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The Who Tour 1982

The Who Tour 1982
Tour by The Who
Associated albumIt's Hard
Start dateSeptember 10, 1982
End dateDecember 17, 1982
Legs3
No. of shows42
Box office$20.07 million ($52.11 million in 2018 dollars)
The Who concert chronology

The Who Tour 1982 was The Who's last with drummer Kenney Jones. While the tour was originally intended to support their 1982 album It's Hard, the band later announced it would be their final tour, though they would eventually reunite twice and then tour again in 1989.

History

Aside from two warm-up shows in Birmingham, the tour took place entirely in the United States and Canada. During the first Birmingham show, Pete Townshend announced the group's intention to do a proper British tour the following year, but they later decided against this and to make the 1982 tour their last. Though this ultimately would not be the case, it would be their last tour until 1989.

The set list included a number of new songs from It's Hard. "Dangerous", "It's Hard", "Eminence Front", and "Cry If You Want" were performed nightly, while "Athena" and "A Man Is a Man" were also played several times each. "Cooks County", which Townshend had written after seeing a television documentary on Chicago's Cook County Hospital, was fittingly played during one of the band's October shows in Rosemont, Illinois. Meanwhile, only "The Quiet One" was retained from Face Dances, though they had played a number of other songs from that album on the previous tour. Besides "Eminence Front", which has been featured in the band's act off and on since 1982, "Cry If You Want" is the only It's Hard track the band has played since these tours, having appeared a few times in the group's first shows of 2006 and as part of a medley following "My Generation" from 2006 to 2009; it was also briefly included at the start of The Who Hits 50! tour in late 2014.

"My Generation", a staple in the group's live act since 1965, did not appear until the 14th show of the year, and did not lead into long jams as it had since the late 1960s; it also served as the show-opener for the first time in the band's career. Meanwhile, a number of songs were reintroduced to the act after long absences, such as "Love Reign O'er Me", "Squeeze Box", "Love Ain't for Keeping", and "Doctor Jimmy".

After letting keyboard player John "Rabbit" Bundrick go following the 1981 tour, the group filled this role with Tim Gorman, who had also played on It's Hard.[1] Despite this, Bundrick would again join the band when they reunited for Live Aid in 1985 and remained their keyboard player until 2011.

Live releases

Live material from 1982 has appeared on a number of different releases:

The Clash's support set at Shea Stadium on October 13 became a popular bootleg, eventually being officially released as Live at Shea Stadium in 2008.[2]

Tour band

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Typical set lists

UK warm-up shows

The band played two warm-up shows at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England shortly before travelling to North America. While Townshend's announcement during the first show that they planned to do "a proper British tour next year" was met with loud cheers, this ultimately did not occur. The following is the set list from both dates (only the encores differed). All songs written by Pete Townshend unless otherwise specified.

  1. "Substitute"
  2. "I Can't Explain"
  3. "Dangerous" (John Entwistle)
  4. "Sister Disco"
  5. "The Quiet One" (John Entwistle)
  6. "It's Hard"
  7. "Eminence Front"
  8. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  9. "Baba O'Riley"
  10. "I'm One"
  11. "The Punk and the Godfather"
  12. "Drowned"
  13. "A Man Is a Man"
  14. "Cry If You Want"
  15. "Who Are You"
  16. "Pinball Wizard"
  17. "See Me, Feel Me"
  18. "5.15"
  19. "Love Reign O'er Me"
  20. "Long Live Rock"
  21. "Won't Get Fooled Again"
  22. "Twist and Shout" (Phil Medley, Bert Russell)

On the second night they also played:

First North American leg

The band returned to North America for the first time in over two years, beginning this leg on September 22 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland and ending on October 31 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The show on 13 October at Shea Stadium in New York City featured a rare performance of "I Saw Her Standing There" and closed with "Twist and Shout", both songs recorded by The Beatles and both sung by John Entwistle. Here is a fairly typical set list (all songs written by Pete Townshend unless otherwise specified):

  1. "Substitute" (also appeared later in the set during several shows when "My Generation" served as the opener)
  2. "I Can't Explain" (opened the show on October 6)
  3. "Dangerous" (John Entwistle)
  4. "Sister Disco"
  5. "The Quiet One"
  6. "It's Hard"
  7. "Eminence Front"
  8. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  9. "Baba O'Riley"
  10. "My Generation" (starting October 7; also opened a number of shows)
  11. "I'm One" (Dropped after October 13)
  12. "The Punk and the Godfather" (Dropped after October 13)
  13. "Drowned"
  14. "Cry If You Want" (sometimes including teases of "Another Tricky Day")
  15. "Who Are You"
  16. "Pinball Wizard"
  17. "See Me, Feel Me"
  18. "5.15"
  19. "Love Reign O'er Me"
  20. "Long Live Rock"
  21. "Won't Get Fooled Again"
  22. "Summertime Blues" (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart)
  23. "Twist and Shout" (Phil Medley, Bert Russell)

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour. Other songs occasionally played were:

  • "A Man Is A Man"
    • Performed on September 22, 23, 25, 26, and 30 and October 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 17, 20, 21, 23, and 25.
  • "Magic Bus"
    • Performed on September 22, 25, and October 30 and 3, 5, 9, 12, 15, 20, 23, and 29.
  • "Naked Eye"
    • Performed on September 23, 26, 28, and 29 and October 2, 6, 13, 17, 21, 23, 25, 29, and 31.
  • "Athena"
    • Performed on September 28, 29, and 30 and October 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, and 25.
  • "Tattoo"
    • Performed on October 13, 15, 25, 27, 29, and 31.
  • "I Can See for Miles"
    • Performed on September 30 and October 20, 21, 23, 29, and 31.
  • "Young Man Blues" (Mose Allison)
    • Performed on September 23 and October 13, 25, and 31.
  • "Happy Jack"
    • Performed on September 29.
  • "Cooks County"
    • Performed on October 6.
  • "I Saw Her Standing There" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
    • Performed on October 13.
  • "Let's See Action"
    • Performed on October 23.

Second North American leg

The band returned after a four-week break for the second leg of the tour, which began on November 27 at the Citrus Bowl, at that time known as the Tangerine Bowl, in Orlando, Florida. Townshend announced at the second show in Richfield, Ohio on December 14 that they were playing "their last concert in the U.S.A." (as heard on the live album Who's Last), as was obviously intended at the time. The tour concluded with two shows at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, the second of which was made available via pay-per-view and radio broadcasts throughout North America, as it was thought to be the last performance of their final tour. The group would of course subsequently reunite for various events (the first being Live Aid in 1985) and tours.

"Doctor Jimmy", "Boris the Spider", "Love Ain't For Keeping", and "Squeeze Box" were reintroduced to the set on this leg after long absences. Here is a fairly typical set list (all songs written by Pete Townshend unless otherwise specified)

  1. "Substitute" (dropped after December 6)
  2. "My Generation" (also appeared later in the set during several shows, when "Substitute" served as the show-opener)
  3. "I Can't Explain" (not on December 4)
  4. "Dangerous" (John Entwistle)
  5. "Sister Disco"
  6. "The Quiet One"
  7. "It's Hard"
  8. "Eminence Front"
  9. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  10. "Baba O'Riley"
  11. "I Can See for Miles" (replaced with "Doctor Jimmy" starting December 6)
  12. "Boris the Spider" (John Entwistle) (starting December 6)
  13. "Drowned"
  14. "Tattoo" (Dropped after December 6)
  15. "Cry If You Want" (not performed on December 6)
  16. "Who Are You"
  17. "Pinball Wizard"
  18. "See Me, Feel Me"
  19. "Love Ain't For Keeping" (starting December 1; sometimes appeared elsewhere in the set)
  20. "5.15"
  21. "Love Reign O'er Me"
  22. "Long Live Rock"
  23. "Won't Get Fooled Again"
  24. "Squeeze Box"
  25. "Twist and Shout" (Phil Medley, Bert Russell)
  26. "Naked Eye"

Other encores occasionally played were:

There were some set list substitutions, variations, and order switches during the tour.

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue Tickets sold / available Revenue
Europe warm-up shows
September 10, 1982 Birmingham England National Exhibition Centre[3] -- --
September 11, 1982 -- --
First North American leg
September 22, 1982 Landover United States Capital Centre 37,600 / 37,600 $564,000
September 23, 1982
September 25, 1982 Philadelphia JFK Stadium 91,451 / 91,451 $1,440,351
September 26, 1982 Orchard Park Rich Stadium 80,000 / 80,000 $1,200,000
September 28, 1982 Pittsburgh Civic Arena 17,200 / 17,200 $257,154
September 29, 1982 Indianapolis Market Square Arena 15,442 / 15,442 $231,630
September 30, 1982 Pontiac Silverdome 75,000 / 75,000 $1,119,000
October 2, 1982 Saint Paul St. Paul Civic Center -- --
October 3, 1982 -- --
October 5, 1982 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon 36,496 / 36,496 $541,035
October 6, 1982
October 7, 1982 Louisville Freedom Hall 18,337 / 18,337 $271,755
October 9, 1982 Toronto Canada CNE Stadium 64,000 / 64,000 $1,280,000
October 10, 1982 East Rutherford United States Brendan Byrne Arena 20,062 / 20,062 $315,453
October 12, 1982 New York City Shea Stadium[3] 140,000 / 140,000 $2,200,000
October 13, 1982
October 15, 1982 Ceder Falls UNI-Dome 23,729 / 23,729 $352,170
October 17, 1982 Boulder Folsom Field 60,000 / 60,000 $960,000
October 20, 1982 Seattle Kingdome -- --
October 21, 1982 Portland Memorial Coliseum -- --
October 23, 1982 Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 60,300 / 60,300 $1,025,100
October 25, 1982 Oakland Coliseum Arena 14,372 / 14,372 $244,324
October 27, 1982 San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium 51,771 / 55,000 $776,565
October 29, 1982 Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 83,000 / 83,000 $1,365,415
October 31, 1982 Tempe Sun Devil Stadium 44,132 / 65,000 $754,657
Second North American leg
November 27, 1982 Orlando United States Orlando Stadium 65,000 / 65,000 $1,018,946
November 29, 1982 Lexington Rupp Arena -- --
November 30, 1982 Birmingham Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center 13,000 / 18,000 $254,000
December 1, 1982 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum 15,000 / 15,000 $225,000
December 3, 1982 Houston Astrodome 60,000 / 60,000 $1,050,000
December 4, 1982 Dallas Cotton Bowl 66,611 / 80,000 $1,165,698
December 6, 1982 St. Louis Checkerdome 12,564 / 19,000 $274,440
December 7, 1982 Milwaukee MECCA Arena -- --
December 9, 1982 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon 18,195 / 18,195 $267,750
December 10, 1982 Syracuse Carrier Dome 47,716 / 47,716 $711,375
December 11, 1982 Worcester The Centrum 12,907 / 12,907 $202,112
December 13, 1982 Richfield Richfield Coliseum -- --
December 14, 1982 -- --
December 16, 1982 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens -- --
December 17, 1982 -- --
TOTAL 1,243,885/1,292,807 (96%) $20,067,620

See also

References

  1. ^ https://petetownshend.net/news/exclusive-new-interview-with-tim-gorman
  2. ^ "The Clash: Live at Shea Stadium". Pitchfork Media. 17 October 2008. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b "1982 Archives - The Who". Thewho.com. Retrieved 2019.

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