Today in Whostory: 6/28/2020

1964 – The Who play the Florida Rooms in Brighton

1965 – The Who play the “Bluesville” club at the Manor House Ballroom in Ipswich, Suffolk. The Brian Auger Trinity opened.

1967 – Mick Jagger is found guilty of possession of four Benzedrine tablets he brought from Italy. They had been discovered in a police raid the previous February. He is remanded to jail for sentencing. Late that evening, Pete, Roger and Keith assemble at De Lane Lea Studios in London to record covers of “The Last Time” and “Under My Thumb.” Pete plays both fuzz-laden lead guitar and bass for the absent John. Manager Chris Stamp films them recording the songs for use as a video. The video has yet to surface

1968 – The Who play the first of two nights at the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles, California

1969 – New Musical Express reports a phone call they placed to Pete where he screamed, “L.A. is crummy, L.A. is full of liars!” and said he stayed at a friend’s house during the recent L.A. shows and didn’t go out.

1970 – The James Gang hosts a barbeque party in Cleveland. Pete has such a good time that, the next day while he is homesick for both London and Cleveland, he writes the song “Sheraton Gibson”.

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

1985 – Pete introduces a new book of poetry called Hard Lines 2 at a presentation run by Faber & Faber. Ian Dury is among those giving readings of the poetry.

1989 – Pete appears on NBC’s Late Night With David Letterman performing “A Friend Is A Friend” from his new solo album The Iron Man accompanied by Billy Nicholls and fellow singer Chyna.

1995 – Ringo’s All-Star Band featuring John and Zak play in Hamamatu at the Hamamatu Kyouiku Bunka Kaikan

1996 – Pete, Roger and John begin rehearsals for the upcoming live version of Quadrophenia. Those rehearsals come to an abrupt end after Gary Glitter spins a microphone stand and accidentally slams one of the prongs on the base right into Roger’s eye, smashing the bones of his eye socket. Incredibly, Roger agrees to go on the next day despite the severe injury. Pete, interviewed by the press before the show, is brimming with admiration for Roger for not cancelling.

1999 – Roger begins the British leg of the British Rock Symphony tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

2004 – McVicar is released in the U.K. on DVD.

2006 – The Who play the Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol

2010 – Roger opens for Eric Clapton at the Markus Amphitheatre Summerfest in Milwaukee

2013 – The Who play the LG Arena in Birmingham

2015 – The Who play the Glastonbury Festival