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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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Murray Lerner
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Cast

Credited cast:
Roger Daltrey ... Himself (The Who)
John Entwistle ... Himself (The Who)
Keith Moon ... Himself (The Who)
Pete Townshend ... Himself (The Who)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ricki Farr Ricki Farr ... Himself
Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)
Kris Kristofferson ... Himself
Taste Taste ... Themselves
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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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UK

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English

Release Date:

3 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Wight, England, UK

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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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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[first lines]
Stage Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, a nice rock 'n roll band from Shepherd's Bush, London... The Who!
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Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker)
Written by Sonny Boy Williamson
Performed by The Who
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Excellent Concert Movie
6 May 2006 | by sean-mcevoySee all my reviews

This is the Who at their most powerful. Although before the masterwork Who's Next, which would provide anthems like Baba O'reily and Wont Get Fooled Again. This film shows the group in transition from mod rockers to one of the biggest live bands of the 70's.

Daltrey shows what being a front-man is all about, Entwistle steady as ever.

Moon is great, check out the ongoing conversation with the drum tech, and see him playing "side saddle" whilst having a bass drum head replaced!

Townsend even looks like he's enjoying himself occasionally!

Considering they took to the stage at 2am no one in the crowd was asleep!

There are not many bands these days could produce a set as tight as this and it is difficult to imagine any of the bands of today producing a concert that in 36 years time will be be enjoyed as much as this one.


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