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1976-03-13 – Daily News

1976 03 13 Daily_News_Sat__Mar_13__1976_

The Who: hot and heavy

The Who finally made it to
Madison Square Garden,after

a day’s postponement due to
drummer and group cut~up
Keith Moon’s reported flu at-

tack.
The show’s red-hot ticket

reputation came partly from
the fact the British rock
group hadn’t layed here in

two years. It a so came partly
from the decision of the
group’s management to sell

tickets strictly by mail, giv-
ing a lottery effect. Outside
the Garden Thursday night, it
was definitely a seller’s mar-
ket, with scalpers (who
apparently can beat any sys-
tem) hawking $8.50 and $7.50
tickets for up to $50.

T i c k e t holders unlucky
enough to enter from the
Seventh Ave. side found
themselves forced to negotiate
two unusual single-file ticket
checkpoints. For some the
jam-up took half an hour,
just as long enough to miss
the opening act — the Steve

Gibbons Band.
The Who worked at giving

satisfaction for the excite-
ment generated, playing 31--
most two hours, including a
10-minute encore, a ractice
they try to avoid at al costs.
The group, who have been to-

gether 11 years, played a
range of their material from
their earliest day (“Can’t Ex-

plain”) to the present
(“Squeeze Box”) with a half-
hour tab version midway of
what has become almost a
chestnut for them, “Tommy.”

Somehow they found en-
thusiasm for it.

In the past, they have been
known to flatten eardrums
with their volume. The sound
was more restrained chis
time, but vocalist Roger Dal-
trey and guitarist Peter
Townshend worked as hard as
ever at their physical special-
ties mike cord twirling for
Daltrey, and high jumps and
kicks and windmill-armed gui-
tar passes for Townshend —-
and these antics were cheered
as much as the music. John
Entwistle, bass man, keeps a

how profile, as most bass men
0.

The Who have been coun-
tering stories in rock publica-

tions of personality rifts
among them, presaging a
breakup, and they were an
integrated group on stage,
very matey. Some of their
songs built to exuberantly
high moments, like “Magic
Bus,” but sometimes there
was the disheartening feeling
they were pushing them-
selves, following the title of
their new album too closely,

“The Who by Numbers.”

—Ernest Leogrande