The Who

Fri, 14 June 1974:

New York, NY, Madison Square Garden


I Can't Explain
Summertime Blues
Young Man Blues
Baba O'Riley
Behind Blue Eyes
My Wife
Magic Bus
Bell Boy
Doctor Jimmy
Won't Get Fooled Again
Pinball Wizard
See Me Feel Me
My Generation
My Generation Blues
Boris The Spider
The Punk And The Godfather
I'm One
Naked Eye


Four guitars were smashed that night: Two by Pete Townshend, one by Roger and one by Keith (according to Mason Weinrich)


Matt Gelfand

I was at 3 of the 4 shows at Madison Square Garden in June 1974. I was at the shows on the 10th, 13th and 14th, Monday, Thursday and Friday. The Monday show was marred by sound problems, as the report by Rick Salata dated 11.6.74 stated. The Thursday show was a good one, but the Friday show of the 14th was probably the greatest show I've ever seen, of any artist.

This show was the last WHO show until October 1975, and obviously the WHO knew that they were looking at a long hiatus. They didn't disappoint. The Quadrophenia songs were amazing, particularly The Punk and the Godfather, Dr. Jimmy, and Bell Boy, and other highlights were Tattoo, Won't Get Fooled (of course) and Baba O'Reilly. The real highlight was See Me, Feel Me. I've been to many concerts and sports events at MSG, but the standing ovation at the end of that song was the longest and loudest I've ever experienced. The band was obviously touched by it, and if I had to guess I would think that they would remember that show. I've never seen a live rock show that stayed with me for so long after experiencing it. The WHO pulled out all the stops, and that night is one show of many that I saw in the 70's that I'll never forget.

Rick Thomas

I attended all of the Madison Square Garden shows that June (1974) and Matt is spot-on with his assesment. I was fortunate enough to see all the great bands of the 70's and 80's (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones ... before they went show biz, The Clash, etc.) and, by far, the best concert I ever attended was The Who show of June 14th. At the end of "Summertime Blues" Roger Daltry announced to the crowd "This is the night ... I can feel it!" and Pete looked at him and nodded with a smile and it was pure emotion and intensity after that. The only disconnect I have with Matt's review is that I'm 99% sure that the long ovation (which I will never forget either) came after "Magic Bus."

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