October 23, 2021

Today in Whostory: 8/19/2020

1964 – The High Numbers play the Scene Club in Soho

1965 – The Who play the Assembly Hall in Worthing, Sussex

1966 – The Who record performances of “I’m a Boy” and “It’s Not True” for Ready Steady GO! at their television studio in Wembley. It airs that evening. The show also featured Salena Jones, Twice As Much, Cliff Bennett and Manfred Mann

1971 – The Who play the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois

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

1972 – New Musical Express carries an interview with Pete called “Townshend: pill head mod turned accursed intellectual.”

1972 – Melody Maker prints an interview with Pete entitled “The Eternal Mod.” In it, Pete gives the first description of the project that will ultimately become Quadrophenia. He also discusses the 1968 plans for The Who and The Rolling Stones to tour the U.K. on a train in the guise of a carnival that led to the then-unreleased television special The Rolling Stones’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus.
You can read the article here

1974 – The Harry Nilsson album Pussy Cats, produced by John Lennon and featuring drumming by Keith on some tracks, is released in the U.S. It peaks at #60. The U.K. edition is released on the 30th but does not chart.

1975 – Roger promotes his new album on AM America.

1989 – The Who play the BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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

2000 – The Who play The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington

2000 – The cult sci-fi cable show Farscape runs an episode entitled “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

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”:

He later (08-23) writes a blog about it and says:
“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.”

2005 – The Biography Channel in the U.K. premiers John Entwistle – Thunderfingers.

2007 – Pete is the subject of Steve McGarry Sunday comic strip “Biographic”.