other musical performers who had played on the night.
The band consisted of Pete, Roger, Zak and Simon with Chris Stainton on keyboards, Morgan Nicholls on bass, with dad Billy Nicholls on backing vocals.
Earlier in the show the Kaiser Chiefs performed Pinball Wizard.
Apparently, in the States NBC decided, in their wisdom, not to show The Who's performance live but pushed it back by an hour to show another program! Nice work.
'A Symphony of British Music: Music For the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games' is now available to buy on download from iTunes. The album includes all the music from the games closing ceremony, including the Kaiser Chiefs performing 'Pinball Wizard' as well as The Who's performance.
The Kids Are Alright
Forty six years ago today Brunswick Records released 'The Kids Are Alright' backed up by 'The Ox'. As can be seen from the Brunswick release sheets the publicised release date was August 26 but it was rush released on the 12 because of the on going legal dispute between The Who and Shel Talmy. The release sheet actually says (in case it's too small to read here) 'Special Release, Already Available'. With the dispute reaching its climax The Who disowned the release and had nothing to do with any publicity. As a result 'The Kids Are Alright' hardly dented the UK chart, peaking at No 41 in the NME charts. In the States the single had been released a month earlier (with, ironically, 'A Legal Matter' on the B side) and became a hit in The Who strongholds of Detroit and Chicago.
Here's the band performing the track on Swedish TV's Popside
Roger Daltrey invites Bradley Wiggins on stage.
In an interview with Shortlist magazine Roger has spoken about his admiration for Olympic gold medalist and Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins. "I'm just in admiration of the man," he said. "What he's shown the world as a sportsman is something that hasn't been seen for a very long time; his dignity, his humility, his showmanship." Roger went on to add, "What an honour to know he was listening to us while training. I think we'll have to get him onstage. He's an honorary guest at any show he wants. He's got a backstage pass for life."
Nice Ebay item
There a very nice signed photo on Ebay at the moment (7 days left) of the band. A 10 x 8 inch publicity shot from New Action Ltd, the photo is signed by all four of The Who. Only thing going against it is that's it's been folded to fit into an autograph book but if you're looking for an early piece of Who history (and the current bid is quite low) then this could be it.
Well, not really an update but there's a report in today's Telegraph about the closing ceremony and the rumours surrounding it. One thing I can say for sure is that it all starts at 9pm GMT! I understand though that Amazon will be selling a download of tracks played at the closing show so it's worth keeping an eye on that. UPDATE: 'A Symphony of British Music: Music For The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games', an album containing music performed on the final night, will be released digitally on August 12.
Jazz, Blues and Pop Festival 1969
On this day in 1969 The Who appeared at the 9th National Jazz Blues and Pop Festival. The festival seemed plagued by an annual location change and this one was no different. Having previously been at Richmond, then Windsor and then Sunbury the festival organisers found themselves once again looking for a new home in 1969. Originally the plan was to move to West Drayton in Middlesex and early promotional material and booking forms reflect that. However, the local Council refused a licence and it was moved to Plumpton Race Course in East Sussex.
The band topped the bill on the Saturday night, with acts such as Yes! (note the exclamation mark!) and King Crimson supporting (who were each paid £25 compared to The Who's £600). Tickets to see the evening line up cost exactly £1.
Part of the show, at least, survived on tape. It's likely that the following songs still exist: 'Heaven and Hell', 'I Can't Explain', 'Fortune Teller', 'It's A Boy', '1921'. 'Amazing Journey', 'Pinball Wizard', 'Substitute', 'Summertime Blues' and 'Shakin' All Over'. Some are available on bootlegs, such as the one below.
Three days later The Who were back in the states appearing at the inaugural Tanglewood Music Festival, where Jefferson Airplane and B.B. King supported.
40 years ago the band recorded one of their more bizarre tracks. 'Waspman' was recorded at Olympic Studios on August 7 1972. Ostensibly written by Keith Moon the track was released as the B side to 'Relay' (released in the US Nov 25 1972 and the UK Dec 22 1972). There's a great quote from Keith, '...if I'm in the studio looning about while they're trying to lay down a vocal track, they can't sing if they're laughing at me dressed up as a wasp. You know, there's nothing worse when you're trying to be serious than to have a human wasp flying all over the studio'. Rarely played live (maybe for obvious reasons) it did however get an outing at Madison Square Garden as part of 'My Generation' on June 10 1974. A bootleg recording does exist of this but it's pretty poor quality so I won't post it here.
On August 6 1968, The Who played the Music Hall in Boston. It was one of those serendipitous occasions where someone in the audience (Jon Rubin) had an 8mm camera and Keith Moon played up to it. The clip was used in 'The Kid's Are Alright' movie.I never need an excuse to show a bit of wanton destruction from Keith or Pete!
In lieu of any August 5 news, I thought I'd step back 8 years and a day to Maui at the end of the short but highly enjoyable trip there in 2004.
Couldn't decide what to put up but here's 'Behind Blue Eyes'.
The Rolls in the pool
Dougal Butler has passed me on a couple of mp3s taken from the audio book version of 'Full Moon', which will be available very soon from Talking Music. The voiceover is from actor Karl Howman (known to UK viewers at 'Jacko' in Brushstrokes) who was a friend of Keith's. I'll be meeting Dougal next week to record an interview to post here.
The printed book is available on Faber now and you can visit the official website for more info on ordering.
Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins has listed the songs that inspire him and in the top 10 is The Who's version of Heatwave!
Put the money down....
A couple of weeks ago I put up a post regarding a couple of VIP tickets for sale. One Naked Eye reader has bought one but the Brooklyn ticket is still available:
1 ticket, 11/4 Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY. 5th row, Ultimate VIP Package, $478 (face value). If anyone's interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fancy Keith Moon's suit?
If so you can buy a piece of rock 'n' roll history at an online auction currently taking place. The leather outfit was previously sold at Christie's a few years back and is now on the market again. The auction closes the early hours of August 4 (GMT) and the current highest bid is $5,849.
On the subject of Keith I met up with his old cohort Peter 'Dougal' Butler last night with the aim of interviewing him about the re-release of his book. But, as is often the case, beers flowed and the interview didn't happen but it will next week and the interview will be posted online here. It was a hilarious night though with some great stories.
Roger appears with Eddie Vedder
Roger took to the stage at Hammersmith last night to perform a couple of songs with Eddie Vedder during his solo performance at the venue. As well as Roger, Eddie was also joined by Neil Finn and Glen Hansard. Roger appeared during the second encore and played 'Blue, Red and Grey' and 'Naked Eye'.