Before the much anticipated stage performance by the British pop group the Who at Jägersbo on Saturday evening, it was rather quiet, during, it was unusually calm, and afterwards, it was quite serene. Pure Sunday school spirit, stated one of the crowd, and we can agree to that. Additional police guards had been posted in front of the stage, to stop the fans from ripping their idols to shreds. But, as said, it was surprisingly calm. The audience of over 2,000, for the most part teenagers, but those that were gripped by hysteria when the Who played were few and far between. But, one 16-year old girl had parked herself in front of the stage half an hour before the show was due to begin made her absolute best to rip the shoe laces off the extremely loud-mouthed singer.
Loud, yes, in the highest meaning of the word. I wanted to take good photos, and thus climbed up on the stage. If you didn’t trip on any of the hundreds of metres of cables strewn all over the stage, you had to contend with an enormous wall of speaker cabinets. Remarkably, the fuses survived the assault. But not the eardrums. The best place to listen to this distinctive pop group was right at the back of the venue, when the sound was excellent.
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But The Who’s performance was an experience. Their moniker The World’s Wildest Pop Group really is true. Their final song “My Generation” with a real happening number by guitarist Pete Townshend won’t be forgotten for a long time. Surely, they are alone to have this on their repertoire, and it really gave the crowd their money’s worth. I wonder how many drum kits that Keith Moon smashes on a yearly basis. The only word able to describe his extraordinary style of drumming is power.
It took The Who’s stage crew no less than 45 minutes to erect the gear on stage, and with cables and cords it had the appearance of a small electric power plant. The audience became rather restless as time went on, and no pop group appeared on stage. The were writing autographs behind the stage, while the gear was connected and checked. But, at 2346 hours, they showed up, wearing ordinary day-to-day clothes. If we hadn’t been told that “Here-they-are-late-but-nevertheless-please-welcome-The-Who” they could have been viewed as any ordinary pop group. But, what happened to all the applause? There weren’t many of them, and no encores were demanded. But, it can be said that the lads from England really is the World’s Wildest Pop Group. Their stage act has lots of fresh air and newness about it.