November 26, 2020

Today in Whostory: 3/08/2020

1964 – The Who play St. Mary’s Hall in Putney

1965 – “I Can’t Explain” dropped completely out of the NME chart after having reached #26 the previous week.

1968 – The Who motor back into the U.S. playing the Metropolitan Sports Center near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1970 – The New York Times publishes an advance review of Live at Leeds by Nik Cohn in which he calls it “…the definitive hard-rock holocaust. It is the best live rock album ever made.”

1971 – The Who hold the fourth and last session of the ill-fated Lifehouse project. Filming still has not begun, the band is completely confused about Pete’s plans, the audience is uncooperative, mostly calling out for old Who tunes during the new Lifehouse songs, and producer/manager Kit Lambert is openly critical, stamping about and yelling, “What in the hell are we doing here?” Since Lambert is due to travel to New York the next week to produce Labelle’s first album at the Record Plant, he suggests The Who fly over and record the new material there as well.

1975 – John and his band The Ox is the headlining act at New York City’s Academy Of Music

1975 – BBC Radio 1’s Rock Week broadcasts Pete’s 2 1/2 hour radio special previewing the soundtrack to Tommy: The Movie

1975 – Keith’s forthcoming solo album Two Sides Of The Moon receives a favorable review in Melody Maker. The article also includes a photo of Iggy Pop riding on Keith’s back

1986 – Roger’s tribute to Keith Moon “Under a Raging Moon” backed with “Move Better In The Night,” hits the British charts and peaks at #43.

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play the Buffalo Rose in Golden, Colorado

1996 – Pete appears on the U.K. TV programme TFI Friday. The host says that before filming the episode, Pete remarked that he “hated every second of being in The Who.” Pete confirms the statement.

2000 – Roger appears with the British Rock Symphony appearing at the Brisbane Entertainment Center

2006 – Pete and Roger hold a photo-op at the Hard Rock CafĂ© in Piccadilly announcing that they will be headlining the Sunday night concert at the Hyde Park Calling Festival on 3 July

2006 – Pete again performs on In The Attic, premiering a new song from his The Boy Who Heard Music mini-opera, “Pick Up The Peace”

2007 – The Who play the Verizon Center in Washington, DC

2009 – Keith Moon is honored with an historical blue plaque at the site of the Marquee Club in Soho. The Heritage Foundation stepped in to post the plaque after English Heritage, the traditional award of blue plaques, refused saying Keith did not meet their criteria. The unveiling is attended by Roger and Keith’s mother, Kit

2010 – Roger opens for Eric Clapton at the RBC Center in Raleigh

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