Today in Whostory: 7/31/2019

1964 – The High Numbers play the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd’s Bush opening for The Kinks

1965 – The Who play Wilton Hall in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. A girl who likes John brings her friend Karen Astley to see The Who. Afterwards they go out for drinks with the band where Karen kisses Pete, beginning the relationship that will lead to marriage three years later.

1965 – Pete tells Disc “We’ll be cutting the new disc soon, which I expect will be one of my compositions, ‘My Generation’. It’s a more uptempo number and it talks about old people and young married people. The fellow who’s telling the story can’t really express himself properly and stutters. In a way, I’m trying to stop the group getting old. It’s the one serious thing we’re always talking about.”

1966 – The Who are at IBC’s Studio A for two days of recording and mixing of the A and B side of the new single, “I’m A Boy”/”In The City” plus a new recording of “Disguises.” Manager Kit Lambert produces while Paul Clay engineers.

1967 – The Who play the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida

1967 – Pete reunites with his old art school buddy Tom Wright, now a photographer at Silver Springs. Tom comes aboard to be The Who’s official photographer for the rest of the tour. His introduction to life with The Who comes aboard the tour plane as it takes off from St. Petersburg. The father of a girl Keith had kept out all night the night before pursues the plane in a station wagon, firing a shotgun out the window.

1968 – The Who play The New Place in Algonquin, Illinois

1971 – The Who play the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York

1971 – Henry Mancini’s album Mancini Concert hits the U.S. charts. It features a cover of “Overture (from Tommy).”

1991 – Roger makes a special appearance with The Chieftains at the Grand Opera House in Belfast. He must perform without a soundcheck due to a bomb scare. The result is later released on CD and DVD as An Irish Evening: Live At The Grand Opera House, Belfast with Roger singing “Raglan Road” and “Behind Blue Eyes.”

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio

1997 – The Who play the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, Massachusetts

2002 – The Who play Madison Square Gardens in New York City, New York. Someone throws a full water bottle at Roger and hits him in the arm causing more than a few cross words from the singer.

2004 – The Who play the Vodafone Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2007 – The Raspberries release their CD Live on Sunset Strip (Deluxe Version) featuring a cover of “I Can’t Explain”. A cover of “Substitute” is also available as a download to purchasers.

2011 – Roger plays Valdemar’s Castle in Svendborg, Denmark

2012 – Roger joins Eddie Vedder on stage the Hammersmith Apollo to perform “Blue, Red and Grey” and “Naked Eye” on ukulele

Today in Whostory: 7/30/2019

1962 – The Detours’ rhythm guitarist Roy Ellis drowns while swimming in the Thames. The Detours inherit his Vox 15s amp.

1965 – The Who play the Fender Club in Kenton, Middlesex

1966 – The Who play the Sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival at the Royal Windsor Racecourse in Windsor. The crowd is both drenched by a howling rainstorm and disappointed by the non-appearance of the scheduled Yardbirds. Despite this, The Who manage to rev up the crowd with a tremendously destructive show probably inspired by having their act partially stolen by The Move earlier in the day (they smashed television sets). Pete performs all this destruction while dressed in a tuxedo. Melody Maker later reports that The Who’s act inspired a small number in the audience to perform some offstage destruction.

1966 – Beach Boys fan Keith gives his public assessment of their new album Pet Sounds to New Musical Express: “I think Pet Sounds illustrates the way one man’s mind works, that of Brian Wilson. There’s nothing revolutionary in the album, I don’t think. Perhaps the only revolution is in the group itself, the way they’ve changed with the album. They are not so much a vocal group these days. Vocals, as such, have almost disappeared with this album.”

1967 – The Who play the Miami Beach Exhibition Hall in Miami, Florida

1971 – Pete is interviewed in The Times. He discusses Mick Jagger’s fascination with The Who, his desire for a film project, and how tired he is of Tommy.

1977 – A single from Roger’s solo album One of the Boys, “Say It Ain’t So, Joe” backed with “Satin and Lace,” is released in the U.S. It fails to chart

1981 – Many stories begin to circulate about Pete’s drinking, drug use and deteriorating health. In response, Pete writes a letter for publication in the Who’s News fanzine denying that he is ill, has marital problems, has given up on Meher Baba or is an alcoholic. The final lines are: “I still get upset when I hear people talking about me ‘killing’ myself. That won’t happen unless by accident.” In truth, everyone around him is horrified by his lifestyle and afraid he will soon join Keith Moon in the afterlife

1982 – Pete’s “Uniforms (Corps d’Esprit)” is released in Britain where it peaks at #48. The B-side is the non-LP track “Dance It Away” that was originally written for The Who’s Face Dances album.

1989 – The Who play Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida

1993 – Pete appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and performs “English Boys” and “Face the Face”

1994 – Roger begins his orchestral celebration tour of the music of Pete Townshend at Red Rocks in Denver. His band consists of John on bass, Pete’s brother Simon on guitar and Zak Starkey on drums. The highlight of the show is an abridged version of Quadrophenia. Before the show Roger and John are interviewed about the new Who boxset. Roger shows his attitude towards it by turning the boxset upside down and dumping the contents on the ground

2007 – The Who: Live in Houston, Texas 1975 is released as a semi-legal DVD in Europe

2011 – Roger plays the Lokerse Festival in Belgium

2012 – Roger is at the Royal Academy of Arts attending the UK creative industries reception hosted by the British Government

Today in Whostory: 7/29/2019

1964 – The High Numbers play the Scene Club in Soho

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

1966 – The Merseys release a single in Britain of “So Sad About Us,” written for them by Pete who also produces (although Kit Lambert is listed as producer on the label). The B-side, “Love Will Continue,” features John on French horn. It fails to chart

1967 – The Who play the Municipal Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama

1968 – The Who play the Tamarack Lodge in Greenfield Park, New York

1971 – The Who play the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York. It rains so hard that The Who have to perform with rubber mats on their shoes to stave off electrocution. The show kicks off with “Love Ain’t For Keeping” and includes other new songs, “Pure and Easy,” “My Wife,” “Bargain,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Not only does Pete smash two guitars, but John also smashes his Gibson Thunderbird bass. The opening act is Labelle. Tragedy partly overshadows the show as 22-year old usher George Byington is stabbed to death by a gatecrasher. Fan Ira Zadikow shoots part of this show in 8mm.

1974 – Mama Cass dies of a heart attack in the very same apartment where Keith Moon will die four years later.

1989 – The Who play Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida

1994 – The Who tribute CD Who Covers Who is released in the U.S. nearly a year after its U.K. release

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play the Melody Music Fair in North Tonawanda, New York

1995 – Roger is a guest on the Australian TV show Hey Hey It’s Saturday where he is presented with a plaque from Polydor Records celebrating the 30 years of The Who. After this he performs “Pinball Wizard” accompanied by Simon Townshend on guitar.

1997 – The Who play the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1999 – The John Entwistle Band play the Voodoo Lounge in Bayside Queens, New York

1999 – During a radio broadcast, Pete announces that The Who will reunite for a benefit show for the Maryville Academy at the Chicago House Of Blues on November 19th

2002 – The Who play Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania

2004 – The Who play the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2006 – The Who play the Pabellón Príncipe Felipe in Zaragoza, Spain. After this show Pete has to cancel live streams of The Who performing because Roger and Pete’s own music publisher have insisted that they be paid

2012 – Roger attends Sir Paul McCartney’s summer party at his home in London.

2017 – The Who play The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada

Today in Whostory: 7/28/2019

1964 – The High Numbers play the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone

1965 – The Who play the Pontiac Club at Zeeta House in Putney. They play only one set due to a sound failure. This show did feature “My Generation”, the earliest known performance of the song

1965 – Glyn Johns prepares tape copies of “Anyhow Anywhere Anyway” [sic] and “Anytime You Want Me” for Australasian release at IBC Studios in London

1965 – Richard Cole applies for a position as a roadie for The Who. His trial by fire working for them prepares for his future employment as Led Zeppelin’s tour manager.

1966 – The Who play Queen’s Hall in Barnstaple, Devon

1967 – The Who play the Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Alabama. Before the show Keith leaves the hotel, attracting the attention of some local toughs who shove the British “longhair” through a plate glass window.

1967 – The Dutch TV show Hoopla airs an interview with Pete they had recorded the previous month

1968 – The Who play the Marine Stadium in Miami, Florida

1969 – The Who play “The Fillmore” at the Locarno Ballroom in Sunderland

1992 – Roger’s solo album Rocks In The Head is released in the U.S. It does not make the album charts and its low sales silence Roger’s solo recording career for 26 years.

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play the Starlite Music Theatre in Latham, New York

1997 – The Who play the Molson Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1999 – Pete performs at the Supper Club in New York City as part of a release party for his forthcoming new CD Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy. It is by invitation only with a meet and greet prior. Pete performs a solo set and then is joined by Eddie Vedder who also appears on the CD. The John Entwistle Band is in the audience.

1999 – Pete and Eddie Vedder tape an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman performing “A Heart To Hang Onto” and “Magic Bus”

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles” featuring John on bass play the Carolina Amphitheater in Marion, South Carolina

2002 – Maxene, the second Mrs. Entwistle, sells her inside story on John and The Who to The Mail On Sunday. She tells them that John hated the others, he hated touring but had to because he was perpetually broke, he had to use the £1 million advance from the current tour to pay off gambling debts, Townshend hates Mick Jagger because he is so rich, none of the band like each other and never meet except to work and John had a huge drink and cocaine problem.

2004 – The Who play the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2011 – Roger plays the Royal Hall in the Villa Marina, Douglas on the Isle of Man

2014 – Roger performs at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia