October 23, 2021

Today in Whostory: 12/11/2020

1965 – Melody Maker features an article titled “Who Hates Who?”

1968 – Filming of The Rolling Stones’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus continues. The Who record three takes of their mini-opera “A Quick One While He’s Away. “ Despite being one of the first acts filmed, they don’t come on until after 4pm. Following this comes a succession of acts including an all-star performance of “Yer Blues “ with John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. Finally the Stones come on after 1am, performing a somewhat limp set before a tired audience. Once the Stones see the film of their low-energy act back-to-back with The Who’s road-tested, white-hot performance, they try to sell the show to The Who, then stick it on the shelf, leaving it unreleased. Bootlegs appear in the next decade under the titles Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus and Gulp, but none of the film is seen until The Who’s performance is unearthed for The Kids Are Alright. A break between the Stones and then manager Allan Klein causes more delays in a release, until it finally comes out on video in 1996.

1970 – Viv Stanshall releases his solo single “Suspicion,” credited to Vivian Stanshall & Gargantuan Chums. It is produced by Keith with Moon on drums and John on brass and bass. It is sent out by Track Records offshoot Fly. It fails to make the charts. You can listen to it on YouTube here

1971 – “Let’s See Action” enters the Dutch chart where it will peak at #28

1971 – John’s solo album Smash Your Head Against the Wall reaches its U.S. chart peak at #143 in Billboard.

1975 – The Who play the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada

1979 – The Who play the second of two nights at the Philadelphia Spectrum.

1982 – The Who play the Centrum in Worcester in Worcester, Massachusetts

1985 – The radio show Rockline does an interview with Roger Daltrey

1996 – The Who play the Nynex Arena in Manchester

2006 – The Who play the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio

2011 – MCA Japan reissues A Quick One, Odds and Sods, Tommy/Original Soundtrack, The Who By Numbers, Who Are You, The Kids Are Alright, Quadrophenia/Original Soundtrack, Face Dances, It’s Hard, The Singles, Who’s Missing, Two’s Missing, and BBC Sessions as cardboard sleeve mini-LP’s. Several of them feature new mixes and re-masters and bonus tracks unavailable elsewhere.

2013 – Roger attends the The Sun Military Awards at the National Maritime Museum in London

2014 – The Who play the Echo Arena Liverpool in Liverpool, Merseyside