July 15, 2020

Today in Whostory: 6/30/2020

1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1964 – The Who play their first show at the Bluesday Club at the Railway Hotel in Harrow/Wealdstone. Although they had played at the hotel twice before in 1963 as The Detours, this date is the first of a series of dates at the hotel that will provide the nucleus of The Who’s Mod following and be immortalized on the inner gatefold jacket of Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy

1967 – Track Records rushes the double A-sided single “The Last Time” and “Under My Thumb” by The Who into record shops. Accompanying the single is this press release: “SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Who consider Mick Jagger & Keith Richard have been treated as scapegoats for the drug problem and as a protest against savage sentences imposed upon them at Chichester yesterday, The Who are issuing today the first of a series of Jagger/Richard songs to keep their work before the public until they are again free to record themselves.” Kit Lambert announces all royalties will go to charity.

Before the day is over both Jagger and Richard are released on bail during appeal. Widespread opposition to the severity of the sentences leads to the rescinding of both Jagger and Richard’s jail terms. There are no other Stones-cover singles by The Who. This one peaks at #44 in the charts and is subsequently released in Europe and Japan. The U.S. release does not come until both tracks appear on Two’s Missing 20 years later. Pete later says Jagger acknowledged The Who single by calling Pete “a real gentleman” with his usual sarcastic tone.

1972 – Gallagher and Lyle release their single “Give A Boy A Break.” Pete plays bass on the track and Glyn Johns produces.
You can listen to it on YouTube here

1975 – Roger’s promo videos for Ride a Rock Horse, produced by Gavrick Losey premieres at the Starlite Cinema, Mayfair Hotel, London.

1979 – Pete performs as a solo act with acoustic guitar at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London as part of The Secret Policeman’s Ball event benefiting Amnesty International. His performances of “Pinball Wizard”, “Drowned” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, the latter accompanied by classical guitarist John Williams, are later released on The Secret Policeman’s Ball album and video.

1980 – The Who play the ASU University Activity Center in Tempe, Arizona. A combination of a heat wave and having The Who perform in their town at the same time knocks out the power for 90 minutes in the middle of the show. To pass the time, Roger signs autographs while Pete plays air guitar on a broom. The supporting act is Willie Nile.

1987 – John performs at the North American Music Merchandisers trade show at McCormick Place in Chicago.

1989 – The Who play the second of 4 nights in East Rutherford, New Jersey at Giants Stadium

1996 – Pete performs a 30-minute set at a private party at Thunder Drive in London. Paul Keating comes up to sing “Pinball Wizard” and Joe Walsh joins in for “My Generation.”

2000 – In an interview in the Boston Globe, Roger says “This is an ongoing band now. We’re definitely back as a working band.” He also says, in response to complaints about high ticket prices, “Many of our hard-core fans, the people who grew up with us, are now CEOs of companies and can afford it.”

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles.” featuring John play at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, Pennsylvania

2006 – The Who play the Rock Werchter Festival in Werchter, Belgium

2007 – The Who play the “Live at the Marquee” Cork Festival in Cork

2010 – Roger opens for Eric Clapton at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati. This show marked the first time any member of The Who performed in Cincinnati since the tragedy in 1979

2011 – Roger is interviewed by The Telegraph where he admits he joined the Countryside Alliance but quit when it became dominated by the single agenda of allowing fox hunting.

2013 – The Who play the Echo Arena Liverpool in Liverpool

2015 – The Who play the ZĂ©nith de Paris in Paris, France

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