December 2, 2020

Today in Whostory: 8/26/2019

1964 – The High Numbers play the Scene Club in Soho

1965 – The Who play the City Hall in Salisbury, Wiltshire. On the way to the show, Roger rear-ends another car, then suffers a back strain while trying to retrieve his microphone from the crowd.

1966 – The Who play the Royal Hall in Harrogate, Yorkshire

1966 – “I’m a Boy” backed with “In The City” is released in Europe. Reaction Records’ ad for the single takes up the entire front cover of New Musical Express. Melody Maker’s review says “Composer Townshend with producer Kit Lambert have gone to Spector-ish extremes, stirred with Brian Wilson, and topped the lot with pure Who. An exciting, deep, loud record with thundering bass and drums – and shattering guitar…an enormous hit.” It goes to #2 in the official U.K. charts but reaches #1 for two weeks in the Melody Maker charts making it the de facto biggest U.K. single hit for The Who. U.S. Decca holds up its release in the States hoping

1967 – The Who play the Duluth Arena Auditorium in Duluth, Minnesota

1967 – The Who play the Fort William Garden in Fort William, Ontario, Canada

1968 – The Who play the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California

1969 – The Who travel to Hamburg, Germany for two days of recording a Beat Club television special about the new rock opera, miming to the record over chroma-keyed pinball tables and stills from the Tommy booklet. Pete is also interviewed in English at some depth about the meaning of Tommy.

1969 – A pre-recorded interview with Pete airs on the Nederland 1 programme Televizer.

1972 – “Join Together” enters Sweden’s Tio I Topp charts where it will peak at #16

1977 – Around this time Keith is videotaped at CBS Studios in Hollywood for Rolling Stone…The Tenth Anniversary special. Keith tells some of his hotel exploits then participates in a sketch in which Steve Martin helps him destroy a hotel room. The later part also appears in the movie The Kids Are Alright.

1989 – The Who play the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California

1995 – Twenty-five years after he shot it, Murray Lerner premiers his film of the 1970 Isle Of Wight music festival. Message To Love: The Isle Of Wight Festival features The Who performing “Young Man Blues” and “Naked Eye” as well as a small bit of Keith being comical for the camera

2000 – Channel 4 (U.K.) airs This Is Keith Moon, an hour-long documentary narrated by John Peel. Keith’s girlfriend Annette Walter-Lax appears but none of the surviving members of The Who or his ex-wife Kim participate in the program.