October 21, 2020

Today in Whostory: 8/24/2020

1964 – BBC-2’s The Beat Room is broadcast featuring The High Numbers recorded on the 20th

1965 – The Who play the Town Hall in High Wycombe

1966 – The Who play the Orchid Ballroom in Purley, Surrey

1967 – The Who play the Convention Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1968 – The Who play the Wedgewood Village Amusement Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. You can listen to the show on YouTube here

1970 – The Who play the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. They are joined onstage by John Sebastian, late of The Lovin’ Spoonful, who is a houseguest of the Townshends at the time.

1972 – The Who play the Scandinaviium in Gothenburg, Sweden

1975 – Roger shows the host of the children’s show Wonderama how to twirl a microphone.

1978 – The Simon Townshend Band performs at the Golden Lion in Fulham

1979 – Drummer and future new age musician James Asher releases the single “Peppermint Lump” backed with “Breakfast In Naples” under the name Angie. The single features Pete on guitar and backing vocals. He is also pictured on the front and back of the single’s picture sleeve. The single fails to chart. James Asher is later hired to drum on part of the solo album Pete will soon be recording.

1979 – The Harrow Observer carries an interview with Ivan Waterman, author of “Keith Moon — The Life and Death of a Rock Legend”

1981 – The Rolling Stones’ album Tattoo You is released. It features Pete on backing vocals on the track “Slave”.

1985 – John is a judge at a carnival near his home at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.

1985 – A benefit concert for Pete’s Double O charity is held at the Crystal Palace. Pete does not perform but those who do are Dame Vera Lynn, Hawkwind, Spear of Destiny, Dr. and the Medics, Comsat Angels, The Enid, March Violets, The Armoury Show and Balaam and the Angel.

1989 – The Who play the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California. Elton John plays the Pinball Wizard, Phil Collins is Uncle Ernie, Billy Idol is Cousin Kevin, Steve Winwood is the Hawker and Patti Labelle is the Acid Queen. Front row seats go for a ticket price of $1500. All but $50 of that (all but $25 of the cheaper seats) goes to charity. The show is simulcast on pay-per-view, later shown as a special on the U.S. Fox Network and released as the video Who/Live featuring the rock opera Tommy.

1997 – Roger hosts part one of the documentary Pirate Tales on TBS. Part two airs on the 31st. It is later issued on VHS.

2000 – The Who play the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado

2002 – The Who play the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, Illinois

2005 – The Japanese band The Collectors releases their CD Biff Bang Pow featuring a cover of “Pictures of Lily” in Japanese

2006 – Hamish at Pete Townshend’s site says Pete has finished mastering the new Who album

2006 – Billboard announces the new Who album’s title will be Endless Wire and it will be released Oct. 31 on Universal Republic

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