October 23, 2021

Today in Whostory: 5/17/2020

1963 – The Detours play the Carnival ballroom at the Park Hotel in Hanwell

1964 – The Who play the second of two nights at the Florida Rooms in Brighton

1965 – The Who play The Pavilion in Bath, Somerset

1967 – After a week off from gigs following their mini tour of Scandinavia, The Who are back on the circuit again playing a gig at Mod stronghold, the Locarno Ballroom in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. By 1967 the cult of Mod had pretty much run its course and with the burgeoning Summer of Love about to unfold, The Who were glad to have shed their Mod image. The manager of the Locarno, Maurice de Jonge, was not particularly impressed with the ‘Orrible ‘Oo. Speaking to a reporter from the Stevenage News he said, “Ridiculous! If they have to smash everything to get a reaction, then you certainly won’t see them here again . . . We would certainly think twice about booking them again.” All of which seems a bit odd considering this was the group’s sixth appearance here. Perhaps Mr de Jonge kept his word as The Who were never to play here again. Meanwhile backstage, John broke a finger on his right hand after punching a poster of a ‘well-known band’ pinned to the dressing room wall.

1967 – Pete records an interview for the BBC overseas radio programme Dateline London

1967 – The Who fly to Manchester to appear live on Top Of The Pops. After the show they flew to Luton Airport and quickly drove to Stevenage

1969 – The Who play the Fillmore East in New York, New York

1969 – Pete and Roger surrender themselves to the authorities at the Ninth Precinct station for the previous nights on-stage incident. They are released on bail

1969 – The first copies of the Tommy LP are appearing on store shelves in America, disc jockeys also receive a 4-single box set of selected tracks. Ellen Sander in Saturday Review calls it a masterpiece and says it features some of the best rock music ever recorded. John Gabree in High Fidelity calls it “superlative rock-and-roll”. David Walley in Jazz &Pop hails it as a “superlative achievement” while Charles E. Fager in Christian Century loves it and calls it a “thoroughly religious work.” Despite the acclaim and promotion, sales are slow for the rock opera at first.

1969 – Disc and Music Echo runs a profile on John, Pete and Keith’s wives

1969 – Hit Parader carries an interview with Pete in which he criticizes BBC Radio 1 for ignoring new artists

1979 – The Who play the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France

1989 – Roger is at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of Mack The Knife, which features Roger singing the title song. In an interview, Roger says he wanted to become a doctor of Chinese medicine and study herbal medicine and acupuncture. He adds that he never felt that singing and acting were proper careers

2001 – Pete wins an award from BMI for “Who Are You” as one of the most performed television themes of the year. Earlier in the day he records individual guitar “riffs” on the Gibson SG’s he auctioned for charity.

2007 – The Who play the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid in Madrid, Spain You can watch the show on Youtube starting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU4s–kyIRQ&list=PLTtGwz0FAz2BMVzHLF7c_tjSreDwMxguE

2007 – Willie Nile releases his CD Live at the Turning Point featuring a cover of “Substitute”. You can listen to it on YouTube here

2011 – Harper Collins is declared the publisher of Pete’s autobiography.

2013 – Roger appears on the U.S. television show “The View”

2015 – The Who play the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2016 – The Who play the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon