October 22, 2020

Today in Whostory: 8/01/2020

1964 – The High Numbers play the Trade Union Hall in Watford

1965 – The Who play the Britannia Pier Theatre in Great Yarmouth co-billed with Donovan. The folk rocker doesn’t show up for that evening’s first show and The Who refuse to play longer forcing the support acts to fill the time.

1965 – The August issue of Rave magazine carries a feature titled “What is Pop Art?”

1966 – The August issue of of Beat Instrumental’s “Where is Everybody?” lists six concerts for The Who

1967 – The Who play the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi. In honor of their location, they do a one-time-only cover of Nancy Sinatra’s hit song “Jackson.” After the show, Tom takes Pete to a local doctor who stitches up his finger that he had sliced to the bone doing windmills. The doctor says Pete won’t be able to play for a month. Pete replies that he’ll just glue his pick to the bandage.

1967 – The Who leave their Holiday Inn rooms in Jackson, Mississippi to accompany Pete’s friend and now official band photographer Tom Wright for a promotional shoot. Garbed in their stage outfits, the band strikes poses while Tom sets off smoke bombs for atmosphere.

1967 – The August issue of Beat Instrumental features an article titled “Townshend on America”. This issue also carries the first “The Keith Moon Column”. You can read all of “The Keith Moon Column” articles here: here

1968 – The Who play the Lectric Theater in Chicago, Illinois

1968 – The August issue of Beat Instrumental features an ad for A.K.G’s D1000 microphone listing The Who as a client

1970 – Melody Maker reports on the concert promoter for the Yorkshire Jazz and Blues Festival who had been advertising The Who as his headliners on the 15th. Oddly, he didn’t inform the band. The Who announce in this issue that they have no intention of appearing at the festival. In the same issue Chris Charlesworth reviews The Who’s July 25th show saying they fully lived up to their slogan, “the world’s most exciting stage act.”

1970 – Record Mirror carries a full page ad for The Isle of Wight festival

1971 – Members of The Who attended the evening “George Harrison And Friends” concert benefitting Bangla Desh at Madison Square Gardens in New York. Afterwards, a post show party at Ungano’s ended in the early hours of the following day when Keith smashed the drum kit which belonged to Badfinger’s Mike Gibbins

1973 – The August issue of Cream magazine carries a full page ad for John’s “Rigor Mortis Sets In”

1974 – Pete decides to accompany Eric Clapton on his comeback concert tour of the United States to provide support for the still shaky musician. That bastion of sobriety, Keith Moon, also tags along. The two join Eric onstage at The Omni in Atlanta on the 1st for performances of “Layla,” “Baby Don’t You Do It” and “Little Queenie.” After the show, Keith’s new girlfriend Annette Walter-Lax witnesses her first hotel room destruction as Keith remodels a room at the Omni Hotel.

1976 – The Who fly to Washington, D.C. and check into the Watergate Hotel for the beginning of their four-date “Whirlwind Tour.”

1979 – Roger spends this month shooting his new feature film McVicar, while using his private helicopter to wisk him to Shepperton Studios for rehearsals with The Who.

1986 – During this month the videotape of Pete Townshend’s Deep End: The Brixton, England Concert is released in short and long versions

1986 – Future British poet laureate Andrew Motion publishes his book The Lamberts – George, Constant and Kit in the U.K. The story of three generations, each artistically talented and each doomed to a premature death, earns the author the following year’s Somerset Maugham prize. The section on Kit Lambert and his management of The Who features personal information unavailable in previous Who biographies.

1987 – The soundtrack for the movie The Lost Boys enters the U.S. charts and peaks at #15. It features Roger’s recording of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.”

1991 – This month Roger begins working on his solo album , Rocks In The Head, at Abbey Road Studios in London.

1992 – Roger’s solo song “Days of Light” from his album Rocks in the Head peaks at #6 on Billboard’s list of Album Rock Tracks

1994 – MCA Records planned to release The Who’s complete 1969 Woodstock set on CD this month but Pete refuses permission

1995 – John appeared with the Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band in Pittsburg, PA at the I.C. Light Amphitheatre

1996 – The CD Quadrophenia 1996 is released in Japan featuring fourteen groups covering Who songs related to Quadrophenia.

1999 – Allan Brown writes a long catcall of Pete’s upcoming radio play of Lifehouse in The Times under the headline “Pete Townshend sure plays a mean crystal ball.”

1999 – The John Entwistle Band play at Freedom Fest in Columbus, Ohio

2002 – The Who play Madison Square Gardens in New York City, New York

2011 – The Daily Mail reports that Roger Daltrey recently drove a Lotus T125 formula 1 racer at the test track in Hethel, Norfolk. He reached speeds of 160 mph and his lunch almost went faster as he had to stop at one point due to becoming car sick. “Never eat a sausage before being thrown around in one of these.” Roger was at Lotus HQ to inspect proposed designs for an Evora sports car ‘pimped’ out with Who logos. The car is to be displayed then auctioned online to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust

2012 – The documentary Quadrophenia: Can You See The Real Me? is shown for one night only in movie theaters in Canada. The film is preceeded by a special message from Pete

2012 – Pete Townshend is one of a group of musicians who send a letter to The Times protesting charges against the Russian musical act Pussy Riot who are facing years in prison after staging a performance in a Moscow cathedral where they called on the Virgin Mary to remove Valdimir Putin from power. The letter comes the day Putin is to meet with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in London.

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

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