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DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MY MISSPENT YOUTH aka TICKETS TORN IN HALF: January 30, 1996: JOHN ENTWISTLE @ Tramps

   One of the best part about having friends who are so into music is the ability to get them to join you on any musical journey at a moments notice. It’s even better when your phone rings and the other party ask, “Watcha doin’ ? How about seeing John Entwistle with me?” While we are/were both fans of THE WHO, my partner accumulated the entire recorded collection, including some “live bootlegs” of THE WHO and most of JOHN ENTWISTLE records. He also said the backing band would be “Rat Race Choir” a band we saw numerous times out on the Island years ago. I’m game for this and to go to TRAMPS on West 21s Street for this show made it even better.I loved that place. A LIRR train ride in, a short walk over from Penn, a few drinks at the bar next door, and in we go.

   Having seen THE WHO a few times since 1968, especially once in 1969 at FILLMORE EAST when they used 45 amplifiers,I learned that THE WHO could be loud but I was not too sure how loud ENTWISTLE as a solo act would be until I saw the set up. I knew this was not a “let’s get as close as we can” in this very narrow standing room only hall. Over to the left of the stage against the wall would just be perfect.

   LOUD as a word does not do justice to what I heard. Loud, yes but clear as a bell also. It was pretty amazing and very good. Four guys up on the small stage with enough equipment to be heard over in Jersey, they were a joy from the opening “Heaven and Hell” right through to the encores. Later, on West 21th heading back on Seventh Avenue to Penn, lighting up a Marlboro Red my friend, with a huge smile on his face said something which sounded like, “Coo shop ,huh” to which I responded, “Yes, and very loud”.

Set List:

HEAVEN AND HELL

HAD ENOUGH

SUCCESS STORY

TRICK OF THE LIGHT

BRIDGES UNDER WATER

THE REAL ME

LOVE DOESN’T LAST

BORIS THE SPIDER

LIFE AFTER LOVE

LOVE IS A HEART ATTACK

YOU

LAST SONG

MY WIFE

LONG LIVE ROCK

encore

SUMMERTIME BLUES

WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN

 John Entwistle: Bass, Vocals; Steve Luongo,Vocals, Drums; Alan St.John, Keyboards; Godfrey Townshend: Vocals,Guitar

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