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The Who Tour 1975

The Who by Numbers Tour
Tour by The Who
Associated albumThe Who by Numbers
Start date3 October 1975 (1975-10-03)
End date21 October 1976 (1976-10-21)
Legs8
No. of shows47 in North America
32 in Europe
79 in total
Attendance945,928
Box office$5.978 million ($26.86 million in 2019 dollars)
The Who concert chronology
  • Quadrophenia Tour
    (1973-1974)
  • The Who by Numbers Tour
    (1975-1976)
  • The Who Tour 1979
    (1979)

The Who by Numbers Tour was a concert tour by the English rock band the Who. It was in support of their seventh album, The Who by Numbers (1975), and consisted of concerts split between North America and Europe. The tour began on 3 October 1975 at Bingley Hall in Stafford, England and ended on 21 October 1976 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada. This was the last tour for their drummer Keith Moon, who died less than two years after the tour's conclusion. Despite being under the guise of a tour supporting The Who by Numbers, few songs from the new album were performed live.

History

Starting on 3 October 1975, the same day The Who by Numbers was released, the Who began The Who by Numbers Tour with a show at Bingley Hall in Stafford, England, the first of a 20-date European tour.[1] Previously, the band had not performed since playing four shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City the previous June, having spent much of 1974 working on the Tommy film and soundtrack. During the tour, a laser lighting display was introduced at the concerts at Leicester's Granby Halls.[2] The band followed the European tour with multiple concerts in North America, starting on 20 November at The Summit in Houston, Texas.[3] During the leg, the band broke indoor concert attendance records for their 6 December concert at the Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium in Pontiac, Michigan, which attracted at least 75,000 fans.[4] After the end of the North American leg, the band returned to the U.K. to do three Christmas concerts at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, due to the overwhelming ticket demand for the British dates in October.[2]

Following a brief European tour in early 1976, the Who began a series of shows of the U.S. on 9 March at the Boston Garden. The leg began disastrously, with Moon collapsing on stage after only two numbers, forcing a makeup performance three weeks later. The following day, he kicked the glass out of a framed painting and seriously injured himself in the process.[5] He was discovered by manager Bill Curbishley, who took him to a hospital.[6] Doctors told Curbishley that if he had not intervened, Moon would have bled to death.[7] Marsh suggested that at this point Daltrey and Entwistle seriously considered firing Moon, but decided that doing so would make his life worse.[8]

On a brighter note, the rest of the leg went on without incident. In recognition of the band's performance at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin, mayor Paul Soglin proclaimed 13 March 1976 "Who-Mania Day", the day of the concert.[5] The band played the leg's only outdoor show on 21 March 1976 at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California.[9] The band continued The Who by Numbers Tour with "The Who Put the Boot In", a series of concerts at British football stadiums, highlighted by a concert at The Valley in London. The show, which took place on 31 May 1976, was recognised by The Guinness Book of Records as the world's loudest concert, with the sound measuring 120 decibels.[10] They returned to the U.S. in August to play 4 shows as a part of the "Whirlwind" leg. The leg was marred by a show in Jacksonville, Florida, which was 25,000 tickets short of a sellout.[11] At the end of the "Whirlwind" tour in Miami, Moon was hospitalised for eight days. The group was concerned that he would be unable to complete the last leg of the tour, which ended at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on 21 October (Moon's last public show). Entwistle has said that Moon and the Who reached their live peak on this tour.[12]

Personnel

Set list

By 1976, it had became obvious that the tour had merely been a "greatest hits" celebration of the band's decade long career.[5] Despite being under the guise of a tour supporting The Who by Numbers, few songs from the new album were performed live. Instead, the band opted to perform a mini-set of Tommy material featured in the middle of the set, thanks to the success of the film generating more interest in the rock opera. Meanwhile, less and less Quadrophenia material were performed since the last tour, only "Drowned" was finding its way occasionally into the set, and even that was eventually dropped. The group would settle into a regular set list by the end of the year, repeating it almost verbatim throughout 1976.[1] All songs written by Pete Townshend unless otherwise specified.

  1. "I Can't Explain"
  2. "Substitute"
  3. "My Wife" (John Entwistle)
  4. "Baba O'Riley"
  5. "Squeeze Box"
  6. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  7. "Dreaming from the Waist"
  8. "Boris the Spider" (John Entwistle)
  9. "Magic Bus"
  10. "Amazing Journey"
  11. "Sparks"
  12. "The Acid Queen"
  13. "Fiddle About" (Entwistle)
  14. "Pinball Wizard"
  15. "I'm Free"
  16. "Tommy's Holiday Camp"
  17. "We're Not Gonna Take It"
  18. "See Me, Feel Me"
  19. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  20. "My Generation"
  21. "Join Together"
  22. "My Generation Blues"
  23. "Road Runner" (Ellas McDaniel)
  24. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Films and albums

Over the years, one film has been released of the band's concert performances during The Who by Numbers Tour.

  • The Who: Live in Texas '75 (Houston, 20 November 1975, released 2012)[13]

Additionally, songs recorded during the tour have been released along with other live and/or studio material:

Tour dates

European leg (3 October - 7 November 1975)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue, references
Date City Country Venue Attendance Gross Support act(s) Ref(s)
3 October 1975 Stafford England Bingley Hall - - Steve Gibbons Band [17]
4 October 1975 [17]
6 October 1975 Manchester Kings Hall - - [17]
7 October 1975 [17]
15 October 1975 Glasgow Scotland The Apollo 6,600 / 6,600 - [18]
16 October 1975 [18]
18 October 1975 Leicester England Granby Halls - - [3]
19 October 1975 [3]
21 October 1975 London Empire Pool 21,000 / 21,000 - [18]
23 October 1975 [18]
24 October 1975 [18]
27 October 1975 Rotterdam Netherlands Sportpaleis - - [3]
28 October 1975 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle - - [3]
29 October 1975 Bremen Germany Stadthalle Bremen 6,000 - [4]
30 October 1975 Düsseldorf Philips Halle - - [3]
31 October 1975 [3]
2 November 1975 Sindelfingen Messehalle - - [3]
3 November 1975 [3]
6 November 1975 Ludwigshafen Friedrich-Ebert-Halle - - [3]
7 November 1975 [3]

North America leg (20 November - 15 December 1975)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue, references
Date City Country Venue Attendance Gross Support act(s) Ref(s)
20 November 1975 Houston United States The Summit 18,000 $134,676 Toots and the Maytals [4]
21 November 1975 Baton Rouge LSU Assembly Center - $112,630 [4]
23 November 1975 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum 10,882 $90,355 [4]
24 November 1975 Atlanta Omni Coliseum 18,376 $129,297 [4]
25 November 1975 Murfreesboro Monte Hale Arena 11,000 $92,000 [4]
27 November 1975 Hampton Hampton Roads Coliseum 11,906 $106,855 [4]
28 November 1975 Greensboro Greensboro Memorial Coliseum 17,437 $127,241 [4]
30 November 1975 Bloomington Assembly Hall 14,841 $108,357 [4]
1 December 1975 Kansas City Kemper Arena 13,414 $96,284 [4]
2 December 1975 Des Moines Veterans Memorial Auditorium 13,534 $97,747 [4]
4 December 1975 Chicago Chicago Stadium 37,479 / 37,479 $330,739 [4]
5 December 1975 [4]
6 December 1975 Pontiac Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium 75,000 / 75,000 $614,992 [4]
8 December 1975 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum 18,000 $138,500 [4]
9 December 1975 Richfield Richfield Coliseum 19,000 / 19,000 $138,500 [4]
10 December 1975 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 11,700 $140,000 [4]
11 December 1975 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens 17,600 $157,879 [4]
13 December 1975 Providence United States Providence Civic Center 14,000 $112,324 [4]
14 December 1975 Springfield Springfield Civic Center 10,000 $84,000 [4]
15 December 1975 Philadelphia Spectrum 19,000 / 19,000 $146,000 [4]

U.K. leg (21-23 December 1975)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue, references
Date City Country Venue Attendance Gross Support act(s) Ref(s)
21 December 1975 London England Hammersmith Odeon - - Charlie [19]
22 December 1975 [19]
23 December 1975 [19]

European leg (27 February - 2 March 1976)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue, references
Date City Country Venue Attendance Gross Support act(s) Ref(s)
27 February 1976 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion - - Steve Gibbons Band [5]
28 February 1976 Munich Germany Olympiahalle - - [5]
1 March 1976 Paris France Pavillon de Paris - - [5]
2 March 1976 [5]

U.S. leg (9 March - 1 April 1976)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue, references
Date City Country Venue Attendance Gross Support act(s) Ref(s)
9 March 1976[a] Boston United States Boston Garden - - Steve Gibbons Band [5]
11 March 1976 New York City Madison Square Garden 19,500 $162,000 [20]
13 March 1976 Madison Dane County Coliseum 10,100 $75,495 [21]
14 March 1976 Saint Paul St. Paul Civic Center 17,600 $142,000 [21]
15 March 1976 Oklahoma City Myriad Convention Center 14,801 / 14,801 $101,028 [20]
16 March 1976 Fort Worth Tarrant County Convention Center 13,500 $100,583 [21]
18 March 1976 Salt Lake City Salt Palace - $87,127 [20]
21 March 1976 Anaheim Anaheim Stadium 55,000 - Rufus
Little Feat
[9]
24 March 1976 Portland Memorial Coliseum 11,000 / 11,000 $93,000 Steve Gibbons Band [21]
25 March 1976 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum 15,000 / 15,000 $119,760 [21]
27 March 1976 San Francisco Winterland Ballroom 10,800 / 10,800 $91,800 [21]
28 March 1976 [21]
30 March 1976 Denver McNichols Sports Arena 19,000 - [20]
1 April 1976 Boston Boston Garden - - [9]

"The Who Put the Boot In" European leg (22 May - 12 June 1976)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue, references
Date City Country Venue Attendance Gross Support act(s) Ref(s)
22 May 1976 Colmar France Parc des Expositions - - - [10]
25 May 1976 Lyon Palais des Sports de Gerland - - - [20]
31 May 1976 London England The Valley 60,000 - Widowmaker
Outlaws
Streetwalkers
Little Feat
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
[9][20]
5 June 1976 Glasgow Scotland Celtic Park 35,000 £140,000 [9][11]
12 June 1976 Swansea Wales Vetch Field 25,000 £100,000 [9][11]

"Whirlwind" U.S. leg (3 August - 9 August 1976)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue, references
Date City Country Venue Attendance Gross Support act(s) Ref(s)
3 August 1976 Landover United States Capital Centre 30,201 / 37,574 $259,655 Law [11][22]
4 August 1976 [11][22]
7 August 1976 Jacksonville Gator Bowl Stadium 35,000 / 60,000 - Law
Black Oak Arkansas
Labelle
[11][22]
9 August 1976 Miami Miami Stadium 17,000 / 17,200 $174,426 Law
Montrose
Outlaws
[21][23][24]

North American leg (6-21 October 1976)

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue, references
Date City Country Venue Attendance Gross Support act(s) Ref(s)
6 October 1976 Phoenix United States Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum 11,983 $94,719 Mother's Finest [21]
7 October 1976 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena 13,842 $108,041 [21]
9 October 1976[b] Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 94,732 / 110,000 $1,042,520 Grateful Dead [21][23]
10 October 1976[b] [21][23]
13 October 1976 Portland Memorial Coliseum 11,000 / 11,000 $93,160 Mother's Finest [21]
14 October 1976 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum 15,000 / 15,000 $119,808 [21]
16 October 1976 Edmonton Canada Northlands Coliseum 16,000 - [23]
18 October 1976 Winnipeg Winnipeg Arena - - [25]
21 October 1976 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens 20,000 - [23]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ After playing two songs, Moon collapsed on stage and the show ended.[5]
  2. ^ a b The concerts on 9-10 October 1976 were apart of Day on the Green.[23]

References

  1. ^ a b McMichael & Lyons 1997, pp. 166-167
  2. ^ a b Neill & Kent 2002, p. 257
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Neill & Kent 2002, p. 265
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y McMichael & Lyons 1997, pp. 170-172
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Neill & Kent 2002, pp. 270-271
  6. ^ Marsh 1983, p. 475
  7. ^ Fletcher 1998, p. 457
  8. ^ Marsh 1983, p. 476
  9. ^ a b c d e f Neill & Kent 2002, pp. 272
  10. ^ a b Neill & Kent 2002, pp. 273
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h McMichael & Lyons 1997, pp. 176
  12. ^ Fletcher 1998, pp. 464-466
  13. ^ The Who (9 October 2012). "Live in Texas 75 - The Who". thewho.com (official website). Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ View from a Backstage Pass (liner notes). The Who. 2007.CS1 maint: others (link)
  15. ^ Marshall, Townshend & Daltrey 2015, p. 315
  16. ^ Tommy (liner notes). The Who. Decca. 2013.CS1 maint: others (link)
  17. ^ a b c d Neill & Kent 2002, p. 264
  18. ^ a b c d e McMichael & Lyons 1997, p. 169
  19. ^ a b c Neill & Kent 2002, p. 267
  20. ^ a b c d e f McMichael & Lyons 1997, pp. 174-175
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n North American Box Office Data (1976):
  22. ^ a b c Neill & Kent 2002, p. 274
  23. ^ a b c d e f McMichael & Lyons 1997, p. 177
  24. ^ Neill & Kent 2002, p. 275
  25. ^ Neill & Kent 2002, p. 277

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