For Your Pre-New Year's Listening Pleasure: The Who Bring Tommy to Memorial Auditorium
The show, available here, appears to be incomplete; various set lists, such as this one, insist the band opened with "Heaven and Hell" and closed with "Summertime Blues," "Shakin' All Over" and, but of course, "My Generation." Nevertheless, Dallas audiences were treated to rarities seldom heard after that, including "The Seeker" (which, so the story goes, fell off the set list after this performance and wouldn't make its in-concert return for another 30 years) and "Water" (a Lifehouse composition first released as the "5.15" B-side in 1973).
After "I Can't Explain," "Young Man Blues," those lost gems and a little "pop song" (per Pete) called "Substitute," Townshend calls out the "maestro" -- one Keith Moon -- to "assemble the members of the orchestra for the overture" to Tommy, which fills the remainder of this playful, invaluable recording. I always was a Quadrophenia man myself; that said, they were shooting "Sparks" on this night. And lest I forget: Tickets cost $3 then. A ticket stub will run you $75 today.