Today in Whostory: 9/18/2019

1965 – The Who play Drill Hall in Grantham, Licolnshire

1965 – Keith is interviewed by Melody Maker. “Yes, I do play very loudly and use the drums to their full extent. I keep very close with the bass player, who is just as extrovert in playing as I am. I try to get a jerky complicated beat, especially between my bass drum and snare drum.” The article reports Keith’s kit is about to be changed to two 14×9 tom toms, two 16×20 tom toms, a metal shell 14×5½ snare drum, a 22×15 bass drum, 20 and 18-inch cymbals and a pair of 15-inch hi-hat cymbals.

1967 – Decca releases “I Can See For Miles” backed with one of the August takes of “Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands.” Decca gives the single a huge push, rushing the single to stores to capitalize on the Smothers Brothers appearance and sending 250,000 color portraits of the band to radio stations. It becomes the first Who single to be released in the U.S. prior to its British release and also the biggest hit single of their career in the U.S. reaching #9 in the Billboard charts and #8 in Cash Box as well as hitting #1 on many regional charts.

1971 – The Who play the “Goodbye Summer Festival” at The Oval in Kennington, London. Two months after George Harrison held a similar event at Madison Square Garden, The Who hold a benefit concert for Bangladesh at the Kennington Oval Cricket Ground in London. The Who’s roadies wear cricket uniforms and Keith plays the drums at one point with a cricket bat. The opening acts are The Faces, Mott the Hoople, Atomic Rooster, Quintessence and others. Thirty-five thousand attend and £15,000 is raised with £9,148 coming directly from the Who. The concert is recorded but unlike Harrison’s show is never released after negotiations between the various groups break down.

1971 – Who’s Next hits #1 in the British charts; one of only two official #1’s for The Who in Britain. Meanwhile, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” peaks at #15 on the U.S. Billboard charts, repeating in the same position the next week.

1975 – Pete attends a Wings concert at the Hammersmith Odeon

1976 – New Musical Express writes about an open letter Pete sent to his new neighbors saying that he won’t ruin their neighborhood when he moves in.

1976 – Keith Moon and Ron Wood are guest presenters at the 2nd Annual Rock Music Awards at the Hollywood Palladium. The show is broadcast live on CBS-TV.

1979 – The Who play Madison Square Gardens in New York, New York. A fight breaks out in the audience and Roger leaps in to sort it out. Pete, meanwhile, debuts another solo song, “I Am an Animal”, singing a few verses. At the end a table of pies is wheeled out on stage and the show ends with a pie fight.

1981 – Face Dances is certified platinum by the RIAA.

1985 – Roger is back in the U.K. promoting his album on TV-AM, a morning television show

1985 – Roger is interviewed on BBC Radio One’s News Beat

1999 – Roger attends a PETA event honoring the Animal Rights Movement at Paramount Studios, Los Angeles.

2000 – begins selling Pete’s live CD’s Live > The Empire 1998 and Live > Sadler’s Wells 2000.

2001 – Live At Leeds: Deluxe Edition is released in the U.S. with the U.K. edition released on the 25th. The double CD contains the entire concert except for several edits including the usual one taking “Spoonful” out of “Shakin’ All Over.” However, it does feature recently recorded overdubs on some of the Tommy selections and occasionally poor audio quality. Pete addresses fans’ concerns over the quality of the release in a diary message on the 20th. The sound quality will be mostly corrected with the 2014 HD audio reissue

2006 – The Who play Madison Square Gardens in New York City, New York

2007 – The Dear Mr. Fantasy DVD is released in the U.S. featuring a live Pete performance of “No Face No Name No Number.”

2009 – Heinz Rudolf Kunze releases his live album Räuberzivil featuring a cover of “My Generation”.

2010 – The Columbus, Ohio rapper Blueprint releases the EP Blueprint Who with raps over Who songs

2011 – Roger plays the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey