Item description: The Who ‘Super Ligger’ Pass. The pass in black and bright yellow screen print on white silk. Reverse with ‘Fastprint’ split & peel backing.

Size: 9.5cm x 7.5cm

Condition report: Mint condition. Storage age only. Backing intact.

Background to The Who: The band had not performed since playing four shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City the previous June, having spent much of 1974 working on the Tommy film and soundtrack. Following the recording of The Who By Numbers in the spring of 1975, the group embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom in October, followed by a series of European dates; a 20-date North American tour followed, with the band finishing the year with three Christmas concerts at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. Although The Who By Numbers had just been released, the group only played “Squeeze Box”, “Dreaming from the Waist”, and a few performances of “However Much I Booze” in 1975 (“Slip Kid” would also be played a few times in 1976). Despite being under the guise of a tour for their latest album, 1975–76 was more of a “Tommy revisited” period, with a mini-set of Tommy material featured in the middle of the set, thanks to the success of the film generating more interest in the rock opera; several Tommy pieces were played for the first time since either 1970 or 1971. Meanwhile, less and less Quadrophenia material appeared in the act as the ’75 shows wore on – by the North American tour, only “Drowned” was finding its way occasionally into the set, and even that was eventually dropped. The group would settle into a regular setlist by the end of the year, repeating it almost verbatim throughout 1976.

Special notes: For the 1975 tour, The Who used four different types of pass. 1- Jobsworth – Crew, 2- Voyeaur – Backstage & All Access, 3- Super Ligger – VIPs, 4- Ligger – After Show Access. Different colours were used for different nights.

Provenance: Acquired directly from The Who (1975) Tour Chief Mickey Murphy’s son. Murphy toured with various bands throughout the 1970s, including Bees Make Honey, and more notably Fleetwood Mac along with The Who, as the Tour Chief. Throughout the whole of 1975, Murphy worked for The Who, and being somewhat of a ‘magpie’ kept various items of memorabilia, in particular, backstage passes. Later, Murphy opened a restaurant in Nottingham called ‘Bees Make Honey’ (he obviously had a soft spot for that band !). The restaurant actually became quite famous. During 2010, Murphy went down with Alzheimer’s and became terminally ill. On 10th February 2013 he passed away.

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