1968 – Rolling Stone features an interview with Pete. This often-reprinted interview details the plot of Pete’s new rock opera, then called “Deaf, Dumb and Blind Boy,” and Pete later has to refer back to the magazine for plot reminders throughout the recording of Tommy. The interview also establishes Pete as rock’s greatest expounder on the new music’s meaning and idealism. You can read the interview here
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
1979 – Quadrophenia plays at the Toronto Film Festival
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”
1984 – The Daily Mirror carries a story about Gabby Connolly, former singer for The Detours
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.” You can listen to it on YouTube here
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
2019 – Pete and Roger are featured on the cover of the The Times Saturday Review
2020 – Shel Talmy posts “How The Who Became Superstars – part 1” on facebook. You can read it here: