The Who Tour 1974

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The Who Tour 1974
Tour by The Who
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Associated album "Quadrophenia"
Start date 8 February 1974
End date 14 June 1974
Legs 2
No. of shows 14
The Who concert chronology

The Who Tour 1974 was The Who's second concert tour supporting their latest album, Quadrophenia.


After beginning work in January on the soundtrack for the Tommy film, the band played a mini-tour of France in February, continuing to feature Quadrophenia as the centerpiece of their shows as in 1973. In May, the group took breaks amidst more work on the film to play three shows, including a large outdoor concert at The Valley in Charlton, London, headlining an event that also featured such acts as Bad Company, Humble Pie, Montrose, and Lindisfarne. The set was altered considerably for these shows, with less Quadrophenia material featured and the return of several older numbers that had fallen out of their act of late. Another break on the film saw the band play four shows in New York City, where the band had not played during their 12-date North American tour in late 1973. These would be their last shows until October 1975, after the recording of The Who by Numbers.

Material from the 18 May Charlton performance was frequently aired on BBC radio broadcasts following the event.

Live releases[edit]

Live material from 1974 that has seen release all comes from the group's performance at The Valley in Charlton, London on 18 May and has appeared on the following:

Audience recordings are available for all gigs bar the shows in Oxford, Toulouse and Poitiers. The quality ranges from average to excellent. Along with the officially released songs above, the majority of the songs from the Charlton show can also be seen on bootleg DVDs.

Tour band[edit]

Typical set lists[edit]

French tour[edit]

A short French tour started from 8 February in Lille and ended on 24 February in Lyon. This was considered the second leg of the previous year's tour in support of the Quadrophenia album. The final concert of this leg would be the last Quadrophenia-centric concert by The Who until the Hyde Park concert in 1996. Here is a fairly typical set list from this tour (all songs written by Pete Townshend unless specified otherwise).

  1. "I Can't Explain"
  2. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  3. "My Wife" (John Entwistle)
  4. "My Generation"
  5. "The Real Me"
  6. "The Punk and the Godfather"
  7. "I'm One" (not performed on 10 February)
  8. "5.15"
  9. "Sea and Sand"
  10. "Drowned"
  11. "Bell Boy"
  12. "Doctor Jimmy"
  13. "Love, Reign o'er Me"
  14. "Won't Get Fooled Again"
  15. "Pinball Wizard"
  16. "See Me, Feel Me"

Encores (variations of the following list):

  • "Substitute"
    • Performed on 10 and 24 February.
  • "Let's See Action"
    • Performed on 8 and 10 February.
  • "Naked Eye"
    • Performed on 8, 9 and 10 February.
  • "Magic Bus"
    • Performed on 9 and 10 February.
  • "Spoonful" (Willie Dixon)
    • Performed on 8 and 9 February.

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. "I'm One" was not performed on 10 February following a power outage; in the same concert, "My Generation" was played twice, as both the fourth and final songs. In Lyon, on 24 February, "Bell Boy" and "Drowned" switched places.

UK/US performances[edit]

The band played three shows in May, beginning on 6 May at New Theatre Oxford. These shows saw a shorter selection of Quadrophenia material and the return of songs like "Young Man Blues", "Baba O'Riley", and "Boris the Spider", among others. A four night stand at Madison Square Garden in New York City was less than satisfactory, sound problems and Townshend's growing concern about the band's future playing their part. Townshend played the first night sober, and was shocked to hear members of the crowd shouting for him to leap and swing his arm, which he said made him feel like a circus performer, and prompted him to drink throughout the remaining shows. The band's huge PA system was too powerful for indoors and caused feedback during many parts of the gig, meaning the system had to be reconfigured before the second night's show. On the final night on June 14, he smashed his guitar at the end of My Generation, before destroying 2 together at the end of the encore. Moon then grabbed the last remaining guitar and smashed this himself. That was the last The Who concert until 1975. Who fan Joel Naftelberg shot footage from three of the gigs, but his 8mm films went missing after he supplied them for possible inclusion in The Kids Are Alright, and haven't been seen since. Here is a fairly typical set list from this leg (actual setlist taken from the 18 May Charlton show). All songs written by Pete Townshend unless specified otherwise.

  1. "I Can't Explain"
  2. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  3. "Young Man Blues" (Mose Allison)
  4. "Baba O'Riley"
  5. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  6. "Substitute"
  7. "I'm a Boy" (dropped after 10 June)
  8. "Tattoo"
  9. "Boris the Spider" (John Entwistle)
  10. "Drowned"
  11. "Bell Boy"
  12. "Doctor Jimmy"
  13. "Won't Get Fooled Again"
  14. "Pinball Wizard"
  15. "See Me, Feel Me"

Encores (variations of the following list):

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. Many songs from the encore were sometimes played in the regular set, and vice versa. Also, some other songs were played which are not in the above list:

  • "Wasp Man" (Keith Moon)
    • Performed on 10 June.
  • "My Wife" (Entwistle)
    • Performed on 14 June.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
9 February 1974 Cambrai France Palais des Grottes
10 February 1974 Paris Palais des Expositions
16 February 1974 Toulouse Stadium Municipal
17 February 1974 Poitiers Les Arenes
22 February 1974 Nancy Palais des Expositions
24 February 1974 Lyon Sports Palais
United Kingdom
6 May 1974 Oxford England New Theatre Oxford
18 May 1974 Charlton The Valley
22 May 1974 Portsmouth Portsmouth Guildhall
United States
10 June 1974 New York City United States Madison Square Garden
11 June 1974
13 June 1974
14 June 1974

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