The Who

Fri, 02 August 1968:

New York, NY, Singer Bowl


Heaven And Hell
I Can't Explain
Summertime Blues
Fortune Teller
A Quick One While He's Away
Magic Bus
Shakin' All Over
My Generation


David Goessling

There were *three* bands: Elephant's Memory (I think..., which was a NYC-based hippie-ish R&B/rock band), The Who and The Doors, in that order.
vThe Singer Bowl was a steep-sided small stadium built for the 1964 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens. It's about 20 minutes outside of Manhattan, via subway and commuter rail stations. A lot of people got to the show on the subway. This show was on a very hot night, and it was already a "long hot summer" in terms of cop/hippie tensions.
The stage set-up for this show was unusual: there was a revolving stage in the middle of the stadium. For Elephant's Memory, the stage rotated pretty fast, the idea being that thus everybody could see the band. For The Who, it didn't go as fast, and for The Doors, it was stopped.

This was before the days of modern high quality sound systems, so in terms of sound, it was very weird, for The Who in particular. They had their typical wall of Marshall's, and there was a pronounced "Doppler effect" as the roar of the band came around in front of you, then retreated as the stage spun past. You were also hearing the reflection of the sound off the steep sides of the stadium. Can't say I remember too much detail about the band's set, other than it was the usual high energy and very LOUD!

Another thing that affected the sound was that the stadium was just about right under the flight path for La Guardia Airport, so planes were landing right overhead, disrupting the already bad sound!

The show started while it was still light, and it seemed to get more hot and humid as the show went on, and as more people arrived late.

The Doors were really the hot ticket, and the place was packed by the time they went on. As mentioned, the revolving stage was stopped while they played. Immediately the people who were on the "wrong" side of the stage were pissed: Jim Morrison was very evil and provocative, playing to the crowd only in the front of the stage. He was taunting the already hot and pissed-off cops. Then, people started moving around to the front of the stage in order to get a better view. The cops started pushing, then they started chasing people up into the stands with night sticks. I remeber seeing a guy running up the stairs bleeding from the head as cops thrashed him. The place turned into a panic: people were running everywhere to get away from the "police riot." I was a sophomore in high school, so it was pretty scary. My brother and I fled into the hot summer night. We lived in New Jersey and hadn't told our parents we were going to the concert, and when the whole thing hit the papers the next day, we were in big trouble!

Errol Tamburinelli

The first group was called Kangaroo (they were terrible as I recall), followed by The Who, followed by The Doors. Jim Morrison had trouble standing up and appeared to be completely out of it. The concert ended in a riot with "fans" rushing the stage and stealing whatever equipment they could walk off with. A muscle bound guy standing in front of me, for no
apparent reason, picked up a wooden folding chain and hit the guy in front of him over the head. Pretty scary stuff for a 14 year old to see. I recall going home on the World's Fair line (today called the # 7 train) and seeing someone with John Densmore's snare drum.

Steven Gatto

The opening Band was Kangaroo and it's members were Jon Hall (bass), Ted Spelios (guitar), N D Smart (drums) and Barbara Keith (vocals).

I was sitting in the front row for this show with the rotating stage that broke down after the Who set.

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