Today in Whostory: 4/17/2020

1964 – The Who play the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd’s Bush

1965 – The Who play the “Big Easter Rave” at The Florida Rooms in Brighton.

Roy Hatley recalls, “On their Easter Saturday 1965 appearance a frightening 1700 plus crowd was packed in like sardines to watch them, with another 500 sitting on the Aquarium steps outside. I spent the entire evening wedged in a corner about five feet from John Entwistles’ bass stack. My teeth ached for a week and I was partially deaf in my left ear for three days. The Who regularly appeared at the Florida after they began their recording career and were looked on as one of their own by the local kids who packed the club whenever they came to Brighton.”

1965 – Record Mirror reports that the extra tracks The Who recorded earlier in the week are destined for an LP to be released only in the U.S. and France. The listed tracks are “Please Please Please”, “I Don’t Mind”, “Shout and Shimmy”, “Heatwave”, “Motorin'”, “I’m a Man”, and “Leaving Here”.

1965 – “I Can’t Explain” falls to 15 in the Pop Weekly “Top Thirty” chart. “The Who with one of the best records ever to be seen in the charts. Rather surprised it didn’t make the Top Five.”

1966 – The Who play the Regal Theatre in Edmonton

1967 – The Who play the Oberrheinhalle in Offenburg, Germany

1971 – Melody Maker runs the ninth and last Pete Townshend Page called “Things are different across the sea.” In it he compares U.S. audiences to British audiences and discusses the need of English bands to make it in America to be financially successful

1976 – The Patti Smith Group perform their punk version of “My Generation” on Saturday Night Live At the end the drummer tries to kick his kit over but it is nailed down and he falls off his drum stool.

1980 – Pete is in San Francisco at the offices of Rolling Stone magazine being interviewed by Greil Marcus. The interview would appear in the June 26, 1980 issue. You can read the interview here

2001 – Pete sells eight of his personally crafted Gibson SG’s for £10,000 each on his website to benefit his Double O Charity. Each guitar is signed and comes with a CD of Pete performing a riff on that guitar

2005 – Pete suggests in a web diary that Roger will work with Pete’s brother Simon to complete songs Pete has recorded in demo form

2015 – The Who play the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida