Today in Whostory: 1/18/2019

1968 – Who begin a 36-hour, five-stop flight from London to Sydney, Australia. Arriving horribly jet-lagged at Mascot Airport in Sydney, The Who are immediately herded into a press conference. With Australia’s conservative press raising a stink about long-haired foreigners coming to take money out of Australia’s depressed economy, reporters pepper the group with hostile questions. The silent, dazed Who can do little to defend themselves before they are shuttled off for another flight to Brisbane. Joining The Who on board for the tour are The Small Faces (with drummer Kenney Jones) and Paul Jones, ex-member of Manfred Mann and star of the recent movie Privilege, a science-fiction story of a pop singer who becomes a messiah figure and is ultimately rejected by his followers.

1989 – Pete inducts the Rolling Stones into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria. He advises them not to grow old gracefully. “It wouldn’t suit you.” He also takes part in the ending jam session. Backstage he is repeatedly asked when The Who are going to tour again. According to one source Bono from U2 corners Pete and says he owes it to fellow band member John Entwistle to go out on the road with The Who to ease John’s debt burden. Pete however later says it was while enduring the flight back home economy class and getting off the plane with an aching back that he decided to make himself rich enough to always fly first class. In any case shortly after his return Pete agrees to accompany Roger and John on a 25th anniversary Who tour.

1997 – The John Entwistle Band performs at the Cakewalk exhibit at the NAMM convention in Anaheim CA. This live performance is also presented on an Internet-only cybercast hosted by Cakewalk Music Software and Intel. The cybercast makes musical history as The John Entwistle Band is joined by percussionist Pedro Vargas over an internet connection from a CAA/Intel Media Lab in Hollywood over 50 miles away.

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