THE WHO 1965

The Who [promotion photo] from Bonici Archives

WHO 600The WHO promotional material sent to AA Bonici [c.Bonici Archives]

The Who [Bonici Archives]

I’ve spoken with several who remember the Who in Elgin, Scotland in 1965 with fond memories meeting them at the Park Cafe and seeing them on stage at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom.  They also played various gigs in Scotland every year afterwards into the early ’70s.

One who was a teenager hanging out in the Park Cafe before their gig remembers when they walked through the door of the popular hang out. “Keith Moon came over and sat on my knee”. The presence of the boys made for good laughs in the cafe until Keith pulled a “stick bomb” from his pocket and tossed it. He may have been the only musician thrown out of the Park Cafe. Bonici introduced the The Who to Elgin and typically advertised though local newspapers. The Who appeared in the Northern Scot [29 April,1965], as a “coming attraction”.

The following site presents The Who tour though below are the Scotland gigs as recorded.
4 September 1964 Glasgow Kelvin Hall (2 shows) 5 May 1965
Perth City Hall (unconfirmed) 6 May 1965 Elgin Two Red Shoes Ballroom

7 May 1965 Kirkcaldy Raith Ballroom

18 February 1966 Dumfries Drill Hall (unconfirmed)

18 February 1966
Volunteer Hall

17 June 1966 Perth City Hall

22 August 1966 Glasgow Odeon Cinema

17 November 1966 Glasgow Locarno

18 November 1966 Perth City Halls

9 December 1966 Dumfries Assembly Halls

“The band played nearly non-stop in 1966, mostly shows in the United Kingdom with several short trips to European countries like Sweden and Germany mixed in. Performances during the early part of the year included material from the My Generation album (released in late 1965) and numerous cover songs; March saw the release of “Substitute”, which would become one of the most performed songs in the Who canon, and “I’m a Boy” (released in August) would also remain in their act for several years. Later 1966 shows would feature material from the A Quick One album, as well as the single “Happy Jack”.”


My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. With a fascination for the beat music era that took place throughout the UK, my research investigates the late '50s through early 1970s. Relying on interviews, the Albert Bonici archives, and other resources, I continue to gather materials to tell the story of a special time in music in the mid 20th century. Scottish promoter, Albert Bonici, brought many of the top beat music acts to Scotland which delighted music lovers during the early days of the beat music era. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and remembers the contributions of promoter, Albert Bonici, a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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