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How much money The Who made playing in Woodstock back in 1969

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How much money The Who made playing in Woodstock back in 1969

From August 15 to 18 back in 1969, the Woodstock Festival happened with many legendary bands. The Who were one of those groups that made a historical concert with Roger Daltrey (Vocals), Pete Townshend (Guitar), John Entwistle (Bass) and Keith Moon (Drums).


How much money The Who made playing in Woodstock back in 1969

According to The Sound, The Who received $6.250 dollars for the show, that would be, amount that transformed with 2021 inflation rate would be equivalent to $45,904.96 dollars.

The Inflation Tool website points that “the inflation rate in the United States between 1969 and today has been 634.48%, which translates into a total increase of $39,654.96. This means that 6,250 dollars in 1969 are equivalent to 45,904.96 dollars in 2021. In other words, the purchasing power of $6,250 in 1969 equals $45,904.96 today. The average annual inflation rate has been 3.83%.”

The setlist

When Woodstock happened The Who had already released many classic albums like “My Generation” (1965), “A Quick One” (1967), “The Who Sell Out” (1967) and “Tommy” (1969). So the setlist had many famous songs from the group.

  1. Heaven and Hell
  2. I Can’t Explain
  3. It’s a Boy
  4. 1921
  5. Amazing Journey
  6. Sparks
  7. Eyesight to the Blind
  8. Christmas
  9. The Acid Queen
  10. Pinball Wizard
  11. Do Yo Think It’s Alright?
  12. Fiddle About
  13. There’s a Doctor
  14. Go to the Mirror
  15. Smash the Mirror
  16. I’m Free
  17. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
  18. We’re Not Gonna Take It/ See Me Feel Me
  19. Summertime Blues
  20. Shakin’ All Over
  21. My Generation/Naked Eye

Roger Daltrey hated the concert

In an interview withe New York Times back in 2019, Daltrey recalled the concert at Woodstock saying: “It was a particularly hard one for me, because of the state of the equipment. It was all breaking down. I’m standing in the middle of the stage with enormous Marshall 100 watt amps blasting my ears behind me. Moon on the drums in the middle. I could barely hear what I was singing.”

During the same interview he recalled that due to the delays of the concerts, they had to keep waiting  to play for hours and hours: “You’ve got to remember, by the time we went onstage, we’d been standing in the mud for hours. Or laying in it, or doing whatever in it. It wasn’t actually that muddy backstage, but it wasn’t comfort, let’s put it that way. Hours and hours of that is boring. We could hear the bands that were on before us, and I particularly remember how good Creedence Clearwater [Revival] was — they were fantastic.”

Pete Townshend also wasn’t happy with the concert

In his 2012 book “Who I Am“, The Who guitarist Pete Townshend recalled the way the band was received in the festival: “The scene that greeted us at the backstage area of the festival was horrific. The entire parking area was a slurry of thick, gelatinous mud… As I got out of the car, I slipped and sank up to my knees. There were no dressing rooms available, so we went to a tent with a hot-water machine, teabags, instant coffee and a coffee dispenser. I helped myself and within minutes realized the water had been spiked with acid.”

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