Today in Whostory: 7/29/2019

1964 – The High Numbers play the Scene Club in Soho

1966 – The Who play the Tiles Club in Soho, London

1966 – The Merseys release a single in Britain of “So Sad About Us,” written for them by Pete who also produces (although Kit Lambert is listed as producer on the label). The B-side, “Love Will Continue,” features John on French horn. It fails to chart

1967 – The Who play the Municipal Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama

1968 – The Who play the Tamarack Lodge in Greenfield Park, New York

1971 – The Who play the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York. It rains so hard that The Who have to perform with rubber mats on their shoes to stave off electrocution. The show kicks off with “Love Ain’t For Keeping” and includes other new songs, “Pure and Easy,” “My Wife,” “Bargain,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Not only does Pete smash two guitars, but John also smashes his Gibson Thunderbird bass. The opening act is Labelle. Tragedy partly overshadows the show as 22-year old usher George Byington is stabbed to death by a gatecrasher. Fan Ira Zadikow shoots part of this show in 8mm.

1974 – Mama Cass dies of a heart attack in the very same apartment where Keith Moon will die four years later.

1989 – The Who play Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida

1994 – The Who tribute CD Who Covers Who is released in the U.S. nearly a year after its U.K. release

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play the Melody Music Fair in North Tonawanda, New York

1995 – Roger is a guest on the Australian TV show Hey Hey It’s Saturday where he is presented with a plaque from Polydor Records celebrating the 30 years of The Who. After this he performs “Pinball Wizard” accompanied by Simon Townshend on guitar.

1997 – The Who play the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1999 – The John Entwistle Band play the Voodoo Lounge in Bayside Queens, New York

1999 – During a radio broadcast, Pete announces that The Who will reunite for a benefit show for the Maryville Academy at the Chicago House Of Blues on November 19th

2002 – The Who play Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania

2004 – The Who play the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2006 – The Who play the Pabellón Príncipe Felipe in Zaragoza, Spain. After this show Pete has to cancel live streams of The Who performing because Roger and Pete’s own music publisher have insisted that they be paid

2012 – Roger attends Sir Paul McCartney’s summer party at his home in London.

2017 – The Who play The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada