Today in Whostory: 6/04/2020

1964 – The Who play the White Hart Hotel in Southall, Middlesex

1965 – The Who were scheduled to play in Stoke-on-trent at Trentham Gardens but their equipment van broke down in Coventry.

1966 – The Who play Berget in Soderhamn, Sweden

1966 – The Who play Hogbo Bruk in Sandviken. The show is at 4pm followed by a drive of about 100 miles (160km) to their next show later that evening

1966 – Melody Maker carries a story about Pete’s recent car accident and speculates that The Who will play Shea Stadium. Steve Marriott of The Small Faces is interviewed in the “Pop Think In”. On the subject of The Who he says, “A gas. I can’t really understand their personal basis – the friendship basis – but I don’t want to understand. Their music is great and always will be.” The “Blind Date Revisited” feature Keith reviewing The Merseys, and Alan Price compares the Small Faces “Hey Girl” to The Who.

1967 – The Who are scheduled to play the Guildhall in Southampton but cancel

1967 – Pete attends a farewell party in London for U.S. performer Mitch Ryder. Jeff Beck and John’s Children also attend

1967 – Keith leaves the hospital

1982 – Pete fills in Time Out magazine on his two-year drug and alcohol binge and his recent recovery.

1997 – Ronnie Lane, who collaborated with Pete on Rough Mix, dies in Trinidad, Colorado. He was 51

2005 – Pete Townshend announces that he and director Murray Lerner have settled their differences of the past month over the Who bio film and it will proceed with his blessing

2020 – Roger appears on ITV’s Good Morning Britain show