September 17, 2021

Today in Whostory: 3/30/2020

1965 – The Who play the Marquee Club in London

1966 – Pete is photographed with his parents by Larry Ellis of the Daily Express

1967 – The Who play the RKO Radio Theater in New York, New York

1968 – The Who play the Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, New York

1976 – The Who play the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado

1977 – Pete demos “Never Ask Me” at Eel Pie Studios. It is intended but rejected for the next Who album. Pete later sends it to Quincy Jones for the next Frank Sinatra album, but Jones also rejects it. It ultimately ends up on Another Scoop. You can listen to it on YouTube here

1980 – The Who play the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria

1981 – The double LP Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea, collected from the December 1979 concerts at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, is released in the U.S. The Who make up side one of the disc but the set starts with Pete’s accidentally out-of-tune performance on “Baba O’Riley.” It reaches #36 on the Billboard charts. The U.K. release follows on 3rd April reaching #39. The album is one of the few Who releases never to have a legitimate release on CD

1993 – Pete receives a Very Special Arts award at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York for The Who’s Tommy.

1993 – Pete and members of the Grateful Dead attend a preview performance of Tommy at Broadway’s St. James Theater

2004 – The best-of compilation The Who: Then & Now 1964-2004 is released featuring the two new recordings, “Real Good Looking Boy” and “Old Red Wine (for John).”

2004 – Roger greets Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Albert Hall with supporters of Teenage Cancer Trust. “I asked her to speak up because I’m in a rock ‘n’ roll band. She did speak up, she was very gracious.” Roger performs that night with Paul Weller, James Dean Bradfield and Kelly Jones doing “The Kids Are Alright” and “Magic Bus.”

2006 – Roger receives a Lifetime Achievement award at the 22nd Radio Academy Awards held at the CafĂ© de Paris in London

2006 – Roger joins Razorlight at the Teenage Trust Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and sings “Summertime Blues.”

2010 – The Who play the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gore, London

2017 – The Who play the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gore, London