donderdag 17 mei 2018

MP3 - The Who live in Pontiac 1979 - 2CD - December 7

The Who
Pontiac Stadium 'Mini-Dome' (Detroit)
Source: Audience
Taped and transferred by JEMS

01. Substitute
02. I Can't Explain
03. Baba O'Riley
04. The Punk And The Godfather
05. Boris The Spider
06. Sister Disco
07. Behind Blue Eyes
08. Music Must Change
09. Drowned
10. Who Are You
11. 5:15
12. Pinball Wizard >
13. See Me Feel Me
14. Long Live Rock
15. My Generation
16. I Can See For Miles
17. Dancing In The Streets
18. Sparks
19. Won't Get Fooled Again
20. Magic Bus
21. Summertime Blues
22. How Can You Do It Alone?

Pete Townshend Vocals, Guitar
Roger Daltrey Harmonica, Vocals
John Entwistle Vocals, Bass
Kenney Jones Drums
John Bundrick Piano, Keyboards
Howie Casey - saxophone
Reg Brooks - trombone
Dave Caswell - trumpet

The 6th show of The Who's winter '79 tour found them back in the Detroit area for the second time on the tour. So much had happened in the eight days since the Masonic Temple show in Detroit on November 30th. After the deaths in Cincinnati there was a lot of attention on each show of the tour, but particularly on this show due to it being the largest show of the tour and the only other general admission show of the tour.

The Who had been the first band to play Pontiac Stadium almost four years earlier on December 9th, 1975, and they hated it! It was too cold and the sound was terrible and the size of the crowd (80,000) too unmanagable, all problems that were supposed to be addressed at this 1979 show. The stadium was set up in it's 'mini-dome' confiquation, with the stadium divided in half by a curtain and the stage set up at the fifty yard line on the field. The crowd was limited to 46,000, it was slightly warmer inside and the sound was slightly better, but only slightly! The reason they played the Masonic Temple show a week earlier was to make up for playing back at Pontiac Stadium again.

Roger Daltrey addressing the audience after 'I Can't Explain' "Hello again Detroit! It's a shame it has to be in such a karzi(toilet). We'll do our best to beat this bitch of a place. Look, there's lots of room at the front there, so if anybody would like, take a step back, and just take it easy, have a good time! We don't need to fight!"
To which Pete Townshend responds: "We already won....and lost."
Roger again before 'Long Live Rock' "We were hoping to play in the Joe Louis hall downtown this time, and it wasn't finished. The next time we come, that's where we'll be...we'll do a few shows there, so we can get rid of all this crush and this shitty sound..."

Of course, the next time they played the Detroit area, they were back at the full Pontiac Stadium, and the time after that also....a complete slap in the face to one of their most loyal fan bases in the U.S. They had been playing in the area since the 5th Dimension Club in Ann Arbor in June of 1967, their first show in the U.S. outside of New York City.

The show itself was great though, again building on the previous week's shows. It was much tighter than the show at Masonic a week earlier. It was the only show of the tour to move 'Dancing In The Streets' into the main set from the encore, and one of the few to feature 'Magic Bus', always a crowd favorite. The show ends with a great version of 'How can You Do It Alone'.

I tried to overcome the acoustics of the stadium by recording from right in front of the PA. The PA was very large, probably the same size as what would have been used for a whole stadium show, and the crowd in that area was fairly sparse. It wasn't a great sight line, and I didn't take any photos at this show, but it did eliminate most of the echo for me, and the tape came out surprisingly good.

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