October 20, 2020

Today in Whostory: 5/28/2020

1963 – The Detours play at the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1965 – The Who play the Ricky-Tick Club in Windsor

1966 – The Who play South Pier in Blackpool. The opening acts are The Rockin’ Vickers, The Birds and Oscar. Oscar is actually Paul Nicholas who will play Cousin Kevin nine years later in Tommy: The Movie.

1966 – Pete and Keith talk to Melody Maker about the incident of the 20th. According to Pete: “We were due on stage. Keith had gone out with somebody else and in the end we had to start playing without him. Finally Keith turned up…I swung out with my guitar, not really meaning to hit Keith. I lost my grip of the instrument and it just caught him on the side of the head.” Keith is obviously dissatisfied with the explanation: “My eye is all black and blue, and I’ve had three stitches in my leg. Well, y’know, who needs it? If it happens again I’m leaving!”

1966 – Billboard reports from Milan that Radio Records has released the first record by The Geordies, “Shavada” backed with a cover of “My Generation.”
Listen to it on YouTube here

1967 – The Who go to CBS Studios, London and record backing tracks for “I Can See For Miles,” “Armenia City In The Sky” and “Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand.” However, further recording is cancelled after Keith ruptures his stomach wall and has to be carted off by ambulance. His hernia effectively scuttles the attempt to finish the “Who’s Lily?” album in time for a summer release

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

1971 – Glyn Johns gives “Won’t Get Fooled Again” its final mix before mastering

1975 – The Who are in the studio. “In a Hand or a Face” under its original title “Round And Round” is completed

1977 – Part 15 of Tony Palmer’s history of popular music All You Need Is Love airs with several Who clips and scenes of Keith recording “Do Me Good” for a follow-up solo LP. What he manages to record ultimately turns up as bonus tracks on CD reissues of Two Sides Of The Moon starting in the late 1990’s.

2000 – The Los Angeles Times prints an interview with Pete in which he says that The Who reunited in 1999 because he was told by Roger that he and John needed the money

2005 – Pete posts a web diary denying he is a producer on the new Who movie and castigating Murray Lerner for saying he will contact family and ex-wives for the project. Lerner quickly contacts Pete and calms the rough waters.

2012 – Spectrum Audio UK releases The Who compilation “Pinball Wizard – The Collection” in the U.K

2015 – The Who perform onstage during the MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Best Buy Theater in New York City. Bruce Springsteen awards Pete the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his work supporting the MusiCares MAP Fund — a charity that assists musicians with addiction recovery.

2019 – The Who play the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan

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