Today in Whostory: 11/30/2019

1962 – The Detours play at the Grand Ballroom in Kent. Admission four shillings.

1963 – The Detours’ first performance at the Railway Hotel in Greenford, in a club that is a Mod hangout run by Pete’s friend and fellow Art School student Richard Barnes.

1965 – The Who play the Town Hall in High Wycombe

1968 – Pete tells Disc magazine that his new opera will feature orchestration.

1968 – The Who play Manchester University in Manchester

1970 – John begins recording the first Who solo album, Smash Your Head Against The Wall at Trident Studios.

1971 – The Who play the second of two nights at The Warehouse in New Orleans.

1973 – The Who play the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan. This show is later bootlegged as Rough Action.

1974 – MCA releases Magic Bus/The Who Sings My Generation and A Quick One (Happy Jack)/The Who Sell Out as double LP’s in the U.S. A Quick One/Sell Out reaches #185 on the Billboard charts and a rather poorly mastered copy of “Heatwave “, which was not included on the 1967 Happy Jack album, makes its official U.S. debut on that album.

1975 – The Who play the Assembly Hall at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana

1979 – The Who open their 1979 North American Tour at the Masonic Temple Auditorium in Detroit, a small venue for this now very popular band to please The Who’s loyal Detroit following who were disappointed that they were initially scheduled to perform only at Detroit’s cavernous Silver Dome. “I Can See For Miles “ is reintroduced to the live set for the first time since 1967 and the encore begins with a medley of “Dancing In The Street “ and Pete’s “Dance It Away. “

1979 – Lesley Duncan releases a single in the U.K. for UNICEF entitled “Sing Children Sing”. Pete is singing in the chorus on the single along with Kate Bush and Phil Lynott.

1982 – The Who play the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama

1985 – Who’s Missing is issued in the U.S. Among the collection of B-sides and European-only tracks is the first releases of “Leaving Here, “ “Lubie (Come Back Home), “ and a 1971 live version of “Bargain. “ Pete pens the liner notes ending “listening to Who’s Missing I realize that many of us will always be – missing The Who. “ The album peaks at #116 in the U.S. charts.

1999 – Pete is interviewed on Front Row (BBC Radio 4) and Nightwaves (BBC Radio 3)

2006 – The Third of Never releases their album Moodring with a cover of “Let My Love Open The Door” with guest keyboards by The Who’s own John “Rabbit” Bundrick

2007 – Pete and Roger appear on Later With Jools Holland. They perform “The Seeker,” “Tea and Theatre,” “My Generation” and “Baba O’Riley.” There is also a sit-down interview. The show was recorded on the 25th

2012 – The Who play the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois

2014 – The Who played the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Today in Whostory: 11/29/2019

1963 – The Detours play at the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd’s Bush

1964 – The Who play the Trade Union Hall in Watford

1965 – A show at St. Matthew’s Hall in Norwich is cancelled after the band’s van is incapable of getting through snowdrifts across the road.

1965 – Who producer Shel Talmy masters a recent recording he has made of the band The Untamed covering “It’s Not True.”

1966 – The Who play the Winter Gardens in Malvern. It is reported that CBS-TV U.S. filmed the show for CBS Reports.

1967 – The Who play the Union Catholic High School Gymnasium in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. The supporting act is the Decoys. Admission is $2.50.

1971 – The Who play the first of two nights at The Warehouse in New Orleans. This show is later booted as Gutter Punks At A Warehouse.

1973 – The Who play at the Chicago International Amphitheater. Backstage, Graham Hughes puts The Who in football helmets to shoot the sleeve for Odds And Sods. Due to size problems, Pete and Roger switch helmets.

1982 – The Who play the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky

1985 – Pete releases his first post-Who solo album. White City – A Novel is the soundtrack to a short film that is released simultaneously with the LP as a videotape. In the film, Pete plays a version of himself, visiting an old working-class friend who lives in the titular housing project and is recently divorced from a swimming instructor. The film is followed by an explanatory interview by Pete and an in-studio performance of the otherwise-unreleased song “Night School. “ Positive reviews for the album come from Variety, Michael Tearson in Audio, Bill Milkowski in Down Beat and Rob Tannenbaum in Rolling Stone, both of the latter calling it Pete’s best work since Empty Glass. Negative reviews, however, tend to be very negative with slams by Billy Altman in Spin ( “pretentiously boring “), Will Smith in Melody Maker ( “a pitiful specimen “) and Craig Zeller in Creem who says Pete should give it up as far as rock ‘n’ roll is concerned. The film is reviewed by Stephen Holden in The New York Times who, although he enjoys the musical performances, finds the rest odd and moody with overblown symbolism. Deidre Rockmaker in Goldmine also gives the film a bad review, but positive reviews come from Ned Geesin in People ( “tremendously touching “), Tony Seideman in Rolling Stone ( “art with a capital A “) and Louis Meredith in Stereo Review who compares it favorably with the work of John Cassavetes. The album peaks at #70 in the U.K. but reaches #26 in the U.S. It is the last record to date by The Who or one of its members to reach the American Top Forty.

1999 – Pete appears on The Jan Payne Show on BBC Radio 5 for a live interview promoting his upcoming radio play version of Lifehouse

1999 – The Radio Times prints an interview with Pete in which he says he’s not gay, he has a girlfriend, and he and his wife Karen are now separated.

2006 – Pete and Rachel hold another In The Attic session at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Sean Lennon performs and Jimmy Fallon hosts the show.

2010 – James Wood writes a long piece for The New Yorker praising Keith Moon’s drumming. Entitled “Personal History: The Fun Stuff: My Life as Keith Moon”, the article says “Moon was the drums not because he was the most technically accomplished of drummers but because his joyous, semaphoring lunacy suggested a man possessed by the antic spirit of drumming. He was pure, irresponsible, restless childishness”.

2011 – Bonafide releases a cover of “I Can’t Explain” as a single.

2011 – The Catalan girl group Macedònia releases their album Els nens dels altres featuring a cover of “I’m A Boy”.

2012 – The Who play the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois