October 19, 2021

Today in Whostory: 4/28/2020

1963 – The Detours play Douglas House in Bayswater

1964 – The Who hear from the BBC. It’s a letter of rejection for the BBC Light Programme.

1965 – The Who play the Bromel Club at the Bromel Court Hotel in Bromley

1966 – The Who play “The Witchdoctor” at the Savoy Rooms in Catford, London

1967 – Decca releases “The Magic Bus” by the Pudding. The Who would not record the song for over a year

You can listen to it on YouTube here

1967 – The Who are in De Lane Lea studios. During the sessions this week they record two Coca Cola jingles that were used for British TV ads

1969 – The Who play the Bay Hotel in Sunderland, Durham

1971 – The Seattle Opera premiers its version of Tommy at The Moore Theatre. Bette Midler stars as Tommy’s mother and the Acid Queen. It runs through May 16th. Bette Midler: “As we envisioned [The Acid Queen], it had nothing to do with drugs but was about the pervasiveness of female sexuality…larger than life, suffocating.”

1972 – Keith is on the Thames Television show Today debating the merits of open-air festivals with Tory politicians

1980 – The Who play the Checkerdome in Saint Louis, Missouri

1995 – Pete travels to Offenbach, Germany for the opening of The Who’s Tommy – Das Musical. In an interview there he says he will concentrate on writing for the theatre from this point on

1996 – Pete travels to Los Angeles to kick off a limited promotional tour of the U.S. by performing the new mix of “Let My Love Open The Door” and an acoustic version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” at the VH1 Honors show at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

1997 – The Who play the Ostseehalle in Kiel, Germany

2000 – Pete’s VH1 Storytellers episode premiers in the U.K.

2001 – The Guardian reports that Pete has convinced fellow rockers Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Phil Collins, Paul Simon, and Roger Waters to send cheques to the keep the Chaucer Clinic, a rehab centre for homeless addicts, open

2006 – The News & Star of Cumbria reports that a request by The Who to perform at Carlisle’s Sands Centre on 18 June has been denied as the Centre is booked on that date for a karate championship.

2012 – Roger and his solo band play Archaic Hall in Osaka