December 2, 2020

Today in Whostory: 5/25/2019

1964 – The Who play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill

1965 – The Who play the Marquee Club in London. The show is recorded for “Ready, Steady, Radio!” for broadcast on May 30.

1965 – The Who record for BBC’s Saturday Club performing “Leaving Here,” “Please Please Please,” “Just You and Me, Darling” and probably on tape from the day before “Good Lovin'” and “Anyway Anyhow, Anywhere.” Four of the tracks recorded over these two days are later released on the BBC Sessions CD

1966 – Polydor Records head Robert Stigwood tells the press that Keith is backing down on his threat to leave The Who

1967 – The Who’s management purchase “1 Case containing 1 Gross Y.2. Smoke Generators” from Brock’s Crystal Palace Fireworks, Ltd.

1969 – The Who play Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The only time The Who would play with Led Zeppelin

1970 – Who rehearse at the Granada Theatre in Wandsworth, London

1970 – More of the Who’s BBC recordings of April 13th are played on BBC Radio One’s The Johnnie Walker Show and The Dave Symonds Show.

1974 – Track Records releases 3 Allsorts LP’s (Aniseed, Peppermint and Coconut) featuring various Who tracks

1974 – The Who were supposed to perform at Shawfield Stadium in Glasgow but the promoter was unable to get a proper license.

1976 – The Who play the Palais des Sports in Lyon, France

1977 – In honour of Paul Weller’s birthday, he, The Jam and staffers at New Musical Express try but fail to track down Pete in Twickenham and Richmond. The magazine also reports that Pete has written 50 songs for the upcoming Who album

1978 – The Who play in London

1978 – Who fans and the members of the bands Generation X, The Rich Kids, The Pretenders and The Sex Pistols assemble at Shepperton Studios in London for an impromptu Who concert. Jeff Stein films performances of “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” for The Kids Are Alright movie but The Who give the audience an almost complete concert. At the end of “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” the performance reaches a dead stop and The Who walk off the stage. Stein, realizing this will make an awful ending to the movie, gets The Who to go back on stage and perform the song again. This time The Who put everything into the ending and the crowd is encouraged to go wild. This ending will be grafted onto the earlier take for the finished film.

After the show the audience is grouped in four equal lines, each with a member of The Who at the head. An overhead shot is taken, intended as a possible cover for the Who Are You album.

1999 – The Blow Pops release their CD Charmed, I’m Sure with a cover of “I Can’t Reach You.”

1999 – Pete writes the lyrics for the song “I Lose The Thread.”

2000 – Roger and John are interviewed by Gary Graff for MusicDirect.com. John says he hopes the new Who album will be “a lot more up-tempo, up-front. I’ve said that before , and I usually end up with the only rock ‘n’ roll songs on the album.”

2007 – The Who play the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

2010 – Bettye LaVette releases her album Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook featuring as a bonus track, her cover of “Love, Reign O’er Me” at The Who’s Kennedy Center Honors

2016 – The Who play the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California