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Fact #155249


Short story:

At as show by The Who, Small Faces and Paul Jones, in Sydney Stadium, Sydney, Australia, Oceania, the rotating stage comes to a sudden halt during the show.

Full article:

Ron Blackmore (tour manager) : The sound system was exactly the same one used for wrestling and boxing matches. They had three great metal horns, used during World War 2, which was what they had to sing through, and these were aimed at the four seating sections.

The microphone cables came up through the centre of the stage, so the stage could only turn so many times in one direction. Then you had to throw a switch to get it to turn the opposite way because, as it turned, it was twisting up all the microphone cables.

In total there were eight amplifiers, sixteen cabinet speakers, two drum kits, one Hammond C3 organ with two Leslie cabinets, a great big row of these double-stack Marshall amps, the drums and a piano. We had all this on the revolving stage in the middle of the stadium, and there was so much weight that it wouldn't turn. There were red-coated bouncers everywhere trying to make it turn round.

Geoff Quayle (reviewer, Sydney Morning Herald) : Among the wild screaming one could just detect the driving sounds of Substitute, the record which got the group moving in the Australian charts.

Townshend cavorted around the stage, which obstinately refused to revolve as he hoped, and plunged his group and the audience into a startling rendition of a pop opera which Townshend wrote.
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