Today in Whostory: 3/31/2021

1963 – The Detours play the Douglas House in Bayswater

1965 – The Who play the Bromel Club at the Bromel Court Hotel in Bromley Hill, Kent

1966 – The Who recorded “Substitute”, “Dancing In The Street”, “Man With Money”, “Barbara Ann”” and “My Generation” for the French TV Show “Music Hall de France”

1966 – The Daily Express carries a story titled “A family business – entertaining” about Pete and his family

1967 – The Who play the RKO Radio Theater in New York, New York

1968 – The Who play Constitution Hall in Washington DC. Opening for them is The Troggs, Orpheus and the Beacon Street Union.

1969 – Having spent a few days with the missus and child Pete returns to The Who at Pan Sound 23 Denmark Street in London for some additional recording . Afterwards the band goes onto the studio rooftop for a publicity photo shoot.

1973 – Keith becomes the first member of The Who to return to Australia after the disastrous 1968 tour. He is there to play Uncle Ernie in the Antipodean production of the orchestral version of Tommy at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. The show is delayed from the night before because of rain. Roger had been offered the lead role but refused to go. The show will be broadcast on the radio on April 3rd, and on television on April 13th.

1974 – The King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcasts an edited version of The Who’s Dec. 4th 1973 Philadelphia concert in the U.S. and Canada. The broadcast is presented quadraphonically encoded for those with the appropriate equipment listening at home. After the show a sixty-second spot is aired announcing that The Who will perform for the first time at New York’s Madison Square Garden that June playing four shows. The ad is the only promotion for these concerts. Tickets for all four shows sell out in fifteen hours. This broadcast would become the source of many bootleg albums, most famously “Tales From The Who” with it’s cover by William Stout

1980 – The Who play the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany

1981 – The BPI in London awards a silver disc for Face Dances

1990 – The Who release a three-album or two-CD boxset of their 1989 tour called Join Together in the US.

2006 – Johnny Was, with Roger playing a gangster named Jimmy, premieres at the Belfast Film Festival.

2007 – The Who play the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gore, London

2008 – Richie Havens releases a new album Nobody Left To Crown featuring a cover of “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. You can listen to it on youtube here

2009 – The Who play the Acer Arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Today in Whostory: 3/30/2021

1965 – The Who play the Marquee Club in London

1966 – Pete is photographed with his parents by Larry Ellis of the Daily Express

1967 – The Who play the RKO Radio Theater in New York, New York

1968 – The Who play the Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, New York

1970 – Pete appears on the late night ITV television show “A Broad Look At Pop”

1974 – Record Mirror carries an ad for “Peppermint Allsorts”, “The first of four tasty albums”

1976 – The Who play the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado

1977 – Pete demos “Never Ask Me” at Eel Pie Studios. It is intended but rejected for the next Who album. Pete later sends it to Quincy Jones for the next Frank Sinatra album, but Jones also rejects it. It ultimately ends up on Another Scoop. You can listen to it on YouTube here

1980 – The Who play the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria

1981 – The double LP Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea, collected from the December 1979 concerts at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, is released in the U.S. The Who make up side one of the disc but the set starts with Pete’s accidentally out-of-tune performance on “Baba O’Riley.” It reaches #36 on the Billboard charts. The U.K. release follows on 3rd April reaching #39. The album is one of the few Who releases never to have a legitimate release on CD

1993 – Pete receives a Very Special Arts award at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York for The Who’s Tommy.

1993 – Pete and members of the Grateful Dead attend a preview performance of Tommy at Broadway’s St. James Theater

2004 – The best-of compilation The Who: Then & Now 1964-2004 is released featuring the two new recordings, “Real Good Looking Boy” and “Old Red Wine (for John).”

2004 – Roger greets Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Albert Hall with supporters of Teenage Cancer Trust. “I asked her to speak up because I’m in a rock ‘n’ roll band. She did speak up, she was very gracious.” Roger performs that night with Paul Weller, James Dean Bradfield and Kelly Jones doing “The Kids Are Alright” and “Magic Bus.”

2006 – Roger receives a Lifetime Achievement award at the 22nd Radio Academy Awards held at the CafĂ© de Paris in London

2006 – Roger joins Razorlight at the Teenage Trust Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and sings “Summertime Blues.”

2010 – The Who play the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gore, London1

2017 – The Who play the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gore, London

Today in Whostory: 3/29/2021

1963 – The Detours were advertised to play their weekly gig at the Grand Ballroom in Broadstairs, but instead they play two sets at the College of Distributive Trade in the Charing Cross Road. They were paid £25.

1964 – The first pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, begins broadcasting from a ship off the British coast. This commercial radio station uses its location in international waters to circumvent the government-owned and commercial-free BBC radio, then a stodgy institution almost totally adverse to playing British and American rock ‘n’ roll. With Radio Caroline’s success, a literal fleet of pirate radio stations, playing all the latest rock ‘n’ roll, soon take to the air.

1964 – The Who play the Florida Rooms in Brighton with the Mark Leeman Five opening. This is the first show at “The Scene” – a regular residency at the aquarium, promoted by Bob Druce and later Bonni Manzi

1966 – The Who travel to Paris to rehearse for an appearance on the French television show Music Hall de France.

1967 – The Who play the RKO Radio Theater in New York, New York

1968 – The Who play Baldwin Gymnasium at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey with Orpheus opening.

1969 – Keith is interviewed in Record Mirror. He talks about how The Who’s attention is increasingly drawn to America and the “Pinball Wizard” b-side that he still calls by its original title, “The Dark Side Of…”

1973 – Roger appears on Top Of The Pops on BBC-2 to promote his first solo single “Giving It All Away.”

1993 – Pete attends the first dress rehearsal for The Who’s Tommy on Broadway. He has his first alcoholic drink in eight years and, coincidentally, begins an affair with the New York journalist Lisa Marsh around this time

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play Lupos Heartbreak in Providence, Rhode Island

2004 – The Who play the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gore, London

2006 – Pete premieres the song “Endless Wire” on In The Attic.

2009 – The Who play the Melbourne Grand Prix in Albert Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2012 – Roger, Ron Wood and Paul Weller join Paul McCartney in a performance of “Get Back” at the Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall

2016 – The Who play the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado

Today’s News – March 28, 2021 at 11:23PM