The Who

Sat, 09 September 1972:

Paris, Open Air


I Can't Explain
Summertime Blues
My Wife
Baba O'Riley
Behind Blue Eyes
Won't Get Fooled Again
Magic Bus
Pinball Wizard
See Me Feel Me
My Generation
Naked Eye
Long Live Rock


Olivier Coiffard

Just after Golden Earrings and Country Joe Mc Donald, the WHO appears finally on the large scene of the feast. Pete townshend enter with a big orange juice glass in his hand follow-up by Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle.

I am just right in front of the scene, slightly on the side of Pete!! The weather is not that good but it doesn’t rain ( at least not yet!!!)

One plunges in the past with "I Can't Explain" which resounds agreeably to my ears. The Les Paul guitar of Pete circles in any direction. Energetic "Summertime Blues" follows. Then, Entwistle approaches the microphone to sing "My Wife". Immense crowd really starts to be excited. WHO machine is definitively launched, and the titles goes at a tremendous speed: "Baba O'Riley, Behind Blue Eyes, Bargain, Won't Get Fooled Again, Magic Bus, The Relay, Pinball Wizard, See Me Feel Me, My Generation, Naked Eye, Long Live Rock'n'roll" ... but all of a sudden, the feast of Humanity is in the dark. No electricity. And it is in an indescribable environment which everyone rises behind me to listen to Pete Townshend who announce in a speaking pipe that the WHO will return on stage as soon as the electricity came back. But after ten minutes the festival was always without lights. Then rain started to fall. The festival was definitively finished, but on that special evening, I saw the WHO in a dazzling form and few more songs would have filled me.

For the "small history" I’ve read in a french magazine (Maxipop) that during all the concert, a bearded Eric Clapton was on the right side of the stage, invited by Pete.

All the concert has been filmed. I remember that two cameramans were on the left and right side of the stage. All the concerts was organised by Radio TéléLuxembourg (RTL).


The "open air" concert in Paris was in fact not organized by RTL (although there was a RTL backdrop behind the band). The occasion was a two day "fĂȘte" organized by "L'HumanitĂ©" which is the daily paper of the Parti Communiste Français. It took place in "La Courneuve" a town in the Paris suburbs.

"La FĂȘte de l'HumanitĂ©" is a real institution in France and takes place early september. It has concerts, rock but also everything else, shows, and political debates.

I was present at that Who concert (had travelled from Brittany with the other members of my band to attend) and I thought the concert was brilliant. Everybody loved that concert. Very exciting.

The Poitiers february 1972 concert at "les arĂšnes de Poitiers" was also a very good concert.

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