March 3, 2021

Today in Whostory: 1/24/2021

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

1967 – “Happy Jack” appears on Sweden’s Kv√§llstoppen 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.

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

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.”

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: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/rock-roll-tragedy-why-11-died-at-the-whos-cincinnati-concert-93437/?fbclid=IwAR2XMjMQNW1CvKxKKQiFD9bTkI9nUEqmLVEq9fE7IuWu1BcqD2wuhPLrAOI

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 – Billboard.com 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

2019 – thewho.com posts an article from Pete about recording with Gordon Giltrap MBE. You can see it here: https://www.thewho.com/pete-recording-the-who-album/