November 30, 2020

Today in Whostory: 7/07/2019

1962 – James Brown’s “Shout and Shimmy,” later covered by The Who, hits the U.S. pop charts. It peaks at #61

1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton.

1964 – The Who play the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone

1965 – The Who play the “Gala Opening” of The Manor House in London. Due to extreme heat, Keith collapses and has to be carried outside to be revived

1966 – The Who play in Streatham

1967 – The Who play the Malibu Shore Club on Lido Beach, Long Island, New York. It was at this show that Keith first used his specially made “Pictures of Lily” Premier Drums kit.

1970 – The Who headline at the Tanglewood Music Amphitheater in Lenox, Massachusetts with Jethro Tull and It’s a Beautiful Day opening. It is one of The Who’s very best performances and is projected on a 15′ X 21′ television screen on the lawn outside the venue. The show is videotaped and intended for use on a “Fillmore at Tanglewood” television special that never airs. “Heaven and Hell”, “I Can’t Explain” and “Water” are later released on the first video edition of 30 Years Of Maximum R&B and the surviving section of the concert on YouTube in 2014

1971 – The Who mime a performance of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” for Top of the Pops. It airs on the 15th

1972 – New Musical Express has an interview conducted by Roy Carr with Keith called “The Loon in Moon.” It is accompanied by pictures of Keith with his wife Kim and daughter Mandy that, in less liberal times, would have sparked an immediate call to Child Welfare.

1975 – Keith Moon has “Happy Birthday Ringo” written in the sky above Los Angeles in honor of his fellow drummer’s 35th birthday. He then sends the bill to Ringo

1979 – “Long Live Rock” from The Kids Are Alright soundtrack backed with “My Wife (live)” hits the U.S. charts, reaching #54 in Billboard and #66 in Cash Box.

1980 – The Who play the L.S.U. Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1988 – John continues his third North American solo tour at The Riviera in Chicago

1989 – The Who play the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, DC

1995 – The punk-revival band Clowns For Progress release a CD with a cover of “The Kids Are Alright.”

1999 – The John Entwistle Band play Cubbie Bear in Chicago, Illinois

2000 – The Who play the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre at the Waterfront in Camden, New Jersey

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles” featuring John on bass plays Summer Stage in Big Flats, New York

2004 – Pete posts on his website (referring to the previous days interview with Michael Moore): “I have never hidden the fact that at the beginning of the war in Iraq I was a supporter. But now, like millions of others, I am less sure we did the right thing…I have nothing against Michael Moore personally, and I know Roger Daltrey is a friend and fan of his, but I greatly resent being bullied and slurred by him in interviews just because he didn’t get what he wanted from me.”

2006 – The Times (London) reviews the Who’s new mini-opera EP Wire and Glass: “It’s all faintly preposterous. But there’s something great about it too; something noble in Townshend’s belligerent insistence that there’s nothing the novel, say, can achieve that rock music can’t. The only shame is that it’s taken him so long to come up with new songs for The Who – despite the best efforts of the session bassist Pino Palladino, you miss the rococo rumble of Entwistle, who died in 2002. And while Townshend’s playing is incendiary, 62-year-old Roger Daltrey’s voice has inevitably lost some of its range and power. Beggars can’t be choosers, though, and whatever the limitations of Wire & Glass, it’s still way better than anyone had a right to expect.”

2007 – The Who play the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark

2011 – Roger plays the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester

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