Today in Whostory: 5/30/2020

1965 – The Who play The King Mojo Club in Sheffield, Yorkshire

1965 – The Who’s pre-recorded appearance from the Marquee Club on May 25 is broadcast on “Ready, Steady, Radio!”

1966 – The Who play at the Sincil Bank Football Ground in Lincoln for the Whit Monday Pop Gala Festival. The Kinks, the Small Faces, and the Yardbirds are also on the bill.

1966 – Pete is in an auto accident on the M1 on his way back to London after the Morecambe gig the night before. It is incorrectly reported in the Netherlands, Germany and France that Roger has been killed in the crash and Polydor is inundated with calls.

1969 – The Who play in Chicago at the Kinetic Playground with Buddy Rich and His Orchestra & Joe Cocker and The Grease Band

1970 – Live at Leeds enters the Billboard “Top LP’s” chart at #52. It would stay in the chart for 44 weeks, peaking at #4

1970 – An interview with Roger appears in New Musical Express. Roger calls the way Tommy has taken over their live set “a bit of a monkey.” He says the upcoming shows at New York’s Metropolitan Opera will be the last live performances of the rock opera.

1974 – The first day of filming of the “We’re Not Gonna Take It” sequence at Harry Pound Scrapyard in Portsmouth. Watch the results here

1975 – Roger’s disco-style single “Get Your Love” backed with “World Over,” both from his forthcoming solo album Ride A Rock Horse, is released in Britain. It fails to chart.

1977 – Official production of Who fan Jeff Stein’s movie of the band, The Kids Are Alright, begins. He had proposed the movie to Pete two years before. The first weeks of production are spent in New York scouring archives for rare Who film.

1981 – Pete plays a solo show at Brockwell Park in Brixton in support of a march against unemployment in Britain. He performs “A Little Is Enough” (twice due to bad PA mix), “Cats In The Cupboard,” “Big Boss Man,” “Substitute,” “Corrina Corrina,” “Body Language,” “Join Together” and “Let My Love Open The Door.” He is accompanied by Neil Abbott (guitar), Peter Hope-Evans (harmonica), Mark Brzezicki (drums) and Tony Butler (bass). Jim Capaldi comes out to do vocals for “Substitute.”

2001 – The John Entwistle Band plays at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park

2006 – Rachel’s In The Attic does a tribute to the movie The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Pete is shown in session recording “Trilby’s Piano” for Endless Wire and on the show playing “Here For More” and “Sheraton Gibson”. The show ends with the cast recreating the underwater “tiger shark” sequence with Pete in the Bill Murray role.

2007 – The Who play the Peel Bay Festival in Peel Bay, Isle of Man

2010 – The press reveals that Pete Townshend has invested in Ashdown House, a National Trust property. Pete’s investment allows renevations to be made to the estate that had been built for the daughter of King James I and is now a tourist destination. You can learn more about the house here and here

2012 – The Who Sell Out (mono & stereo mixes) and Quadrophenia (original mix) are released on SACD as a limited addition in Japan

2015 – The Who play Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York

2019 – The Who play the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania