October 26, 2020

Today in Whostory: 5/18/2020

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill

1965 – The Who play McIlroy’s Ballroom in Swindon, Wiltshire

1967 – The Who play in Bristol

1967 – The Who play the Locarno ballroom in Bristol and the third time The Who played here. Despite John’s broken finger (see yesterday’s post about this), the group did appear despite rumours to the contrary.

1968 – Pete and Karen appear in “Sunday People” magazine

1969 – The Who play the Fillmore East in New York, New York. Jimi Hendrix drops by to catch the new rock opera.

1969 – BBC1 repeats the Omnibus: All My Loving special featuring footage of The Who’s Spring 1968 North American tour, this time in colour.

1974 – The Who appear as the final act for a day-long concert at Charlton Athletic Football Club. The supporting acts are Lou Reed, Humble Pie, Bad Company, Lindisfarne and Maggie Bell. At least 50,000 people attend. The original plan was for the concert to be filmed by Ken Russell featuring Roger singing “I’m Free” while running around the top of the stadium. Ultimately the concert is only shot by the BBC who broadcast it on a later television special. Four songs from the show are later included on the Maximum R&B video and selections on the View From a Backstage Pass and The Who’s Greatest Hits Live CD’s. One of those songs is a new arrangement of “My Generation” done as a slow blues. You can listen to the show on Youtube here

1974 – Melody Maker has an article on Pete written by Chris Charlesworth in which Chris claims Pete is the member responsible for elevating The Who to superstar status.

1975 – Roger is interviewed in The New York Times. He says their is no truth to a Who split.

1996 – Pete is a guest on Later With Jules Holland. He performs “Let My Love Open The Door,” “English Boy,” “Magic Bus” and even an electric guitar lead on “Chopsticks!”

1997 – The Who play Wembley Arena in London

1997 – Pete runs into his future wife Rachel Fuller for the first time since last October. He begins his pursuit.

1999 – Roger Daltrey appears on the ABC-TV (U.S.) show Politically Incorrect broadcast from London.

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