December 5, 2020

Today in Whostory: 3/23/2020

1964 – The Who play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill

1965 – The Who play The Marquee Club in London

1965 – “I Can’t Explain” reappears on the New Musical Express charts at #23.

1966 – The Who play the Tower Ballroom in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

1966 – Melody Maker carries “Pop Think-In” with Pete. Pete declares he “always stands by Young Communist principles,” but blasts the British Communist Party as “so badly run — sort of making tea in dustbins like the Civil Defence.” He has praise for Ray Davies and The Kinks’ new single “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” and says about Keith Moon, “if I felt ageing, I could look at Keith and steal some of his youth.”

1967 – The Who attend the dress rehearsal for the Murray the K shows. The stage hands think something has gone horribly wrong at the end of The Who’s set, then applaud after they realize The Who’s equipment-destroying is part of their act.

1968 – The Who play Code 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Supporting them is the group Bridge.

1968 – A Pete-penned travel piece, “Who Pete Townshend writes from Hollywood,” appears in New Musical Express.

1970 – Keith pleads guilty but with extenuating circumstances to the charges of driving with excess alcohol, without insurance and without a driving license on the night of his chauffeur Neil Boland’s death two months before. The magistrates dismiss all the charges.

1974 – Billboard magazine carries a full page ad for The Who’s King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast on March 31st

1975 – John and his band The Ox play in St. Louis, Missouri opening for Joe Walsh

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play in Kitchener, Canada

1999 – The CD Punk Or What by Bernie Tormé is released. It features a previously unreleased cover of “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” from 1977.

You can listen to it on youtube here

2000 – Pete Townshend records an episode of VH1 Storytellers in London before an intimate audience of 215. He concentrates almost entirely on songs from Lifehouse.

2004 – Compendia Records releases a truncated CD of Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit for Maryville Academy as Magic Bus: Live From Chicago

2007 – The Who play the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2007 – The dramatic movie Reign Over Me, starring Adam Sandler and featuring a cover of “Love, Reign O’er Me” by Eddie Vedder as its title song, premieres. Listen to it on youtube here

2009 – Pete and Roger hold a press conference at the Crown Towers Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. When asked about The Who’s disastrous first tour in 1968, Pete recalls: “I had a ball on the trip in ’67 [sic; ’68]…I met a girl I nearly married – I had a lovely time, and adds, “Yes – I deeply, deeply regret not coming back sooner.

2009 – The Who: Maximum R & B Live video is re-released in the U.K. as a 2-DVD set. Video from the 1970 Tanglewood show is dropped in place of the 1981 Essen concert

2010 – The Who Greatest Hits Live, previously released on iTunes in January, is released on CD in the U.S., Germany and Australia

2012 – Roger plays at Auditorium della Conciliazione in Rome

2015 – The Who play the O2 Arena in London

2016 – Roger attends ‘Conversation on Child Cures’ at Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC