Today’s News – February 29, 2020 at 09:18AM


Today in Whostory: 2/29/2020

1964 – The Who play the Evershed Sports Pavilion on Harlequin Avenue in Brentford

1996 – Pete Townshend’s solo album Empty Glass is certified platinum by the RIAA sixteen years after its release.

1996 – The John Entwistle band play in San Diego at Belly Up Tavern

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play the Belly Up Tavern in San Diego, California

1996 – Pete’s 1980 solo album Empty Glass is certified platinum by the RIAA

Today’s News – February 28, 2020 at 11:44PM


Today in Whostory: 2/28/2020

1963 – The Detours play The Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play the Goldhawk Social Club

1965 – The Who play the Agincourt Ballroom in Camberley, Surrey

1966 – The Who play the Eltham Baths in Eltham Hill, London

1968 – The Who and their entourage board a bus for a three-day trip to Canada.

1973 – All four members of The Who gather in London at the offices of A&M to receive gold records for the orchestral version of Tommy.

1975 – John’s fourth solo album, Mad Dog, is released. With only one or two exceptions, the album is roundly panned by the rock press and sells less than John’s previous efforts. It does not chart in the U.K. and reaches only #192 in its one week on the Billboard charts.

1976 – The Who play the Olympiahalle in Munich, West Germany

1976 – “Squeeze Box” hits its U.K. chart peak at #10.

1981 – The Who play the Deeside Leisure Centre in Queensferry, Flintshire, Wales

1991 – Roger attends the premiere of Buddy’s Song in London. The movie starring and co-produced by Roger, is based on the Nigel Hinton novel Buddy and a 1986 TV adaptation that also starred Roger. In the movie, Roger plays a middle-aged Rocker (as opposed to Mod) raising a teenage son who wants to enter the music business. The actor playing the son, Chesney Hawkes, releases a single from the movie, “The One And Only,” that goes to #1 in the U.K. charts

1995 – Fourteen days after the 25th anniversary of the performance, an expanded CD of Live At Leeds is released. It includes the entirety of the non-Tommy part of the concert (with a few edits) plus “Amazing Journey/Sparks” from Tommy. Almost all of the “crackle” present on the original recording is removed electronically. The CD is released both in jewel-case form and as a limited-edition album sized package that includes reproductions of the Who documents that were in the original album release, providing more “Rare Who documents Discovered In Album!” items to show up on ebay. The CD reaches #59 on the British charts.

1996 – The John Entwistle band play in Phoenix at Club Congress

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play The Congress Club in Phoenix, Arizona

2006 – Pete moves into his home studio, Oceanic, to record the backing tracks for the new Who album Endless Wire. Pete plays everything himself for the most part. Pino Palladino (bass), John Bundrick (keyboards) and Peter Huntingdon (drums) are pulled in to give a Who-like rock band sound to some tracks.

2007 – The Who play the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona

2010 – Roger Daltrey opens for Eric Clapton at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham

2013 – The Who play the Concert to benefit Teen Cancer America at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York

Today in Whostory: 2/27/2020

1964 – The Who play at the Oldfield Hotel In Greenford

1965 – The Who hold an in-store appearance at W.G. Stores, Ltd. in Shepherd’s Bush.

1965 – Cashbox magazine’s “Bios for Deejays” features The Who

1967 – The Who return to London and head to De Lane Lea Music studio and to the Saville Theatre for rehearsals. A German film crew was on-hand for their arrival at the airport and attended the rehearsals. Footage would be used in a German TV special later in the year.

1967 – The second half of an interview with Pete in International Times is published. In it he discusses the art of auto-destruction and his ability to make social comments through pop songs.

1968 – The Who are taken to an abandoned warehouse in Hollywood by director Austin John Marshall who shoots a Monkees-style promo film for “Call Me Lightning” featuring a mechanical Keith being pursued by the other band members. It is later featured in the movie The Kids Are Alright with “Cobwebs and Strange” placed on the soundtrack.

1976 – The Who play the Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland

1993 – Pete completes two years of on-and-off recording for his next solo album Psychoderelict and the master tapes are delivered to Atlantic Records

1995 – Roger Daltrey’s character, Hugh Fitzcairn, is killed on Highlander: The Series. The name of the episode is “Star-Crossed.”

1996 – Tommy Keene releases his album Ten Years After featuring a cover of “It’s Not True”. You can listen to it on youtube here

2001 – Rap artist Hesher releases his self-titled CD containing “Whose Generation,” a rap version of “My Generation.” You can listen to it on youtube here

2004 – Pete delivers a diary entry from New York. He is there to play the new Who tracks for Universal Records CEO Doug Morris

2008 – Virgin Radio in the U.K. makes headlines by banning The Beatles’ music from the station after listeners vote them off. Consulted for comment, Roger Daltrey says “I didn’t like all their music. I can understand that everything has its sell-by date.”

2010 – Roger opens for Eric Clapton at Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee

2013 – Simon plays a solo show at Joe’s Pub in New York City. You can watch the show on youtube starting here
Visit simon’s website for photos of the show here

2016 – The Who play the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan