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- The Who 1982-09-26 Orchard Park,... (2:13:08, Torrent)
Sun, 26 September 1982:
Buffalo, NY, Rich Stadium
I Can't Explain
The Quiet One
Behind Blue Eyes
The Punk And The Godfather
A Man Is A Man
Cry If You Want
Who Are You
See Me Feel Me
Love Reign O'er Me
Long Live Rock
Won't Get Fooled Again
Twist And Shout
David Johansen and TheClash opened the show. The crowd was huge and rowdy. I remember Pete and Roger sprinting onto the stage like The Monkees and tearing into it. The sound was loud and clear for a stadium. I also remember "A Man Is A Man" leaving the crowd utterly bewildered (wisely dropped afterwards). During "Long Live Rock" the entire floor secton was dancing and Pete threw his guitar into the air, let it fall and strapped on another one in the space of two bars. "Twist and Shout" had 82,000 people in a good old rock frenzy. Great memories. I saw them two weeks later in Toronto, but it was lacking in the same excitement, except for when some yobbo threw a hot dog at Joe Jackson during his opening set.
The day was very hot and during Love Reign O'er Me it started to rain. Lasted about 20 minutes and the sun remained in a portion of the sky, but it was enough to cool the plastic tarps on the floor of the stadium. Perfectly timed too.
I read the two reviews of the concert on your web site and I had a slightly different memory of the Buffalo concert than the second commentator. I remember the day as an overcast day heavy with a mist, but never raining. Then, about 20 or 30 seconds into Love Reign O' Me the clouds opened up and it began to rain. It really rained - not a hard rain, but not a light rain either. The crowd went crazy. The timing was amazing as it had not rained up to that point during their set. Near the end of the song it stopped raining. After the song, Daltrey announced How'd you like that one? Even the Stones couldn't pulled that one off! Great memory from a great day and great concert.
This goes down in history as one of the greatest Who concerts ever but perhaps as one of the best stadium concerts ever. The only place to get into a concert is on the floor, moving with the crowd to the music. The Who were hot and temperature on floor was hotter. As people worked their way back from the front through the crowd, I asked one of them who was soaking wet, "Where you under the hoses up there", and they said no the hoses didn't' reach them. It was so hot people were dropping.
Then the Who launched into Love Rain O're Me and it started pouring rain!!! Incredible. When the song ended the rain stopped at Townshend said, "Even the Rolling Bones couldn't have done that one."
I've always thought of the 1000's of songs they played in concert this is one the Who must have remembered. We did, thank you.
I have been to over 450 shows in my life and one of my favorite questions to ask people is "What was the best concert you ever went to?" My own personal answer was The Who at Rich Stadium on their so-called farewell tour. I don't think that The Who were generally near the top of their game during this tour but on this day (a Sunday) they were greeted by the best audience I have ever been a part of and they knew what they had. The energy in that stadium was incredible.
David Johansen warmed things up with a 30 minute set highlighted by "Stranded In The Jungle" and his Animals medley. The Clash drew some ire from reactionary fans but delivered a reliable set.
The Who kicked ass and took names during their set. The sound was very good and the audience was just electric. As seasoned performers, The Who knew what they had and delivered in spades. No one who attended that show will forget the rain only during "Love Reign O'er Me" In fact I heard a random stranger talk about it eight years after the show at a Bob Dylan show in Toronto in June of 1990. It was one of those priceless moments and it only rained during "Love Reign O'er Me".
It took me years to track down the tape of the show. Listening to it after the fact, I don't think the band's performance was particularly great but the energy going on between the band and the audience was unreal.
I knew all The Who's set except "Naked Eye" as the first encore. Two weeks later in Toronto was nowhere near as good an experience.