I am beginning my run as iBrattleboro Weekend Concertmaster with the group that got me hooked on rock n’ roll: the Who.
What these guys brought to the music that I loved and still love is a passion and energy that borders on insanity. Watch Keith Moon play the drums or Pete Townsend attack his guitar. At the same time they have fun with the music. The alacrity with which they pull out of bone crushing riffs into quiet, even delicate guitar passages and back to full roar has always been a strength of their music and that ability is on display here.
This concert is from the Who’s Tommy period. In February, 1970 they had recorded a show at the University of Leeds in England which in May became Live at Leeds, one of the best live albums ever made. This concert is essentially the same set and tour.
This concert video is presented in 20 parts which breaks the viewing flow somewhat. Also (on the downside) the HD becomes LD (Low Definition) about half way through. Given that this is a 42 year old concert and it has a lot of Keith Moon being his crazy self, I can put up with the video foibles. I hope that some of you can too.
On the plus side (in addition to Moon) you get nearly the entire Tommy rock opera start to finish. This is the last time they performed it on stage as a whole with Keith Moon. The next time they toured widely was post Who’s Next in late 1971 and Tommy was largely absent from the set at that point.
Warning: this concert contains one of the worst songs ever performed (imo) – Water. 3rd song in and it goes over 9 minutes – skip it. The amazing thing is that this was the only song from the Lifehouse project to be played in this set & tour. Lifehouse was eventually boiled down to yield the Who’s best album, Who’s Next. While the video may be despicable at times, the audio is pretty solid and worth it to watch the bands goofy ferocity.