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Saturday night June 28, 1980. 1980 was a year when giants walked the earth. Already that year I had seen Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, The Eagles, Rush, and The Clash as they rolled through Los Angeles. In June The Who were playing a week at the Forum and Sports Arena. After that, Queen were due in town in July, Fleetwood Mac in August, AC/DC and Van Halen in September, Bruce Springsteen in October, and the buzz was that Led Zeppelin was going to hit the U.S. later that year. I had graduated high school and had the rest of the year off before reporting for service.
I was only able to score tickets to the very last show of the Who's week-long stand. It would prove to be the only Who concert I saw with Kenny Jones on drums. I was out of the country for the 1982 U.S. tour and Kenny Jones was gone by the Who's 1989 reunion.
In retrospect, Kenny Jones wasn't that bad. Sure, he wasn't the flamboyant character and kinetic force of nature that Keith Moon was, but he was steady in the pocket.
And, to be honest, the two times I saw the Who with Keith Moon...1973 at the Forum and 1976 at Anaheim Stadium...weren't exactly earth-shattering. Unlike the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, The Who never blew my mind in concert. They never lived up to the expectations I had after hearing "Live at Leeds" and watching "Monterey Pop" and "Woodstock". It seems The Who's live peak was 1969-1971.
This particular night at the Sports Arena in 1980 was pretty good, though. Probably the best overall Who concert I saw.

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