Today in Whostory: 7/16/2019

1965 – The Who play the 1965 Cheltenham Festival at the Athletic Grounds in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

1966 – The Who play the Civic Hall in Barnsley, Yorkshire

1966 – Billboard reports on the release of “The Kids Are Alright”/”A Legal Matter” in the U.S. The single will peak at #85 in Cash Box and #106 in Billboard. They also report that “Substitute” has peaked at #3 in New Zealand.

1966 – Manager Chris Stamp sets up The Who next to the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park and shoots silent, black-and-white footage of them miming to The Kids Are Alright. The edited footage with studio sound added is then sent to the U.S. intended for use on music TV programs but it is not known whether it actually airs.

Around the same time, Chris Stamp also shoots film of The Who running in London’s trendy Carnaby Street.

1967 – The Who play the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California

1967 – “Under My Thumb” by The Who peaks at #14 on the Radio London Top 40.

1968 – The Who play the Ottawa Civic Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1972 РKeith hosts an Anti-Apartheid supper and celebrity concert on the grounds of his home, Tara, in Chertsey. Blossom Dearie, John Bird, Eleanor Bron and The Scaffold provide entertainment. Keith, fresh from hospital, limits himself to running around in his gold lam̩ Sha Na Na outfit.

1980 – The Who play the Canadian National Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada along with Heart, the J. Geils Band and Nash the Slash. Hundreds suffer heat exhaustion during the daylong show.

1989 – The Who play Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1994 – The Spin Doctor’s new single “You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast” hits the charts. The CD single includes a cover of “I Can’t Explain.”

1996 – The Who play in New York at Madison Square Gardens. This is the first of 6 shows over 7 nights

1996 – After The Who’s show at Madison Square Garden John plays a show at Le Bar Bat in New York City

1996 – Andrea McArdle releases a CD of show tunes called On Broadway. She does a medley of songs from Tommy under the title “Pinball Wizard”

1997 – John Entwistle attends a Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in New York

1999 – The John Entwistle Band play The Sound Cafe in So. Norwalk

2001 – An article in the British tabloid The Star claims Roger has been a guest for the past year living at the home of John Paul DeJoria while he finds a new place to live in Los Angeles

2001 – On his website, Pete releases rehearsal mp3’s from his April Quadrophenia musical workshop

2004 – Michael Moore responds to Pete’s remarks: “Last year, the Who asked me to do a documentary on their career. I was sorry I had to tell them that due to my need to finish ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ I would not be able to make their film for them…I am sorry I wasn’t able to do the Who documentary like they wanted me to, but this is certainly no way for Pete to show his anger, and frankly it is very embarrassing for him to behave in this manner, as he is the greatest rock star who ever lived.”

2006 – The Guardian weighs in on Wire and Glass. “Clattering drums and an urgent vocal introduce the Who’s first new music in yonks, pitched somewhere between Tommy and Quadrophenia. That’s not surprising as the lyrics to ‘Sound Around’, the first of six vignettes making up this 11-minute maxi-single, were written in 1971. There is some preposterous story arc linking the parts of this mini-opera, but it needn’t detain us. Previewed in the band’s many shows this summer, this record contains one execrable rhyme (‘peace’/’knees’), some top riffing and a sense that Townshend and Daltrey are fully engaged in making worthwhile music. The theme tunes for umpteen series of CSI are sorted.”

2008 – The Who play the E3 conference at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, California

2010 – The press reports that designer Alex Mardikian has negotiated the largest lifestyle licensing deal in the history of rock with The Who. “Quadrophenia” is presented as a “lifestyle movement” defined by Alex as “clothing and accessories that make a statement, that revisit or flouish in the feelings of youth, that wear well and look hip, and that appeal to all age demographics.”

2011 – On Pete Townshend posts a response to the previous days Daily Mail interview with Roger: “My hearing is actually better than ever because after a feedback scare at the O2 Indigo in December 2008 I am taking good care of it. …I’m 66, I don’t have perfect hearing, and if I listen to loud music or go to gigs I do tend to get tinnitus. DON’T WE ALL????”

2011 – Roger plays Broadlands in Hampshire

2017 – The Who play the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CBMS) in Canandaigua, New York