memories of seeing the who
JOELTLE515 at aol.com
JOELTLE515 at aol.com
Tue Feb 9 00:55:20 UTC 2010
written by steve marinucci, columnist for the beatles examiner, paul
mccartney examiner, TV on DVD examiner and vintage rock n' roll examiner (he
examines alot apparently):
Let's say at the beginning that we're pretty much a Beatles guy at heart.
After all, we do write the Beatles Examiner and Paul McCartney Examiner
But the Who, who will be playing the halftime show at the Super Bowl on
Sunday, have always had a fond place in our heart. Not only for their music,
but because of the several times I've seen them perform live.
Indeed, two of those are among the most memorable rock shows we've ever
The first was in 1971 at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium. We remember we
were in the balcony that night but we had a clear view to the stage.
Finally the lights went down and the band started walking out on the stage. You
couldn't tell one from another -- except when one of them did a windmill leap.
The crowd, of course, recognized who it was and loudly screamed with
Then came the introductions. The late, great rock promoter Bill Graham
himself introduced them. As we recall, it was John Entwistle first, then Roger
Daltrey, both of whom saluted the crowd politely and got good applause. Then
Graham said something like "Keith Moon on drums." And, of course, you
couldn't introduce Keith Moon without him doing something, making noise or fooling
around. He made the crowd laugh.
Then the last member of the group was introduced. And we remember the words
exactly as Graham said them.
"And the King -- Pete Townshend," Graham said. The spotlight shined on
Townshend and he was wearing a huge crown, kind of like the ones in the Imperial
margerine commercials of the day. The crowd screamed as Graham said,
"Ladies and gentlemen, The Who." And then, as we recall, the band roared into "I
Can't Explain." The thrill of that introduction stuck with us.
The other unforgettable night was in November, 1973, at the Cow Palace on
the infamous night when Keith Moon passed out at the drums and an audience
member was recruited to take his place. We were standing on the left side of
the crowded floor, but we never made a move to try and fill in, since we
didn't know how to play the drums. We thought Scot Halpin, who did fill in, did
a credible job. A video of the show taken by the Graham crew circulates
One thing about seeing the Who -- they were LOUD! We remember our ears
ringing for days after the Civic Auditorium show. Portions of that S.F. show, by
the way, are available through iTunes.
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