October 28, 2021

Today in Whostory: 10/21/2020

1966 – The Who play the Konserthallen in Gothenburg

1966 – The Who appear on Ready, Steady, Go! performing (lip-synced) “Batman”, “Cobwebs and Strange”, “Bucket T”, “I’m A Boy”, “Disquises” and “My Generation”/”Rule Brittania”

1966 – The Middlesex County Times’ “Profile Spot” features Betty Townshend (Pete’s Mom)

1967 – The Who play the New Century Hall in Manchester. The mini-opera “Rael,” introduced to the set at the beginning of the month, is dropped after this show, never to be revived.

1967 – The Who appear on the BBC1 TV show Twice A Fortnight miming to “I Can See For Miles” and “Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands.”

1967 – Melody Maker features “Stevie Wonder singles out the new singles” where he “reviews” I Can See For Miles

1968 – The Who are at IBC Studios working on Tommy

1969 – The Who continue a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show.

1971 – The Who play Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland

1972 – Pete’s album Who Came First hits the British charts. Although it has Pete on the cover and is marketed as a solo album, it is more a compilation of the privately released Meher Baba albums. For instance, the single released from the album, “Forever’s No Time At All” (backed with “This Song Is Green”) features a lead vocal by Billy Nicholls. The album reaches #30 in the British charts. The single does not chart.

1974 – Roger is interviewed for the last of a four-part interview program with The Who for BBC Radio 1.

1975 – The Who play the first of three nights at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London

1975 – The soundtrack to Lisztomania is released. Rick Wakeman’s planned “concept album” version of the soundtrack is turned down for a simple collection of songs and performances. The result does not chart in the U.K. and peaks at #145 in the U.S. Wakeman’s version of the soundtrack is not released until 2002.

1976 – The Who play the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada

1978 – The Jam’s single “Down In The Tube Station At Midnight” enters the British charts. On the flip side is a cover of “So Sad About Us” and the picture sleeve carries a tribute to Keith. You can listen to The Jam’s version of “So Sad About Us” on YouTube here

1982 – MTV airs their Farewell To The Who special

1982 – The Who play the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. Roger has to leave the concert in the middle of the show due to a sore throat. He returns to the stage after a short break.

1988 – Goldmine reports that MCA and PolyGram had wanted to release The Who’s first three albums on CD a year earlier but The Who asked for more money than either record label thought they were worth. They also report that a Who box set is in the works. The project gets as far as a preliminary compilation tape before the project is cancelled.

1998 – The John Entwistle Band play at The Inzone in Kernersville, North Carolina

2001 – The John Entwistle Band play the second of two nights at B.B. Kings in New York, New York

2002 – Pete reposts his diary entry “A Different Bomb” about his personal investigation into Internet child pornography. He had intended to take down the entry but, “ I just heard that another young woman who Double-O had put into treatment for depression and anxiety related to sexual abuse at the age of 8, had started drinking again. Sometimes this all feels so bloody futile. But I am determined to do my bit.”,

2002 – The Who: Ultimate Collection boxset is released in the U.K. It features a different cover from the U.S., plus five more songs than the U.S. and two CD-Rom videos. It peaks at #17.

2002 – An unsent letter to fans from Kurt Cobain is published in Newsweek. The letter concludes “Hope I die before I become Pete Townshend.”

2008 – The Who begin their fall tour playing The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan

2009 – Roger is a guest lecturer at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Academy of Contemporary Music.

2011 – Roger performs at the City National Civic in San Jose, California

2012 – Pete is interviewed on The First Time on BBC Radio 6

2019 – The Who perform at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada