Today in Whostory: 1/25/2022

1964 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1967 – The Who are at the Kingsway Theatre in Hadleigh, Essex supported by The Roulettes, Sound Around, the She Trinity, and the Sovereigns. Here’s their set for the show: “I Can’t Explain,” “So Sad About Us,” “Barbara Ann,” “Run Run Run,” “Don’t Look Away,” “Substitute,” “I’m A Boy,” “Happy Jack” and “My Generation.

1968 – The Who play the Festival Hall in Melbourne. See more about this show and the other Australian dates here

1969 – The Who play a belated “New Year’s Ball” at Borough Road College in Isleworth, Middlesex . They are supported by the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, Terry Lightfoot’s Jazz Band, the Pyramids and the Almond Marzipan Abbottfield Dance Orchestra.

1975 – Tony Palmer in Melody Maker writes an early review of Tommy: The Movie which he declares “a major work of art.

1975 – John Entwistle and his band The Ox play at Leicester University

1981 – The Who open their 1981 U.K. tour at Granby Halls in Leicester. The opening act is The Q-Tips. The Who’s set is lighter on their 60’s songs and heavier on their 70’s material than usual.

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play at Tuxedo Junction in Danbury Connecticut

1999 – The CD Humanary Stew: A Tribute to Alice Cooper is released in the U.K. Roger sings “No More Mr. Nice Guy” accompanied by Slash on guitar.
You can listen to it on youtube here

2013 – Pete receives the Les Paul Award at the 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards held in Anaheim, California. On hand to perform Pete’s music are Eric Burdon, Tenacious D, Phil Chen, Julia Fordham, David Pack, Narada Michael Walden and Tal Wilenfeld. Pete performs “Let My Love Open the Door” with Eric Burdon.

2013 – Roger is reportedly at the Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas

Today in Whostory: 1/24/2022

1964 – The Detours play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill, opening for the Hollies

1967 – “Happy Jack” appears on Sweden’s Kvällstoppen sales chart where it will peak at #8

1968 – The Australian tour flies to Essendon Airport in Melbourne, Victoria. A press conference gathers in the V.I.P lounge. Reporters badger the two groups demanding to know what drugs they had smuggled into the country and what they were high on now. When one reporter gets in Pete’s face, Pete punches him.

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1969 – The Who play the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

1969 – Roger is fined £11 at Luton for minor motoring offenses

1970 – The Who play Tommy at Der Kunglige Teater in Copenhagen. Due to the bitter cold in Copenhagen on this date, Pete introduces the opera as “Tommy on Ice!” Leading members of the Danish government take the first two rows for themselves but walkout halfway through. Despite the highbrow attention, The Who find no room at the inn as their reservations at the Copenhagen Inn are turned down due to a hotel policy against “long-haired pop groups.”

You can listen to the show on YouTube here

1970 – Melody Maker prints the article: “Who in colour tv film.” It says The Who are the subject of a documentary being shot for European TV featuring concerts and behind-the-scenes footage.

1971 – Pete and Keith are drinking at the Speakeasy when Frank Zappa asks them if they want to be in his new video movie 200 Motels, then shooting at Pinewood Studios in London. Pete begs off, being too busy with Lifehouse, but Keith takes up his offer.

1975 – John Entwistle and his band play the University of East Anglia in Norwich

1977 – Eric Clapton records a guitar overdub for Roger’s One of the Boys solo LP. The results aren’t quite good enough to use, however, after Eric gets soused on Roger’s gift of a barrel of Fuller’s Superstrong Ale.

1980 – Chet Flippo writes a lengthy report on December’s Cincinnati tragedy for Rolling Stone . He reveals that various citizens and city officials had warned that something like this was going to happen at Riverfront Coliseum as early as three years before. In another article, promoter Larry Magid calls the tragedy a “symptom of society” that could happen again

You can read the article here:

1996 – John appears on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”

2005 – The New Yorker carries a cartoon captioned “Pete Townshend Vineyards”

2007 – Pete reveals on his website that he and Roger had a business meeting prior to the South Bank Awards show and decided on a European tour for May followed by a winter tour of Japan, Australia and Hawaii. He also discusses a recent French author’s view that soon all music will be available for downloading for free: “iTunes are getting away with murder, and the French want to stop them. Oh! I warned you all back in 1986 and no one listened.”

2012 – “Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan” is released. It includes a cover of “Corrina, Corrina” by Pete Townshend.

Watch a short documentary on Pete talking about this on youtube here

You can also watch him recording the song on youtube here

2012 – It is announced that Pete has sold his interest in his entire song catalog to the Spirit Music Group. You can read about it here

2013 – Roger Daltrey joins with Steven Tyler to perform at the Raise Your Voice benefit in Los Angeles. The event is in honor of Dr. Steven Zeitels whose techniques gave new life to both singers’ voices.

2019 – posts an article from Pete about recording with Gordon Giltrap MBE. You can see it here:

2019 – carries an article entitled “Pete Townshend Talks New The Who Album & Avoiding Certain Songs In Their Catalog” by Gary Graff

You can read it here

Today’s News – January 23, 2022 at 09:07AM