The Who Tour 1976

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The 1976 Who Tour
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Tour by The Who
Associated album "The Who By Numbers"
Start date 27 February 1976
End date 21 October 1976
Legs 5
Shows 36
The Who concert chronology
The Who Tour 1975
(1975)
The Who Tour 1976
(1976)
The Who 1977–1978 performances
(1977–1978)

The Who Tour 1976 was The Who's second concert tour for their The Who By Numbers album.

History[edit]

After spending most of the last three months of 1975 supporting The Who By Numbers, the group again embarked on a series of tours in 1976, with two stints in North America and several shows in the United Kingdom and Europe. The group added "Slip Kid" to the act in February–March, playing to a backing tape recording much like with "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again", but it was dropped from the act after eight shows; otherwise "Squeeze Box", and "Dreaming from the Waist" were the only songs the band played from the new album, while they continued to do a lengthy Tommy selection as in 1975.

1976 was also drummer Keith Moon's final year touring with the band, as the London performances on 15 December, 1977 at Kilburn and 25 May, 1978 at Shepperton Studios weren't actually part of any tours, but rather were special shows filmed specifically for inclusion in The Kids Are Alright film. The first show of the group’s first North American tour of the year in Boston began disastrously, with Moon collapsing on stage after only two numbers, forcing a makeup performance three weeks later. Lead singer Roger Daltrey explained that Moon was very ill, adding "Why do our tours always start like this,"[1] obviously referring to the incident at the Cow Palace during the first show of their 1973 North American tour, when Moon also collapsed. The band’s second North American trip featured Moon's final U.S. concert at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington on 14 October, as well as his final concert before a paying crowd at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on 21 October.[2] The group would not perform at all between the Toronto and Kilburn shows, the only band activity during that time being early sessions for Who Are You.

Live releases[edit]

Live material from 1976 that has seen release all comes from the group’s performance at Vetch Field in Swansea, Wales on 12 June and has appeared on the following:

Band members[edit]

Typical set lists[edit]

European warmup dates[edit]

This short segment began 27 February in Zurich and ended on 2 March in Paris. The four shows acted as the warm-ups for the main US tour. Here is a fairly typical setlist (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. "Slip Kid"
  8. "Dreaming from the Waist"
  9. "Magic Bus"
  10. "Amazing Journey"
  11. "Sparks"
  12. "The Acid Queen"
  13. "Fiddle About" (John Entwistle)
  14. "Pinball Wizard"
  15. "I'm Free"
  16. "Tommy's Holiday Camp" (Keith Moon)
  17. "We're Not Gonna Take It"/"See Me, Feel Me"
  18. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  19. "My Generation"
  20. "Join Together"
  21. "Road Runner" (Ellas McDaniel)
  22. "My Generation Blues"
  23. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

First North American tour[edit]

This leg began with an aborted show on 9 March at the Boston Garden and ended on 1 April with a makeup show at the same venue. "Slip Kid" was dropped from the act after the 15 March show in Oklahoma City. Here is a fairly typical set list for this leg of the tour (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. "Slip Kid" (dropped after 15 March)
  8. "Dreaming from the Waist"
  9. "Magic Bus"
  10. "Amazing Journey"
  11. "Sparks"
  12. "The Acid Queen"
  13. "Fiddle About" (John Entwistle)
  14. "Pinball Wizard"
  15. "I'm Free"
  16. "Tommy's Holiday Camp" (Keith Moon)
  17. "We're Not Gonna Take It"/"See Me, Feel Me"
  18. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  19. "My Generation"
  20. "Join Together"
  21. "Road Runner" (Ellas McDaniel) (performed on 15, 16, 18 and 21 March)
  22. "My Generation Blues"
  23. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

The 11 March show at Madison Square Garden in New York City was the only date to feature an encore:

The Madison Square Garden show was originally scheduled for 10 March, but a rescheduling was announced, rumored to be due to Keith Moon's being too intoxicated to play. The show was produced on the following day.

"The Who Put The Boot In" Leg[edit]

This leg started on 22 May in Colmar, France and ended on 12 June in Swansea, Wales, with the three U.K. shows billed as "The Who Put the Boot In" in reference to their playing in football stadiums. This leg also featured the Guinness World Record-holder (at the time) for the loudest concert ever at The Valley in Charlton, England. Its volume from 50 meters away was at 120 decibels.[3] Moon's final European concerts also took place during this leg. Here is a typical set list for this leg of the tour (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. "Magic Bus"
  9. "Amazing Journey"
  10. "Sparks"
  11. "The Acid Queen"
  12. "Fiddle About" (John 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. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

There were no encores. The list stayed mainly the same throughout the leg, but the first two shows of the leg featured some bonus songs in the "My Generation" medley:

Whirlwind Leg[edit]

The Who played just four dates in the U.S. on this leg, starting on 3 August with two shows at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland and continuing with shows on the 7th in Jacksonville and Miami a few days later. The set list did not change from the previous leg (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. "Magic Bus"
  9. "Amazing Journey"
  10. "Sparks"
  11. "The Acid Queen"
  12. "Fiddle About" (John 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. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Second North American tour[edit]

The final leg of the year began on 6 October the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona and ended on 21 October at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The tour included two dates in Oakland with The Grateful Dead, promoted by Bill Graham. Here is a typical set list for the leg (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. "Magic Bus"
  9. "Amazing Journey"
  10. "Sparks"
  11. "The Acid Queen"
  12. "Fiddle About" (John 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. "Won't Get Fooled Again"

The 10 October date at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland was the only show to feature an encore, which the band dedicated to The Grateful Dead and their fans:

There were other songs played on this leg which are not on the lists above:

  • "Relax"
    • Performed on 14 October.
  • "Who Are You" (early version)
    • Performed on 21 October.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
European warmup dates
27 February 1976 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
28 February 1976 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
1 March 1976 Paris France Pavilion
2 March 1976
First North American tour
9 March 1976 Boston, Massachusetts United States Boston Garden (aborted after two numbers)
11 March 1976 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
13 March 1976 Madison, Wisconsin Dane County Coliseum
14 March 1976 Saint Paul, Minnesota Civic Arena
15 March 1976 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Myriad Gardens Convention Center
16 March 1976 Fort Worth, Texas Tarrant County Convention Center
18 March 1976 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Palace
21 March 1976 Anaheim, California Anaheim Stadium
24 March 1976 Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum
25 March 1976 Seattle, Washington Seattle Center Coliseum
27 March 1976 San Francisco, California Winterland Ballroom
28 March 1976
30 March 1976 Denver, Colorado McNichols Arena
1 April 1976 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden (makeup date from 9 March)
"The Who Put The Boot In" Leg
22 May 1976 Colmar France Parc des Exposition
25 May 1976 Lyon Sports Palais
31 May 1976 Charlton England The Valley (World Record Loudest Concert)
5 June 1976 Glasgow Scotland Celtic Park
12 June 1976 Swansea Wales Vetch Field
Whirlwind Leg
3 August 1976 Landover, Maryland United States Capital Centre
4 August 1976
7 August 1976 Jacksonville, Florida Gator Bowl Stadium
9 August 1976 Miami, Florida Miami Stadium
Second North American tour
6 October 1976 Phoenix, Arizona United States Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7 October 1976 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
9 October 1976 Oakland, California Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
10 October 1976
13 October 1976 Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum
14 October 1976 Seattle, Washington Seattle Center Coliseum
16 October 1976 Edmonton, Alberta Canada Northlands Coliseum
18 October 1976 Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Arena
21 October 1976 Toronto, Ontario Maple Leaf Gardens

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