Today in Whostory: 5/31/2019

1963 – The Detours play at the Grand Ballroom in Broadstairs, opening for Freddie and the Dreamers

1964 – The Who play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1964 – Pete, Peter Meaden and Richard Barnes attend a Chuck Berry/Gene Vincent/Carl Perkins concert at the Hammersmith Odeon, which Barnes remembers as one of the first large gatherings of Mods he and Pete had seen

1965 – The Who fly to Paris to begin their invasion of the continent

1968 – The Who play Manchester University in Manchester

1969 – The Who play in Chicago at Kinetic Playground with Joe Cocker and The Grease Band & Soup

1969 – Fred Kirby reviews one of The Who’s May 17th shows for Billboard magazine. He declares them the best performing rock band. Billboard also carries a full page ad for Tommy.

1975 – New Musical Express carries the interview Roy Carr did with Pete on his birthday

1976 – The Who start a three-date tour of the U.K. at the Charlton Football Ground. Since all three dates are at football stadiums, the tour is known as the “Who Put the Boot In” tour. Fans who attend wonder “who’ll stop the rain” as it pours buckets throughout the day. This show also puts The Who in the Guinness Book of World Records as “The World’s Loudest Pop Group” as their output registers 120 decibels at 50 meters. Supporting acts are The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, The Outlaws and Streetwalkers. Sold at the show is an elaborate program called “Bellboy” that features a centerfold of a nude Keith Moon

Outside Keith is approached by Australia’s Garry McDonald portraying his satirical local TV reporter character Norman Gunston. Keith pours a bottle of vodka on his head and tells him, “you Australian slag, piss off!

2016 – The Who a Private Concert for Who Cares About The Next Generation benefit in Pacific Palisades, CA. With Eddie Vedder on the Real Me and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

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