December 4, 2020

Today in Whostory: 9/29/2019

1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1964 – The High Numbers play the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone

1969 – The Who play the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands

1972 – Pete releases the album Who Came First as a solo album although it is primarily a compilation of demo tracks recorded over the past two years for The Who and previously released selections from the Meher Baba albums Happy Birthday and I Am. Most reviewers find it pleasant listening with Records and Recording magazine praising Pete for a religious album that is not insipid. The album reaches #30 in the U.K. In the U.S., Who Came First is not released until early November where it peaks at #69

1972 – The Ellis Group releases their album Riding On The Crest Of A Slump in the U.K. It is produced by Roger and fails to chart. The U.S. release, similarly fated in the charts, does not happen until Jan. 17th.

1982 – The Who play the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana

1994 – Pete calls in to WBCN-FM in Boston for their “Totally Townshend” morning show. He says he met with Roger the day before. Roger was there seeking Pete’s approval for a Keith Moon biopic.

1994 – Pete is interviewed by the BPI Entertainment Wire: “‘I feel pretty good at the moment about the Who. I’ve gone through a confusing period, made some mistakes. It’s hard to live with the deaths of Keith, Kit Lambert and the kids in Cincinnati. But I’ve forgiven everybody, including myself. I’m just very, very grateful to have survived, to survive the chaos of that time.”

1999 – All the 90’s reissue Who CD’s, except the boxset but including the as yet un-reissued The Kids Are Alright soundtrack, are released in Japan as CD-sized duplicates of the original albums.

2004 – Christie’s auctions five pieces of one of Keith Moon’s silver Premiere kits to an American collector for £120,000. Meanwhile a 1963 white Gibson SG Special played by Pete during the U.K. 1973 tour is won with a bid of £85,000

2006 – The Who play the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan

2010 – The Steve Bell comic “IF…” features a Who reference

2017 – The Who play Estadio Monumental in Santiago, Chile