The Who

Pete Townshend • Kiel Opera House • St. Louis, MO • August 25, 1967


Herman's Hermits 1967 Summer US Tour • St. Louis, Missouri • August 25, 1967

Pete Townshend winds up his Rickenbacker while "Patent British Exploding Drummer" Keith Moon breaks in his recently acquired Premier 'Pictures of Lily' drum kit during The Who's opening slot for Herman's Hermits at the Kiel Opera House.


*Prints of this image are currently available in three sizes on matte Hahnemühle Museum Etching 350gsm Deckle Edge paper.





The Story

The Who perform two shows (6:30 & 9:00 PM) at the Kiel Opera House in support of Herman's Hermits — with special guests, The Blues Magoos.

During a performance at the Mississippi State Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi, on August 1, Townshend slices his finger to the bone against his guitar strings while doing windmills. Following the show, longtime art school friend Tom Wright, accompanying the band as a tour photographer, takes Townshend to a local doctor. Following stitches, the doctor informs Townshend that he'll not be able to play guitar for a month. Facing the possibility of dropping from the tour, Townshend replies that he'll simply glue a pick to his bandages.

Photo by Tom Morton

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