I Can't Explain
The Quiet One
Behind Blue Eyes
I Can See For Miles
Cry If You Want
Who Are You
See Me Feel Me
Love Reign O'er Me
Long Live Rock
Won't Get Fooled Again
I don't remember a whole lot about the show but a few items come to mind. The B52's and Joan Jett & The Black Hearts were on the same bill. Why the B52's I couldn't exactly say but then I'm not a promoter. The B52's I think was the opening act and didn't last long once started. They left the stage after a hail-storm of crushed Coke cups rained on their parade. I don't believe they made it past the first song. This audience was ruthless!
The Who and only them would do. Joan Jett was up and she took her punches. I was right up front for her and the crowd wanted her off too. They kept screaming obcenities to her and she stood her ground. Next thing you knew SHE was screaming back at the crowd and giving US the finger. She was one of the loudest acts I ever heard. My ears actually hurt when she was on stage! Finally the Who was on. Pretty much a straight forward show for them.
I had heard from interviews with Pete Townshend that he is pretty viscious on stage. Never even thought of it until during the show he stopped playing, hugged his guiter and told a group of people up front in the crowd, "You can't have my fucking guitar and I'm not going to smash it"! I thought that was very unusual for an artist to come off like that with fans but then I remembered the interviews. They went on to play an excellent set that night and comfirmed my opinion of them being on of the greatest rock groups there has ever been.
I read the current fan review and remember the pre-Who events a little clearer the that writer. I too was on the field in front of the stage. Joan Jett opened the show not the B-52s. She basically played as the crowd was coming in. Until the end of her set no one paid much attention. At the end of her set she tried to get the crowd involved and that is when the obscenities started. She stood her ground for the time she was up there.
By the time the B52s hit the stage the crowd was really revved. They came on to a giant chorus of boos. They got through their first song in the hail of debris. During the second song the blonde girl with the tall hair started to "sing" but it really sounded like wailing. That was all the crowd could stand and the hail of crushed paper cups turned into harder objects. It got so bad we had to back out of the crowd. As we back away I saw the guitar player get hit with a shoe. He unplugged his guitar and left the stage followed by the rest of the band.
A short time later the Who came out. The other memorable thing was that we knew the encores were over when the fireworks started.
WE ARE THE MODS, WE ARE THE MODS, WE ARE - WE ARE , WE ARE THE MODS!!
I had been a Who fan for maybe 7 or 8 months or so (late 1981) when my brother Mike and I find out a new Who record is coming out in early 1982 called "It's Hard" and then hear that they will be doing a Final "Farewell" Tour in the Summer/Fall of 1982.
ORLANDO 1982 Concert
The tour schedule is out, and The Who are coming to Florida for one show, and it would be in Orlando at the Tangerine Bowl. So, no South Florida show. But my brother and I were not complaining. A road trip to see the Who would be like going to Disney World for the first time and then some!
Waited on line at a Mall in Hollywood,Florida for 24 hours for tickets, complete with house speakers on top of the car. When the main doors to the Mall finally opened, Mike and I ran all the way to the record shop inside that had the ticketron while trying to out run 200 other teenagers. It was a free-for-all to the record store line. We did alright. Ended up like 4th in line and lower bowl seats on Pete's side (if it even mattered in those days in a large stadium).
We drove to Orlando from South Florida in a car with 5 Who freaks in our Gold "Rockford Files" 1979 Firebird. We see our first Who concert at the Tangerine Bowl. First time I ever heard "Tattoo" - recorded or live. At the time, I thought the song was a bit odd sounding for The Who but it felt right for the Disney town, lol. But later it ended up being one of favorite songs of all time. The concert was a religious experience. It sealed it for us as Who freaks.
The B52's and Joan Jett & The Black Hearts were the two opening acts. Why the B52's at a Who concert? What was the promotor smoking? Not the same shit as us that's for sure! The B52's came on first but they didn't last long. They were bombarded with paper cups and anything the fans could get their hands on. The girls in the band or the one girl who had the beehive hair-do, ended up with paper cups stuck in her hair! The band lasted about one minute and ran for cover. It was, til this day, the most unusual thing I have ever seen at a rock concert.
Joan Jett came on next and I liked her music. She was rock n roll all the way, so I didn't expect what was about to happen to her as well. The fans were screaming obcenities at her. When she would sing the refrain from this song, "Do you wanna touch me", the whole 60.000 strong would yell back, "Noooooo".
Next thing we knew she was screaming back at the crowd and giving the crowd the finger and yelled "fuck you Orlando" and she slammed her microphone down on the stage and stormed off. She last maybe 30 minutes.
The Who came on upon darkness and the big fucking stage with the overtop part that said THE WHO in huge letterered shape design. The Who had just recently reinstated "My Generation" into the setlist a few shows before they reached Orlando. I guess they realized, despite the perceived negative line in the song (fucking critics), it had to be played - it was the one song that fans complained about that was missing. As Pete says, "it was not about really wanting to die before I got old, than it was about an attitude of how you feel when you are young and you feel outcasted, and how you don't ever want to be like them, the grown ups,your parent, teachers,and so forth". So right Pete. You were are are about attitude and the rest of The Who. The show was simply amazing. A life changing experience! Pete's guitar playing was blistering. Roger's voice anthemic, The Ox and his red suit and blazingly thunderous playing, and Kenney his usual solid self. The show included a long, jamming version of "Magic Bus". At one point Pete said to the crowd, "From the Magic Kingdom to the herpes master class".
And from another fan's account on a Who website, explained Pete's attitude that I was talking about:
I had heard from interviews with Pete Townshend that he is pretty viscious on stage. Never even thought of it until during the show he stopped playing, hugged his guiter and told a group of people up front in the crowd, "You can't have my fucking guitar and I'm not going to smash it"! I thought that was very unusual for an artist to come off like that with fans but then I remembered the interviews. They went on to play an excellent set that night and confirmed my opinion of them being on of the greatest rock groups there has ever been.
All the above fans reports fit my memories of this show. I was 6 or 8 "rows" back from the stage in front of Pete. The booing was somewhat
bizarre. This crowd was not gracious. Pete wasn't too gracious either. The one quote I clearly remember was "...Magic fucking Kingdom" He might have repeated it once or twice. As I recall,
offstage, he was having issues personal and/or medical at the time. He was impatient. At one point turning his back on the crowd between songs and slamming his fists on the top of an amp demanding a drink/water. This might've been faux anger, maybe not.
I also remember him seeming impatient and tossing angry looks at Roger during his harmonica wailing (in Won't get Fooled Again?) toward the end of the show. Good show.
Wish I'd brought my camera, but never expected to end up so close to the stage.
Great site. Just wanted to add a few comments about the show. I was very near the front for the B-52s and Joan Jett and had a very similar experience as the others. However, one of the highlights of the day was Fred Schneider, the lead singer for the B-52s. I was not a fan of the band--I actually groaned when they came on stage. I quickly felt sorry for them because of the disgusting treatment they received. When it became clear that they weren't going to be able to complete the set Schneider snarled at the crowd "Here's one more whether you like it or not." As the band tried to play Rock Lobster I couldn't help being impressed with Schneider's bravado and contempt for the crowd. I was close enough to see his sneer. Still not a fan of that band but whenever I hear their that song I have to smile. Joan Jett was great for as long as the crowd let her go. Looked great too.