Elsewhere on Just Backdated I rhapsodise about a Who concert in Jacksonville on August 7, 1976, which just happened to be the last time I saw them perform with Keith on drums, not that I knew that at the time.
This post has been read by many fans, one of whom Mark Starcke, has sent me a substantial cache of photos taken at this show, 167 to be precise, perhaps the largest number of live Who pics ever taken by a single photographer at any one Who show ever. Many of them are fantastic and truly capture the excitement of The Who at this stage in their career.
Sometimes words can’t quite describe the power and exuberance of The Who in full flight, the way the music flowed with their athleticism, the excitement of seeing Pete spinning his arm around and leaping around in time to the music while Roger threw his microphone into the air and Keith knocked ten tons of shit out of his kit while John just stood there holding it all together with his immaculate bass lines. It’s hard to get that across to those who weren’t there, who think they were just another rock band going through the motions.
These 16 selections from Mark’s pictures speak for themselves really. This is what I saw at Jacksonville that night, partly from close to the front, partly from the stage itself, on John’s side of course as it didn’t do to get in the way of Bob Pridden, especially when Pete was yelling at him.
What a fucking lucky bastard I was, and so were all those who were there that night. Pity the poor sods that weren’t there but then again, maybe if it wasn’t for them this night wouldn’t have been as special as it was.