John Entwistle's Ox's 1974–1975 tour

John Entwistle's Ox, a band fronted by the Who's bass guitarist John Entwistle, staged a tour of the United Kingdom and North America in late 1974 and early 1975.

John Entwistle's Ox's 1974–1975 tour
Tour by John Entwistle's Ox
Associated albumMad Dog
Start date8 December 1974 (1974-12-08)
End date23 March 1975 (1975-03-23)
Legs2
No. of shows19 in North America
11 in Europe
30 in total
(31 scheduled)

HistoryEdit

The band, previously known as John Entwistle's Rigor Mortis,[1] rehearsed at the Royal Ballroom in Tottenham, London with a twelve-piece lineup[2] and Shepperton Studios in Shepperton, which cost Entwistle £20,000. The Ox started a tour of the United Kingdom on 8 December 1974 at the Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The concert was a commercial failure, as only 300 out of the available 2,000 tickets were sold. The Who's crew and PA system were used for the tour, with the sound mixed by Bob Pridden.[3] After poorly attended shows at large venues, the band played a series of concerts in universities and smaller venues in early 1975.[4] After concluding the UK tour, the band performed in North America, usually opening for more well-known acts. It was estimated that Entwistle lost around $70,000 on the tour and he became poorer by more than £30,000.[5][6]

Live releasesEdit

Live material from 1974 and 1975 has appeared on the following releases:

Tour bandEdit

with

Set listEdit

The set list of the live album King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents in Concert consists of the following (all songs written by John Entwistle unless otherwise specified):

  1. "Heaven and Hell"
  2. "Whiskey Man"
  3. "My Size"
  4. "Boris the Spider"
  5. "Not Fade Away" (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty)
  6. "Cell Number 7"
  7. "Who Cares?"
  8. "Gimme That Rock 'N' Roll"
  9. "My Wife"[8]

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Supporting/
headlining acts
Ref(s)
Europe
8 December 1974 Newcastle upon Tyne England Newcastle City Hall Joe Vitale's Madmen [3]
13 December 1974 Southport Odeon Theatre
17 December 1974 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
10 January 1975 Edinburgh Scotland University of Edinburgh Unicorn [4]
11 January 1975 Leeds England University of Leeds Refectory
14 January 1975 Plymouth Plymouth Guildhall
15 January 1975 Exeter University of Exeter
17 January 1975 Uxbridge Brunel University London
22 January 1975 Liverpool University of Liverpool
24 January 1975 Norwich University of East Anglia
24 January 1975 Leicester University of Leicester
North America
21 February 1975 Sacramento United States Sacramento Memorial Auditorium The J. Geils Band [9]
22 February 1975 San Francisco Winterland Ballroom
23 February 1975
26 February 1975 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
1 March 1975 Toronto Canada Massey Hall
2 March 1975 Detroit United States Detroit Masonic Temple
3 March 1975 Columbus Agora Ballroom [10]
5 March 1975 Akron Akron Civic Theatre Roy Buchanan
7 March 1975 Boston Orpheum Theatre
8 March 1975 New York City Academy of Music Carmine Appice's Astroport
9 March 1975 Buffalo New Century Theatre
11 March 1975 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall
13 March 1975 Atlanta Municipal Auditorium Peter Frampton
15 March 1975 Philadelphia Spectrum Humble Pie
16 March 1975 Hempstead Calderone Concert Hall
17 March 1975 Center Valley Billera Hall
20 March 1975 Chicago Arie Crown Theater Barnstorm [6]
21 March 1975 Indianapolis Indiana Convention Center
22 March 1975 Milwaukee MECCA Arena The J. Geils Band
James Cotton
23 March 1975 St. Louis Kiel Auditorium Barnstorm
"—" indicates that the information is unavailable or the concert had no opening act.

ReferencesEdit

Citations

  1. ^ Neill & Kent 2002, p. 251
  2. ^ Neill & Kent 2002, p. 252
  3. ^ a b Neill & Kent 2002, p. 253
  4. ^ a b Neill & Kent 2002, p. 258
  5. ^ Neill & Kent 2002, p. 245
  6. ^ a b Neill & Kent 2002, p. 261
  7. ^ "King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents in Concert - John Entwistle | Release Info".
  8. ^ "King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents in Concert - John Entwistle | Release Info".
  9. ^ Neill & Kent 2002, p. 259
  10. ^ Neill & Kent 2002, p. 260

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