The Who concert last week was a good one but not without problems. Peter Townshend and keith Moon seemed to be having some hasles of their own out of eye contact with most of the ausdience on the back of the large stage. Roger Daltrey was visibly either very ill or very upset; it turned around later that he was suffering from possible flu symptoms.
And the sound system was a little too soft for both bands. It was a new setup, according to Peter Meaden, manager of the Steve Gibbons Band, and seemed to put a damper on some of the music. Gibbons was irritated with the sound his band was producing, although the first couple of rhythm and blues-early rock and roll songs came off nicely.
Gibbons said after the show that the system took away some of the gutsiness and power his group needs to get its music across.
The lightning for the concert was superb, however especially the multicolored and multibeamed laser lights that coveres the Coliseum on several tunes. It was a beautiful and dramatic effect.
Send by Majagun@aol.com. He wrote: "The other day while I was looking at microfilm of the local Portland paper here - The Oregonian - for a grad class assignment, I looked at March of 1976 for any reviews of the Who show at the Memorial Coliseum that month. I found two paragraphs in the middle of a long article on concert happenings around town that was in the edition of the Oregonian published on March 30th 1976 - four days after the show. The scan of the relevant news item is attached. There is actually more comment on the opening act - The Steve Gibbons Band - but a little chatter on the Who as the headliners and Roger's ill health that day.