The WHO – ” Live at the Isle Of Wight ” 29th August 1970

Posted: August 30, 2015 in FESTIVALS, MUSIC
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The Who were one year and three months into their “Tommy” tour when they played their second engagement at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. As in the previous year of 1969, they played most of their famous rock opera, which by this time was quite familiar to the festival crowd. Huge spotlights bathed the audience of some 600,000 attendees, and as The Who’s tour manager John Woolf recalls, attracted “every moth and flying nocturnal animal on the island”. The Who started this famous concert at 2:00 A.M.

Here is a clip I think we’ve never seen before from the Isle of Wight festival. 7 minutes in beautiful clarity, including a lot of festival atmosphere. This show has been seen on bootleg video but only in awful quality, nearly unwatchable damaged film. This made my morning! This of course distinct from the 1970 Isle of Wight fest which has been released in full.

By August 1970, Pete Townshend was already introducing new songs to the setlist including “Water”, “I Don’t Even Know Myself” and “Naked Eye”. These songs, which were being recorded at the time of the festival, were intended for an upcoming project known as “Lifehouse”. Although “Lifehouse” was eventually abandoned, the sessions paved the way to the Who’s classic album “Who’s Next”.

The Who also performed some live staples such as “Substitute”, “My Generation”, “Magic Bus”, “I Can’t Explain”, and the perennial covers of “Shakin’ All Over” and “Summertime Blues”.

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