the WHO – LIVE AT LEEDS – May 16, 1970
THE BEST LIVE ROCK ALBUM EVER!
At #2, #3 and #14, the WHO dominate the Top 50 Posts & Pages of the Past Year of this site!
This is quite an accomplishment and certainly an important sign of how much Rockers world-wide love the WHO and their music.
I’ve put this LP review off until today, June 14, 2013 because it is a day of celebration –
this day marks the 43rd year anniversary of the second best concert I ever experienced in my life –
and I’ve attended many Historic and Classic Concerts.
00individual is a firm believer that timing is everything – here’s proof:
The WHO recorded this album live at the University of Leeds on February 14, 1970,
almost exactly three months later they released the album “Live at Leeds” on May 16, 1970
and almost exactly one month later (and exactly four months from the live recording at Leeds) they performed live at the Anaheim Stadium on June 14, 1970.
“Tommy” was released almost exactly a year earlier on May 23, 1969 and was still a juggernaut presence in our lives.
Entwistle and Daltry were 26, Townshend was 25 and Moon was 24 and I was 19 at the date of this concert and the release of this album.
With the convergence of the awesome cosmic energy of this epoch within Rock History it is only common sense to state that the WHO were shaking the “Pillars of Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven and Hell” – and breathing extremely rarefied air – and by mere existence, so were we.
To be young, wild and psychedelic when the WHO were too was an exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime feeling that words can’t describe. But I’ll try.
My review of this massively-historic album is a review of the Anaheim concert as well, as they both created a real life deja vu experience.
Every track on the LP, every intricate sound was reproduced exactly during this historic concert.
Back then, every day the air was filled with the excitement and anticipation of an inevitable event; it only had to be inhaled and I mean that literally and figuratively.
So to be on our way in my good buddy’s home-converted step-van for “festival seating” at the Anaheim Stadium baseball field to see the WHO qualifies as an event.
Our small group of Hard Core Rock Concert Fiends were ready to Rock!
The sheer power of the WHO was inside us, we could already feel the sonic sensation of Townshend’s Windmill Guitar, Daltry’s Perfect Voice, Entwhistle’s ThunderPunch Bass and Moon’s Ubiquitous Drums. It was a call to our Tribe, a meeting of those of us who understood the moment, who welcomed the thrill, who had to be there, who loved the WHO.
We had proudly staked our flag on third base, proclaiming our ownership of this part of the WHO Universe . The WHO were set up on a nicely elevated stage at home plate. We were exactly ninety feet from the stage for the whole concert – perfect distance for both view and sound.
We were psychedelicized to the hilt; as a matter of fact, everyone was on some kind of psychedelic, you knew this because the atmosphere was so thick with cosmic energy that you could reach out and touch the fine electricity that connected you to the Tribe all around you – from the outfield to the infield – everyone, everywhere was “tuned-in” and the WHO were at the controls.
Every single note, lyric and drum beat spoke to us, we were a symbiotic part of the WHO !
It was as if time stood still and all that existed was the WHO Universe. I was so high on “WHO” LSD that even today when I listen to “Live At Leeds” I get a Pavlovian acid flashback that causes the glands in my mouth to begin to salivate in exquisite acid come-on anticipation – and that’s a good thing as the Double Dome acid we all took that day was Grade AAA quality. I can assure any doubters that even without any psychedelics this would have been the second best concert in my entire life because it was just that unbelievably good! (Here’s the first!)
A Rolling Stone readers’ poll in 2012 ranked “Live at Leeds” as the best live album of all time. That’s something that any Rocker instinctively knows. It is so far out in front of any other that the WHO own that title for all time. There will never ever be a period in any future history where the absolute thrill of this album by Iconic Rock Gods could be matched – it’s an impossibility – historic Rock ‘n’ Roll lightning only strikes once – especially during the era of Historic Cultural Revolution that altered society forever!
Thrill to the Best Live Rock Album Ever – “LIVE AT LEEDS“!
Just listening to the opening track, “Young Man Blues”, from the original “Leeds” album, gave me the shivers all over! For real! The “Young Men” were in supernatural top form!
Thrill to the Best WHO Concert Ever – the WHO – June 14, 1970 – Anaheim Stadium
(scroll down past Hendrix).
Thrill to the actual recording of the Anaheim concert – there could not have been a more perfect WHO set list ever; “Leeds” AND “Tommy”:
Heaven and Hell, I Can’t Explain, Young Man Blues, Water, The Seeker, Overture, 1921, Amazing Journey, Sparks, Eyesight To The Blind, Christmas, The Acid Queen, Pinball Wizard, Do You Think Its Alright, Fiddle About, Tommy Can You Hear Me, There’s a Doctor, Go To The Mirror, Smash The Mirror, Miracle Cure, I’m Free, Tommy’s Holiday Camp, We’re Not Gonna Take It, Summertime Blues, Shakin’ All Over/Spoonful, My Generation pt 1 My Generation pt2, See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Sparks, Naked Eye, Magic Bus.
The Rock Gods empowered the WHO back then – and blessed us all.
I said it once, I’ll say it again; it’ll never get any better than this!
At least not until time travel is perfected and if so,
dial in June 14, 1970 Anaheim Stadium, California –
I’ll see you there!
“TALKIN’ ‘BOUT MY G-G-GENERATION!”
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