Friday, March 20, 2009

Bloatermog A Picture Frame: Buying a suitable frame for photos has never been a strong point, but this weekend it will happen. An EBay seller has an A3 'reproduction' poster of a gig by The Who at Bournemough Pavilion on April 2nd 1969, which I attended as an 18 year old. The poster arrived yesterday in pristine condition and, although quite plain in its design with no photo of the band, it is rather a nice piece of memorabilia from my now rather long-ago youth.
It was found by complete accident within a search for 'Bournemouth' in the 'Music' category, and at £5-50 was, in my opinion, as much an absolute 'must' to buy as it was an absolute snip at the price. It may well be a con-job created on photoshop, but to all intents and purposes IS a repro of the original.
It was quite some gig, too, The Who's supposed first in Bournemouth - Searches only find one other in August of the same year and at the same venue when they played 'Tommy' in its entirety; but 3 in total are catalogued in my memory bank - and my position stage-front to watch Pete Townshend was rewarding, but alas, not with a fragment of a smashed guitar. But he almost did smash it, and only for the fact he squatted down to turn his amps up, - he tended to beat the daylights out of the speaker cabinets rather than the amp, and had it sitting on the floor of the stage rather than on top of the cabinets - stepped on the guitar lead, which became pulled from the jack socket when he stood up. His amps went dead, and Pete just tossed the guitar over the back of the speaker cab's and walked off in disgust.
Nevertheless leaving the gig thoroughly exhilarated from the show itself, yet with a slight tinge of disappointment at not witnessing a 'Live Guitar Smashing;' many years later, a work colleague spoke about his brother grabbing a complete guitar neck from the stage at a gig The Who played at Yeovil Town Hall in the early 1960's, which he "eventually threw away as he was fed up with seeing it laying in the corner of his bedroom!"