October 19, 2021

Today in Whostory: 7/08/2020

1965 – The Who play the Olympia Ballroom in Reading

1966 – The Who play the Top Rank Suite in Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales

1966 – New Musical Express reports the incorrect information that The Who’s contract has been sold to Andrew Loog Oldham by Allen Klein who has bought the contract from Shel Talmy.

1966 – “Substitute” peaks at #2 in The Netherlands’ Muziek Parade and #6 in Muziek Expres while “A Legal Matter” peaks at #21 and #22 respectively in the same charts.

1966 – The Middlesex County Times carries an article titled “A row over pop” about Orbit Music Company’s contract with The Who

1967 – The Who play The Village Theater in New York

1968 – The Who play the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California

1971 – The Who play The Pavilion in Bath, Somerset

1972 – An ad for the new Who single “Join Together” appears in Billboard. It reaches #17 in their charts and #28 in Cash Box.

1979 – Pete is on the cover of The London Observer Sunday Supplement.

1989 – The Who attend a private party at Cagney’s nightclub where Pete, Roger and John blow out the candles on a 25th Anniversary cake.

1992 – Roger appears on Dennis Miller’s talk show (FOX-TV), performs “Days of Light”, and helps Miller smash up his desk

1994 – Goldmine Magazine contains a long talk with Roger. The bad feelings caused by Pete’s refusal to participate in a 30th anniversary tour and the then lawsuit over payments from the Tommy musical lead Roger to give the bitterest interview of his career. He says Pete “used” him and John on the recording of The Iron Man, and treats them “like fucking toilet paper,” that when The Who broke up that “was the end of John’s life” and calls Kenney Jones drumming “fucking awful”.

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana

2000 – On his website, Pete talks at length about what The Who’s songs mean when they’re sung by older men. He says he always wrote for teenagers from an older perspective and that the music was “about the adjustments we were all having to make as adults, not what our younger audience was going through as teenagers. It surprises me when serious music journalists seem to miss this.

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles” featuring John on bass plays Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

2005 – Petra Haden stages the live world premiere of her a capella verion of The Who Sell Out at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Aiding her in recreating her album vocals are an impromptu a capella group The Sell Outs.

2006 – The Who play the Oxegen Festival at the Punchestown Racecource in Naas, County Kildare, Ireland

2006 – Pete records an appearance on The Johnny Walker Show on BBC Radio 2. He performs “Let’s See Action” and “Endless Wire”

2013 – The Who play the Wembley Arena in Wembley, London. The show would later be released as “Quadrophenia Live in London”

2018 – Roger plays at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio