September 18, 2021

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1965

56 years ago
The Who play Drill Hall in Grantham, Licolnshire

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1965

56 years ago
Keith is interviewed by Melody Maker. "Yes, I do play very loudly and use the drums to their full extent. I keep very close with the bass player, who is just as extrovert in playing as I am. I try to get a jerky complicated beat, especially between my bass drum and snare drum." The article reports Keith's kit is about to be changed to two 14x9 tom toms, two 16x20 tom toms, a metal shell 14x5½ snare drum, a 22x15 bass drum, 20 and 18-inch cymbals and a pair of 15-inch hi-hat cymbals.

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1967

54 years ago
Decca releases "I Can See For Miles" backed with one of the August takes of "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands." Decca gives the single a huge push, rushing the single to stores to capitalize on the Smothers Brothers appearance and sending 250,000 color portraits of the band to radio stations. It becomes the first Who single to be released in the U.S. prior to its British release and also the biggest hit single of their career in the U.S. reaching #9 in the Billboard charts and #8 in Cash Box as well as hitting #1 on many regional charts.

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1971

50 years ago
The Who play the "Goodbye Summer Festival" at The Oval in Kennington, London. Two months after George Harrison held a similar event at Madison Square Garden, The Who hold a benefit concert for Bangladesh at the Kennington Oval Cricket Ground in London. The Who's roadies wear cricket uniforms and Keith plays the drums at one point with a cricket bat. The opening acts are The Faces, Mott the Hoople, Atomic Rooster, Quintessence and others. Thirty-five thousand attend and £15,000 is raised with £9,148 coming directly from the Who. The concert is recorded but unlike Harrison's show is never released after negotiations between the various groups break down.

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1971

50 years ago
Who's Next hits #1 in the British charts; one of only two official #1's for The Who in Britain. Meanwhile, "Won't Get Fooled Again" peaks at #15 on the U.S. Billboard charts, repeating in the same position the next week.

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1975

46 years ago
Pete attends a Wings concert at the Hammersmith Odeon

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1976

45 years ago
Keith accepts an award on behalf of the Beatles at the 2nd Annual Rock Music Awards at the Hollywood Palladium. The show is broadcast live on CBS-TV.

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1976

45 years ago
New Musical Express writes about an open letter Pete sent to his new neighbors saying that he won't ruin their neighborhood when he moves in.

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1979

42 years ago
The Who play Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. A fight breaks out in the audience and Roger leaps in to sort it out. Pete, meanwhile, debuts another solo song, "I Am an Animal", singing a few verses. At the end a table of pies is wheeled out on stage and the show ends with a pie fight.

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1981

40 years ago
Face Dances is certified platinum by the RIAA.

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1985

36 years ago
Roger is back in the U.K. promoting his album on Good Morning Britain followed by a short interview on BBC Radio One's News Beat

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1999

22 years ago
Roger attends a PETA event honoring the Animal Rights Movement at Paramount Studios, Los Angeles.

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2000

21 years ago
eelpie.com begins selling Pete's live CD's Live @ The Empire 1998 and Live @ Sadler's Wells 2000.

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2001

20 years ago
Live At Leeds: Deluxe Edition is released in the U.S. with the U.K. edition released on the 25th. The double CD contains the entire concert except for several edits including the usual one taking "Spoonful" out of "Shakin' All Over." However, it does feature recently recorded overdubs on some of the Tommy selections and occasionally poor audio quality. Pete addresses fans' concerns over the quality of the release in a diary message on the 20th. The sound quality will be mostly corrected with the 2014 HD audio reissue

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2006

15 years ago
The Who play Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York

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2007

14 years ago
The Dear Mr. Fantasy DVD is released in the U.S. featuring a live Pete performance of "No Face No Name No Number."

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2009

12 years ago
Heinz Rudolf Kunze releases his live album Räuberzivil featuring a cover of "My Generation".
You can listen to it on YouTube here

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2011

10 years ago
Roger plays the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey

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2019

2 years ago
The Who play the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia

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