October 31, 2020

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1963

57 years ago
The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

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1964

56 years ago
The High Numbers play at the Waterfront Club at the Cliff Hotel in Woolston, Southampton, Hampshire. According to a source on the internet, they destroyed the stage and ceiling and were banned from playing there again. It is the last show they play where they will be promoted as "The High Numbers."

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1965

55 years ago
The Who play the Cavern Club in Liverpool

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1969

51 years ago
The Who play at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The opening act is The Kinks. Pete dedicates The Who's show to them, helping a little to make up for the sting for this group that once had The High Numbers as their opening act but are now reduced to rebuilding a following in the U.S. after a four-year ban imposed by the American Federation of Musicians

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1970

50 years ago
Melody Maker has an article entitled “Who's cheap singles plan dampened.” In it, record executives call Pete's plan for marketing cheap maxi-singles unfeasible.

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1972

48 years ago
The press report that Lou Reisner is having trouble booking London's Royal Albert Hall for a London Symphony Orchestra performance of Tommy

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1975

45 years ago
The Who play Philipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany

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1977

43 years ago
Pete is interviewed in his Twickenham home for the BBC-TV programme Tonight. He declares stories of his smashing guitars to be "lies, all lies!" and describes himself as "a desperate old fart now; not boring though!" The interview is later used in the movie The Kids Are Alright.

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1982

38 years ago
The Who play at the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. John Cougar and Loverboy open.

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1989

31 years ago
The Who perform the first of two nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London featuring an all-star performance of Tommy.

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1996

24 years ago
The Who play the United Center in Chicago, Illinois

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1999

21 years ago
The Who perform with acoustic instruments at the Bridge School benefit at Shoreline Auditorium in Mountain View, California. The Who perform earlier in the day so that Pete can take his son Joseph trick-or-treating for Halloween.

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2000

20 years ago
USA Network broadcasts Dark Prince: The True Story Of Dracula featuring Roger as King Janos of Hungary.

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2000

20 years ago
Roger's 1983 TV appearance in The Beggar's Opera is released on DVD in the U.S

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2006

14 years ago
Endless Wire, the first Who album of new music in twenty-four years, is released. It peaks at #9 in the U.K.. and #7 in the U.S

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2007

13 years ago
Roger is a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien

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2008

12 years ago
The Who play the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey

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2009

11 years ago
Roger performs at the Horseshoe Southern in Elizabeth, Indiana

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2011

9 years ago
Pete delivers the first John Peel Memorial Lecture at the Lowry Theatre in Salford. Asked to speak on the subject of music in the age of the digital download, Pete makes press by slamming iTunes and Apple for failing to use its streaming music profits to find and promote new artists. At one point he refers to Apple as a "digital vampire".

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