Today in Whostory: 9/26/2019

1965 – The Who play an 8pm show at the Aarhus Hallen in Aarhus…or rather they attempt to. The audience pelts the opening acts with bottles and trash and turns into a rioting mob by the time The Who take the stage. The band makes it through half of one song before fleeing for their lives as the audience storms the stage and smashes the instruments. Pete later calls it “the best concert we ever played in Denmark.”

Backstage Roger angrily blames the others for the group’s problems calling them “pillheads,” at the time an accurate description. Roger grabs Keith’s supply of speed tablets and flushes them down the toilet. Keith goes for Roger’s throat. Security has to be called in to remove the singer’s pummeling fists from the drummer.

1965 – The Who play the Frderikstorv in Aalborg, Denmark

1970 – “See Me Feel Me” backed with “Overture From Tommy” hits the U.S. charts. The 16-month old A-side is released to cash in on the popularity of the movie Woodstock and becomes one of The Who’s biggest U.S. hits reaching #12 in Billboard and #8 in Cash Box.

1974 – Pete is interviewed for the first part of a four-part interview program with The Who for BBC Radio 1

1977 – Pete and Ronnie Lane tape an interview to be broadcast on the “Old Grey Whistle Test” the following night

1982 – The Who play Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York

1986 – Pete attends the unveiling of the blue plaque for T.S. Eliot at Kensington Court Gardens along with Ted Hughes, Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser. Pete was invited to the event by Eliot’s widow, Valerie.

1990 – The Best play at Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan. The show is broadcast on local television and later released on DVD

1995 – The soundtrack to National Lampoon’s Senior Trip is released. It features Ian Moore performing a cover of “Magic Bus.”

2000 – The Who play the Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida

2005 – Steve Coogan releases the DVD Alan Partridge Presents: The Cream of British Comedy. An extra on the DVD has Steve’s character Alan Partridge interviewing Roger.

2006 – The Who play the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines, Iowa

2017 – The Who play the Estadio Beira Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil