Today in Whostory: 7/04/2020

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Merseybeats review “Zoot Suit” during a “Blind Date” blind listening session for Melody Maker. Aaron Banks: “Just a nice ordinary record.” Tony Crane: “I don’t particularly like it — it’s too ordinary.” Johnny Gustafson: “I don’t recognize the sound so it must be a new group. It’s well done but there’s nothing unusual about it.” John Banks: “It’s all right but I doubt it will be a hit.” In little more than a year, The Merseybeats will be opening for the group they review

1965 – The Who play the Community Centre in Southall, West London

1966 – The Who play the Supreme Ballroom in Ramsgate

1966 – The Daily News reports that Orbit Music Co. has brought an injunction against The Who performing for anyone but them based on a contract Pete and The Who’s managers signed in November 1964

1968 – The Action Gazette reports that Pete will be moving into a £16,600 home in Twickenham

1970 – The Who play the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois

1970 – New Musical Express prints an interview with John where he expresses his frustration at being ignored by the cameras whenever The Who play on TV. He also calls the mini-opera “A Quick One While He’s Away” a “load of rubbish.”

1971 – The Who play De Montfort Hall in Leicester. The back cover photo of “Who’s Next” is taken backstage just before the show.

1971 – The Who are discussing Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey when they spy concrete “monoliths” in a slag heap. These monoliths had been placed there to keep the slagheap from shifting. The Who run out to a monolith and pretend to be apes “discovering” it while photographer Ethan Russell, who had accompanied them to the show, shoots pictures. One of the pictures shows The Who walking away from the monolith after apparently urinating on it (with the exception of Pete, the urine is actually water poured down the monolith from film cans). It later becomes the cover of the Who’s Next album. The back cover photo is taken backstage just before the Leicester gig.

1974 – John completes final mixing and production of Odds and Sods at Nova Sound Studios

1975 – Roger’s second solo album Ride A Rock Horse is released in the U.K. on Polydor. The album peaks at #14 in the U.K., the top position for a Roger solo LP there.

1982 – Keith’s former chauffeur Dougal Butler testifies in a suit brought by MCA trying to collect on a life insurance policy taken with Lloyd’s on the life of Keith Moon. MCA is also listed as having life insurance policies on all the members of The Who.

1985 – Pete joins Dire Straits at London’s Wembley Arena for the Prince’s Trust rock concert and performs “Going Home” with them during the encore. Afterwards he again meets Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

1986 – Bruce Eder in Goldmine reviews a new bootleg called Dance To Keep From Crying. Billed as a live recording of The High Numbers from The Marquee Club, it later turns out to be from a 16mm film shot by manager Kit Lambert at the Railway Tavern 11 August 1964. Roger sings all the songs with a low-pitched, gravelly voice. Eder, in his review, calls the band’s performance “sloppy but savage.” Part of the tape, synced to the film, appears in the 2007 movie Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who.

1994 – The first release from The Who reissue program, the 4CD, 5-hour long box set Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B is released. It goes to #48 in the U.K. charts and #170 in the U.S. Billboard charts. Released at the same time is an over 2-hour video collection with the same name and packaging featuring new interviews with Pete, Roger and John and performances from 1965 to 1989.

1994 – A CD from Roger’s Carnegie Hall concerts from February, with performances by Pete and John and other special guests is released in the U.K. A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who sells poorly

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota

2002 – The Who play the AutoWest Amphitheatre in Wheatland, California

2005 – A house of Pete Townshend’s on Montpelier Row, purchased by him in 1986, is damaged by fire. His estranged wife Karen lives there but is in Italy at the time

2007 – The Who play the Quart Festival in Kristiansand, Norway

2009 – The Klone Orchestra releases the CD Substituted featuring ten Who covers

2011 – Roger plays the Sage in Gateshead