December 2, 2020

Today in Whostory: 7/13/2019

1965 – The Who play the Marquee Club in London. The show is recorded for broadcast on Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio! on the 18th

1967 – The Who begin their first North American tour opening for Herman’s Hermits and The Blues Magoos at the Calgary Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta. It is also The Who’s first show in Canada. Another first is that Keith Moon uses his new Premier drum kit emblazoned with the photos of nudes used to promote “Pictures Of Lily” and bearing the words “Keith Moon – Patent British Exploding Drummer.” Keith is lucky to have made the show as he leaves his passport in his New York hotel room with his laundry. The passport is shipped to Seattle where the tour plane has to stop to pick it up on the way to the Vancouver show on the 17th

1968 – The Who play the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan

1972 – The promotional clip for “Join Together” airs on BBC’s Top Of The Pops. It is repeated the following week

1979 – Pete performs an electric set at The Rainbow Theatre in London as part of the Rock Against Racism benefit. The band, Pete’s first of his own devising, consists of Kenney Jones, Tony Butler, John “Rabbit” Bundrick, Peter Hope-Evans and Neil Abbot. He premieres a new song, “Cats in the Cupboard”

1980 – The Who play the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina

1985 – The Who re-group on stage for the first time since their “Farewell Tour” three years before to perform at the Live Aid benefit. The benefit’s organizer, Bob Geldof, blackmails The Who into reuniting, threatening to tell the press The Who would do nothing to help the starving children of Ethiopia if they refuse to perform. Roger tries to make a demand that Kenney Jones not be used as drummer but is overruled. The Who’s participation is on and off up until the day of the concert. Geldof later says “it was rather like getting one man’s four ex-wives together.

Seventy-five thousand attend the concert and over 100 million worldwide watch on television the greatest rock acts Britain can muster. Well all except The Who as the satellite feed to both the U.K. and the U.S. goes down during their short act. The Who probably preferred the blackout as, after only 20 minutes of rehearsal, they give what they consider a lackluster performance of “My Generation”, “Pinball Wizard”, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Love Reign O’er Me”. John is particularly unhappy as his bass malfunctions and he has to retune halfway through “My Generation.” Pete attempts an air kick and ends up falling on his posterior. Pete had written a new song, “After The Fire,” for premiere at Live Aid but it is dropped as there wasn’t time to rehearse it. It later appears on solo albums by both Roger and Pete but The Who do not get around to performing it until 1999.

Later, at the end of Paul McCartney’s set, Paul and Pete lift Bob Geldof onto their shoulders. At the end of the concert, The Who join all the other acts in singing the British Live Aid anthem, “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”

The Greater Manchester Council tries to persuade The Who to perform again for their anti-heroin campaign but they cannot be talked into it.

1989 – Pete answers fans’ questions for over two hours on the syndicated American radio show Rock Line

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York

1999 – J-Bird Records releases The John Entwistle Band CD Left For Live

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles” featuring John on bass plays the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Kailua Kona, Hawaii

2002 – The Sun responds to reports that Mike Myers will play Keith Moon in a bio-pic by casting the rest of the roles for “The Who: The Movie.” Their choices: Nicholas Cage as Pete, Sean Bean as Roger and Alan Rickman as John

2006 – Roger and Pete hold a press conference at the Fritz Club in Berlin, Germany.  Pete explains the long absence from recording with The Who: “When the Who stopped making records in 1982, I felt that I just couldn’t do it anymore. I felt that what the Who had done was triumphant, huge, innovative, groundbreaking, massive, unsurpassable and that there was no reason at all, no way that I could ever come close again. It almost destroyed me. It destroyed one of the members of our band.

2007 – The Boy Who Heard Music has its stage debut at the Vassar College and New York Stage & Film’s 23rd annual Powerhouse Theater Season. Author Pete does not attend

2011 – Roger plays Cliffs Pavillion in Southend

2017 – The Who play the Festival d’Été de Québec in Québec, Canada