October 24, 2021

Today in Whostory: 10/10/2021

1960 – Simon Townshend is born in Chiswick, London

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The High Numbers perform at the Olympia Ballroom in Reading.

1964 – Fabulous magazine runs an article on the High Numbers written by June Southworth. John’s last name is given as Allison who “plays rhythm guitar.”

1965 – The Who play Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm. The group had to borrow equipment from support act The Moonjacks, while Keith used drums from The Mascots.

1965 – The Who play two shows at Lorensbergs Cirkus in Gothenburg (7:00 and 9:00pm)

1966 – The Who play The Pavilion in Bath, Somerset

1967 – The Who go into De Lane Lea Studios, London to record for BBC Radio One’s show Top Gear. It is the first time the BBC allow any musical act to record for them outside the BBC’s own studios. Alternate versions of “Pictures Of Lily” (Pete on organ), “I Can See For Miles,” (with heavy bass part), “Relax,” “Our Love Was,” (with Hawaiian guitar), “Can’t Reach You,” “A Quick One While He’s Away,” and “Someone’s Coming” are recorded along with new tracks “Summertime Blues” and “My Way.” Also recorded are five jingles, two for Top Gear and three for Radio One using altered lyrics to “Happy Jack,” “Boris The Spider” and “My Generation.”

1969 – The Who begin their second Tommy tour of North America at the Commonwealth Armory in Boston, Massachusetts. The Flock and Pacem open and the show is M.C.’d by local DJ J.J. Jackson

1970 – The Who play the Old Refectory Room in Falmer House at the University of Sussex in Brighton

1971 – The Who play Eliot College of the University of Kent in Canterbury, Kent

1973 – Scheduled rehearsals for the Quadrophenia stage show were to take place for the next three days at D Stage at Shepperton Studios. They might have been canceled due to Keith’s need to be with his family during this time. Meanwhile 4-track backing tapes for additional instruments needed for the live Quadrophenia presentation are prepared at the Ronnie Lane Mobile Studio.

1975 – The ‘Lisztomania’ film starring Roger as Franz Liszt and featuring Ringo Starr as the Pope opens at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.

1976 – The Who play the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California

1981 – John’s Too Late The Hero enters the U.S. charts. It peaks at #71 there becoming the only John solo record to hit the Top One Hundred in the U.S. Along with the LP, John also releases the single “Too Late The Hero” backed with “I’m Coming Back” in the U.K. In the U.S. “Dancing Master” is the flip side. A video for the song “Too Late The Hero” is also shot and appears on music television at this time.
You can watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/465734158

1982 – The Who play Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey

1989 – The Who bring their 25th Anniversary extravaganza to England for the last of four performances at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham

1992 – Roger attends the 7th New York Music Awards.

2005 – Pete and Rachel attend a staging of High Society in London and go backstage afterwards

2006 – The Who play the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon

2009 – Roger’s “Use It Or Lose It” tour officially opens at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on the 10th where he sings “Happy Birthday” to Simon