October 19, 2021

Today in Whostory: 6/21/2020

1962 – The Everly Brothers’ LP Instant Party is released in the U.K. Pete will lift the title for a song recorded in January 1966 intended as the B-side to “Circles,” that will then be applied to the song “Circles” when “Substitute” becomes the final A-side.

1966 – The Who play Winter Gardens in Malvern, Worcestershire. The show is filmed in color by CBS-TV for an hour-long special on British teenagers. The footage has yet to re-surface.

1967 – Ralph Gleason, early rock critic and co-founder of the Monterey festival, denounces The Who in the San Francisco Chronicle: “This decadent, destructive, cynical ending (they use the same amplifier to hit on every show and smash a special cheap guitar) is really a Roman Circus spectacle and has nothing at all to do with music. In fact, it is really anti-music and disgraceful.”

1968 – The Who play the June Ball at Dunelm House at The University of Durham in Durham

1970 – The Who play the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee

1974 – Shooting for the “Champagne” and “Smash The Mirror” sequences are held and continue on the 22nd, 24th, 25th and 26th. Ann-Margret’s scene wallowing in foam, chocolate and baked beans has to be postponed at one point after she cuts her hand on shards of the broken television from which the conglomeration emerges. Watch the final results of the “Champagne” scene on YouTube here

1980 – The Who play the second of two nights at The Forum in Inglewood, California

1980 – “Let My Love Open The Door” reaches the British charts. British fans get a different b-side with the previously unreleased tracks “Greyhound Girl” and “Classified.” Apparently they don’t appreciate the bonus as the single peaks at #46

1980 – Billboard carries a photo of Roger at the preview of ‘McVicar” the previous month at Cannes

1989 – The Who play open their 1989 tour at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York

1999 – The British Rock Symphony CD is released in Germany on Point Music. Roger sings “Kashmir” and “Let It Be” with the symphony. You can listen to it on YouTube here

2003 – Roger Joins Kevin M Buck playing I Cant Explain at The Bottom Lounge in NY

2004 – A Lonnie Donegan tribute concert at Royal Albert Hall. Roger performs “Times Are Getting Hard,” “Ham And Eggs” and sings on the finale “Goodnight Irene”. Proceeds go to the British Heart Foundation.

2015 – The Who play the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, County Antrim