October 30, 2020

Today in Whostory: 6/18/2020

1964 – The Who play the White Hart Hotel in Southall

1965 – The Who play the Floral Hall in Morecambe

1965 – Roger is interviewed in New Musical Express under the headline “The Who Use Force to Get Sound They Want.” He declares “I never want to grow old. I want to stay young forever,” but then declares if he were no longer in a group, “I think I’d do myself in.”

1966 – The Who play in Carlisle at The Market Hall.

1966 – Record Mirror reports on a double bill of The Who and The Merseys at Shea Stadium for July 9th. The Who won’t actually make it to Shea for another 16 years.

1967 – The Who perform at The Monterey International Pop Festival in Monterey, California. Pete confronts Jimi Hendrix before the show and demands The Who hit the stage before he does since Hendrix will also smash his guitar. If they follow him the crowd will think The Who are stealing Hendrix’s act even though they were the ones who originated it. Hendrix plays his guitar and coolly ignores Pete. John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas finally decides it with a coin toss.

The Who will play first but despite this, The Who face another disadvantage Hendrix does not. Their penny-pinching managers have sent them to the festival with rented equipment and amplifiers incapable of conveying the power of their act. Their performance is spotty but no one forgets the ending of “My Generation” with Pete and Keith engaging in a riotous instrument bust-up captured by D.A. Pennebaker’s cameras and later featured in the movies Monterey Popand The Kids Are Alright

After the show The Who hang out with Mama Cass who ply them with the best of the Bay Area’s hallucinogens. Hendrix sets his guitar on fire and smashes it leading Cass to tell Pete, “He’s stealing your act!” Pete replies, “No, he’s not stealing my act, he’s doing my act.”

1969 – The Who play the Fillmore West in San Francisco

1970 – The Who reportedly play the Austin Memorial Auditorium in Houston, Texas. This show is listed on many sites, including thewhothismonth.com and http://www.thewholive.net, although the latter does indicate it’s “An unsure date”. It is not listed in AAA. A thorough search of the internet fails to turn up a venue in Houston, Texas called “Austin Memorial Auditorium” or “Houston Memorial Auditorium”, nor any record of The Who playing in Houston on this date. A search of Austin Memorial Auditorium does indicate that “Hogg Auditorium” on the University of Texas, Austin campus, was a venue that could have been called “Austin Memorial Auditorium” around this time, but there does not appear to be ANY record of a show by The Who on this date. If anyone has any information about this date or venue – please let us know!

1971 – The Who record “Song Is Over” and another take of “Bargain” at Olympic Studios in Barnes

1979 – Pete, John and Kenney are interviewed by Robert Klein at RCA Studios in New York for his syndicated radio show The Robert Klein Hour. They are later interviewed for the Drake/Chenault syndicated radio show. You can listen to some of the broadcast on youtube here

1980 – The Who play in San Diego at the Sports Arena. Pete punches a wall and breaks several bones in his right hand. He has to wear a cast for the rest of the tour.

1991 – Keith Moon receives a plaque on the Rock Walk in Hollywood.

1995 – Ringo’s All-Star Band featuring John and Zak play in Osaka, Japan at the Osaka Castle Hall

1996 – Those Darn Accordions! release their album No Strings Attached with a cover of “Baba O’Riley” and Fastbacks releases its album New Mansions In Sound with a cover of Keith Moon’s “Girl’s Eyes.” Eddie Vedder sings backup on the latter and can be heard offering the engineer 100 dollars if he’ll please erase his vocal and let him try again.

You can listen to Those Darn Accordions! on YouTube hereYou can listen to Fastbacks “Girls Eyes” here

1998 – John plays in Hartford, CT at the Webster Theater

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles.” featuring John play in Saratoga, CA, at the Villa Montalvo Garden Theatre

2006 – The Who play in Brighton at The Brighton Centre

2007 – The Who play the Stadtpark in Hamburg

2013 – The Who play the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, South Yorkshire

2016 – The Who play the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain at Mendizabala.

2018 – Roger begins his “Roger Daltrey Performs The Who’s Tommy” tour in at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra

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