The Who Tour 1975

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The 1975 Who Tour
Who - 1975.jpg
Tour by The Who
Associated album "The Who By Numbers"
Start date 3 October 1975
End date 23 December 1975
Legs 5
Shows 42
The Who concert chronology
The Who Tour 1974
(1974)
The Who Tour 1975
(1975)
The Who Tour 1976
(1976)

The Who Tour 1975 was The Who's first concert tour supporting The Who By Numbers.

History[edit]

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. Following the recording of The Who By Numbers in the spring of 1975, the group embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom in October, followed by a series of European dates; a 20-date North American tour followed, with the band finishing the year with three Christmas concerts at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

Although The Who By Numbers had just been released, group only played "Squeeze Box", "Dreaming from the Waist", and a few performances of "However Much I Booze" in 1975 ("Slip Kid" would also be played a few times in 1976). Despite being under the guise of a tour for their latest album, 1975–76 was more of a "Tommy revisited" period, with 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; several Tommy pieces were played for the first time since either 1970 or 1971. Meanwhile, less and less Quadrophenia material appeared in the act as the '75 shows wore on – by the North American tour, only "Drowned" was finding its way occasionally into the set, and even that was eventually dropped. The group would settle into a regular setlist by the end of the year, repeating it almost verbatim throughout 1976.

Live Releases[edit]

Live material from 1975 has appeared on the following releases:

Band members[edit]

Typical set lists[edit]

First leg in the United Kingdom[edit]

This leg began on 3 October at the New Bingley Hall in Stafford, and ended on 24 October at the Wembley Arena in London. A few songs were resurrected for this tour, but most did not remain in the set. "Join Together" was also played for the first time on this tour, albeit in a bluesy version sounding very different from the studio cut. Here is a fairly typical set list for this leg of the tour (actually from the concert on 4 October in Stafford). All songs written by Pete Townshend unless stated otherwise.

  1. "Substitute"
  2. "I Can't Explain"
  3. "Squeeze Box"
  4. "Heaven and Hell" (John Entwistle) (dropped after 16 October)
  5. "Tattoo" (dropped after 16 October)
  6. "Baba O'Riley"
  7. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  8. "Amazing Journey"/"Sparks"
  9. "Eyesight to the Blind" (Sonny Boy Williamson) (dropped after 15 October)
  10. "The Acid Queen"
  11. "Fiddle About" (Entwistle)
  12. "Pinball Wizard"
  13. "I'm Free"
  14. "Tommy's Holiday Camp" (Keith Moon)
  15. "We're Not Gonna Take It"/"See Me, Feel Me"
  16. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  17. "Drowned" (dropped after 7 October)
  18. "5.15" (dropped after 16 October)
  19. "My Generation Blues"
  20. "My Generation"
  21. "Join Together"
  22. "Magic Bus" (only on 4, 7 and 15 October)
  23. "Naked Eye" (only on 4, 7 and 15 October)
  24. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. "I Can't Explain" frequently switched with "Substitute" as the set-opener. "Heaven and Hell", "Tattoo" and "Eyesight to the Blind" were dropped after a series of two concerts at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow on 15 and 16 October, while "However Much I Booze" was introduced during the same series of concerts; "Dreaming from the Waist" was played first at a concert at the Granby Halls in Leicester on either 18 or 19 October. The jam following "My Generation" also changed nightly. Other songs were also played which are not in the above list:

European leg[edit]

This leg began on 27 October at the Ahoy in Rotterdam in The Netherlands and ended on 7 November at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen in Germany. By this time, the band was already starting to pare down the set list. Here is a fairly typical set for this leg of the tour (actually from a concert in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 31 October). All songs written by Pete Townshend unless stated otherwise.

  1. "Substitute"
  2. "I Can't Explain"
  3. "Squeeze Box"
  4. "Boris the Spider" (John Entwistle)
  5. "Baba O'Riley"
  6. "Behind Blue Eyes" (not on 2 November)
  7. "Dreaming from the Waist"
  8. "Amazing Journey"/"Sparks"
  9. "The Acid Queen"
  10. "Fiddle About" (Entwistle)
  11. "Pinball Wizard"
  12. "I'm Free"
  13. "Tommy's Holiday Camp" (Keith Moon)
  14. "We're Not Gonna Take It"/"See Me, Feel Me"
  15. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  16. "Bargain" (dropped after 3 November)
  17. "My Generation"
  18. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Encores (variations of the following list):

  • "5.15"
    • Performed on 3 November.
  • "Magic Bus"
    • Performed on 7 November.

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. "I Can't Explain" sometimes switched with "Substitute" as the set-opener. "Bargain" and "5.15" were both dropped after the concert at the Messehalle in Stuttgart, Germany, on 3 November. "Boris the Spider" frequently exchanged between the fourth and eighth slot. The jam following "My Generation" also changed nightly. Other songs were also played which are not in the above list:

US leg[edit]

This US tour began on 20 November at the Summit in Houston, Texas, and ended on 15 December at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here is a fairly typical set list for the earlier part of the tour (actually from a concert in Memphis, Tennessee, on 23 November). The jam following "My Generation" changed nightly. All songs written by Pete Townshend unless stated otherwise.

  1. "I Can't Explain"
  2. "Substitute"
  3. "Squeeze Box"
  4. "Baba O'Riley"
  5. "Boris the Spider" (John Entwistle)
  6. "Drowned"
  7. "However Much I Booze" (dropped after 23 November)
  8. "Dreaming from the Waist"
  9. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  10. "Amazing Journey"/"Sparks"
  11. "The Acid Queen"
  12. "Fiddle About" (Entwistle)
  13. "Pinball Wizard"
  14. "I'm Free"
  15. "Tommy's Holiday Camp" (Keith Moon)
  16. "We're Not Gonna Take It"/"See Me, Feel Me"
  17. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  18. "My Generation"
  19. "Join Together" (not on 24 and 25 November)
  20. "Road Runner" (Ellas McDaniel) (not on 25 November)
  21. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Encores (variations of the following list):

  • "Magic Bus"
    • Performed on 20 & 24 November
  • "My Generation Blues"
    • Performed on 20, 21 November (not as encore), 24 (not as encore), 25 (not as encore) & 27 (not as encore).

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches. "Substitute" once switched with "I Can't Explain" as the set-opener and the jam following "My Generation" changed nightly. Other songs were also played which are not in the above list:

  • "Tattoo"
    • Performed on 24 & 27 November

Here is a fairly typical set list for the later part of the tour (actually from a concert in Providence, Rhode Island, on 13 December). All songs written by Pete Townshend unless stated otherwise.

  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" (Entwistle)
  9. "Magic Bus"
  10. "Amazing Journey"/"Sparks"
  11. "The Acid Queen"
  12. "Fiddle About" (Entwistle)
  13. "Pinball Wizard"
  14. "I'm Free"
  15. "Tommy's Holiday Camp" (Keith Moon)
  16. "We're Not Gonna Take It"/"See Me, Feel Me"
  17. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  18. "My Generation"
  19. "Join Together"
  20. "My Generation Blues" (not on 14 and 15 December)
  21. "Road Runner" (Ellas McDaniel) (not on 15 December)
  22. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Encores (variations of the following list):

  • "Drowned"
    • Performed on 4 December.

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour, and the jam following "My Generation" changed nightly. Other songs were also played which are not in the above list:

Second leg in the United Kingdom[edit]

This leg lasted from 21 December at the Hammersmith Odeon in London and ended on 23 December at the same venue. Not much is known about this mini-leg, as the only known setlist is from the concert of 22 December. All songs written by Pete Townshend unless stated otherwise.

  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" (Entwistle)
  9. "Magic Bus"
  10. "Amazing Journey"/"Sparks"
  11. "The Acid Queen"
  12. "Fiddle About" (Entwistle)
  13. "Pinball Wizard"
  14. "I'm Free"
  15. "Tommy's Holiday Camp" (Keith Moon)
  16. "We're Not Gonna Take It"/"See Me, Feel Me"
  17. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  18. "My Generation"
  19. "Join Together"
  20. "My Generation Blues"
  21. "Road Runner" (Ellas McDaniel)
  22. "Spoonful" (Willie Dixon)
  23. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
First UK leg
3 October 1975 Stafford England New Bingley Hall
4 October 1975
6 October 1975 Manchester Kings Hall
7 October 1975
15 October 1975 Glasgow Scotland Apollo Theatre
16 October 1975
18 October 1975 Leicester England Granby Halls
19 October 1975
21 October 1975 London Wembley Arena
23 October 1975
24 October 1975
European leg
27 October 1975 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
29 October 1975 Bremen Germany Stadthalle Bremen
30 October 1975 Düsseldorf Philips Halle
31 October 1975
2 November 1975 Stuttgart Messehalle
3 November 1975
6 November 1975 Ludwigshafen Friedrich-Ebert-Halle
7 November 1975
US leg
20 November 1975 Houston, Texas United States The Summit
21 November 1975 Baton Rouge, Louisiana LSU Assembly Center
23 November 1975 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
24 November 1975 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni
25 November 1975 Murfreesboro, Tennessee Murphy Center
27 November 1975 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Roads Coliseum
28 November 1975 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum
30 November 1975 Bloomington, Indiana Assembly Hall
1 December 1975 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena
2 December 1975 Des Moines, Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium
4 December 1975 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium
5 December 1975
6 December 1975 Pontiac, Michigan Pontiac Silverdome (Attendance: 75,962 – Opening Night)
8 December 1975 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverfront Coliseum
9 December 1975 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
10 December 1975 Buffalo, New York Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
12 December 1975 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
13 December 1975 Providence, Rhode Island United States Providence Civic Center
14 December 1975 Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Civic Center
15 December 1975 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
Second UK leg
21 December 1975 London England Hammersmith Odeon
22 December 1975
23 December 1975

See also[edit]