Today in Whostory: 8/12/2019

1964 – The High Numbers play The Mine in Watford

1964 – The High Numbers play a late show at the Scene Club in Soho

1965 – The Who play the Dreamland Ballroom in Margate, Kent

1966 – Brunswick issues the second of their spoiler Who singles. “The Kids Are Alright” backed with “The Ox” comes out in Europe, reaching only #41 in the U.K. charts but #8 in Sweden. Derek Johnson in New Musical Express declares it “isn’t The Who at their distinctive best. Set at a hectic up-tempo pace, with a shuffle beat and a suggestion of the surf influence, it also has a shattering twang sound.”

In the same issue New Musical Express reports that the proposed deal for The Who’s contract with Andrew Loog Oldham and Allan Klein has collapsed.

1967 – The Who play Convention Hall in Asbury Park. Before the show Keith jumps off a pier into heavy surf and almost drowns.

1967 – Billboard reports that Atco is re-releasing “Substitute” backed with “Waltz For A Pig” to capitalize on The Who’s tour. The 17 month-old single doesn’t work as it again fails to hit the U.S. charts.

1969 – The Who play the Tanglewood Music Festival at the Tanglewood Music Shed in Lenox, Massachusetts opening for Jefferson Airplane. B.B. King plays before The Who. This is the first rock concert held at the summer home of the Boston Symphony.

1971 – The Who play the Public Music Hall in Cleveland, Ohio

1971 – Pete is interviewed on WMMS-FM where he declares, “we’ve been careful not to preach and careful not to teach.”

1972 – The Who play Ernst-Mereck-Halle in Hamburg, Germany. Black-and-white footage from backstage is shot by RAI television and a sequence is used in the finale of The Kids Are Alright.

1972 – Pete is heard on BBC Radio One’s Scene And Heard discussing his forthcoming solo album Who Came First.

1975 – Roger does promotion in Atlanta, putting his hand prints in cement in front of Peaches record store. The next day he does the Barry Chase and Scott Woodside radio show in Atlanta followed by an interview at the local PBS station for Cinema Showcase with Jim Whaley.

1977 – Filming of The Kids are Alright sees Keith wearing a variety of costumes parading up and down the beach followed by a return to his house where Ringo Starr both interviews him and shoots an introduction for the film’s trailer.

The shoot goes well except for ‘Dougal’ Butler who sparks a major row with Keith when he gets a job as a production assistant on the film. Dougal leaves Keith’s employ and sees him for the last time.

1984 – Roger and his wife Heather attend the London premiere of David Mamet’s play American Buffalo

1996 – The first “best of” CD of the reissue series is released in the U.K. My Generation: The Very Best Of The Who eventually reaches #11 in the charts. The U.S. issue comes out on the 27th, does not make the Billboard chart, but does eventually go Gold.

1997 – The Who play the Blockbuster Pavilion in Charlotte, North Carolina

1997 – Blockbuster releases Ringo Starr and His Third All-Starr Band Volume 1 CD featuring performances by John Entwistle and a version of “Boris The Spider.”

1999 – The John Entwistle Band play the Hi-Tone Cafe in Memphis, Tennessee

1999 – The press reports that Pete will be one of the star’s participating in U2’s Bono’s NetAid event to ease Third World debt. Pete later cancels.

2001 – Pete writes a letter to the Observer about an excerpt from John Strausbaugh’s book Rock ‘Til You Drop that dubs rockers performing past the age of 50 “colostomy rock”: “The author suggests that what we write when young turns against us in later life. Maybe his ‘colostomy rockers’ sneer will come to haunt him in the shape of a bag worn at the hip. If it is me who has the privilege of wearing one, it will give me the greatest pleasure to empty the exquisite thing over his miserable head.”

2012 – The Who perform a six-minute medley of “Baba O’Riley”, “See Me Feel Me” and “My Generation” for the London Olympics Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in London. Earlier The Kaiser Chiefs play “Pinball Wizard” as the lead singer arrives on a Union Jack decorated scooter. NBC-TV in the U.S. fumbles The Who’s performance, delaying it until after midnight to show the premiere of a soon-to-be-cancelled sitcom and local news. The album A Symphony of British Music, including The Who’s performance, is available for download the following day. Over the next week, “Baba O’Riley”, “Pinball Wizard” and “My Generation” all enter the British Top 200 singles.

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