The Who

Wed, 14 June 1967:

Ann Arbor, MI, Fifth Dimension Club


No known setlist


Doug Julien

I was lucky enough to be at the Who appearance in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 14JUN67. This is my retrospective.

Four of us (Donnelly, Piersma, Welmers and me) traveled 160 miles from Holland, Michigan to Ann Arbor for this concert. Being 15 years old, (Welmo was 14) we conned Welmo's parents into driving us (The two of them dropped us off and went to the movie The Sound of Music). The Fifth Dimension Club was a converted bowling alley, with a small stage raised about two feet, and no crowd control at all - we stood so close to John Entwhistle that we talked to him between songs. While standing in line outside, we chatted up the University of Michigan college chicks in miniskirts - I remember showing off my Fender Thin guitar pick ("Yes, I play lead guitar myself...") and talking up all the concerts I had been to - the Dave Clark Five, the Animals, and the Association. I was certainly a Hep 15-year-old.

Donnelly was rich (he's still rich) and subscribed to MelodyMaker magazine, which is where he got notice of the Ann Arbor gig. He ordered up all his records from London before hearing them, based solely on MelodyMaker articles and charts. As a result, we four knew the Who's music quite well - although it seemed that everyone else was in line simply because it was some band from England. It's a good thing we got tickets in the mail as this finessed the minimum age requirement of 16 for entry.

There were two opening acts - local Detroit bands which much impressed me. One of them I've forgotten (a two-word name starting with "T"), the other was The Thyme. And one of these two was a tremendous Cream cover band - I was knocked out by their version of "Sweet Wine." Roger Daltrey actually stuck his head out of the stage exit door to see who was playing this great Cream music.

The Who came out with eight Vox "Super Beatle" amplifiers. John Entwistle's bass guitar had a chunk of wood missing. I don't remember the exact playlist, only a few specific songs. Pete Townsend made a point of introducing "Pictures of Lily" as their new single. Piersma asked Entwistle if he had brought along his French Horn. He shook his head no, without a trace of a smile - Entwhistle took his horn-playing seriously. The finale was "My Generation" which devolved into that incredible climax of feedback and equipment destruction. This particular crowd had no way to know what was happening - this was the Who's first tour in the US. I recall the owner of the club picking up this spewing smoke bomb - it was the size of a juice can - and running outside with it. Townsend's guitar was smashed and rammed through an amplifier, Entwhistle threw down his bass on the floor (that explains the chunk missing, I thought at the time) and the entire band disappeared from the back of the stage. There was so much smoke in this low-ceilinged space that the crowd surged outside immediately.

Outside it was night, and cool. We hooked up with Welmo's parents and rode the 160 miles home. These days, as far as I can tell, Piersma sells hot dogs from a cart, Donnelly sails at the yacht club, and Welmo is dead. I'm an architect, cruising the web most nights, still longing for the lost violence and creation of 60's rock n' roll.

Steve McIntosh

I was 16,lived 30 miles west in Grass Lake. We went to the 5th dimension almost every weekend.

When The Who finished Entwistle dropped his bass on the floor. My buddy and I were sitting right there. He grabbed it and I played right guard as we headed for the door. We got right to the door when the bouncer grabbed the guitar and spun us out on to Huron street. We were that close.

Saw a lot of great music there, Bob Seger was like the house band!

Ken Coleman

I was the one that Steve McIntosh talked about having John Entwistle's Base Guitar ! Almost made it out of the club :-( I also saw Hendrix at the 5th. What a great place to hang out on the weekends.

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