OPENING OF THE GRANDE BALLROOM: THE WHA?
The Wha? played the Dick Clark "Carnaby Street" shows at the State Fair Grounds and Ann Arbor's fabled Fifth Dimension club (opening for the Yardbirds), and shows with other emerging area talent such as The Rationals, The Underdogs and The Woolies.
Most significantly, the band grabbed a spot in the opening weekend lineup at the Grande (October, 1966) following a chance meeting between O'Connell and "Uncle" Russ Gibb.
Following that, the Wha? became a regular opening act at Grande shows, frequently for the MC5 and Scot Richard Case in the early days of the Ballroom."We could do the Yardbirds fairly accurate, also the Stones covers and...we looked good."