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Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 1970 (1998)

This is the film of The Who's appearance at the third (and final) Isle of Wight festival in 1970. This is regarded as the band's finest performance.

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This is the film of The Who's appearance at the third (and final) Isle of Wight festival in 1970. This is regarded as the band's finest performance.

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During The Who's performance, Pete Townshend makes a comment about "foreigners" coming in and causing problems. Earlier that weekend, a group of French anarchists tried to storm the festival and tear down the iron fence that surrounded the stage area. See more »

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Stage Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, a nice rock 'n roll band from Shepherd's Bush, London... The Who!
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The Acid Queen
Written by Pete Townshend
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Wow!
31 January 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is one of the very best concert films I've ever seen, and it would make a great companion piece to The Kids Are Alright (1978). Seeing the Who launch into their fiery live act is an awesome experience in itself, and like all their best records, it just makes you feel exhausted and drained - you'll need a long rest after watching this one! Keith Moon seems almost on a different planet as he eclipses every other drummer you've ever seen, Townshend's energy levels are little short of incredible (but look at his eyes - something tells me he was on something stronger than a hot cup of tea!) and Entwistle reveals where Spinal Tap got the 'skeleton t-shirt' idea from. Roger Daltrey offers one of his most intense performances, especially on 'Young Man Blues' and the extended 'Tommy' medley. Considering this was filmed in 1970, the picture and sound quality are top notch, and we get lots of nice shots of happy loonies in the crowd freaking out - Glastonbury never looks as much fun as this!

This film is worth buying if only for the inclusion of two very underrated Who numbers, 'Water' and 'Don't Know Myself'. It remains a must-see for anyone remotely interested in great live rock 'n' roll. Play it LOUD!


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