— Days Without Shea —

townsend250x375.jpgThe NY Post is remembering Shea Stadium with a new series: 25 greatest moments at Shea. This week's installment: The Who concert at Shea.

We wrote about this gig a while back. The Clash opened up and by many accounts, outperformed the headliners. Both bands were on the verge of breaking up anyway 9although only one band knew it at the time). The Clash set is now being released on DVD as part of a larger documentary on the band.

And check out the SHEA ROCKS section for more Loge13 recollections of Shea Stadium's most legendary rocking moments.

Anyway, here is the NY Post bit. There is a link at the bottom to a "Shea Stadium page" but it doesn't appear to be working yet:

As both baseball stadiums prepare to close, The Post looks back at the 25 most memorable moments in the history of Shea stadium. This week, No. 25:


Oct. 12-13, 1982: The Who and The Clash concerts

Shea Stadium has been the site of some legendary concerts and this two-night stint by two major bands makes the list. The concerts were part of The Who's first "farewell" tour, and it was the first concert in six years at Shea. The shows sold out in hours and the crowds were estimated around 70,000 because there was festival seating on the infield for the first time at Shea.

For The Clash, this was the peak of its career. The concerts occurred while the band was at the height of its popularity. The album "Combat Rock" was selling rapidly and by some accounts, Shea had as many Clash fans on those nights as Who fans. The band was selected by The Who as an opener because it was viewed as the future, but the band disintegrated in the two years following these concerts.

"It was one of their farewell tours," Clash member Mick Jones said years later. "It was a great honor for us to be asked to do it. It was brilliant, actually. We were very excited about it. It helped us immensely."

The Who went into the shows saying this tour was its last. In a video shot by the BBC (now on YouTube) before one of the Shea concerts, Who guitarist Pete Townshend talks with disdain for playing big baseball stadiums like Shea and seems fed up with playing 20-year-old songs.

Even so, the band did not disappoint the crowd and played most of its hits during the two shows.

In an interview two months after the shows, Townshend sounded like he had mixed emotions about the shows.

"It was the archetypal out-of-hand monstrous show, but it had all the people-energy you could want," he said. "I think it will be a historical one, but I wouldn't want to see (Bruce) Springsteen, or The Clash, or for that matter The Who there myself."

There were reports of violence at the shows with people getting trampled and some suffering injuries from firecrackers that were set off in the crowd.

The Who would reunite just three years later and launch a reunion tour four years after that. There have been several more tours since then.


[April 7, 2008 9:59 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Bobster said

It's odd that Shea would attract so many famous bands. Between its vast open spaces and the planes roaring overhead from LaGuardia, Shea hasn't exactly been an acoustical gem.

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