The Who

The Who • Kiel Opera House • St. Louis, MO • August 25, 1967 • No. 1


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

The Who during their 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.

In the January 29, 1967 issue of Disc and Music Echo, which has been interviewing one member of The Who each week, Townshend's turn catches him in a particularly foul mood. He claims to have helped Entwistle write his two songs for 'A Quick One,' calls Daltry's 'See My Way' "a load of rubbish" while assuring readers that "no, it's not going on the LP." Townshend also claims he's the group's spokesman "because the others have said nothing worth printing" and finally caps the interview by calling the group's fans "stupid."

Also on January 29: The Who play at the Saville Theatre in London. The opening act is The Koobas followed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. John Lennon and Paul McCartney watch from Brian Epstein's private box. In their first match up, reviewers say Hendrix's show tops The Who's. Part of this is because Hendrix ends his set by smashing his guitar and amplifiers, leaving The Who with no climax to their set. Pete walks out and says, "Well, we're not going to top that. You lot might as well go home now." The Who's set does have two surprises. John smashes toy robots walking across the stage, and the mini-opera 'A Quick One While He's Away' has its live premiere. — The Who This Month!

Photo by Tom Morton

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