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The Who's Vintage 1975 Concert DVD Showcases Lost Classic
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Who's Vintage 1975 Concert DVD Showcases Lost Classic
Out now is the Who's latest vault DVD, called Live In Texas '75. The show was videotaped during the Who's November 20th, 1975 concert at the Summit in Houston during the band's tour behind that year's The Who By Numbers album. The footage was shown on the Summit's in-house video system and features one of the band's classic forgotten songs -- the Pete Townshend-sung "However Much I Booze" -- a tune that the band only performed 11 times during the '75 dates before being permanently dropped from the band's repertoire.
 
Roger Daltrey, who's successfully pushed for the band to include rarities like "Tattoo" and "Slip Kid" in the band's setlists, admits that there's a fine line between rediscovering a lost classic and knowing when to let a track live only on record: "We are trying to do obscure stuff. But there is sometimes a good reason why those numbers are obscure -- they're just not quite as good as the other ones (laughs)! It doesn't mean that the songs aren't as good, I'm wrong there. What it means is that some songs exist much better in the studio, and when you try and put them on the stage they become a clumsy thing. Other songs just get on the stage and they just take a life."
 
Rarely has any song been more confessional than "However Much I Booze" -- or any of the others Townshend wrote from The Who By Numbers album. Townshend told us that he always felt that his work was one of a singular artist who adapted his material to fit the Who's structure: "Well, obviously, every writer, every individual that creates has to draw on their own experiences and when I set out to write songs -- I shoot from the hip. I don't actually write for any particular voice." 
 
The Who North American tour dates (subject to change):
November 1 - Sunrise, FL - BankAtlantic Center 
November 3 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center 
November 5 - Duluth, GA - The Arena At Gwinnett Center 
November 8 - Greenville, SC - Bi-Lo Center 
November 9 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum 
November 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center 
November 13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center 
November 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center 
November 16 - Boston, MA - TD Garden 
November 20 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre 
November 21 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place 
November 23 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre 
November 24 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena 
November 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center 
November 29, 30 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena 
December 2 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena 
December 5 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena 
December 6 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center 
December 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center 
December 9 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena 
January 28 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center 
January 30 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center 
February 1 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena 
February 2 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center 
February 5 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center 
February 6 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena 
February 8 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel / Casino 
February 12 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center 
February 14 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center 
February 16 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center 
February 17 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center 
February 19 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum 
February 21 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 
February 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 
February 24 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena 
February 26 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center
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