Today in Whostory: 11/17/2019

1963 – The Detours play at St. Mary’s Ballroom in Putney

1965 – The Who play Queen Mary College in Stepney, East London

1966 –
The Who were scheduled to play the Locarno Ballroom in Glasgow, but this show was rescheduled for 02/27/1967 and again to 05/29/1967

1966 –
Record Mirror reviews The Who’s new album: “The Who’s new LP is better than their last, although to be fair, their style has changed. The trend-setting ‘pop art’ sound of the ‘My Generation’ era has given way to a more subtle, almost Beach Boys approach, well vocally anyway. Some of the tracks are very unusual – like the drum showcase ‘Cobwebs and Strange’ written of course by Keith, while John’s two songs ‘Boris the Spider’ and ‘Whiskey Man’ indicate that he has a bigger hand in the Who’s individuality than one might think. Best track is the ‘Quick One’ saga, which sounds like ‘Pet Sounds’ LP squeezed into a long song. You get the idea that musically, the four members of the Who just don’t agree, but are competent enough to knuckle under efficiently on one of the others’ songs.”

1967 – The Who open for The Buckinghams at the Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kansas.

1968 – The Who play the Birmingham Theatre, Birmingham. Free opens and, because it is a Sunday, The Who’s act is cut to thirty minutes.

1973 – Melody Maker carries an interview with John in which he discusses his abilities on brass instruments. In the same issue Michael Watts reviews the Nov. 13th show and says audiences seemed unsure during Quadrophenia, with most of the applause given for the old standards. Also, there is a report that both Mick Jagger and David Bowie have turned down roles in the upcoming Tommy film. Eric Clapton is listed as one of the possible stars.

1979 – The Who play New Bingley Hall in Stafford, Staffordshire

1983 – John attends the grand opening of the “Hippodrome Club” in London. Also in attendance were Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Kenney Jones and Bill Wyman

1984 – Another Who greatest hits compilation hits the racks in Europe. The Who: The Singles features a mono version of “I Can See For Miles “ with re-recorded bass line and the singles edit of “Won’t Get Fooled Again “ as a reason to pick up your fourteenth copy of “Happy Jack. “ It does not make the charts.

1992 – John performs in the Grand Scientific Musical Theater at the COMDEX computer trade show in Las Vegas. Graham Nash, Todd Rundgren and Jon Anderson also participate using a new JBL sound system called 3-D Virtual Audio. The concert is intended to raise a projected $1 million for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

1996 – The Who continue the first leg of their North American Quadrophenia tour with a performance at CoreStates Center in Philadelphia with Ocean Colour Scene opening

1997 –
Variety reports that Robert De Niro’s studio Tribeca has teamed with MTV Productions to make a movie of ‘Dougal’ Butler’s Keith Moon book Moon The Loon. They say it will be written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (The Commitments) and be a “My Favorite Year set in the rock business, as seen through the eyes of their roadies

1998 – The Offspring release their album Americana featuring a song called “The Kids Aren’t Alright. “,

2005 – Pete performs “Blue Red and Grey” live on In The Attic and explains the background to the song. Rachel also shows backstage video from the U.K. Music Hall of Fame including Pete, apparently in emotional distress, saying he didn’t enjoy the experience. He later denies that was what he meant.

2006 – The Who play the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas

2008 – The Who play the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan

2011 –
Roger comes out in defense of Cliff Richard after the U.K. radio station Absolute Radio 60s bans his work as a publicity stunt

2012 –
Mike Shaw, original member of the crew from the High Numbers days, passes away.