Today in Whostory: 5/13/2020

1965 – The Who play the Public Hall in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire. The Who played the first set to a half-empty hall, and during the second set had coins thrown at them from the patrons of the now closed pubs nearby.

1966 – The Who play the Wimbledon Palais in Wimbledon

1966 – The Who appear on the BBC Light Programme The Joe Loss Pop Show. Again a trio, Pete, John and Keith apologize for Roger’s absence saying he has a sore throat. Pete sings “A Legal Matter,” John sings the next two, “CC Rider” and “Dancing in the Street.”

1967 – The Who are reportedly scheduled to play the Shoreline Club in Bognor Regis, Sussex, but they did not appear due to the small size of the stage

1967 – “Pictures of Lily” enters Sweden’s Tio i Topp charts where it will peak at #3

1969 – The Who play the first of three nights at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts

1971 – The Who play the Kinetic Circus at the Mayfair Suite in Birmingham

1972 – Tommy (Part One), a budget re-release of disc one of the Tommy LP, hits store shelves in Britain. Those who have heard the original and buy this one find “Eyesight To The Blind” now features an alternate vocal.

1974 – Three more days of “Tommy” filming begins, this time with Pete and John backing Eric Clapton for the “Eyesight To The Blind” sequence shot at the Royal Marine Church in Eastney. You can watch the outcome in a clip from Tommy on Youtube here

1974 – John and Keith appear on Capital Radio’s Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It from their studios in Euston Tower, London.

1975 – John is featured on the cover of Good Times magazine

1979 – The Who play the Arenes de Frejus in Frejus, France

1995 – Roger reprises his Hugh Fitzcairn role on Highlander: The Series in an episode called “Till Death”You can watch it on YouTube here:

1997 – The Who play the ZĂ©nith de Paris in Paris, France

2005 – INDH2 hi-def channel on cable premiers The Who’s 2004 performance at the Isle Of Wight

2009 – Roger meets Prince Charles at a health conference in Central London. Asked what he thinks of the 60-year-old Prince, Daltrey says: “The work Charles is doing is amazing. He’s his own man.” Roger also says to the Prince: “Don’t let the bastards grind you down!”

2011 – Roger Daltrey gives in impromptu concert aboard the Queen Mary 2 during its passage from England to New York City. From a stool on the stage of the Royal Court Theatre, Roger performs songs by Hank Williams and Johnny Cash while telling the audience of his origins as a musician. The hour-long show is part of a seagoing songwriting seminar led by Chris Difford of Squeeze.

2015 – The Who play the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois

2016 – The Who play Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2019 – The Who play Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York