October 25, 2020

Today in Whostory: 9/27/2020

1963 – The Detours play at the Notre Dame Church Hall in London

1966 – Lambert and Stamp attend a Hendrix performance at the Scotch of St. James Club. Chandler has heard about the Track Records’ startup (Hendrix originally wanted to sign with Decca because The Who were on Decca in the U.S.). After hearing Hendrix play, Lambert and Stamp try to talk him into letting them be his managers but Chandler, naturally, refuses so they sign Hendrix as their first act for Track.

1968 – The Who are at IBC Studios to begin recording Tommy.

1969 – Beat Club shows The Who performing a selection from Tommy, recorded on August 26 thru the 28th

1980 – David Bowie’s LP Scary Monsters hits the British charts. It features Pete playing guitar on the song “Because You’re Young.”. You can listen to it on YouTube here

1991 – The Japanese pop music artists Tomoyasu Hotei releases his CD Guitarhythm Forever Vol. 2 containing a track called “The Light of Quadrophenia”

1994 – Disney releases the home video The Who’s Tommy: The Amazing Journey. You can watch it on YouTube here

1996 – The 2-CD set The Who: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 is issued by Essential/Castle in the U.K. Despite an ecstatic blurb from Dave Marsh and the first official release of Tommy performed live by The Who with Keith Moon, the CD fails to chart in the U.K. and reaches only #194 in the U.S when it is released in October. The low sales lead The Who to cancel a previously-announced live boxset

2000 – Pete writes a long diary entry called “Dampa Tampa.” Towards the end he levels a stinging attack on Rolling Stone for publishing an article listing all the times Pete had said he would never tour again with The Who: “Between 1982 when I left The Who (with Roger’s uneasy blessing) and last year, there have been two reunions. Count them. Two. That is, one every nine years. Hardly a cynical exercise in comebacks whenever we needed to make money.” In January 2001 the Tampa Bay Times would publish the article

2001 – Pete’s website announces that The Who will perform at Madison Square Garden Oct. 20 as part of Paul McCartney’s benefit concert for New York City’s police, firefighters and their families. On the same day Pete releases the Psychoderelict outtake “There Is No Message In A Broken Heart” on his website. You can listen to it on Spotify here

2002 – The Who play the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts

2005 – Pete records a long video about the song “Pinball Wizard” at his Oceanic Studios in London.

2011 – Roger plays the Place des Arts in Montreal

2017 – Pete is interviewed on the Siriusxm show “Written In My Soul with Bill Flanagan”

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