Name: Barry Brecheisen
City: Chicago, IL
Concert Dates Photographed: May 14, 2015, Rosemont Theater, Teen Cancer Charity Event, April 25, 2015, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, October 31, 1995, United Center, Chicago, IL Quadrophenia Tour
My professional career started in the summer of 1997, when I started freelancing for what would become RollingStone.com in Chicago. Within the first few weeks, I was photographing The Who. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that when I was younger looking at my Rolling Stone magazines, I would one day be in them. I have photographed every tour The Who has done ever since. But with anything in life, your first is always memorable. Now I had seen the 1989 Tommy tour and Pete Townshend’s Psychoderelict solo tour but never in front of front row in the photo pit. I was still very green in that I had only shot a handful of shows officially. This was the film days so I had rolls of color film but also wanted to shoot at least one roll of B&W. The lights went down and you could hear the crashing waves of the opener “I Am The Sea,” and then from stage left with an acoustic guitar was Pete Townshend himself. After that, my photos speak more for my memories than anything. I clearly remember realizing what an incredibly unique bass player John Entwistle was that evening. Anyone that never saw them with Entwistle missed out and I can only imagine what it was like with Keith Moon behind his drum kit. Later after my three songs were up, with my camera safely in my car, they finished the album and the band all left the stage except for the three original members. This would have been my wish to shoot given the option. Just John, Roger and Pete playing acoustic versions of their classics “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Who are You”.
Speaking of acoustic sets, the next show I would shoot was at Neil Young’s Bridge School benefit in the fall of 1999. The Who was amazing but as any Who fans knows, at some point you want Pete to plug in! Most recently I had the opportunity to be one of two house photographers for their Teenage Cancer Trust benefit. What a night with Roger emceeing with Pete and a slew of rock and roll friends coming out and playing for a good cause. It all started back in 1997, where I eventually became the Photo Editor of RollingStone.com and I am fortunate my photo career continues and is still going strong today.
Name: Jeff Elbel
City: Wheaton, IL
Profession/business: NASA consultant, musician, music journalist, fan
Concert Date Photographed: November 29, 2012, Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL Quadrophenia Tour
My photos were shot with the “nifty fifty” – an inexpensive, fixed 50mm lens on a Canon body. The lens is very restricted, but that’s one of its assets. I used to enjoy working with the restrictions of film. The 50mm forces you to watch motion, light and detail, and wait for the right shot. It’s best for portraits and single-subject images, making group shots harder to capture. At this show, the photographers were clustered at stage right. Pete was playing hard to get at stage left behind plexi shields and a music stand. Roger was front and center, putting his heart into it.
I was an 80’s kid in small town Illinois, where the popular choices were Madonna in one corner and Quiet Riot in the other. Finding a cassette of “Who’s Next,” I played it every day for a year. I once permed my hair, trying to look more like Roger circa “Face Dances.” It impressed the first girl I ever kissed. As a budding musician and songwriter at the time, I became fascinated with Pete’s spiritual seeking and risky self-examination on “All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes” and “Empty Glass.” Once I heard “Quadrophenia,” however, the heavens opened. It’s a lifetime favorite, practically elevated to the level of “holy relic.” Although I was late to the band, I got to see Roger, Pete and dear ol’ John (I’m a bassist) perform “Quadrophenia” in Los Angeles during its first revival in 1996. Hearing it again in 2012 felt like coming home. One thing I have in common with Pete is tinnitus in my left ear, and it might be his fault. I was fortunate to meet him briefly in 2006. Dumbfounded though I was, I managed to say, “Really, I’ve only got 30 years worth of questions I’d like to ask you.” He smiled.
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Name: Joe Svec
City: Currently Lemont, IL. Back in 1970, Chicago.
Profession/business: Owner of Real Art Custom Framing, Chicago. Artist/Photographer
Concert Date Photographed: Saturday, July 4, 1970 The Chicago Auditorium Tommy Tour
Shot with a Canon FT-QL SLR and mostly with a 200mm lens, on Tri-X (ASA 400) film. At this time I was a college sophomore art student. A self-taught photographer, I was just learning photo and darkroom techniques on my own. Back then there were no restrictions on bringing cameras into concerts, so I brought mine. I wasn't sure what kinds of shots I'd be able to get, but I wanted to give it a try. At least as a way to expand my shooting experience. I shot only one roll, and I developed the film in a darkroom that my girlfriend (now wife) and I had set up in her parents' laundry room. I made a contact sheet and a few prints, but then for some reason filed the shots away and went on to other things. There they sat in an envelope in a file cabinet until Phil coaxed me into resurrecting them for this show.
I remember the Who played all, or very close to all, of Tommy and they were incredible of course! I had been wearing out my copy of the Tommy album for awhile, and it was so cool to hear all of the familiar songs live. The Who were at the top of their game, and Keith Moon was frenetic to say the least. Slamming his drumsticks against the drumheads then letting them go so they would fly way up overhead, then catching them and never missing a beat! Pete Townshend was doing his famous leaping and windmilling his guitar. I'll never forget the end of the Tommy set with 'We're Not Going To Take It/See Me, Feel Me' wrapping it up. At one point it was almost completely dark in the Auditorium Theater, and then suddenly they lit up this single HUGE clear glass incandescant bulb behind the upper stage curtain and then lowered it down to just above heads of the band. It was as if the sun had appeared right there in the venue and the whole place was filled with dazzling hot white light. Amazing! We were blown away at such a finale, and thought that that had to be the end of the show. Although we were clapping and yelling for an encore. Amazingly, Daltrey then announced “We're going to take a break and then we'll be back”. They'll be back???!!! How do you follow something like we'd just witnessed? But they did! They took about a 20 minute break and then came back and rocked most of the track list from the 'Live at Leeds’ album. Unbelievable! It was truly an 'Amazing Journey’. All those years ago and I still feel the adrenaline lingering on.
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Name: Kent Kriegshauser
Profession/business: Kent Kriegshauser Photography
Concert Date Photographed:
Friday October 31, 1996 The United Center,
July 7th, 1988 The Riviera John Entwistle,
October 31, 1996 The United Center Quadrophenia Tour
Entwistle was photographed on transparency film from the audience seating/standing. Townshend and Daltrey were photographed digitally, during the first three songs, from the photo pit.
My first solo trip into Chicago was to see The Who at the International Amphitheater on December 8th, 1979. The show was sold out and I had no ticket. I had seen The Beatles in 1966 and The Rolling Stones in 1978. I had heard The Who did a "good" live show. Driving from my hometown of Pittsfield at 20 years old, and into the city with $50 (allotted) for a ticket, I bought a ticket from a scalper. I sat up to the side, not quite halfway back on Enwistle's side of the stage. The concert blew me away. The energy level was through the roof. That night, the standard was set for what a live show should be like. I saw The Who again in 1980, three times in 1982, two times in 1989, and once in 1996. The Who are the greatest live band I've ever seen and will see. Bar none.
Name: Kesh Sorensen
Profession/business: Photographer- Portraits, Fine Art, Documentary, Event
Concert Date Photographed: October 6, 1982 The Rosemont Horizon Fairwell Tour
I remember, at the time being sad there would be no Keith Moon…but then, the concert was great! There was concern as Pete had vowed to use acoustic guitars because of his hearing. That didn't happen. Plenty of windmills, leaps and power chords! They opened with 'Can't Explain' and featured some real rockers from Quadraphenia. One of the Encores was Summertime Blues.
Checking with a friend who attended the show, we seem to remember them doing a song about Cook County Hospital. Introduced it as 'County Cook' or something like that… WHY they did a song about CCH is a mystery.
Name: Perry Bax
City: Chicago / USA
Profession/business: Music Podcast Producer / Host: The Best Radio You Have Never Heard
Former: Music Production
Concert Date Photographed: December 4, 1975 The Chicago Stadium By Numbers Tour July 17, 1993 Arie Crown Theater Psychoderelict Tour
The first shows I took pictures at were Crosby Stills Nash and Young and Jethro Tull’s War Child tours in 1974. My father, a commercial large format photographer, had given me an old manual Honeywell-Pentax with no light meter or auto functions. When I objected , his response was “Learn to take pictures.” That was my dad. The 50mm lens was augmented by borrowing/swapping during shows a 50mm-220 zoom and 400mm long lens from either Pete or Stacy Katsis. The day Kodak released 400 ASA Ektachrome was a monumental.
I was a The Who fan buying singles back to when 'I Can See For Miles’ was released, But it was Tommy and Live at Leeds and Woodstock that turned the corner for me. In 1973 I got my father to give me a certified check to mail in for the Fallout Shelter Tour in the mail lottery. With the check being cashed and no tickets turning up, I made some phone calls and got a letter in the mail from the promoter with two seats numbers. The staff at the Chicago International Amphitheater had no idea how or what to do with this and sat us in the upper deck all the way in the back. We had the good luck of having friends sitting in the upper level just to the stage right side (John’s side) and we crammed 5 people into three seats and had an awesome view of the Quadrophenia show.
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Name: Peter Katsis
City: Chicago, IL / Los Angeles, CA
Profession/business: Music Manager and Touring Agent
Concert Date Photographed: December 5, 1975 Chicago Stadium By Numbers Tour
I was just starting to develop a love of photography at the time and had been casually taking photos for about a year or two before this show. By then I starting to know the camera and what I could eventually do with it. While in college, whenever a great show was happening in Chicago I would jump in the car and drive for hours back to the city to be there, just a crazy kid who loved music. When we got 3rd row center seats for this show it was all I could think about. I was there with a handful of friends and of course my two sisters who were as insane about music as I was. I’m pretty sure I shot this show with a 35mm Cannon camera.
When The Who came to the International Amphitheater in November of 1973 for The Quadrophenia Tour, I was still a novice concert goer as well as a novice photographer. I had maybe been to a dozen concerts at most before that show. Although I had my older sisters to count on for being there and for their influence on my musical taste. I found myself being attracted to the wilder side of rock. Bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who were what I wanted to see and hear. My anticipation could not have been higher in 1973. At the age of 16 I thought I was really ready to rock out, but listening to harder music and being a 16 year old music rebel did not prepare me for the calamity that The Who created that night. Although I’ve seen thousands of shows since then, few have rivaled The Who's intensity.
We were seated on the main floor in the 15th row, but that didn't last long. When the group took the stage the audience erupted like a volcano. The first 15 rows of seats were smashed to the ground by the fourth song. The barricade to the stage was destroyed. I found myself floating off the ground at times, the wave of the crowd carrying me away as my sister Theon and I swayed back and forth with them. At one point Roger Daltrey stopped the show and asked the crowd to take a step back in an effort to alleviate the pressure on the stage itself, which he said was "starting to buckle a bit". We noticed it was dangerous but we didn't care, hanging on every note……."out of my br-brains on the train!" . We stayed on the main floor as long as we could in an attempt to be so close to our heroes. That night changed my life. It was probably one of the catalysts in my decision to make a career in the music industry.
Name: Phillip Solomonson aka Philamonjaro
City: Chicago, IL
Profession/business: Digital Producer and Photographer
Concert Date Photographed: Nov 25, 2012 - Chicago; Dec 9, 1979 and May 3, 1980 - Detroit Nov 24, 2012 - Chicago Nov. 29/30, Columbus, OH Feb 9, 2013 Quadrophenia Tour
My senior year of high school was first time I ventured out to a concert with a 200mm lens on my SLR camera. This was the second time I’d seen The Who and was determined to get my shot. It was Saturday, May 3, 1980 at The International Amphitheater. I shot 800 asa B&W. Some shots were decent but one particular shot of Pete has become my favorite rock and roll artifact in my photo collection.
Yeah, in 1975 at 12 I saw the movie Tommy because Elton John was performing this cool song I’d heard. But my real obsession came in fall of ’75. I was rifling through my older brother's 8 track tapes in his car and popped Quadrophenia into the player. I listened to just enough to pique my curiosity. So I quickly checked out the double album from the local library. Bit by bit I explored each song, then each side. That was when By Numbers was released so that was actually my first LP I bought, excluding the Tommy movie soundtrack. Upon my following birthday I received Quadrophenia. Within a year I had Live at Leeds, Who’s Next and Odds and Sods. By senior year, I was know as the biggest Who fan in school. My first time seeing them live was days after the Cincinnati incident December 1979. Kenny Jones was their new drummer, the concert was simulcast in movie theaters around Chicago. They played a very loose jam of 'You Can’t Do It Alone’ as a hint of things to come. I feel lucky to have seen them live in double digits. My favorite Who songs err on the obscure side: 'Water', 'Pure and Easy', ‘Let’s See Action', 'Relay' to name a few. But the songs that really spoke to my rebellious, spiritual-seeking and alienated teen angst sensibilities where 'Imagine a Man', 'I’m One', ‘Drowned', 'Skip Kid', 'Red, Blue and Grey', 'The Real Me', and ‘Bargain'.
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Name: Stacey Katsis
City: Chicago, IL
Profession/business: Accountant is my day job – but by night it’s all about music, photography and art
Concert Date Photographed: December 4, 1975 - The Chicago Stadium By Numbers Tour
I actually had a chance to see the Who in concert for the first time at the International Amphitheater on 11/29/1973. From that show I decided that if they ever came back to Chicago again I would have to try to get a better seat and somehow savor the moments of Pete Townsend flying through the air or making one of his infamous windmill moves. Well it happened – the Stadium Show came along in 1975. So off I went with my 35mm Pentax camera and a couple of different lenses and I shot the show with Extachrome 400 slide film figuring that would give me the fastest speed and best lighting . Shooting a moving Townsend is a challenge to say the least but having a few great shots to savor was the best.
My brother and sister were huge Who fans but I really was not. They had decided they really needed to get great seats for the 1973 show at the International Amphitheater and I figured I would tag along just to see what made them love this band so much. Well we managed to get 2 tickets in the 15th row but we could not get a third on the floor at all so I figured I would just get a ticket up in the balcony fairly close to the front of the stage and we would just meet up later to go home. The main floor turned into such a frenzy once they came out that a little past half way through the show they ended up coming upstairs to my seat and sitting on the steps in the aisle to watch the rest of the show. Well it was time for that incredible moment during We Won’t Get Fooled Again – you know that moment if you are any kind of a Who fan – yeah when Roger yells and Pete takes a running jump and goes flying across the entire stage sliding into a landing on his knees…………yep that was all it took – I was like Holly Cow – this guy is incredible!!! I actually decided each one of them were indeed special after that, it’s what made them such a great band and it’s that classic rock story – the singer and the guitar player – Roger and Pete, two of the greats.
Name: Terry Abrahamson
City: Chicago, IL
Profession/business: Composer, Playwright, Filmmaker, Music Critic, Political Satirist
Concert Date Photographed: August 18, 1971 - The Auditorium Theater Who’s Next Tour
I was taking my girlfriend to see The Who at the Auditorium Theater for our anniversary.We got great seats - 2nd row - from my boss Sam Kaplan, who ran the City of Chicago parking garages, including the one across from the Auditorium Theater.
I'm a Blues guy, having grown up in Chicago, and having been a fan (and later composer for) Muddy Waters
and his contemporaries. My introduction to The Who was through Eyesight to the Blind, an old Sonny Boy Williamson song.I was always excited to see the Blues covered by the young White, mostly English bands coming up in the mid-60's. I had to listen to a lot of Tommy before that Sonny Boy song came around, and, when I finally got to it, it was about as far removed from the original as any of the Blues covers done by Cream, the Allmans, etc. But every song I heard leading up to it was terrific, and Tommy became one of my favorite albums.
Name: Yale Factor
Profession/business: University Art Professor and fine arts painter
Concert Date Photographed: October 31, 1969 - The Kinetic Playground with The Kinks Tommy Tour
At that time I was working in Old Town at the House of Louis a hip clothing store. Their was an arrangement that acts coming through town could stop by and got clothes for free in turn we got into the Kinetic Playground backstage. I was at concerts both nights arriving around 8pmand leaving around 2am. We sat on the floor in front of the stage. During a break I went back stage to meet the group. I remember Entwhisle sitting around a tub of beer and looking for chicks. I'm sure he wasn't interested in a 16 year old hipster telling him how great he was, so I didn't approach him then returned where we sat. I next saw them at Alpine Valley which in my opinion was one of the best shows ever. I sat on the ground in front row. Daltry swinging his mike over our heads, Townsend smashing all the stage lights in front of the stage, then smashing his guitar, smoke bombs going off and Moon smashing his drums. Entwhistle standing back holding it together. It doesn't get better.
Name: John Nunu Zomot
Concert Date Photographed: House of Blues Chicago August 16, 1998 with Eddie Vedder, Oct 30, 1999 Shoreline Amphitheater, Bridge School Benefit, November 29, 2012 All State Arena, Quadrophenia Tour.
I first became a fan back in high school in the early 80’s. When the Rosemont Horizon tickets went on sale during the 1982 tour, I frantically entered to win tickets through the newspaper. But no luck, I missed that show. However since then I have seen them into the double digits. The first concert I saw them at was the 1996 Halloween Quadrophenia concert at The United Center featuring Billy Idle and Gary Glitter. Another favorite was The Who’s only acoustic performance ever, Neil Young’s Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, California. Over the course of the years I have had many opportunities to photograph them live.
However, one of my most cherished moments was back in 2000 when they play at The House of Blues, Chicago. I had the opportunity to be their driver to a rehearsal at The now-closed Congress Theater. It was such a buzz to hear Entwistle, Pete and Zack chat up stories, express their excitement about the show, being in Chicago and what not. As a fan, I was on cloud nine.
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