Today in Whostory: 1/31/2021

1964 – The Detours play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill, opening for the Big Three.

1965 – The Who appear by on Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio! which was pre-recorded on the 22nd.

1966 – The Who play the Coed Eva Community College in Cwmbran, Monmouthshire with Pieces Of Mind opening

1967 – The Who play the Palais in Ilford, Essex.

1968 – The last show of the tour is at the Town Hall in Wellington. After the show, Marriott receives a new, high-powered stereo to replace the one “vandals” had destroyed the day before. By 3am he has it cranked up full blast. Keith drops by to admire the work the hotel has done rebuilding the room, grabs an ashtray and sends it flying through the French windows. Once again, Steve, Keith and Wiggy start shoving the TV set through the window and smashing everything in the room. This time the hotel manager catches them in the act. The three miscreants have to pay 781 New Zealand dollars then and there or go to court. Wiggy responds by picking up an antique chair, throwing it through the window, and announcing “F*** it let’s make it a grand!”

1968 – Go-Set magazine prints Pete’s answers to 30 questions. Asked if marijuana should be legalized, he answers no.
Also features image from the “Big Show” tour in Australia

1969 – It was Pete’s intention to finish the Who’s rock opera, then make a pilgrimage to India to finally meet his avatar, Meher Baba. He misses his chance as Meher Baba passes on, or “drops his body” in his followers’ words.

1969 – The Who wrap up rehearsals at the Whitehall Theatre

1975 – Keith attends a party celebrating Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Academy Of Music show.

1976 – Pete flies to India to revisit Meher Baba’s tomb and is videotaped giving an acoustic performance of “Pinball Wizard” and “Drowned” for a small circle of Baba followers

1977 – Keith Moon is a presenter at the 1977 American Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills

1981 – The Who play the second of two nights at the Cornwall Coliseum in St. Austell

1987 – Billboard magazine carries an ad from BMI – “The Choice of Successful Songwriters and Composers The World Over”

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play Mama Kin’s Music Hall in Boston.

2002 – The Who play the Watford Colosseum in Watford, Hertfordshire

2012 – Lawrence Ball’s double-CD “Method Music” is released. Produced by Pete and Bob Lord, the work is based on a computer program developed by Ball inspired by Pete’s Lifehouse ideas from 1970-1971.

Today in Whostory: 1/30/2021

1964 – The Detours the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1965 – The Who play the Ealing Club

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1966 – The Who play the Beachcomber Club in Leigh, Lancashire. Roger is interviewed backstage by David Dutton for “The Pop Scene.” He says The Who have stopped smashing their instruments because, “we’re so skint we stand to go to jail.”

Read something about it here

1968 – The Who and Small faces fly to Wellington with one day off before their next show. Steve Marriott celebrates his 21st birthday with a party and, when a record player he is given by EMI begins to malfunction, out the hotel window it goes. Soon, with more than a little help from Keith and Who roadie “Wiggy” Wolff, the entire contents of the hotel room are flying out the window to smash in the street below. For now, they all escape by telling the arriving police that someone must have broken in and wrecked the room.

1969 – The Who continue rehearsals at Whitehall Theater

1970 – The Who return to the Concertgebouw in Amerstam, The Netherlands

1981 – The Who play the first of two nights at the Cornwall Coliseum in St. Austell, Cornwell

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play Tramps in New York

2007 – Ruth’s Hat releases their CD “Nostalgic For Right Now” featuring a cover of “I Can’t Explain”.

You can listen to a small sample here

2013 – The Who play the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California

2013 – Pete has a book signing for his autobiography at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Today in Whostory: 1/29/2021

1965 – The Who making both their first nationwide TV appearance and their first time on the show that will become important in their history Ready Steady GO! To make the best of the situation Lambert packs the audience with The Who’s fan club known as “The 100 Faces.” Decked out in Who scarves given to them by the Who’s management The 100 Faces’ enthusiastic response spills over to the national teen audience.

1966 – The Who play the Imperial Ballroom in Nelson

1967 – Pete appears at the Roundhouse’s “Uncommon Market” bazaar at noon but it isn’t clear if he actually played.

1967 – The Who play the Saville Theatre in Camden, London, the first Who show booked by Brian Epstein’s NEMS Enterprises. The opening act is The Koobas followed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. In their first match up, reviewers say Hendrix’s show tops The Who’s. Part of this is because Hendrix ends his set by smashing his guitar and amplifiers, leaving The Who with no climax to their set. Pete walks out and says, “Well we’re not going to top that. You lot might as well go home now.” The Who’s set does have two surprises. John smashes a mechanical doll walking across the stage, and the mini-opera “A Quick One While He’s Away” has its live premiere.

1968 – The Who play two shows at the Town Hall in Auckland. Neither The Who nor The Small Faces can be heard because of the ancient P.A. system used by the hall. Between shows the bands return to their hotel and come close to abandoning the tour. The thought that there were only three more shows to go and the money that went with them get the groups to return.

1971 – Frank Zappa’s videotape movie 200 Motels begins shooting and concludes on the 29th.

1972 – Pete takes off for his first trip to India

1973 – The Who tape their appearance on BBC-2’s TV programme The Old Grey Whistle Test. The show opens with a mimed version of “Relay” with live vocals that runs noticeably longer than the released single. Later they played the as yet unreleased “Long Live Rock” (a planned next single?). Pete and Roger trade vocals and a high kick from Pete lands him on his back. The audio from the show is released in 2000 on the CD BBC Sessions

1975 – Keith Moon and David Essex attend the U.S. premier of the movie Stardust at the SackCheri Complex, Boston. Afterwards Columbia Pictures holds a cocktail party at the Ritz-Carlton.

1976 – Rolling Stone magazine carries a review of Lisztomania (Soundtrack)

1977 – New Musical Express reports on the Pete/Sex Pistols meeting earlier in the month. “He thinks he’s past it but he ain’t really, he’s still great,” says Cook. Jones adds, “he was a really great geezer even though he was, like, paralytic.”

1986 – Pete takes his solo band Deep End to perform at Cannes. David Gilmour of Pink Floyd again plays electric guitar during the show.

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play The Chameleon in Lancaster Pennsylvania

1997 – Original cast members of the movie Quadrophenia and the press take the Quadrophenia Express from Victoria Station to Brighton. They are met by Brighton’s mayor and a group of Mods to celebrate the re-release of the film.

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2001 – Roger travels to Los Angeles to act in a movie called .com For Murder also starring Nastassja Kinski, Nicollette Sheridan and Huey Lewis.

2002 – “The Concert For New York”, featuring The Who’s performance from the previous October, is released on DVD

2013 – Pete and Roger are interviewed on both BBC One Breakfast and in The Sun