Today in Whostory: 7/31/2019

1964 – The High Numbers play the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd’s Bush opening for The Kinks

1965 – The Who play Wilton Hall in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. A girl who likes John brings her friend Karen Astley to see The Who. Afterwards they go out for drinks with the band where Karen kisses Pete, beginning the relationship that will lead to marriage three years later.

1965 – Pete tells Disc “We’ll be cutting the new disc soon, which I expect will be one of my compositions, ‘My Generation’. It’s a more uptempo number and it talks about old people and young married people. The fellow who’s telling the story can’t really express himself properly and stutters. In a way, I’m trying to stop the group getting old. It’s the one serious thing we’re always talking about.”

1966 – The Who are at IBC’s Studio A for two days of recording and mixing of the A and B side of the new single, “I’m A Boy”/”In The City” plus a new recording of “Disguises.” Manager Kit Lambert produces while Paul Clay engineers.

1967 – The Who play the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida

1967 – Pete reunites with his old art school buddy Tom Wright, now a photographer at Silver Springs. Tom comes aboard to be The Who’s official photographer for the rest of the tour. His introduction to life with The Who comes aboard the tour plane as it takes off from St. Petersburg. The father of a girl Keith had kept out all night the night before pursues the plane in a station wagon, firing a shotgun out the window.

1968 – The Who play The New Place in Algonquin, Illinois

1971 – The Who play the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York

1971 – Henry Mancini’s album Mancini Concert hits the U.S. charts. It features a cover of “Overture (from Tommy).”

1991 – Roger makes a special appearance with The Chieftains at the Grand Opera House in Belfast. He must perform without a soundcheck due to a bomb scare. The result is later released on CD and DVD as An Irish Evening: Live At The Grand Opera House, Belfast with Roger singing “Raglan Road” and “Behind Blue Eyes.”

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio

1997 – The Who play the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, Massachusetts

2002 – The Who play Madison Square Gardens in New York City, New York. Someone throws a full water bottle at Roger and hits him in the arm causing more than a few cross words from the singer.

2004 – The Who play the Vodafone Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2007 – The Raspberries release their CD Live on Sunset Strip (Deluxe Version) featuring a cover of “I Can’t Explain”. A cover of “Substitute” is also available as a download to purchasers.

2011 – Roger plays Valdemar’s Castle in Svendborg, Denmark

2012 – Roger joins Eddie Vedder on stage the Hammersmith Apollo to perform “Blue, Red and Grey” and “Naked Eye” on ukulele

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