October 22, 2020

Today in Whostory: 9/25/2020

1965 – The Who play Folkets Hus in Helsingor, Denmark

1965 – The Who play the KB Hallen in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen

1965 – A Pete interview appears in Melody Maker. “Now I listen to Kenny Burrel, Wes Montgomery, most of the guitarists’ guitarists although I can’t use anything they do.”

1971 – The production master for The Who’s next album, Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy, is compiled at Apple Studios.

1971 – In Melody Maker, Pete calls for the audience to become more involved with the performers. He also believes that although the equipment may change, rock will stay pretty much the same. In the same issue a fan attacks The Who for their high ticket prices calling them capitalists hiding behind a banner of anti-materialism. The letter is sparked by the outrageous ticket prices for The Who’s upcoming tour, some as high as £3.50

1971 – Record Mirror features a story titled “Pitch and bowl for a pig!” about Keith. This issue also carries an article titled “Who’s Next Autumn Tour

1972 – The Who purchase an abandoned warehouse at 115 Thessaly Road in Battersea to turn into a recording studio and a storage shed for their thirty tons of touring equipment. It will eventually be named Ramport Studios.

1976 – Record Mirror magazine reviews “The Story of The Who”

1979 – A single from the soon-to-be-released Quadrophenia Soundtrack comes out internationally around this time. A new John Entwistle remix of “5:15” does not reach the charts in the U.K. but in the U.S. it reaches #45 in Billboard, #53 in Cash Box. The flip side is a remixed “I’m One”.

1982 – The Who play the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1982 – The Who’s last single of new studio material released in Britain for the next 22 years hits store shelves. “Athena” backed with “A Man Is A Man,” peaks at #40.

1985 – The first single from Roger’s new album hits the charts in the U.S. The A-side, “After the Fire” is written by Pete who offers it to Roger after The Who fail to perform it at Live Aid. The B-side is “It Don’t Satisfy Me” while the 12″ version adds “Love Me Like You Do.” The single peaks at #48 in Billboard and #59 in Cash Box.

2001 – Live At Leeds: Deluxe Edition is released in the U.K.

2001 – Rhino Video releases Quadrophenia on DVD in the U.S.

2001 – The Who Live At Royal Albert Hall DVD from 2000 is released.

2002 – The Toronto Star comes up with the suggestion that, since The Who are missing their original bassist and drummer and Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr aren’t doing much, why don’t they combine into one band? Meet The Whotles!

2005 – Alan Clayson’s book Keith Moon: Instant Party is released in the U.S.

2005 – Pete debuts a new song “In The Ether,” performing it with Rachel at The Poetry Olympics at the Royal Albert Hall, London. He sings the song in a guttural voice saying “I use funny voices…because I use funny voices.” The program for the Poetry Olympics contains the lyrics for this song plus another song called “Wake Up and Hear The Music” that will later become “God Speaks of Marty Robbins” and join “In The Ether” on the album Endless Wire.

2006 – The Who play the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Roger has to leave the stage for 15 minutes when his throat closes after an allergic reaction. Pete does “My Generation” solo

2012 – Mojo magazine reviews the forthcoming Pete autobiography Who I Am calling it “the most self-denigrating rock bio ever.” Rolling Stone gives it four stars and says it “could be the most conflicted rock memoir of all time.”

2019 – The Who play the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The show is cancelled after 8 songs when Roger loses his voice. Several additional dates are cancelled. The tour resumes on October 9th.

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