December 6, 2021

Today in Whostory: 8/14/2019

1965 – The Who play the New Georgian Club in Cowley

1967 – The Who play the Rhode Island Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island

1968 – The Who play the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California

1971 – The Who play the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan

1971 –  Who’s Next enters the U.S. charts. It had probably been on store shelves there for up to ten days prior. John Mendelsohn in Rolling Stone calls it “intelligently-conceived, superbly-performed, brilliantly-produced, and sometimes even exciting rock and roll.” Dave Marsh in Creem also likes the album despite what he calls weak points in some songs. Lydia Argyle and Ed Kelleher in Circus feel it should be put in a time capsule for future generations to marvel at. Despite its now classic status in the rock pantheon, Who’s Next stalls at #4 in the U.S. charts.

1971 – re-recorded interview with Pete is broadcast on BBC Radio 1’s Scene And Heard

1971 – “Won’t Get Fooled Again” reaches its U.K. chart peak at #9, repeating the position the next week.

1971 – Keith appears in a taped performance on Viv Stanshall’s BBC Radio One program Radio Flashes. Other Keith appearances occur on the 21st and 28th.

1975 – Keith Moon joins Eric Clapton on stage at the Los Angeles Forum to play on “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?” and “Eyesight To The Blind.” It is later bootlegged as Stormy Monday Blues.

1981 – John is reportedly in New York City having photos taken by Ebet Roberts

1982 – Billboard runs an ad for the release of the album Music and Rhythm, a compilation assembled by Peter Gabriel to raise money for the first WOMAD (A World of Music, Arts and Dance) festival. Pete supplies the track “Ascension Two” that features all of the current Who members except Roger.

1987 – During the ITV special “Love Me Tender: A Tribute to the Music of Elvis Presley”, Roger performs “Hound Dog” and “Mystery Train” and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”

1999 – The John Entwistle Band play the Leelanau Sands Casino in Sutton’s Bay, Michigan

2000 – The Who play the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. Cary Elwes, Joe Walsh and Nicholas Cage are in the audience. Before the show Pete and The Who are the subject of a Pete “video diary”.

2005 – Pete smashes a Gibson Les Paul Special for charity at Oceanic Studios, London. His webmaster Matt Kent is there to photograph it. Proceeds go to the Pediatric Epilepsy Project.

2007 – Brave Combo releases their CD Polka’s Revenge featuring a polka version of “I Can See For Miles”

2012 – The Guardian reports that The Who turned down the closing slot for The London Olympics twice before agreeing to help promote their upcoming tour.