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The Who concert at Rupp Arena, 1982

Posted on November 29, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

The Who performed a sold-out show at Rupp Arena on Nov. 29, 1982. At left is guitarist Pete Townshend and in the middle is lead singer Roger Daltrey. Bass guitarist John Entwistle is at bottom. The crowd of 23,000 waved homemade banners, chanted the band’s name and lit matches in tribute to the English group, who at the time proclaimed that they were calling it quits after 20 years as a pre-eminent fixture in rock and roll. The band did break up in 1983 but later got back together. The band played some popular hits including “I Can See For Miles,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Who Are You” and “Baba O’Riley.” More than once, the crowd’s roar in response to the popular songs drowned out the house sound system. Tickets for the show were $15.25. This was the band’s second and last show in Lexington. They also performed July 11, 1980. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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