October 25, 2020

Today in Whostory: 10/03/2020

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1965 – The Who play The Twisted Wheel in Manchester

1966 – The Who are in CBS Recording Studios recording and mixing “Don’t Look Away” and “Wiskey Man”.  At the end of the session Pete asks John what his other song will be for the album and John, having not given it any previous thought, remembers a discussion of funny animal names he had with Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones in a nightclub the evening before. He says it will be a song about a spider named Boris. John rushes home and quickly composes the song.

1966 – Pete goes to BBC’s Bush House studio to record an interview for the radio show “Dateline London”, which was included on the BBC Transcription Disc for overseas broadcast

1970 – Melody Maker contains the article “Moon over Chipping Norton” about Keith’s part-ownership of country inn The Crown & Cushion.

1970 – Billboard magazine features an ad offering free posters to record dealers carrying The Who’s records

1972 – Roger’s first daughter Rosie Lea is born at Pembury Hospital in Kent

1973 – The Who record the visual part of their appearance for the following evening’s broadcast of Top of The Pops 500th Edition. The audience is made up of celebrities and industry people. Angered at the bureaucracy imposed on their performance, Pete smashes his guitar and gives the BBC industry people in the audience the finger while Keith throws wigs from the prop department. A lifetime BBC ban on The Who is imposed until a letter of apology is sent and accepted. An edited version of the taping airs the following night.

1975 – The Who play the first of two nights at the New Bingley Hall at the Staffordshire County Showground in Stafford, Staffordshire. For the first time in concert, Keith’s drums are placed on a riser but it causes him problems hearing the playback. The set consists of greatest hits plus a medley of Tommy songs revived due to the popularity of the movie. In addition, “Join Together” and the new song “Squeeze Box” have their stage debuts. Quadrophenia is represented by four songs played out of order.

Also premiering that night is The Who’s new laser light show. During “See Me Feel Me” and again during “Won’t Get Fooled Again” laser beams of various colors are shot out over the band into the audience. Cost of the lasers; £70,000. There is some concern about them causing damage to the audience. John “Wiggy” Wolff, The Who’s production manager, runs his hands right in front of the low-watt lasers for the benefit of the press to prove they are safe. Despite this the Greater London Council bans the lasers during The Who’s forthcoming Wembley Arena shows.

1975 – The Who’s first full-length studio album in two years, The Who By Numbers, is released. It gets strong marks from Roy Carr in New Musical Express who headlines his review “Once upon a time, Pete Townshend was young and full of hope. That was then.” Chris Charlesworth in Melody Maker calls the album subdued. It reaches #7 in the British charts.

In the U.S. Dave Marsh in Rolling Stone says Pete has “pulled the fastest one of all, disguising his best concept album as a mere ten-track throwaway.” Ira Robbins in Trouser Press calls it a “tremendous (albeit not their best) album.” John Rowntree in Records and Recordings feels it will one day be considered a classic like Who’s Next as does Steve Simels in Stereo Review, although he thinks “Blue Red and Grey” is the “worst thing they have ever committed to vinyl.”

1976 – Keith participates in a celebrity tennis match billed as ‘The Eagles Charity Tennis Festival’ in Los Angeles. Other noted celebrities attending are Olivia Newton-John, Mickey Dolenz, Linda Ronstadt, and Mark Volman of the Turtles. Even though arranged and named after The Eagles band, no one from group showed up.

1977 – Pete is interviewed on a pre-recorded segment of Capitol Radio’s Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It. He says he gets ten offers a week to produce punk-rock bands. He also declares The Who have reached the end of what they can do.

1982 – The Who play the Saint Paul Civic Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota

1989 – The Who gather for a photo-op outside the Hard Rock Cafe in London. Pete smashes a guitar for the cameras.

1990 – The Best play the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii

2000 – The Who play Madison Square Garden in New York, New York

2006 – The Who play the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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