October 20, 2020

Today in Whostory: 6/14/2020

1963 – The Detours play the GEC (General Electric Company) Pavilion, Preston Road, Wembley, N.W. London.

1966 – The Who record preliminary versions of two new Pete compositions “Disguises” and a song from Pete’s first rock opera Quads, “I’m A Boy.” “Disguises” is rush mixed to be used the next day on the last episode of BBC-TV’s A Whole Scene Going.

1967 – The Who play their first headlining show in the U.S. at the Fifth Dimension Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to the show, the promoter is sent out to score crystal meth for the band.

1968 – The Who play the University of Leicester in Leicester with P.P. Arnold opening

1968 – “Dogs” backed with “Call Me Lightning” is released in England. It reached #25 on the British charts.

1969 – The Who were scheduled to play in Pasadena at the Rose Palace

1969 – Rolling Stone premieres its U.K. edition of the magazine with Pete on the cover. You can read the article here

1970 – The Who play at the Anaheim Stadium with supporting acts John Sebastian, Blues Image and, in his live premiere as a solo artist, the session pianist Leon Russell.

1973 – The film Jimi Hendrix, which begins with a 1972 interview with Pete, premiers at the Warner West End in Leicester Square

1974 – The Who play the final night of 4 at Madison Square Gardens in New York. Four Gibson Les Paul Deluxe guitars were smashed (three by Pete, one by Keith). Pete smashes the first Les Paul at end of the regular set (My Generation), then two together at the end of encore (Naked Eye) with help from the mic stand. Keith then smashed a fourth guitar. Montrose opens.

1974 – Most of The Who attends a party thrown by MCA at a roller-skating rink at the Manhattan Center with celebrities Elton John, Bette Midler, Johnny and Edgar Winter, the Beach Boys, and a troupe of circus performers. Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes provide the musical entertainment.

1979 – The movie The Kids Are Alright has its U.S. premiere in New York. John and Kenney Jones fly over to attend the showing

1980 – Pete’s solo single “Let My Love Open The Door” backed with “And I Moved” hits the U.S. charts and goes on to become Pete’s biggest U.S. success as a solo artist reaching #9 in the Billboard charts and #11 in the Cash Box charts. This ties it with the highest position achieved by a Who single in the U.S., “I Can See For Miles” in 1967.

1981 – John is a guest on the Robert Klein Radio Show.

1982 – Pete’s All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes is released.

1995 – John plays in Morioka, Japan at the Iwate Kenmin Kaikan with Ringo’s All-Star Band.

1997 – Pete Townshend performs a charity show for the Maryville Academy for abused children at The House Of Blues in Chicago. Eddie Vedder joins him onstage and the event raises $220,000. Pete was to have played the Mile High Music Festival at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater in Denver but his participation is cancelled.

2001 – Roger Daltrey attends the “Adopt-A-Minefield” gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles

2004 – A Special Edition of Tommy: The Movie is released on DVD in the U.K. with new interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger and feature-length commentary by director Ken Russell

2005 – Petra Haden and a women’s choir premiere a live a cappella version of The Who Sell Out at the L.A. Weekly Music Awards show at the Henry Fonda Theater.

2009 – Roger Daltrey attends a charity cricket match at Carlton, near Newmarket, cheering on a Teenage Cancer Trust team of celebrities.

2011 – Pete’s 1972/73 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop sells for £30,750 at auction at Christie’s

2014 – The Who play The “Rock n Horsepower” benefit concert was a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer UK at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Cranleigh. This was the first time that Kenney Jones had played with The Who since 1988.

2014 – Pete’s 1972/73 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop sells for £30,750 at auction at Christie’s

2016 – The Who play in Toulouse at the Zénith de Toulouse

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