Today in Whostory: 9/23/2019

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The High Numbers play the Town Hall in Greenwich. The first of four poorly attended gigs at this large hall. The show was advertised as “The High Numbers – The Worst in Family Entertainment”. Many older people show up expecting from the band name that bingo would be played!

1965 – Pete has a rude awakening after going out drinking with some locals. “They invited me back to their flat for the night but when I woke up the next morning there was a policeman standing by the bed and it was then I discovered they’d all gone and it wasn’t their place at all.” Pete talks his way out of the situation.

1966 – The Who were to have left for a U.S. promotional tour. The trip, for which The Who had cancelled their British theatrical tour, is itself cancelled due to visa problems.

1971 – International Times prints Pete’s response to the attack on “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. He describes the song as “…mainly a song which screams defiance at those who feel that any cause is better than no cause, that death in a sick society is better than putting up with it or resigning themselves to wait for change.”

1982 – The Who play the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland

1990 – The Best play at at Yoyogi No.1 Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan

1997 – Geoff Moore & The Distance release their gospel album Threads featuring a cover of “I’m Free.”

2000 – Gary Hall, U.S. swimming relay team member, wins the Gold at the Summer Olympics in Sydney. He tells NBC-TV that listening to Pete and The Who before the race pumps him up.

2001 – Roger Daltrey bids on every item in a rock ‘n’ roll auction at the Cobden Club in Kensal Town, West London in order to raise the bids received. The auction benefits teenage cancer victims. John Entwistle and Zak Starkey also attend.

2002 – The Who play The House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois

2002 – CBS-TV premiers their first CSI: Crime Scene Investigation spin-off, CSI: Miami, this time using “Won’t Get Fooled Again” as the theme. Star David Caruso’s opening remark followed by Roger’s scream will later become a popular meme on the Internet.

2002 – A “special edition” DVD-EP is released with “Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free” and “See Me, Feel Me” from The Who’s August 1969 Beat Club special for German television

2006 – The Who play the Virgin Festival at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland

2011 – Roger plays the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York

2013 – Roger appears on “The Big Interview with Dan Rather”

2017 – The Who play the Rock in Rio Festival at the Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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