Today in Whostory: 5/02/2020

1964 – Keith’s first official date with The Who playing a girl’s 21st birthday party upstairs in a pub on the North Circular. John is amazed to see Keith tie his drums together with rope but understands when he sees him play.

1965 – The Who play the Dungeon Club in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. They show up two hours late.

1965 – The Who’s April 27th show is broadcast on Radio Luxembourg’s Ready, Steady, Radio!

1966 – The Who play in Bath

1967 – The Who’s first gig in Norway at the Nj√•rdhallen, a sports arena in Vestre Aker, Oslo

1969 – Roger, John, Keith, Bobby Pridden, John “Wiggy” Wolff and roadies Tony Haslam and John “Bumper” East fly to New York to prepare for the upcoming tour. Pete does not join them until the 8th, the day before the tour begins.

1970 – The Who play the Lower Refectory at the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, Yorkshire

1971 – Another attempt at the Lifehouse Project was scheduled at the Young Vic but apparently The Who cancelled the date, ending Pete’s first attempt to bring his multi-media, rock-revitalizing, science-fiction epic to fruition.

1972 – Pete records his demo for “Long Live Rock” at his home in Twickenham.
The demo would later be included on “Another Scoop” You can listen to it on YouTube here

1974 – This is the second day of filming of the “Uncle Ernie” sequence for the Tommy movie. Meanwhile, Pete spends the first of two days in Ramport Studios trying to coax a vocal performance out of Jack Nicholson who has been cast as the Doctor. Listen (and watch) Jack’s performance here

1975 – Keith’s “Don’t Worry Baby” backed with Together” is released in the U.K

1979 – The Who return for their first concert after Keith Moon’s death playing the Rainbow Theatre in London. According to John Swenson, the audience went “absolutely bonkers” and Who fans and reviewers are ecstatic about the new line up featuring Kenney Jones on drums and John “Rabbit” Bundrick on keyboards.

1980 – The Who play the Saint Paul Civic Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota

1985 – Pete attends the film premiere of the new Richard Gere/Gregory Hines movie, “The Cotton Club”, in London

1996 – Pete Townshend appears on CBS-TV’s The Late Show With David Letterman in New York City performing “Rough Boys” and “The Kids Are Alright.”

1997 – Roger Daltrey runs a game-fishing tourney at his farm to raise money for Raleigh International, a youth development charity

2004 – Polydor Records UK releases The Who: The 1st Singles Box containing CD recreations of 11 classic Who singles and the new “Real Good Looking Boy”/”Old Red Wine” songs

2004 – The Who: Then & Now 1964-2004 is released in the U.K.

2005 – Roger attends the reunion concert of Cream at the Royal Albert Hall

2007 – The 2CD live compilation “View From a Backstage Pass” is sold with membership in the new website that also opens on this date.

2015 – The Who play the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas