The Who

Sat, 25 March 1967:

New York, NY, RKO 58th Street Theatre


No known setlist


Gary Lambert sent an very interesting add to the shows for "Murray The K's Music in the Fifth Dimension." He confirms nine shows of the band in New York: 25.3.1967, 26.3.1967, 27.3.1967, 28.3.1967, 29.3.1967, 30.3.1967, 31.3.1967, 1.4.1967 and 2.4.1967. Gary wrote: "The dates listed are correct, but the venue is not. These shows were held not at the Brooklyn Fox, but at the RKO 58th Street Theatre, located on Lexington Avenue at 58th Street in Manhattan. The error over the venue may have to do with the fact that the legendary deejay Murray The K put on shows at the Brooklyn Fox for many years in the early days of rock 'n' roll, and became closely identified with that venue. The 1967 Easter week series was the first (and only) one he did at the 58th Street Theatre. The shows were all-star affairs. Among the other acts appearing were Cream, The Blues Project, Wilson Pickett, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Phil Ochs, the Blues Magoos, Jim and Jean and a few others I'm not remembering at the moment. The shows were presented revue-style, with none of the acts doing more than two or three songs per show. Another correction: Your source lists nine shows. Actually, there were nine *dates*, but there were multiple shows each day. I believe it was two a day on the weekdays, and three on Saturday and Sunday. One of the more astonishing things about The Who's performances during this run is that My Generation was the third and final song of their three-song mini-set at each and every one of these shows, and they did their soon-to-be-famous gear-bashing thing every single time. If my math is correct, that means 22 demolition jobs over the nine day run! (I remember seeing, reproduced in a magazine or somewhere, a copy of the band's astronomical repair bill at Manny's Music on 48th Street during that week)."


Neil Kingsley

I saw the Who often in 67-68, but this was (I believe) their first appearance in the New York area, at this "Murray the K Easter Show." My sister Karen and I sat through three shows the weekday we went. Two of the shows were virtually empty because most of the teenagers were in school. The third show was packed. Each band did about three songs and the "Jackie the K" (Murray's wife) fashion show broke up the show into two parts. In between show there was a short film about two Australian truckers driving across the outback. The highlight being the audience belching along with the truckers as they drank beer on their endless drive.

The musicians on the bill included: The Great Mandala (Canadian) who were booed, (they later opened for The Who at Central Park), The Who, The Cream, Wilson Pickett, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, and the Blues Project (great New York band). Their may have been a few others but I've forgotten.

Murray the K, alias the fifth Beatle, and WINS 1010 am rock and roll deejay introduced each act. During the course of each show there would be a dance contest and who ever the audience voted for could meat the star of their choice. The packed show went as you would expect, but during the low attendance shows (probably 30-40 people) the crowd picked the oddest person to win. It was very funny.

I'm sure Eric Clapton wondered how this guy got back stage instead of a young girl. Similarly, when Wilson Pickett went into the crowd to get people out of their seats to dance with him they would hold on to the arm rests to embarrassed to get up. With the full house everyone was dancing in the aisles. The pit band fooled around a little more too during the fashion show when the theater was nearly empty. They also had a poor man's Joshua light show for special effects. Each show lasted about 90 minutes.

Anyway, everyone had a great time. I think the Who played: I Can't Explain, Substitute, My Generation, and perhaps Boris the Spider or Anyway Anyhow Anywhere. They finished with a quick smash-um up and they were out of there.

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