October 23, 2021

Today in Whostory: 10/22/2020

1964 – EMI sends Kit Labert a letter of rejection for The High Numbers. The rejection letter is later included with the Live At Leeds album. Since the reason the group is rejected is their lack of original material, Kit and Chris set up Pete with a Vortexion reel-to-reel recorder and tell him to get writing.
From this time on almost all Pete songs will be written and presented as completed demos, a style of presentation then unknown in England. His first pieces with the new system are a dance song called “You Don’t Have To Jerk” and a male chauvinist/hot-rod song (meant to appeal to both Roger and Keith) named “Call Me Lightning.”,

1965 – The Who appear on the BBC Light Programme Saturday Club performing live-in-studio versions of Pete’s new songs “The Good’s Gone,” “My Generation,” and “La La La Lies.”

1965 – The Who play the Pill Social Center in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire

1966 – The Who play Gislovs Stjarna in Simrishamn

1966 – The Who play the Jagersbo-Hoor in Hoor, Sweden

1967 – The Who play two shows at the Saville Theatre in London preceded by Vanilla Fudge and Studio Six. Before the show Pete is interviewed on camera about illicit drugs by Australian director Peter Clifton. During the show, Pete plays a two-necked guitar and Keith wears a jester’s outfit.

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

1970 – The Who play the ABC Cinema in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham

1971 – The Who play the Opera House in Blackpool

1973 – The box office opens for The Who’s first British tour in over two years. Twenty thousand line up at London Lyceum for nine thousand tickets.

1976 – The Who return to England except for Keith who returns to Los Angeles.

1982 – The BBC2-TV program Newsnight airs footage of The Who’s concert at Shea Stadium during a report.

1983 – Roger gives an interview to the Times (London) to promote his appearance in The Beggar’s Opera on BBC TV. His remarks indicate that he still believes The Who will record a follow-up album to It’s Hard.

1990 – Pete appears on the Showtime program Coast To Coast hosted by Herbie Hancock. Pete, Hancock and Pat Metheny perform “I Put A Spell On You” and “Magic Bus” and with Simply Red, “It’s Only Love.”

1992 – Roger attends the U.K. premiere of the film 1492: Conquest of Paradise in London

1996 – The Who play the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California

1997 – The Who Concert File by ‘Irish’ Jack Lyons and Joe McMichael is published by Omnibus

2008 – The Who play the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

2009 – Roger plays the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma

2011 – Roger plays at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

2013 – Roger Daltrey and Pete attend the showing of new documentary Sensation: The Story of The Who’s Tommy in London. Pete tells the press The Who will retire after a 2015 50th Anniversary tour. The documentary airs on BBC Four on the 25th.