Today in Whostory: 4/30/2019

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford. According to legend, this is likely the show that Keith showed up and “auditioned” for the band.

1965 – The Who play Town Hall in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

“When The Who played Trowbridge, Townshend was adamant that the band should use their own sound system, despite the fact that the contract categorically stated that this could not happen. In the end, a compromise was reached. Alford agreed that the band could use their own set up but should their be any complaints from the audience that they couldn’t hear anything, The Who would only be paid half their fee. Townshend surprisingly agreed. The Bridgwater Mercury’s Mike Guy interviewed Pete Townshend backstage at their Town Hall gig. The interview was not published by the local paper. During the day of this gig, The Who collectively popped over to the local “Maynards” cafe for a cup of tea and a bacon sarnie. They were, apparently, arrogant and elusive. Eye witness Jane Lee says that were so “up themselves” that she was surprised that they managed to order anything!”

1966 – The Who play the Corn Exchange in Chelmsford

1966 – “Substitute” hits its peak at #5 on Sweden’s Tio i Topp charts

1967 – The Who, accompanied by Chris Stamp, fly to Helsinki in Finland for the beginning of an eight-day mini tour of Scandinavia. They kick off the tour with a Sunday night gig at the Helsinki Jäähallissa (The Ice Hall).

1975 – Keith joins Pete and John only to discover that, with almost two years off since he was last behind the drums in a studio, he has forgotten how to play! Nevertheless, Pete, John, Keith and guest pianist Nicky Hopkins manage to lay down the track “She Loves Everyone” that will later be retitled “They Are All in Love.” Roger will supply his vocals later as he is still on the set of Lisztomania

1980 – The Who play the Saint Paul Civic Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota

1994 – Pete performs at a private party at the West Bank Café in New York City. The party is in honor of the first anniversary of the Broadway musical The Who’s Tommy

1996 – Pete performs at The Fillmore in San Francisco. The set is taped, is later broadcast on the Westwood One radio network and is officially released in 2000 as Live: The Fillmore at

2002 – Roger plays Mr. Wilkinson, a high school music teacher, on the 100th episode of That 70’s Show. The series was originally to have been called either “Teenage Wasteland” or “The Kids Are Alright” but Pete refused to sell the rights to either name

2012 – Roger and his solo band play Shi Kokaido in Nagoya, Japan

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Today in Whostory: 4/29/2019

1963 – The Detours play at the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1966 – The Who play the Tiles Club in Soho, London

1967 – c reports that The Who will play the Monterey International Pop Festival

1967 – Pete attends the “14-Hour Technicolor Dream”, a fundraiser for “International Times”. He went to film and record bands for Track records, such as Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

1968 – The Who play the Top Rank Suite in Watford, Hertfordshire

1974 – Three more days of filming begin on the “Cousin Kevin” sequence at Harefield Grove

1975 – Keith and his steady girlfriend Annette arrive in London from Los Angeles

1977 – Pete plays “Layla” and “Crossroads” with Eric Clapton at The Rainbow in Finsbury Park, London

1979 – Kenney is interviewed in Melody Maker. He says being picked to fill Keith’s chair has made him nervous

1980 – The Who play the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa

1981 – Kit Lambert is cremated and his ashes taken to Golders Green where Keith Moon’s ashes had been interred two and a half years before

1982 – The Who is honored for its Outstanding Contribution To British Music at the 27th annual Ivor Novello Awards held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel

1985 – The Mirror reports that The Who are considering reuniting for a one-off show for Ethiopian relief due to the urgings of Bob Geldof. Pete: “Yes, I have talked to the others about it…At the moment we are all vacillating wildly.”

1989 – Pete records a promotional interview at Atlantic Studios in New York City concerning his forthcoming album The Iron Man. The interview is later released as a promo LP called An Eye For An I.

1994 – Roger Daltrey and Pete’s brother Simon Townshend perform “Baba O’Riley” and “Summertime Blues” at a memorial concert for Mick Ronson and the Hammersmith Odeon in London

1996 – Pete performs two shows accompanied by pianist Jon Carin at The House Of Blues in Los Angeles

1997 – The Who play Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany

2004 – The press reports that Roger recently told a Radio Academy audience that he listens primarily to BBC Radio 4, adding that Woman’s Hour was one of his favourite shows. “But they f***ed up. Radio 4 used to be great until they moved The Archers. Then they’ve got these dreadful quizzes that no one listens to. If I listen to anything now it’s Kiss FM.” The moderator is former The Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris

2004 – Kevin Russell comes out with the CD My Generation featuring a jazz instrumental cover of “My Generation”

2007 – Pete writes a piece on photographer Colin Jones for The Times

2015 – The Who play the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas

2016 – The Who play the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri