In the early 90’s, I bought a home near Palm Springs, which is about 100 miles East of Los Angeles. It was frustrating that there were no dedicated venues big enough to pay the advances needed for super-groups, only small theatres and casinos built on Indian reservations.
At the turn of the millennium, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was built and I realized it would be perfect for staging all sorts of events.
So I contacted the owner and manager of the arena Raymond Moore, who I remember seeing at Wimbledon as a professional tennis player when he represented South Africa in the 1970’s. He appointed me as music consultant and I went about securing top artistes for the arena.
Photo: The Eagles 3rd night at Indian Wells Farewell 1 Tour (Nov 2005).
The first act I delivered, The Eagles, sold out pretty much immediately such that we needed to add a couple more dates to accommodate all the demand – what’s more the tickets were pricey at $250 each. We heard that 95% of the tickets were sold to residents local to the area.
The Who also played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden; a band I first befriended in the 1960’s on tour in the U.S.A. with Herman’s Hermits.
Keith Moon was always up to tricks on tour. I remember a call at 3 a.m. from the manager of the hotel we had stayed at in Alabama, complaining about a missing toilet – apparently Keith had blown it up with a cherry bomb! The Who were banned from Holiday Inns after that, although Herman’s Hermits with their clean image weren’t implicated. For more information about Keith Moon’s antics as drummer for The Who on their 1967 tour suporting Herman’s Hermits refer to Jonny Black’s TeamRock article called: “Keith Moon Takes A Car For A Swim“.
Here’s footage of The Who at Indian Wells Tennis Garden (Nov ’06):