The Who Tour 1975

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The Who Tour 1975
Tour by The Who
Who - 1975.jpg
Associated album"The Who By Numbers"
Start date3 October 1975
End date23 December 1975
Legs5
No. of shows43
The Who concert chronology

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. The band’s 1975/76 American part of the tour began in Houston to a crowd of 18,000 at The Summit Arena, and was supported by Toots and the Maytals.[1]

Although The Who By Numbers had just been released, The Who 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:

Tour band[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. "However Much I Booze" (Added on 15 October)
  9. "Dreaming from the Waist" (Added on 18 October)
  10. "Amazing Journey"/"Sparks"
  11. "Eyesight to the Blind" (Sonny Boy Williamson) (dropped after 15 October)
  12. "The Acid Queen"
  13. "Fiddle About" (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. "Drowned" (dropped after 7 October)
  20. "5.15" (dropped after 16 October, replaced by "Bargain")
  21. "My Generation Blues"
  22. "My Generation"
  23. "Join Together"
  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 occasionally played were:

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 31 October)
  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" was dropped after the concert at the Phillipshalle in Dusseldorf, Germany, on 31 October. "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. The jam following "My Generation" changed nightly. Here is the typical setlist for the tour (All songs written by Pete Townshend unless stated otherwise)

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

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. The band left the stage in Murfreesboro, TN on November 25, 1975 and did not return for an encore. 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 set list is from the December 22nd show. All songs written by Pete Townshend unless stated otherwise. These shows were billed as Merry Xmas From The 'Orrible 'Oo.[2]

  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
Europe
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
27 October 1975 Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy
28 October 1975 Vienna Austria Weiner Stadthalle
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
North America
20 November 1975 Houston United States The Summit
21 November 1975 Baton Rouge LSU Assembly Center
23 November 1975 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
24 November 1975 Atlanta The Omni
25 November 1975 Murfreesboro Murphy Center
27 November 1975 Hampton Hampton Roads Coliseum
28 November 1975 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
30 November 1975 Bloomington, Indiana Assembly Hall
1 December 1975 Kansas City Kemper Arena
2 December 1975 Des Moines Veterans Memorial Auditorium
4 December 1975 Chicago Chicago Stadium
5 December 1975
6 December 1975 Pontiac Pontiac Silverdome (Attendance: 75,962 – Opening Night)
8 December 1975 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
9 December 1975 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
10 December 1975 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
11 December 1975 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
13 December 1975 Providence United States Providence Civic Center
14 December 1975 Springfield Springfield Civic Center
15 December 1975 Philadelphia The Spectrum
Europe
21 December 1975 London England Hammersmith Odeon
22 December 1975
23 December 1975

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