The Who Releases Video Of Their 1970 Isle Of Wight Appearance

The Who Releases Video Of Their 1970 Isle Of Wight Appearance | Society Of Rock Videos

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The Who just shared highlights of their performance during the Isle of Wight festival in 1970. It’s the latest installment of their limited-edition weekly online concert series “Join Together @ Home”. The release of the video coincides with the historical event’s 50th anniversary on August 26. Their setlist mainly includes songs from their rock opera “Tommy” but they also added new songs which were supposed to be for the “Lifehouse” project.

The band is also encouraging fans to donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America.

Frontman Roger Daltrey said about their appearance in 1970, “I’ve read estimates of, like, 600,000 to 700,000 people that were at that show. I can’t even remember how we got there, we certainly didn’t fly to that one. We flew to the first one in 1969.”

The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival saw performances from The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Sly and the Family Stone, Free, Donovan, The Moody Blues, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, and many more.

The Who took the stage at 2 AM and played in front of 600,000 festival attendees. They powered through their set for three hours and they were clearly at the height of their powers. Just check out the video below.

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