December 5, 2020

Today in Whostory: 12/22/2019

1966 – The Who’s promo video shot earlier in the week is broadcast on Top of the Pops

1967 – An appearance at the Olympia in London as part of the “Christmas On Earth Continued” festival is cancelled. The reason given in The Who Fan Club Newsletter is that Pete “cracked one of his fingers that week and couldn’t play.”

1985 – Pete and his wife Karen preside over the Snowball Review in aid of the Chiswick Family rescue and Pete plays a short set of “That’s All Right, Mama,” “Stop Hurting People” and “Pinball Wizard” with a band including Simon Phillips, John “Rabbit” Bundrick, Steve Barnacle, Les Davidson, Billy Nicholls, Coral Brown, Gina Foster and the Kick Horns. Following that Pete dons drag to play the traditional role in British Christmas pantomimes, the Widow Twankey, with Joanna Lumley as his “son” Aladdin. After this the entire cast, led by Pete, sings “Night Train.” Other performers that night include Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Rik Mayall, Bill Wyman, Andy Summers, Ian Dury and Virginia Astley.