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Today in Whostory: 10/29/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/29/2020

1965 - The Who play the Startlite Ballroom in Greenford 1965 - The Who's new single, "My Generation" backed with...
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Today in Whostory: 10/28/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/28/2020

1964 - The High Numbers play the Town Hall in Greenwich 1965 - The Who play the Locarno Ballroom in...
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Today in Whostory: 10/27/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/27/2020

1963 - The Detours play St. Mary's Hall in Putney 1964 - The High Numbers perform at Leo's Cavern at...
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Today in Whostory: 10/26/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/26/2020

1963 - The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford 1967 - Mono mixes of “Jaguar” and “Rael” are prepared...
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Today in Whostory: 10/25/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/25/2020

1963 - The Detours play the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd's Bush 1965 - The Who play the Trade Union...
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Today in Whostory: 10/24/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/24/2020

1963 - The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford 1964 - The band, advertised as “The High Numbers -...
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Today in Whostory: 10/23/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/23/2020

1965 - The Who play the Rhodes Centre in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire 1966 - The Who play the MFF-Stadion in...
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Today in Whostory: 10/22/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/22/2020

1964 - EMI sends Kit Labert a letter of rejection for The High Numbers. The rejection letter is later included...
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Today in Whostory: 10/21/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/21/2020

1966 - The Who play the Konserthallen in Gothenburg 1966 - The Who appear on Ready, Steady, Go! performing (lip-synced)...
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Today in Whostory: 10/20/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/20/2020

1964 - The High Numbers perform at the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone 1965 - The Who play the Top Rank...
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Today in Whostory: 10/29/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/29/2020

1965 – The Who play the Startlite Ballroom in Greenford

1965 – The Who’s new single, “My Generation” backed with “Shout and Shimmy,” is released in the U.K. by Brunswick. Derek Johnson says in New Musical Express, “Analyse the ingredients for a hit and you’ll find them all in this disc. A storming, raving shake-beat, with crashing cymbals, raucous guitar, reverberating bass and hand-claps throughout – and that’s just the backing. The lyric is topical and loaded with teenage appeal, about the snooty approach of some adults to youngsters. Sung with verve, a strong blues feel and an occasional stuttering gimmick, with chanting supporting the soloist.”

1967 – The Who play the Coventry Theatre. The stage manager drops the curtain on The Who’s second set in the middle of their performance and pipes in the National Anthem. Pete again loses it, smashing his guitar, knocking over the amps, kicking out the footlights then hurling an amp at the head of the stage manager.

1970 – The Who play the Hammersmith Palais in Hammersmith, London.

1971 – The Who play the ABC Cinema in Hull. Before the show, Keith says something offensive to a visiting Sandie Shaw so Pete gets in a loud argument with him and ends by stuffing Keith into a wardrobe and nailing him into it. This, of course, delays the performance and The Who have to shorten their set.

1973 – The Who play the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton

1975 – The Who play the Stadthalle in Bremen, Germany

1982 – The Who play the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. T-Bone Burnett and the Clash open

1982 – The Who hold a press conference at the 20th Century Fox lot in Hollywood. Fox CEO Alan Herschfield announces that The Who’s final concert in Toronto will be available live on pay-per-view in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and South America. At the conference Pete declares that there will be no more Who tours “of this scale” although there may be a tour of Europe. Roger says there will be no more tours although there may be individual shows. John says he is openly opposed to stopping touring.

1996 – The Who play the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado

1999 – The Who returns as a five-piece unit, the first time since Live Aid fourteen years before, when they play iBash for the Pixelon Corporation in Las Vegas. Pete is on loud electric guitar as songs long unplayed, such as “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” are revived. None of it helps Pixelon. Within a year the Pixelon Corporation goes out of business after its founder is discovered to be a fugitive wanted for bilking elderly investors of $1 million during the 1980s.

1999 – Pete opens his website and announces a Lifehouse 6-CD boxset and planned Lifehouse concert

2006 – The Who play The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London

2006 – The Who appear on “Parkinson” on ITV1 in the UK and perform “- Black Widow’s EyesYou can watch it on YouTube here

2008 – The Who play the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey

2011 – Roger play the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

2012 – Murray Head releases his album My Back Pages featuring a cover of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” You can listen to it on YouTube here

Today in Whostory: 10/28/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/28/2020

1964 – The High Numbers play the Town Hall in Greenwich

1965 – The Who play the Locarno Ballroom in Swindon, Wiltshire

1966 – The Who play the Palais d’Hiver de Lyon in Villeurbanne, Lyon, France

1966 – New Musical Express carries an article titled “Who disc row ends; LP and single on new label soon”

1967 – The Who start a package tour of the U.K. with supporting acts Traffic, The Herd, The Marmalade and The Tremeloes. The Who play twelve songs during their first set at City Hall in Sheffield but, after the first show runs long, The Who’s second set is cut short when the stage manager orders them offstage after three songs. Pete goes ballistic, smashing two speakers and The Herd’s lighting gear. Roger tries to stop him and they begin to scuffle. When the stage manager tries to break it up, Pete grabs him by the throat and drags him offstage where he continues smashing things backstage.

1967 – The Who make their final appearance on BBC Saturday Club

1967 – Keith Altham reports in New Musical Express on a chaotic meeting at a recording studio attended by The Who and manager Kit Lambert. Pete describes The Who’s singles prior to “I Can See For Miles” as “too flimsy, too poignant, too prissy. We wanted to do something that would be unexpected. Something that would demand something of the public.”
You can read it here

1967 – “I Can See For Miles” enters the Disc and Music Echo “Chart Topper” chart at #29

1971 – The Who play the Odeon Cinema in Manchester

1972 – The United States Council For World Affairs adopts “Join Together” as its anthem

1973 – The Who play Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-trent

1975 – The Who play the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria

1989 – Pete appears with Eric Clapton on the BBC-TV talk show Saturday Matters where they talk about their respective careers and together perform the Muddy Waters’ song “Standin’ Around Cryin’.”,

1996 – Message To Love: The Isle Of Wight Festival, 1970 featuring the one Who track “Naked Eye” and The Who Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival, 1970 are released in the U.S. by Columbia/Legacy. The latter CD peaks at #194.

1997 – Angel Air Records releases Eddie Hardin’s CD Wizard’s Convention – Vol. 2 with a guest appearance by John on bass on the track “Sultana”. You can listen to a sample of it here

1999 – The Who rehearse for tomorrows iBash for the Pixelon Corporation in Las Vegas

2002 – Phish release the CD Live Phish 14: 10/31/95 Rosemont Horizon containing their live recording of Quadrophenia.
You can listen to it on YouTube here

2008 – The Who play the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut

2009 – Roger plays the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, North Carolina

Today in Whostory: 10/27/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/27/2020

1963 – The Detours play St. Mary’s Hall in Putney

1964 – The High Numbers perform at Leo’s Cavern at the Olympia in Reading

1967 – Keith Altham reports in New Musical Express on a chaotic meeting at a recording studio attended by The Who and manager Kit Lambert. Pete describes The Who’s singles prior to “I Can See For Miles” as “too flimsy, too poignant, too prissy.”

1973 – Quadrophenia is released in U.S. at the same time as a single version of “Love, Reign O’er Me” with a different mix from the album. The B-side is “Water.” The album peaks at #2 in the U.S. charts but the single reaches only #76 in the Billboard charts and #54 in Cash Box.

Charles Shaar Murray reviews Quadrophenia in New Musical Express: “…musically, some of it jars. A few of the more extravagant production touches, even after a half-dozen listens, sound about as comfortable as marzipan icing on a cheeseburger. Also, the band have dubbed on so much synthesizer, keyboard and brass that, at times, one aches just to hear some unalloyed guitar, bass, drums and vocals… isn’t intensive listening to two-years-in-the-making double albums antithetical to the spirit of true rock ‘n’ roll? Personally, I couldn’t care less… If you’re going to sling it on at a party or walk in and out of the room while it’s playing, then you’re not going to get a damn thing out of it and you might as well save your £4.30 for other purposes. But if you’re prepared to work at getting into Quadrophenia, and let it work at getting into you, then you might just find it the most rewarding musical experience of the year… it’s by no means unflawed, but it’s a triumph, certainly.”

Billboard magazine features a full page ad for the new single

1975 – The Who play the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam

1977 – The Who continue recording “New Song” at Ramport Studios. Tension between Roger and producer Glyn Johns comes to a head. According to fellow producer Jon Astley, “Roger leaned over the desk while Glyn was sitting there and he said ‘Can I hear a bit more bass?” Glyn stopped the machine and said ‘What?’ and Roger said ‘I just want to hear a bit more bass in the mix.’ Glyn said ‘We’re listening to all this f***ing work that they’ve done, and you want to hear a bit more bass?’ At that point, things exploded. It was unbelievable. They both stormed out, and then I heard this kerfuffle in the corridor and Glyn came back in the control room with tears in his eyes, holding his nose and saying ‘That’s it. I’m going home.’ Roger had nutted him and driven off in his Ferrari.”

1977 – Tension between Roger and producer Glyn Johns comes to a head. According to fellow producer Jon Astley, “Roger leaned over the desk while Glyn was sitting there and he said ‘Can I hear a bit more bass?” Glyn stopped the machine and said ‘What?’ and Roger said ‘I just want to hear a bit more bass in the mix.’ Glyn said ‘We’re listening to all this f***ing work that they’ve done, and you want to hear a bit more bass?’ At that point, things exploded. It was unbelievable. They both stormed out, and then I heard this kerfuffle in the corridor and Glyn came back in the control room with tears in his eyes, holding his nose and saying ‘That’s it. I’m going home.’ Roger had nutted him and driven off in his Ferrari.” Jon Astley is promoted to full producer. Johns returns to work with The Who five years later.

1982 – The Who play the Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego California. The show is professionally recorded and videotaped. John Cougar and Loverboy open.

1989 – The Who perform at Wembley Arena in London. Additional dates are on the 23th, 24th and 26th.

2005 – Pete and Simon appear on the 6th episode of Rachel Fuller’s “In The Attic” webcast. You can watch it on YouTube here

2011 – Roger plays at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2019 – Pete appears on the cover of Event magazine

You can read the article here

Today in Whostory: 10/26/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/26/2020

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1967 – Mono mixes of “Jaguar” and “Rael” are prepared for the upcoming album. It is at this point that the “Part 2” section of “Rael is chopped off, not to return until the 1994 30 Years of Maximum R&B boxset.

1968 – Decca/MCA’s own Who oldies collection Magic Bus – The Who On Tour hits the U.S. charts. The album gets bad marks in the Underground press for a title that could mislead buyers into thinking it was a live album (read Rolling Stone magazine’s review for an example). Despite, or perhaps because of the confusion, the album reaches #39 on the Billboard charts making it The Who’s first Top Forty album in the U.S. The LP also features a rare, excellent stereo mix of “Magic Bus” along with a wonderfully garish psychedelic cover.

1968 – Record Mirror carries a short review of The Who’s Direct Hits album

1968 – New Musical Express reports on The WHo’s upcoming package tour with Joe Cocker and Arthur Brown

1969 – The classical music reviewer for The New York Times, Clive Barnes, discusses The Who and rock operas in an article. Barnes, who attended one of the recent Fillmore East shows, says the band played their music too loud but, nevertheless, dubs Tommy “an enormous success” and predicts that a new kind of opera could arise from it.

1969 – The Who play the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The James Gang open

1970 – The Who play Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent

1972 – Rolling Stone magazine carries a brief interview with Pete titled “Who’s Next; Pete Townshend works on a new opera.”You can read it here

1973 – Part two of Pete’s interview about Quadrophenia is broadcast on Rockspeak.

1973 – The massive Quadrophenia double album is released in the U.K. However the initial run sells out quickly and, due to a shortage of vinyl caused by the OPEC oil embargo, additional copies are not pressed for another week and a half.

1989 – The Who perform at Wembley Arena in London. Roger’s voice gives out toward the end and he is forced to leave the stage. Pete wraps it up singing “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” all on his lonesome.

1991 – Two Rooms, The Elton John-Bernie Taupin tribute album featuring The Who’s “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” enters the U.K. charts. It reaches #21.
You can listen to “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” on YouTube here

1996 – The Who play the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

1998 – The John Entwistle Band play at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom in Little Rock, Arkansas

2005 – Roger receives a Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters at The Savoy, Strand, London. That day Ross Halfin shoots portraits of Pete and Roger at the Boathouse, one of which echoes a famous photo of the Kray Twins. The pictures will be used for promotion for their upcoming tour.

2008 – The Who play the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2018 – Roger attends a book signing at Barnes & Nobels in New York, New York

2019 – Pete appears at Rachel’s “Animal Requiem” concert at Royce Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles, California

Today in Whostory: 10/25/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/25/2020

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

1965 – The Who play the Trade Union Hall in Watford, Hertfordshire

1966 – The Who play Club Nalen in Stockholm

1967 – The Who pre-record a mime job to “I Can See For Miles” for the BBC’s Top of the Pops.

1967 – The Who pre-record a mime job to “I Can See For Miles” for the BBC’s Top of the Pops

1968 – The Who play Granby Halls in Leicester with Joe Cocker and Family opening

1968 – An interview recorded on September 5th with Keith on Southern ITV’s Time For Blackburn was scheduled

1968 – The Detroit Free Press carried a review of “The Magic Bus”

Transcribed:

The Teen Beat

The Who’s ‘Magic Bus’:
An Interesting Collection

BY WILSON LINDSEY
Special to the Free Press

Despite many criticisms leveled upon their stage act and lyric content, The Who remain one of the most consistent hitmakers in modern rock. Pop historians will remember them as the group that controlled and employed screeching feedback, mind-throbbing volume and instrument demolition.

But they must be given their just artistic due. They are all good musicians and performers, and Pete Townshend leader and guitarist is also among the cleverest and most prolific pop songwriters. His lyrics cover every segment of life from love to revolution.

Their latest album is a very interesting collection of material containing three of their last hit singles “Call Me Lightning,” “Pictures of Lily,” and “Magic Bus.” The production lacks vocal presence — you may have to strain to hear Townshends lyric ramblings, but the LP contains feeling and a lot of good rock material.

1969 – The Who finish a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show. This is the last time The Who will perform at either of the Fillmores

1970 – The Who play the Empire Theatre in Liverpool

1972 – Keith reports to the set of That’ll Be The Day at Warners Holiday Camp where he is playing drummer J. D. Clover in the rock ‘n’ roll movie set in the late 1950s

1975 – Billboard magazine carries a full page ad for The Who By Numbers. This issue also features a short review of “Lisztomania – Original Soundtrack”.

1977 – The Guardian carries an interview with Pete

1978 – Roger is photographed during the shooting of Quadrophenia

1980 – The Who re-release their long out-of-print first album My Generation in the U.K. It is identical to the original release with the exception of the word “Virgin” (the label of the new release) in place of “Brunswick.” Bruce Malamut reviews it in Melody Maker and calls it a timeless classic. It reaches #20 in the British charts.Record Mirror carries an ad for the “new” album

1982 – The Who play the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena in Oakland, California. T-Bone Burnett and The Clash open. The Who drop “Athena” and “A Man Is A Man” from the song lineup. Bobby Pridden receives an “Employee Of The Month” award during the show.

1987 – Roger is seen on a British television programme sitting in a red Ferrari at the Auto Show at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre in London

1996 – The Who play the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim in Anaheim, California

1997 – John is interviewed about life after The Who in Hello! Magazine.

2001 – Roger plays the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington

2012 – The Who: Opus Collection is released at Starbucks stores. It will peak at #161 on the Billboard charts

2012 – The Who: Opus Collection is released at Starbucks stores. It will peak at #161 on the Billboard charts.

2018 – Roger begins a a book signing tour at Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood, New Jersey

2019 – The Who play a benefit in aid of Teen Cancer America at a private residence in Pacific Palisades, California. Also on the bill were Kenny Loggins, Pink and Foo Fighters

Today in Whostory: 10/24/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/24/2020

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The band, advertised as “The High Numbers – The Who” perform at Leo’s Cavern at the Olympia in Reading

1965 – The Who play the Carlton Ballroom in Slough, Southampton

1966 – The Who play Folkparken in Halmstad

1967 – An acoustic version of “Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands” is recorded at De Lane Lea Studios in London.

1967 – An acoustic version of “Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands” as well as all the interstitial bridges from the album are recorded at De Lane Lea Studios in London. Also recorded this month is John’s song “Silas Stingy” with Pete on organ at Kingsway Studio, London. With the exception of one track, this completes the recording of The Who Sell Out that had taken over five months.

1969 – The Who continue a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show.

1970 – Pete tells Disc and Music Echo that the Who’s maxi-single is still in the works with the tracks “Water”, “Don’t Know Myself”, “Postcard” and “Now I’m A Farmer”. He says the tracks are from an abortive LP The Who had recorded which also included “Naked Eye” and a studio version of “Heaven and Hell” superior to the one released as the B-side of “Summertime Blues”. He also talks about a new film for The Who and says the songs written for it are “The Note”, “We’re Moving” and “The Two Of Us.” The article also says The Who are toying with the idea of putting out a double album with each member controlling a side and that they are looking for a studio large enough to hold the occasional concert.

1970 – The Who play the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, Yorkshire

1971 – The Who play Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent

1973 – Filmmakers Richard Stanley and Chris Morphet arrive to film that day’s Quadrophenia rehearsals at Shepperton. When Roger discovers that, after a run-through of half the show, the cameras have not been rolling, he explodes at the movie crew. A drunken Pete goes after Roger, poking him in the chest with his finger. Roger is held back, but Pete tells them to let Roger go. When they do, Pete hits Roger with his guitar. Roger responds with an uppercut, knocking Pete out. He accompanies Pete to the hospital. Rehearsal filming is canceled permanently. Also on this day Quadrophenia is played in its entirety on New York radio.

1974 – Zoo World magazine interviews Keith as he records his solo album

1974 – Stardust, the sequel to the movie That’ll Be The Day, featuring Keith as drummer J.D. Clover, premiers at the ABC on Shaftesbury Avenue in London.

1975 – The Who play the Empire Pool in Wembley, London

1977 – The Who begin recording “New Song” at Ramport Studios.

1982 – Roger rents a yacht for a Who press party on San Francisco Bay. During the five-hour tour, Pete and Roger remain at opposite ends of the boat, grousing to the press about what the other said to Rolling Stone.

1989 – The Who play the second of four nights at Wembley Arena in London. Additional dates are on the 23th, 26th and 27th.

1994 – The first Internet resource for Who knowledge, The Hypertext Who, is established by Wes Biggs at the University of Southern California.

2000 – British Rock Symphony featuring Roger is released on a DVD in the U.S.

2002 – A memorial service for John is held at St. Martin In The Fields in London. Steve Luongo, John Hurt, Bill Curbishley and Matt Kent speak. Roger leads the church in “Boris The Spider.”

2008 – The Who play the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts

2011 – Roger plays at the Theater of the Clouds in Portland, Oregon

2019 – The Who play the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California

Today in Whostory: 10/23/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/23/2020

1965 – The Who play the Rhodes Centre in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire

1966 – The Who play the MFF-Stadion in Malmo

1966 – The Who play Fyens Forum in Odense

1969 – The Who continue a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show.

1970 – The Who play Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland

1971 – The Who play Mountford Hall at Liverpool University in Liverpool

1971 – John’s first solo LP Smash Your Head Against The Wall hits the U.S. charts peaking at #126

1971 – John’s single with “My Size” and “I Believe In Everything” is released in the U.S. but doesn’t chart.

1971 – Melody Maker prints an interview of Roger by Chris Welch called “Squire Daltrey.” Conducted at Roger’s newly purchased country mansion, the interview has Roger report that the Lifehouse project is now being written as a film to be called “Guitar Farm.”

You can read it here

1972 – Atlanta’s underground newspaper The Great Speckled Bird carries a negative review of a multi-media production of Tommy at Georgia State University.

1973 – The Who are in rehearsals at Shepperton Studios

1975 – The Who play the Empire Pool in Wembley, London

1976 – Keith is in New York and attends an “after show” party with Lynyrd Skynyrd at Nathans in New York City. Meanwhile the press announces the engagement of Keith and his long-time girlfriend Anette Walter-Lax. The wedding is set for 15 December with Pete as best man and Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr accepting invitations. The only problem is Keith forgets to tell Anette about it.

1982 – The Who play the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. T-Bone Burnett and The Clash open

1982 – Billboard featured two items on The Who: A full page ad for “The Inside Track” featuring the band, and a photos from Shea Stadium with a description of the “riot” at the show

1984 – Pete stages and performs at an anti-heroin benefit concert at The Moonlight in Hampstead. Making their live debut at this show is a new band called The Stone Roses. Their drummer, Alan ‘Reni’ Wren, also sits in for Pete’s set.

1989 – The Who begin four more nights at Wembley Arena in London. Additional dates are on the 24th, 26th and 27th.

1989 – The King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show in the U.S. broadcasts Roger’s Dec. 8, 1985 solo concert in Boston. It is later bootlegged as Summertime Blues.

1996 – The Who play the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona

1998 – John Entwistle plays at Jaxx Night Club in Springfield, VA.

2001 – John Entwistle plays at Toads Place in New Haven, CT

2001 – The John Entwistle Band play Toads Place in New Haven, Connecticut

2001 – Gov’t Mule releases their CD The Deep End, Vol. 1 featuring John Entwistle playing bass on “Same Price.”You can listen to the song on YouTube here

2002 – Roger Daltrey is interviewed on ITV’s Today with Des and Mel

2007 – Heart releases their CD/DVD Dreamboat Annie Live featuring a cover of “Love, Reign O’er Me.” You can watch it on YouTube here

2012 – The Daily Mail reports that rare photos of The Who performing in Surrey in 1966 will be auctionedYou can read about it here

2018 – Roger is interviewed by Judd Apatow at Live Talks Los Angeles at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles, CaliforniaYou can watch the interview on YouTube here

2018 – Roger’s autobiography “Thanks A Lot Mr Kibblewhite” is released in the U.S.

Today in Whostory: 10/22/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/22/2020

1964 – EMI sends Kit Labert a letter of rejection for The High Numbers. The rejection letter is later included with the Live At Leeds album. Since the reason the group is rejected is their lack of original material, Kit and Chris set up Pete with a Vortexion reel-to-reel recorder and tell him to get writing.
From this time on almost all Pete songs will be written and presented as completed demos, a style of presentation then unknown in England. His first pieces with the new system are a dance song called “You Don’t Have To Jerk” and a male chauvinist/hot-rod song (meant to appeal to both Roger and Keith) named “Call Me Lightning.”,

1965 – The Who appear on the BBC Light Programme Saturday Club performing live-in-studio versions of Pete’s new songs “The Good’s Gone,” “My Generation,” and “La La La Lies.”

1965 – The Who play the Pill Social Center in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire

1966 – The Who play Gislovs Stjarna in Simrishamn

1966 – The Who play the Jagersbo-Hoor in Hoor, Sweden

1967 – The Who play two shows at the Saville Theatre in London preceded by Vanilla Fudge and Studio Six. Before the show Pete is interviewed on camera about illicit drugs by Australian director Peter Clifton. During the show, Pete plays a two-necked guitar and Keith wears a jester’s outfit.

1969 – The Who continue a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show.

1970 – The Who play the ABC Cinema in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham

1971 – The Who play the Opera House in Blackpool

1973 – The box office opens for The Who’s first British tour in over two years. Twenty thousand line up at London Lyceum for nine thousand tickets.

1976 – The Who return to England except for Keith who returns to Los Angeles.

1982 – The BBC2-TV program Newsnight airs footage of The Who’s concert at Shea Stadium during a report.

1983 – Roger gives an interview to the Times (London) to promote his appearance in The Beggar’s Opera on BBC TV. His remarks indicate that he still believes The Who will record a follow-up album to It’s Hard.

1990 – Pete appears on the Showtime program Coast To Coast hosted by Herbie Hancock. Pete, Hancock and Pat Metheny perform “I Put A Spell On You” and “Magic Bus” and with Simply Red, “It’s Only Love.”

1992 – Roger attends the U.K. premiere of the film 1492: Conquest of Paradise in London

1996 – The Who play the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California

1997 – The Who Concert File by ‘Irish’ Jack Lyons and Joe McMichael is published by Omnibus

2008 – The Who play the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

2009 – Roger plays the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma

2011 – Roger plays at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

2013 – Roger Daltrey and Pete attend the showing of new documentary Sensation: The Story of The Who’s Tommy in London. Pete tells the press The Who will retire after a 2015 50th Anniversary tour. The documentary airs on BBC Four on the 25th.

Today in Whostory: 10/21/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/21/2020

1966 – The Who play the Konserthallen in Gothenburg

1966 – The Who appear on Ready, Steady, Go! performing (lip-synced) “Batman”, “Cobwebs and Strange”, “Bucket T”, “I’m A Boy”, “Disquises” and “My Generation”/”Rule Brittania”

1966 – The Middlesex County Times’ “Profile Spot” features Betty Townshend (Pete’s Mom)

1967 – The Who play the New Century Hall in Manchester. The mini-opera “Rael,” introduced to the set at the beginning of the month, is dropped after this show, never to be revived.

1967 – The Who appear on the BBC1 TV show Twice A Fortnight miming to “I Can See For Miles” and “Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands.”

1967 – Melody Maker features “Stevie Wonder singles out the new singles” where he “reviews” I Can See For Miles

1968 – The Who are at IBC Studios working on Tommy

1969 – The Who continue a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show.

1971 – The Who play Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland

1972 – Pete’s album Who Came First hits the British charts. Although it has Pete on the cover and is marketed as a solo album, it is more a compilation of the privately released Meher Baba albums. For instance, the single released from the album, “Forever’s No Time At All” (backed with “This Song Is Green”) features a lead vocal by Billy Nicholls. The album reaches #30 in the British charts. The single does not chart.

1974 – Roger is interviewed for the last of a four-part interview program with The Who for BBC Radio 1.

1975 – The Who play the first of three nights at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London

1975 – The soundtrack to Lisztomania is released. Rick Wakeman’s planned “concept album” version of the soundtrack is turned down for a simple collection of songs and performances. The result does not chart in the U.K. and peaks at #145 in the U.S. Wakeman’s version of the soundtrack is not released until 2002.

1976 – The Who play the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada

1978 – The Jam’s single “Down In The Tube Station At Midnight” enters the British charts. On the flip side is a cover of “So Sad About Us” and the picture sleeve carries a tribute to Keith. You can listen to The Jam’s version of “So Sad About Us” on YouTube here

1982 – MTV airs their Farewell To The Who special

1982 – The Who play the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. Roger has to leave the concert in the middle of the show due to a sore throat. He returns to the stage after a short break.

1988 – Goldmine reports that MCA and PolyGram had wanted to release The Who’s first three albums on CD a year earlier but The Who asked for more money than either record label thought they were worth. They also report that a Who box set is in the works. The project gets as far as a preliminary compilation tape before the project is cancelled.

1998 – The John Entwistle Band play at The Inzone in Kernersville, North Carolina

2001 – The John Entwistle Band play the second of two nights at B.B. Kings in New York, New York

2002 – Pete reposts his diary entry “A Different Bomb” about his personal investigation into Internet child pornography. He had intended to take down the entry but, “ I just heard that another young woman who Double-O had put into treatment for depression and anxiety related to sexual abuse at the age of 8, had started drinking again. Sometimes this all feels so bloody futile. But I am determined to do my bit.”,

2002 – The Who: Ultimate Collection boxset is released in the U.K. It features a different cover from the U.S., plus five more songs than the U.S. and two CD-Rom videos. It peaks at #17.

2002 – An unsent letter to fans from Kurt Cobain is published in Newsweek. The letter concludes “Hope I die before I become Pete Townshend.”

2008 – The Who begin their fall tour playing The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan

2009 – Roger is a guest lecturer at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Academy of Contemporary Music.

2011 – Roger performs at the City National Civic in San Jose, California

2012 – Pete is interviewed on The First Time on BBC Radio 6

2019 – The Who perform at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Today in Whostory: 10/20/2020

Today in Whostory: 10/20/2020

1964 – The High Numbers perform at the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone

1965 – The Who play the Top Rank Ballroom in Southampton

1966 – The Who play the Herlev Hallen in Copenhagen

1966 – The Who pre-record the TV show Klar i Studiet miming to “I’m A Boy”, “Substitute”, and “My Generation” using instruments borrowed from “Tages” a swedish band.

1967 – Speedy Keen’s “Armenia City In The Sky” and Pete’s “Jaguar” are recorded with Keith handling both the lead vocals at IBC Studio A, London.

1967 – Vocals for John “Speedy” Keen’s “Armenia City In The Sky” and Pete’s “Jaguar” are recorded at IBC Studio A, London. Keen and Daltrey handle the vocals on the former (with much studio effect work) and Pete and Keith sing “Jaguar.”

1969 – The Who begin a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show. After the show Bill Graham throws a party for The Who at Max’s Kansas City. Led Zeppelin, who were in the audience for the show, also attend.

1971 – The Who play the Odeon Theatre in Birmingham

1973 – Chris Welch gives an advance review of Quadrophenia in Melody Maker calling it “a masterpiece.” He says it will make people forget about Tommy.

1982 – The Who play the Kingdome in Seattle, Washington

1987 – Pete’s Double O Charity throws an upscale benefit ball at the Mayfair Hotel in London. Proceeds raised with the £100 tickets benefit treatment clinics and rehabilitation centers for drug addicts and alcoholics. The guests include Bill Wyman, Steve Winwood, Midge Ure, Simon Phillips, Mark Knopfler and most of the Townshend family. Pete and Dire Straits put on a one hour show for the 150 guests. Among the songs performed are “That’s All Right, Mama,” “Save It For Later,” “No Face, No Name, No Number,” “Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands” and “Barefootin’.

1996 – The Who play the second of two nights in San Jose at the San Jose Arena

1998 – Listening To You: The Who At The Isle Of Wight is put out in the U.S. on home video by Eagle Rock Entertainment

1998 – King Biscuit Flower Hour releases Best Of The Best with a live version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who recorded in 1973.

2001 – The Who play Madison Square Gardens in New York City, New York as part of The Concert for New York City.

2001 – The John Entwistle Band play B.B. Kings in New York, New York

2010 – Roger attends the Channel 5 opening party at the Norther & Shell Building near London’s Tower Bridge
Read more about the event hereAlamy has photos of Roger at this event here

2011 – Roger is photographed for People Magazine by Bryce Duffy


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