The Who Revisits 'Isle Of Wight'
The Who's classic concert film "Live at the Isle of Wight" has been restored for a three-pronged release in 49 North American movie theaters (Aug. 9), on DVD (Aug. 10 via Eagle Rock) an on the INHD hiThe Who's classic concert film "Live at the Isle of Wight" has been restored for a three-pronged release in 49 North American movie theaters (Aug. 9), on DVD (Aug. 10 via Eagle Rock) an on the INHD high-definition television network (Aug. 14). The film captures the Who's Aug. 30, 1970, performance at the U.K. festival, which fans regard as one of the best of the band's career.
The theatrical release will include a 10-minute excerpt of a new interview with guitarist Pete Townshend plus an introduction by director Murray Lerner. Advance tickets for the showings can be ordered via Regal Cinemas' Web site.
Townshend's full 40-minute interview can be found on the "Wight" DVD, which features DTS sound and a digitally restored picture from the original negatives. The show sports a complete performance of the rock opera "Tommy," plus a storming run through Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues," the John Entwistle-penned rarity "Heaven and Hell" and such favorites as "Magic Bus," "My Generation" and "I Can't Explain."
The band's set ran from 2 to 5 a.m., and featured Entwistle decked out in his infamous skeleton outfit. As was a common practice at the time, band members destroyed their instruments once the show concluded.
The Who is gearing up for a host of summer shows, beginning July 24-25 at Japan's Rock Odyssey Festival. The group then heads to Australia for three shows and then to the United States for appearances in Honolulu, outside San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Here are the Who's tour dates:
July 24: Yokohama, Japan (Rock Odyssey Festival)
July 25: Osaka, Japan (Rock Odyssey Festival)
July 28-29: Sydney (Entertainment Centre)
July 31: Melbourne (Vodafone Centre)
Aug. 3: Honolulu (Blaisdell Arena)
Aug. 7: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
Aug. 9: Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)