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The Who at the Jaguar, 10 August 1968

An account of the Who’s show at the Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Illinois, on 10 August 1968, by Rick Giles.

Photos copyright and courtesy of Rick Giles.

Rick Giles:

I first saw the Who on Aug. 10, 1968, at a small venue in St. Charles, Ill., which was a converted roller rink. Sat on the floor with about 300 other people. Very up close and personal so to speak and VERY, VERY, LOUD. But it was a life-changing experience.

Keith’s drums were unmiked except for a vocal mike. You could hear Keith perfectly over John’s two Sunn 200s bass amps with four speaker cabinets and Pete’s two Sound City stacks. They used a Swedish PA system called Ackuset for power and four Marshall 8x10 speaker cabinets for speakers. The cabinets were set up like a “T” — that is, one cabinet was set upright with the other on top horizontally. No throwbacks or monitors and you could hear the vocals perfectly like you always could with the Who. They always had the best PA equipment every time I saw them.

My dad flew me up from Dayton, Ohio, that Saturday afternoon and we had dinner at a restaurant atop a hotel in downtown Chicago and drove out to St. Charles that evening. Paid $4.00 to get in and the club owner wasn’t going to let my dad in because he was “too old, over 21.” He explained that we had just flown all the way up from Dayton just to see the Who so he let my dad in and he and my dad hung out together in the back of the place during the concert. My dad had his new Polaroid camera and took about a dozen photos. The owner brought him backstage after the show and he took a couple of photos of John, Pete, and Roger in the “dressing room.” Keith was nowhere to be found but there was a bar across the street...... It was the first time any of them had ever seen a Polaroid camera.

My dad was pretty good at schmoozing so I’m sure he and the club owner hit if off and the guy let my dad wander around and get some pretty good shots from the side of the stage which was only about 3 feet off the ground. The place had a VERY low ceiling with exposed girders and water pipes which Pete promptly pulled himself up with and kicked holes in the acoustic tile ceiling at the end of the show after he broke his guitar and knocked over the amps.

Photo Gallery

Photos copyright and courtesy of Rick Giles.

10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., stage-side view of Ackuset PA rig: rack with four power amps (Dynakit 60w?), bottom; an Ackuset 6-channel mixer with sliders, top right, and Ackuset All Sound tape echo, top left. The band in the background is the second warmup band. (Photo: Rick Giles)

Click to view larger version. 10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., stage-side view of Ackuset PA rig: rack with four power amps (Dynakit 60w?), bottom; an Ackuset 6-channel mixer with sliders, top right, and Ackuset All Sound tape echo, top left. The band in the background is the second warmup band. (Photo: Rick Giles)

10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., tuning up (Photo: Rick Giles)

Click to view larger version. 10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., tuning up. (Photo: Rick Giles)


 

10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill. (Photo: Rick Giles)

Click to view larger version. 10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill. (Photo: Rick Giles)

10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., stage-side view, post-show (Photo: Rick Giles)

Click to view larger version. 10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., stage-side view, post-show. (Photo: Rick Giles)

10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., backstage post-show. (Photo: Rick Giles)

Click to view larger version. 10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., backstage post-show. Gibson SG Special with vibrola in tact on table. Roger is looking at the photos Rick’s dad took, as they had never seen a Polaroid camera before. (Photo: Rick Giles)

10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., Roger backstage post-show. (Photo: Rick Giles)

Click to view larger version. 10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., Roger backstage post-show. (Photo: Rick Giles)

10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., handout (front). (Photo: Rick Giles)

Click to view larger version. 10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., handout (front). (Photo: Rick Giles)

10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., handout (back). (Photo: Rick Giles)

Click to view larger version. 10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., handout (back). (Photo: Rick Giles)

Acknowledgements

  • All information and photos courtesy and thanks to Rick Giles.