Today in Whostory: 12/22/2019

1963 – The Detours play at St. Mary’s Ballroom in Putney opening for the Rolling Stones. Pete gets to meet the Stones through an introduction by his friend Glyn Johns, then the lead singer for the group The Presidents. Brian Jones and Mick Jagger are quite friendly to a star-struck Pete. Standing backstage, he sees Keith Richards swinging his arm in a circle as a warm-up before the curtain is raised on the Stones’ performance. Within the next week, Pete takes that motion and makes it part of his stage act; spinning his arm furiously while crashing his fingers against the strings of the guitar, a move subsequently called “the windmill. “

1964 – The Who play the Marquee Club in London.

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.”

1973 – The Who play the Sundown Theatre in Edmonton, London

1975 – The Who play the Hammersmith Odeon in Hammersmith, London

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.

1999 – The Who play the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in Shepherd’s Bush, London