December 6, 2021

Today in Whostory: 6/16/2019

1965 – The Who play the Stourbridge Town Hall

1965 – manager Chris Stamp goes on his first trip to see Decca Records management in New York. The only way he can make the flight is to have his brother, the actor Terence Stamp, downgrade his first-class ticket to two coach tickets as he flies to America to promote his movie The Collector.

1966 – The Who play the Locarno Ballroom in Hull for the Hull University Rag Week Hullaballo Ball.

1967 – The Who make it to the West Coast playing the Fillmore in San Francisco. After years of abuse from promoters, Pete is stunned when the Fillmore’s Bill Graham treats The Who as serious artists deserving of respect, an approach that earns him The Who’s lifelong friendship and loyalty. What also throws The Who is that they are expected to put on concert-length shows when they only have 20-25 minutes prepared. They rehearse in their hotel rooms trying to come up with more songs for their set.

The opening act is supposed to be Loading Zone but they cancel at the last minute and are replaced by a new local band in their first public appearance, the Santana Blues Band, who will later shorten their name to Santana. Both The Who and The Santana Blues Band play The Fillmore on the 17th as well

1967 – The Who were scheduled to appear at the University of Sussex Bacchanalian Ball but their appearance was cancelled due to scheduling conflict with their scheduled performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Cream replaced The Who at the show.

1970 – The Who play in Berkeley at the Community Theater

1972 – “Join Together” backed with a live recording of “Baby Don’t You Do It” is released in Britain. Chris Welch in Melody Maker calls it rather bland but Roy Carr in New Musical Express calls both sides of the single “10 minutes and 39 seconds of the best music available.” The fans agree with Roy, sending it to #9 in the charts.

1974 – Tina Turner is in The Who’s Ramport Studios to overdub her vocals for “The Acid Queen.”

1979 – Pete, John & Kenney are interviewed on WLIR

1995 – Ringo’s All-Star Band featuring John and Zak play in Niigata at Niigata Telsa

1998 – John plays Irving Plaza in New York City

2000 – John Entwistle, Zak, John “Rabbit” Bundrick and Gary Nuttall perform at a concert at Abbey Road Studios, London for Tony Ashton “to celebrate his recovery from his recent illness.”  The show is later released on CD.

2001 – John plays in Anaheim, California at the Sun Theater in “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles.” featuring Todd Rundgren, Ann Wilson and Alan Parsons.

2007 – The Who play the Völkerschlacht-Denkmal in Leipzig

2013 – The Who play London’s O2 Arena

2016 – The Who play the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid at “La Caja Mágica”