October 19, 2020

Today in Whostory: 9/03/2020

1965 – The Who play the California Ballroom in Dunstable. The opening act is Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders featuring Roy Wood.

1965 – The Who appear on Ready, Steady, GO! performing “Dancing In The Street” and “My Generation.”

1966 – The Who play the Drill Hall in Grantham, Lincolnshire

1966 – Ronnie Lane of Mod band The Small Faces reviews “I’m A Boy” in Blind Date in Melody Maker: “I missed the beginning, can you put it on again? It’s The Who, isn’t it? I recognized the backing but it didn’t sound like them vocally, although it does if you’ve heard the LP. Yeah! I like this. It’s great. Must be Pete’s. Can I hear it again? I don’t think it’s as commercial as some of their others. I can’t hear what it’s all about, but I don’t want to say that, because I can’t stand people who moan, ‘I can’t hear the words!’ This needs something catchy, but there’s some great sounds there.”

1966 – The Who are advertised to perform at St. George’s Ballroom in Hinckley

1966 – Disc and Music Echo carries a review of “I’m A Boy” and a mention of The WHo’s upcoming article

1966 – The Newcastle Evening Chronicle carries a brief review of “I’m a Boy”

1966 – Record Mirror carries an article “Who’s Who?” on the back cover

1967 – The Who play the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio

1967 – The Who play the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1975 – The Merv Griffin Show featuring Keith, recorded on August 25, is broadcast

1980 – The Who and manager Bill Curbishley quietly return to Cincinnati to give 2 days of depositions in a $1.2 million lawsuit brought by Todd Volkman, a survivor of the crush outside Riverfront Coliseum before The Who’s 1979 concert. The depositions are held at the Cincinnati Club. The proceedings get very emotional with John reduced to tears at one point. Pete later says he found it odd that Volkman’s attorney questions him as if he were some stereotypically moronic rock star. Another oddity is that just as the band are giving their testimony a group of women in a building across the street, visible only to those sitting in the chair to be questioned, begin parading around naked! On the 5th Volkman’s attorney is interviewed in The Cincinnati Enquirer. He says that the 14 lawsuits against the Coliseum, the promoters and The Who could total “substantially over $100 million.”

1981 – John Entwistle is interviewed in Rolling Stone. He talks about Too Late The Hero, explains why he doesn’t like Face Dances and says the only Who album he listens to a great deal is Live At Leeds. You can read the interview here

1985 – Roger promotes his new solo album Under a Raging Moon during an interview on New York City’s 92 K-Rock

1987 – Pete and his daughter Emma attend the world premiere of the movie Hope and Glory in London. There they run into actress Theresa Russell and her husband director Nicholas Roeg. Pete’s 1980 infatuation with Russell led to the collapse of the planned Lifehouse movie by Roeg. Theresa gives Pete a kiss as a consolation prize.

1989 – The Who play The Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble and the Fabulous Thunderbirds open.

1994 – Roger and John continue with the orchestral Daltrey Sings Townshend tour performing in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Grandstand State Fairgrounds

1995 – John ends his tour as part of the third Ringo Starr All-Starr Band with a show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

2002 – MCA releases A Quick One in stereo. The CD contains 6 new stereo remixes from the multitrack tapes by Andy Macpherson and the remaining stereo tracks from the album come from the original master tapes mixed in 1966. Jon Astley remasters the album.

2002 – David West releases the latest in his bluegrass takes on rock music, Pickin’ On The Who. Listen to his version of “I Can See For Miles” here

2019 – The Who play Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada

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