Today in Whostory: 9/14/2019

1970 – U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew gives a speech to fellow Republicans at a fundraising dinner at The Sahara in Las Vegas. He denounces rock music for promoting drug use, singling out “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “The Acid Queen”.

1970 – The Who stay in a hotel in Frankfurt where Pete picks up hotel stationary on which he writes the original draft of the song “Love Ain’t For Keeping.” He also writes “Pure and Easy” around this time, called “The Note” at this early stage.

1972 – The Who play the Palasport in Rome, Italy. The audience gives the band a very tepid reaction after Pete smashes his guitar in violent reaction to the venue’s poor PA system. The Who do not return to Italy until 2007.

1979 – The Who play Madison Square Gardens in New York, New York

1984 – Roger attends the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards where he presents the award for Best Overall Performance in a Video to Michael Jackson for “Thriller”

1986 – John’s solo album The Rock receives its final LP mix at Westside Studios, London and is ready for release.

1997 – Pete unveils a “blue plaque” commemorating Jimi Hendrix in London. Jeff Beck is also invited but doesn’t attend

1999 – The Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline releases their CD Underdog featuring a cover of “Let My Love Open The Door.”

1999 – Around this time “Put-Downs and Send-Ups”, a CD containing two 1967 Who interviews, is released

2001 – The Basement Rock ‘n’ Roll Gallery in London features an exhibit called “Ready, Steady Who!” about the early “pop-art” phase of The Who

2002 – The Who play The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada

2004 – The Who: Live in Boston DVD is released in the U.S. on DVD by Rhino

2006 – Pete and Roger appear at Sirius Satellite Radio headquarters in New York to announce the new The Who Channel on Sirius

2006 – Pete and Roger appear on Late Show with David Letterman performing “Man in a Purple Dress.” It is the first appearance by an entity called “The Who” on a continuing U.S. television show since The Who’s explosive performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967

2006 – Pete goes to his partner’s Rachel Fuller In The Attic show at Joe’s Pub in New York and performs a short acoustic set ending with “I’m One” performed by Pete with Rachel, Foy Vance and Martha Wainwright.

2016 – The Who play the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria