December 1, 2021

Today in Whostory: 7/05/2019

1963 – The Detours play the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepard’s Bush

1965 – The Who play the Assembly Hall in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

1967 – Kit Lambert and Dave Siddle prepare mono mixes of “I Can’t Reach You,” “Relax,” “Glittering Girl” and the backing track for “Rael” at De Lane Lea Studios in London.

1969 – The Who close out a week of Pop Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Chuck Berry headlines the first show while The Who headlines the second. Fights break out between Berry fans and Who fans and to quell the rioters, roadie Tony Halsam fires a mace canister into the crowd. The second show is quieter as the audience fills up with people who have wandered over from The Rolling Stones’ free concert in Hyde Park. Despite the controlled second show, the Royal Albert Hall bans rock performances at the venue for the next few years

1969 – “I’m Free” backed with “We’re Not Gonna Take It” from the Tommy album is released in the U.S. It peaks at #37 in Billboard, #30 in Cash Box. The single is also released in many other countries, usually with “Tommy Can You Hear Me” on the flip.

1970 – The Who play the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan

1977 – Keith Moon overdoses on Valium and is rushed to Cedars-Sinai to have his stomach pumped. The hospital puts Keith into the Thespians Ward for a drying out spell. While he is there he has seizures from alcohol and cocaine withdrawal.

1980 – The Who play in Houston at The Summit

1980 – A single from the soundtrack to Roger’s film McVicar is released. “Free Me” backed with “McVicar” peaks at #53 in the Billboard charts, #44 in Cash Box.

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 in Highland Park, Illinois at Ravinia Park

1997 – Billboard reports that Roger will be featured in a forthcoming PlayStation game called “The Tour” which requires players to strum a large guitar pick in synch with the game’s music.

1999 – Roger performs with the British Rock Symphony at the Liverpool Docks

1999 – The John Entwistle Band play the Pine Knob Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan

2000 – The Who play the Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge in Bristow, Virginia

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles” featuring John on bass plays the Taste Of Chicago at the Patrillo Band Shell in Chicago, Illinois

2005 – The Who see U.K. sales of their compilation album Then and Now spike after Live 8. Says Pete to the tabloid The Mirror: “Our sales went up 832 per cent over the weekend – that’s because we sold one record on Saturday and 832 since.” The Who also place third in The Mirror’s readers poll as best act after Pink Floyd and Robbie Williams. Pete: “I’m delighted to come third. It’s lovely to think we’ve still got fans who rated us above Madonna.”

2006 – The Who play the Liverpool Summer Pops at Trafalgar Dock in Liverpool, Lancashire

2009 – The audience at a Paul Weller concert at the Hop Farm Festival in Paddock get a surprise when Roger Daltrey comes on stage to join him in a performance of “Magic Bus”

2013 – The Who play the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015 – Pete brings Classic Quadrophenia to the Royal Albert Hall featuring Alfie Boe and guest stars Billy Idol and Phil Daniels.