November 30, 2020

Today in Whostory: 5/11/2019

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill

1965 – Radio Luxembourg’s Ready, Steady Radio! was recorded at The Marquee Club and broadcast on May 16.

1966 – The Who play the Corn Exchange in Bristol

1966 – “Substitute” enters the Swedish Kv√§llstoppen sales chart, peaking at #16

1967 – The Who play in Belfast

1968 – The Who play the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

1969 – The Who play the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan

1970 – The Who spend five days rehearsing afternoons at the Granada Theatre in Wandsworth in order to inject some of the new songs they have been recording, such as “I Don’t Even Know Myself” and “Water”, into the act

1971 – The Who complete recording “Song Is Over” at Olympic Studios in London. Also recorded this month and early the next are “Baba O’Riley,” “Love Ain’t For Keeping,” “My Wife,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Let’s See Action,” “When I Was a Boy,” and “Pure And Easy.”

1977 – Who manager Bill Curbishley presents a contract to producer Sydney Rose and director Tony Klinger to make a documentary about The Who. Unbeknownst to the two signers, the contract is part of an unsuccessful backdoor attempt to remove Jeff Stein as director of the already planned film. Tony eventually joins Sydney as co-producer.

1981 – Pete and Chris Stamp attend a memorial service for The Who’s late manager Kit Lambert at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. It would have been his 46th birthday and was almost exactly 20 years after the memorial service was held for his father Constant at the same church. Pete arranges for the London Symphony Orchestra to perform selections from Tommy and Kit’s favorite piece, Purcell’s “The Gordian Knot Untied.” Pete also delivers one of the eulogies. None of the other members of The Who attend.

1997 – The Who play the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands

2001 – eelpie.com puts The Who’s Aug. 24, 2000 Denver concert up for sale as an unedited mp3 download

2005 – Roger tells the press he will play a surgeon’s assistant in a Battle of Waterloo drama for Britain’s Channel 4. It is released in August as Trafalgar Battle Surgeon.

2007 – Roger attends the launching of Scotland’s first hospital unit for teenage cancer sufferers in Glasgow.

2015 – The Who play the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee

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