The Who

Thu, 04 December 1969:

Bristol, Hippodrome


I Can't Explain, Fortune Teller, Young Man Blues, Substitute, Happy Jack, I'm A Boy, A Quick One While He's Away, Acid Queen, Pinball Wizard, Do You Think It's Alright, Fiddle About, There's A Doctor, Go To The Mirror, Smash The Mirror, Miracle Cure, Sally Simpson, I'm Free, Tommy's Holiday Camp, We're Not Gonna Take It, Summertime Blues, Shakin' All Over, My Generation


Alan McKendree has a copy of the "Disc and Music Echo" from Dec. 13, 1969, which has a report about this show. It says that The Who opened with "a few oldies, including 'I Can't Explain' and 'Fortune Teller'", then Young Man Blues, A Quick One (While He's Away), "A medley of old hits -- 'Substitute', 'Happy Jack', and 'I'm A Boy'" Tommy and Encore 1: Summertime Blues, Shakin' All Over and Encore 2: My Generation. So I added the songs to the setlist.


Robert Goodhand

By this time on one hand the Who had become a hard rock band having
ditched a lot of bland material but on the other had gained establishment
respectability. The Hippodrome was essentially an opera house and here
they were hosting a rock band - albeit to play a rock opera. They
performed Tommy in full except for two tracks (I forget which). Then
after a raptuous reception they launched into a half hour burn of key hit
singles. There were a group of hippies in one of the boxes stage right and
toward the end one threw a smoke bomb onto the stage. At that point
management thought it a good idea to shine the spotlight on them as
various attendants converged to eject them. The lad immediately stood up
turned round and mooned at everyone before they were hustled out. Pete
apologised ("we don't do smoke bombs anymore but did you see the
pimples?"). A memorable night.

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