Torquay poster for auction again

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Tue Jun 16 11:11:31 UTC 2009

Here's a jpeg of the poster from The Who Collection:

From This Is South Devon:

Who's 'no show' poster goes under hammer
Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 09:39

A RARE poster for a Torquay concert by rock band The Who which never happened could fetch up to £3,000 when it goes under the hammer.
The concert had been due to take place on August 27 1965 at Torquay Town Hall.

But the gig was cancelled, the reasons for which are unknown.

In fact, on that date the band performed at the Rang-A-Tang Club, The Carnival Hall in Basingstoke.

The 30 inches by 20 inches poster, which will be auctioned by Christie at South Kensington in London on July 1, advertises the Torquay concert, tickets costing seven shillings and sixpence — almost 30 pence. 

Support bands were to have been Trendsetters Ltd and The Telstars.

The poster is emblazoned with the words 'By demand the return of The Who' and mentions that advance tickets could be obtained from Victor Arts (gift shop) at 9 Victoria Parade, Harbourside.

It would have been quite a coup for Torquay to lure The Who in 1965 because that was the year the group achieved their major breakthrough with their first three top 10 hits: I Can't Explain, Anyway Anyhow Anywhere and My Generation.

Despite the cancellation, The Who did perform in Torquay the following year on August 20 1966, three weeks after England had won the world cup.

Support acts for the 1966 gig were The Staggerlees, The Hunters and The Empty Vessels.

By then, tickets cost 10 shillings (50 pence).

The Who's manic drummer, Keith Moon, died in 1978, while guitarist John Entwistle died in 2002.

The only surviving members of the band are singer Roger Daltrey, now 65, and Pete Townshend, who is 63.

 -Brian in Atlanta
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