You're a Who Freak if...

Alan McKendree amck at
Wed Oct 10 00:04:56 CDT 2007

> From: Keithjmoon70 at
> Date: October 9, 2007 8:12:22 AM CDT
> Scott replies:
>> Man, that's on the HORTON HEARS THE WHO boot.
> Alan says:
>> You know how many shows you've seen but it would take a  spreadsheet
>> to keep the details straight.
>> You have that  spreadsheet.
> Y'all are some freaks!  ;-)

You know you're a freak when you consider that high praise :-).  (I  
like yours about "the White Stripes still aren't your favorite band"!)

> From: Stephen Fairbairn <seeker at>
> Date: October 9, 2007 11:18:03 PM CDT
> Ok, a few days late ... but... if your a Who freak ...
> 18) I drove from Ottawa to Vancouver to see them live in (forgive  
> me,...1989) because they were playing live!!!!!!!!!! And I'd do it  
> again ....

Wo.  3,000 miles?!?  Props to Mr. Steve!  I was at that show.  I left  
a conference in San Diego three days early to make the Vancouver show  
(the few people I told why I was leaving thought I was a lunatic, or  
worse).  Flew to Seattle, drove to Vancouver without making prior  
arrangements, so I wound up getting a room on the second floor of  
what turned out to be a disco on the first floor.  I was supposed to  
have been interviewed on a Vancouver radio broadcast about the show  
but I called in 5 minutes too late for my slot.  Saw the show after  
going through the usual (at the time) process of buying a 7th-row  
seat from a scalper outside for $100 or so...the venue roof looked  
like a giant inflated balloon...some people came down to sit beside  
me and were giddy at being so close to the stage before the show even  
started.  I seem to remember Roger saying something disparaging about  
the acoustics.  Pete was suffering from his hand impalement a couple  
nights prior but still did a great show...after the show, went back  
to the hotel where I felt and heard the disco until mere sound could  
keep me awake no more.

> 19) A failed fuel pump and a car crash didn't keep me from seeing  
> them in 2000 at 'The Gorge'.

Nice. You know you're a freak when neither money, family, civilians,  
fate, rain, sleet nor gloom of night prevent you from having your ass  
in the venue at showtime.  Although I do know one sad story about a  
fellow Who freak who actually missed a show because the shuttle train  
at the airport froze on the tracks between terminals and trapped him  
until he missed his plane.

Alan McKendree
"the average Texan...carries not just a gun but a SHOTGUN."  --Pete  
Townshend, 1967

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