Today in Whostory: 4/23/2020

1964 – The Who play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1965 – The Who play the Oasis Club in Manchester

1966 – The Who play the Odeon Cinema in Rochester, Kent

1966 – “A Legal Matter” enters the Dutch charts where it will peak at #22.

1966 – The first issue of the magazine Disc and Music Echo hits the stands. It includes information on obtaining the “Sounds of The Stars” disc that contains a short interview with Pete. This issue also includes a quick description of The Who’s current tour with Spencer Davis titled “Who-ha! Spencer tour a hit”. Roger is also featured in the “name game” by Rod Harrod.

1966 – Record Mirror comes out with an interview with Kit Lambert who says The Who’s legal matter is keeping them from recording another album.

1968 – The Who play The Marquee Club in London

1969 – The Who continue rehearsing their new Tommy-centered act at the Community Centre, Westcott Crescent in Hanwell. Pete recalls in his autobiography that, after this last rehearsal, Keith took him for a drink, looked him in the eye and said, “Pete, you’ve done it. This is gonna work.”

1971 – The Rolling Stones’ album Sticky Fingers, featuring uncredited background vocals by Pete on “Sway,” is released in the U.K.

1973 – Keith plays in a charity football match as a member of “The Ducks” against Monty Python’s Flying Football Circus at Payne & Co. Sports Ground, Croyden, Surrey. In the second half, Keith drives a Rolls Royce into the opposition’s net and sets up a portable bar at the goalmouth. The final score is 4-1 Pythons and £1,300 is raised for a local homeless shelter

1980 – The Who play the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado

1996 – Pete releases his best-of solo compilation CD coolwalkingsmoothtalkingstraightsmokingfirestoking – thebestofpetetownshend. In addition, there is a CD single released in Britain and Germany of the new “e. cola” remix of “Let My Love Open The Door”. Neither CD charts. Their release marks the end of Pete’s 16-year turn as a solo artist on Atlantic. You can listen to the remix here

1996 – Roger and Pete hold a press conference in London to announce that, after a hiatus of over six years, Pete, Roger and John will perform together in a band at Hyde Park for a performance of Quadrophenia at the Prince’s Trust Concert. They will not be listed as The Who but rather under the individual names

1997 – The Who play the Forum Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark

2001 – Pete announces in his diary that he no longer needs his huge London recording studio as he can do everything at home. He also says he is going in for several days of Quadrophenia: The Musical workshops with music supplied by a band including John Bundrick on keyboards, Pete’s brother Simon on guitar and British playwright Joe Penhall supplying the script

2012 – Roger and his band play at the International Forum in Tokyo

2015 – The Who play The Arena At Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia