The Who's Loudest Day
THE WHO achieved a rather notable feat 35 years ago this week. On May 31st, 1976, the band headlined a day of music at the massive Charlton Athletic Football Stadium in London. 60,000 people were there, and The Who was at its performing peak. "The Who By Numbers" album had just been released, and the set included two new tracks as well as a lot of "Tommy" since the movie was out a year before. But, the real star of the day was a 76,000-watt PA system built just for the show. When you add in The Who's massive amps and huge sound, the volume level reached 120-dB's. That was a new world record, certified by the Guinness gang. The Who were officially the loudest band in history.
That record was broken in 2009 when KISS played the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada. They pumped out a staggering 136-dB's.