February 27, 2021

Today in Whostory: 12/04/2020

1965 – The Who play the Corn Exchange in Chelmsford, Essex

1965 – Record Mirror carries a interview with Pete about “My Generation”. My Generation is also features an ad for the new LP

1969 – The Who play the Bristol Hippodrome in Bristol

1971 – The Who play the Denver Coliseum in Denver, Colorado

1971 – Record Mirror features an interview with Pete titled “if pop music is pop art – PROVE IT!” by Keith Altham. This issue also carries an ad for “Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy” and a short review of the album

1973 – The Who perform at Spectrum in Philadelphia. The show is recorded and later broadcast in quadraphonic sound on The King Biscuit Flower Hour syndicated radio show in the U.S. from which it is widely bootlegged. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” has a commercial release on the 1998 CD King Biscuit: Best Of The Best and on the 2007 fan club CD View From A Backstage Pass along with “The Punk and The Godfather.”
You can listen to the show on YouTube here

1975 – The Who play the first of two nights at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois

1979 – The Who play at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, the security staff is doubled and doors are opened three hours before the concert. Roger says from the stage “You all heard what happened yesterday. We feel totally shattered. We lost a lot of family yesterday. This show’s for them “.You can listen to the show on YouTube here

1982 – The Who play The Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Billy Squire and Steel Breeze are the opening acts. After the show, Pete returns to his hotel room and records the demo “Holly Like Ivy” on his TEAC Portastudio. It will later appear on Another Scoop. John goes to a local bar and jams with a group onstage.

1985 – Roger Daltrey continues his solo tour at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

1992 – Roger Daltrey performs at the Football Stadium in Cali, Colombia as part of the Ecomundo Conference. You can watch the whole show on YouTube here

1992 – Roger Daltrey performs in Cali, Colombia as part of Festival Ecomundo ’92: A World Meeting of Ecology and Culture.

1998 – The Daily Mail reports that a firm of yacht brokers is suing Pete Townshend over the sale of two of his boats.

1999 – Roger performs in a rock ‘n’ roll version of Handel’s “Messiah” in Dublin. Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight and actor Adian Quinn also participate and the show airs on Ireland’s RTE. A storm of controversy swirls around it due to the amount of government grant money used to stage the production. In fact, the cost is so high, the production fails to raise projected money intended for charity.

1999 – ITV airs an episode of its Classic Albums series focusing on the recording of Who’s Next. The excellent documentary is made with the participation of Pete, Roger and John who discuss the album’s background and revisit the master tapes. The show is subsequently released for home video.

2005 – Pete and Rachel Fuller invite fans into the basement studio of their Richmond Hill home for a “Basement Jam” that is broadcast live, if spottily, on the Internet. Pete plays “Drowned,” “Greyhound Girl,” “Blue, Red & Grey,” “In the Ether,” and “God Speaks of Marty Robbins” solo on acoustic guitar, then is joined by Rachel for “Sunrise,” “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Let’s See Action.” Also performing in the basement jam show is Foy Vance, Mikey Cuthbert and Simon Townshend.

2005 – Roger Daltrey’s tour with the orchestral show “A Night at the Proms” continues in Oberhausen, Germany

2006 – The Who play the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2012 – The boxset The Who Studio Albums with all of The Who’s studio albums in 180gm vinyl and reproductions of the original sleeves and insertions, is released for the holidays.

2019 – Pete is interviewed in the Toronto Sun. You can read it online here