October 24, 2020

Today in Whostory: 8/18/2020

1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1964 – The High Numbers are reported to have played The Railway Hotel in Wealdstone, but this show is unconfirmed.

1966 – The Who play the Palace Ballroom in Douglas, Isle Of Man

1967 – The Who were supposed to play a headlining show at The Big Moose Showcase in Lorain, Ohio. It is canceled by Dick Clark, who didn’t want The Who appearing near Cleveland so close to the Herman’s Hermits date on the 31st.

1968 – The Who play the Kelker Junction Concert Hall in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Opening were the Beast and Noble & the Matadors

1969 – Tommy becomes The Who’s first album to be certified gold in the U.S. by the RIAA (a Gold album represented $1 million in sales (at wholesale value, around a third of the list price))

1971 – The Who play the second of three nights at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois

1975 – Roger arrives in New York for a promotional tour for Ride a Rock Horse. He holds a press conference at the MCA offices to stop rumors that The Who are about to break up over Pete and his recent skirmishes in the press.

1978 – Who Are You is released in Britain. Charles Shaar Murray in New Musical Express praises the band for recognizing their age and not trying to latch onto the punk rock sound. Chris Welch in Melody Maker says the record has few of the fireworks of previous Who records. Who Are You peaks at #6 on the U.K. charts.

1979 – The Who play Wembley Stadium in London. The other acts at the day-long show are AC/DC, Nils Lofgren and, oddly enough, The Stranglers, the punk band that had been in a back-and-forth sniping war with Pete in Melody Maker two years earlier. The Who’s show is less exciting than it could be as the Greater London Council forces them to turn their volume down and even limits their laser show.

1984 – John attends the “Monsters of Rock” concert at Donington Park in Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England and is photographed with Neal Schon (Journey) and Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) by Ross Halfin

1989 – The Who play the first of two nights at the BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1994 – Roger does a call-in interview on WBCN-FM Boston

1995 – John appeared with the Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California

1999 – The John Entwistle Band play The Turning Point in Piermont, New York

2001 – VH1 premiers the horror anthology Strange Frequency hosted by Roger. Roger also stars in the first episode “Soul Man” with co-star James Marsters. You can watch it here

2009 – Rhino Records releases the CD boxset Woodstock – 40 Years On: Back To Yasgur’s Farm. It contains the first official releases of “Amazing Journey” and the complete “We’re Not Gonna Take It” from that performance.

2015 – The film “Lambert and Stamp” is released on DVD and Blu-ray

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