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Pro News › Who Apperances › The Who @ Kilburn 1977

Keith's aged so much. Once, if I felt ageing, I could look at Keith and steal some of his youth.

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Melody Maker March 26, 1966

Who Apperances
The Who @ Kilburn 1977





Today The Who @ Kilburn 1977 is released on DVD and Blu-Ray!! You've seen a bit of this concert in The Kids are Alright, now you can see the whole show!

This is HIGHLY recommended for ALL fans of The Who!



When you get a copy, post your thoughts/reviews on our forums!! Here's a review:

http://blogcritics.org/archives/2008/11/09/155042.php

Music DVD Review: The Who At Kilburn 1977
Written by Glen Boyd
Published November 09, 2008

The Who At Kilburn 1977 is, for a variety of reasons, a must-see, must-have DVD for Who fans

It captures the Who at a time when they were arguably the greatest live rock and roll band in the world — and certainly at a time when they were at their commercial peak. It also shows exactly how and why they earned that well deserved reputation.

That said, this is not the ultimate document of the live Who experience. So color me picky.

For that, you'd have to rewind back a few years to 1970, and the amazing performances captured on both the live Isle of Wight 1970 DVD, and especially The Who Live At Leeds, which is simply one of, if not the best live rock and roll albums ever made. That much goes without saying.

With that in mind, The Who At Kilburn 1977 is still damn great stuff.

The concert, parts of which eventually made way to the documentary film The Kids Are Alright, is shown here in its entirety for the first time on an official release, and also represents one of the final Who shows with drummerKeith Moon just before his untimely death. For that reason alone, The Who At Kilburn 1977 is an essential release for Who Fans.

Like everything else here, the video and 5.1 audio restoration are first rate, particularly when the time period is taken into account. What separates the actual performance from something as jaw-droppingly amazing as the recently remastered Isle Of Wight DVD is the simple fact that by the 1977 time-frame of this show, the Who had become such a polished act in comparison.

What makes the performances from the 1969-70 period captured on Isle of Wight and especially Live At Leeds such a revelation is their sheer, raw and unbridled energy — even when the Who are trying out the more sophisticated songs from Tommy for the first time. Even though everything ultimately fits together — from John Entwhistle's intricate bass runs to Moon's over-the-top drumming — there is still that sense that the train could derail at any moment.

Not so on The Who At Kilburn 1977

By this time, thanks to the commercial success of albums like Whos Next, The Who had become a well oiled machine in concert. As such, songs like"Won't Get Fooled Again" as performed in concert are letter perfect, close to the record versions. Meanwhile, songs like "My Generation," which formerly served as launchpads for extended improvisational craziness, are likewise played very close to the vest here.

Keith Moon alone maintains that element of unhinged dangerousness here that once made the Who the greatest live rock and roll band in the world. And they are still heads and shoulders above everyone else here. But you can also start to see that where once there was the sort of chaos that would influence a generation of punk rock bands like the Clash, the polish was starting to settle in.

Interestingly, the bonus disc on Kilburn features previously unseen footage from roughly the same 1969 period as Leeds and Isle Of Wight, featuring some of the earliest performances of the Tommy material. Both the sound and video here vary wildly from decent to barely above that of a bad bootleg. Still, the performances here are good and often great. From an fan's archival standpoint, they are alsoessential.

The Who At Kilburn 1977 isn't perfect, but comes close enough to make this DVD a must for Who fans. It comes out in stores on November 18.


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1966
The Who play in Stockholm

1967
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1968
The Who play in Leicester

1969
The Who finish a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show. This is the last time The Who will perform at either of the Fillmores

1970
The Who play in Liverpool

1972
Keith reports to the set of That'll Be The Day at Warners Holiday Camp where he is playing drummer J. D. Clover in the rock 'n' roll movie set in the late 1950's. He is on set through the 27th there and at the Lakeside Inn in Wootton Bridge on the Isle of Wight.

1978
John is interviewed in Variety. He says that if Pete won't tour, he'll form his own band. He also expects no permanent replacement for Keith.

1980
The Who re-release their long out-of-print first album My Generation in the U.K. It is identical to the original release with the exception of the word "Virgin" (the label of the new release) in place of "Brunswick." Bruce Malamut reviews it in Melody Maker and calls it a timeless classic. It reaches #20 in the British charts.

1982
The Who play the Alameda County Stadium in Oakland, California. T-Bone Burnett and The Clash open. The Who drop "Athena" and "A Man Is A Man" from the song lineup. Bobby Pridden receives an "Employee Of The Month" award during the show.

1982
The Who play in Oakland

1986
Pete's LP, Deep End Live! from the 1985 Brixton Academy charity shows, hits the U.S. charts and peaks at #98. Also released is a single "Barefootin'" backed with "Behind Blue Eyes."

1987
Roger Daltrey is seen on a British television show attending the Auto Show at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre in London. He is shown seated in a red Ferrari on display.

1996
The Who play in Anaheim

1997
John is interviewed about life after The Who in Hello! Magazine.


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