December 1, 2020

Today in Whostory: 6/27/2019

1963 – The Detours play in Greenford at the Oldfield Hotel

1965 – The Who play the Starlight Ballroom in Greenford

1966 – Pete and co-manager Chris Stamp fly to New York City, the first trip by any member of The Who to America. Shortly after his arrival, Pete attends a luncheon for Herman’s Hermits who are beginning their 1966 U.S. tour. A reporter from Datebook magazine gets an interview from an irritable Pete while he is photographed by Linda Eastman.”I don’t know why I’m here, at somebody else’s luncheon…Two of your lousy record companies haven’t been able to get us a hit in America. Without a hit record, we can’t get a visa to perform.” When a girl recognizes him and asks if Keith is there because her brother wanted Keith’s drumsticks, Pete snarls “He’s not here. And if he were, I’m quite sure he wouldn’t give you his drumsticks.”

1970 – The Who play the Music Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. The James Gang opens.

1970 – The second single from Thunderclap Newman’s Hollywood Dream LP, “Accidents”, hits the British charts. Pete produces the single and plays bass guitar. It peaks at #46

1979 – Pete is interviewed in Variety by Harlan Jacobson. Pete discusses the genesis of The Kids Are Alright movie and The Who’s financial holdings that include 25% to 33% of Shepperton Studios, “the prettiest piece of the tattiest studio in the world.”

1980 – The Who play the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. Supporting them are The Only Ones,

1981 – The Who’s “Don’t Let Go The Coat” backed with “You” hits the U.S. charts. It peaks at #84 in Billboard, #77 in Cash Box

1989 – The Who play the Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York

1989 – The Who attend a party in their honor at the Waldorf Astoria. Robert Plant, then scheduled to perform with The Who at the charity show in Los Angeles, also attends.

1989 – Pete discusses the current tour on NBC’s The Today Show

1995 – Ringo’s All-Star Band featuring John and Zak play in Tokyo at the Nippon Budokan Hall. The show is filmed for later broadcast

2000 – The Who play the The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Who sell 13,799 tickets (92% capacity) for $1,047,520

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles.” featuring John play at The Saenger Theater Mobile in Mobile, Alabama

2002 – John Entwistle dies in Las Vegas of a heart attack

2007 – The Who play a second night at Wembley Arena in London

2011 – Roger is interviewed on rollingstone.com