November 27, 2021

Today in Whostory: 1/29/2020

1965 – The Who making both their first nationwide TV appearance and their first time on the show that will become important in their history Ready Steady GO! To make the best of the situation Lambert packs the audience with The Who’s fan club known as “The 100 Faces.” Decked out in Who scarves given to them by the Who’s management The 100 Faces’ enthusiastic response spills over to the national teen audience.

1966 – The Who play the Imperial Ballroom in Nelson

1967 – Pete appears at the Roundhouse’s “Uncommon Market” bazaar at noon but it isn’t clear if he actually played.

1967 – The Who play the Saville Theatre in Camden, London, the first Who show booked by Brian Epstein’s NEMS Enterprises. The opening act is The Koobas followed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. In their first match up, reviewers say Hendrix’s show tops The Who’s. Part of this is because Hendrix ends his set by smashing his guitar and amplifiers, leaving The Who with no climax to their set. Pete walks out and says, “Well we’re not going to top that. You lot might as well go home now.” The Who’s set does have two surprises. John smashes a mechanical doll walking across the stage, and the mini-opera “A Quick One While He’s Away” has its live premiere.

1968 – The Who play two shows at the Town Hall in Auckland. Neither The Who nor The Small Faces can be heard because of the ancient P.A. system used by the hall. Between shows the bands return to their hotel and come close to abandoning the tour. The thought that there were only three more shows to go and the money that went with them get the groups to return.

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1971 – Frank Zappa’s videotape movie 200 Motels begins shooting and concludes on the 29th.

1972 – Pete takes off for his first trip to India

1973 – The Who tape their appearance on BBC-2’s TV programme The Old Grey Whistle Test. The show opens with a mimed version of “Relay” with live vocals that runs noticeably longer than the released single. Later they played the as yet unreleased “Long Live Rock” (a planned next single?). Pete and Roger trade vocals and a high kick from Pete lands him on his back. The audio from the show is released in 2000 on the CD BBC Sessions

1975 – Keith Moon and David Essex attend the U.S. premier of the movie Stardust at the SackCheri Complex, Boston. Afterwards Columbia Pictures holds a cocktail party at the Ritz-Carlton.

1977 – New Musical Express reports on the Pete/Sex Pistols meeting earlier in the month. “He thinks he’s past it but he ain’t really, he’s still great,” says Cook. Jones adds, “he was a really great geezer even though he was, like, paralytic.”

1978 – New Musical Express reports on the Pete/Sex Pistols meeting. Jones and Cook speak well of Pete in the article.

1986 – Pete takes his solo band Deep End to perform at Cannes. David Gilmour of Pink Floyd again plays electric guitar during the show.

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play The Chameleon in Lancaster Pennsylvania

1997 – Original cast members of the movie Quadrophenia and the press take the Quadrophenia Express from Victoria Station to Brighton. They are met by Brighton’s mayor and a group of Mods to celebrate the re-release of the film.

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2002 – “The Concert For New York”, featuring The Who’s performance from the previous October, is released on DVD

2013 – Pete and Roger are interviewed on both BBC One Breakfast and in The Sun