December 2, 2020

Today in Whostory: 11/19/2019

1964 – The Who play Wolsey Hall in Cheshunt.

This show is listed in “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” by Andy Neill and Matt Kent as the 18th, but an ad indicates it was the 19th

1965 – A bit of drama comes at a charity concert, the London students’ Glad Rags Ball at Wembley Pool, where The Who are the third act performing with Donovan, The Kinks, The Hollies, Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames, Wilson Pickett, the Birds, John Lee Hooker, and Geno Washington and the Ramjam Band. Wembley Pool sits 10,000 and is the biggest venue The Who had yet played. However, they are forced to use the communal amplifiers and Roger storms off in mid act demanding The Who’s amps be installed. Pete, John and Keith perform instrumentals while Roger gets pelted with vegetables. Finally The Who’s amps are brought on and Roger returns to the mike.

Video from this show was broadcast on ITV on December 8.

1965 – The Who replace the Kinks as headliners on Ready, Steady, Go! which also features Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Searchers, Chris Andrews, the Beatstalkers, Keith Powell, and Gillian Hills. They perform “Love Hurts”, “My Generation”, and “Shout and Shimmy”

1965 – The WHo and the Marquee Club sign a contract for The Who to appear on December 21, 1965. A copy of the contract would later appear as one of the inserts in the Live at Leeds LP

1965 – This weeks New Musical Express features My Generation at #4 in the charts. It also carries an ad for “Robert Stigwood Organization LTD”

1966 – The Who play the Market Hall in Carlisle. Pete’s Rickenbacker is stolen after the show but is later recovered.

1966 –
Melody Maker runs an interview with Keith and John entitled “Who – finally reaching the sounds they all search for.”

1966 – Record Mirror carries a breif mention of Ready Steady Who and a quick mention of The Who’s upcoming plans

1967 – The Who play the “Festival of Music “ at the Hollywood Bowl. After the show, stage manager Bobby Pridden is arrested for violating the fire laws with The Who’s smoke bombs and flash charges.

1967 –
The Who appear on tape on BBC’s Top Gear radio show. It is The Who’s last “session” for the BBC for over two years.

1968 – The Who play the Paisley Ice Rink in Glasgow, Scotland. To pass the time during the long drive, Keith buys a female blow-up doll, puts stockings on the legs, and sticks them out the car window while screaming in a woman’s voice over his car’s inbuilt PA system. After that night’s show, The Who are escorted back to their hotel rooms by the police who want to know what they did with the body. They find it in Keith’s room where he has covered the bathroom walls in what looks like blood with the blow-up dolls legs sticking out of the bathtub from under a sheet.

1977 – “My Baby Gives It Away” backed with Ronnie Lane’s “April Fool” is released in the U.S

1977 – “My Baby Gives It Away” backed with Ronnie Lane’s “April Fool” is released in the U.S.

1985 –
Pete is interviewed by WMMR-FM Philadelphia who have taken their morning show to London.

1985 – Pete attends a party held by Prince Charles and Lady Diana to salute artists who have supported the Prince’s Trust charity

1987 – John and his band ‚”Rat Race Choir‚” play The Channel in Boston

1988 – The Who Collection, a re-release on Stylus of the 1985 compilation, hits the British charts. It peaks at #71.

1990 – The U.S. cable channel TNT premiers a movie made for their network, Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files. Roger plays “Howard “ in a story about the work of the organization Amnesty International.

1993 –
Pete and Ted Hughes hold press interviews in London prior to the opening of Pete’s musical version of Hughes’ children’s’ story The Iron Man. It opens on the 25th for a short run. David Thacker is the Production Director; Anthony Castro is the Music Director.

1996 – The Who continue the first leg of their North American Quadrophenia tour with a performance at the Continental Airlines Arena at the Meadowlands in New Jersey

1996 –
Guided by Voices releases their EP Plantations of Pale Pink with a track called “The Who vs. Porky Pig”.

2001 – Pete’s website offers a Psychoderelict outtake “I Wish I Was As Good As I Look.”

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

2012 – Live At Hull 1970 is released on CD in the U.K.

2012 – The Who release My Generation mono CD

2012 – Pete appears on Late Night with David Letterman

2012 – The Who release a 12-inch blue vinyl edition of “The Who’s Music for the Closing Ceremony” in a limited edition of 1,000. Featuring the music The Who performed at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and on the flip side The Who’s original recording of ‘Early Morning Cold Taxi’.