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Today in Whostory: 4/19/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/19/2021

1965 - The Who play the Botwell House in Hayes, Middlesex 1966 - The Who play the Town Hall in...
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Today in Whostory: 4/18/2021

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1963 - The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford 1964 - The Who play the Florida Rooms in Brighton...
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Today in Whostory: 4/17/2021

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1964 - The Who play the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd's Bush 1965 - The Who play the "Big Easter...
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Today in Whostory: 4/16/2021

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1964 - The Who play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford with drummer Dave Gold from Marshall's Music Shop. 1965 -...
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Today in Whostory: 4/15/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/15/2021

1963 - The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton 1965 - The Who play the Victoria Ballroom in...
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Today in Whostory: 4/14/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/14/2021

1963 - The Detours play in Bayswater at Douglas House 1965 - The Who play the Il Rondo Ballroom in...
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Today in Whostory: 4/13/2021

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1961 - The Hammersmith & Shepards Bush Gazette and Post carries an article titled "The Young Makers" featuring a photo...
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Today in Whostory: 4/12/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/12/2021

1964 - The Who play the White Hart Hotel in Acton. 1967 - The Who play Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen. Violence...
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Today in Whostory: 4/11/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/11/2021

1963 - The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford 1964 - The Who play the Goldhawk Social Club in...
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Today in Whostory: 4/10/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/10/2021

1964 - The Who play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill opening for the Undertakers 1965 - The Who play...
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Today in Whostory: 4/19/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/19/2021

1965 – The Who play the Botwell House in Hayes, Middlesex

1966 – The Who play the Town Hall in Walsall

transcription of review of this show:

(Image caption): Not much evidence of dancing at this “dance” organized by Mossley Youth Club at Walsall Town Hall. Chief attraction for nearly 1,000 fans was London group, The Who, whose lead guitarist, Pete Townshend, is seen providing the kind of music that has several times taken the group into the charts

Group’s subtle sledgehammer virtuosity!

WITH the Beatles counting their money in monkish retirement in the Surrey stockbroker country and The Stones tied up with the photographer and model set, there are few groups now that really catch the imagination. The Who is one of them.

Much of their success lies in their identification with he mods who turned out in their hundreds at Walsall Town Hall on Tuesday evening. The Who are violent and disturbing, and so they appeal although by the time the coour supplements have knocked them about they will probably end up by being discarded as to O.K.

Leaving aside the gross over-amplification which mars most live “pop” shows. The Who produced a bizarre and excited sound. The audience seemed strangely un-moved but perhaps this just fits in with eh cool credo of the mod. The few desultory screams sounded rather out of place a hang-over from the days of people like Billy Fury. You don’t scream at The Who — you just stand and emote.

Lead guitarist and composer Pete Townshend wielded his instrument alternately as machine gun and hatchet, looking like the “prototypical” mad scientist as he leapt about twiddling the knobs on an enormous pile of electronic equipment and producing a series of mind bending sounds that would do justice tot he B.B.C. radiophonic workshop.

Of course we all know The Beatles started it when they left that bit of distortion on at the beginning of “I Feel Fine” but Townshend has carried it to the outer limits. No wonder he had a spare guitar standing by. He demolishes them regularly.

HAPPY IN HIS WORK

Other wild man of the group is drummer Keith Moon, whose enormous energy is a living tribute to the invigorating powers of Pepsi-Cola. Keith obviously enjoys his work and if the group folds he should have no trouble getting a job as a demolition worker.

As he attacked the drums with dire savagery the audience began to fear the worst when someone crawled beneath him with hamme, nails and bits of wood. Keith also revealed himself as a charming falsetto in a version of the Beachboys’ hit “Barbara Ann.”

The instrumental line-ip is completed by bass guitarist John Entwistle, the Bill Wyman of the group, who stands with a wooden Buster Keaton face and refuses to display any sign of emotion.

Amid the welter of nerve-shattering sound, vocalist Roger Daltrey seemed a bit superfluous. He is a great singer and he gets some great words to sing as in “Substitute” — but for all we heard of him on Tuesday he could have had a mouth full of plastic Spoons.

1967 – The Who play Stadthalle in Bremen

1967 – The Who record their appearance on Beat Club lip-syncing to “Pictures Of Lily.” The show would be broadcast on May 1.

A clip of the performance later appears in The Kids Are Alright and in its entirety on the video Who’s Better Who’s Best

1969 – New Musical Express contains the article: “Moon: drummer extraordinaire”

1969 – Melody Maker has the article: “Why The Who aren’t pop anymore” with quotes from Pete and Keith. Pete declares, “I feel anti-pop now. I don’t call our music ‘pop’ any more. It would be nice to be in a pop industry where music with meaning sells, but that happens so rarely.”

1973 – Keith appears in a filmed segment on the BBC-2 TV programme Europa, discussing pinball with Derek Hart.

1974 – Keith leaves his residence at the Santa Monica beachhouse to return to London for the filming of Tommy

1974 – Ringo’s film Count Downe, now retitled Son Of Dracula and featuring a cameo by Keith, premiers in Atlanta

1977 – On or about this date, the day after Keith leaves Cedars-Sinai Hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for his alcoholism and drug abuse, he is kicked out of Ye Olde King’s Head pub in Santa Monica after “simulating the act of intercourse” with a girl on the barroom floor. Prior to this he had ripped the sink out of the wall in the men’s bathroom.

1980 – The Who play the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena in Oakland, California

1980 – New Musical Express prints a new interview with Pete in which he discusses the possibility of a Lifehouse script to be written by Ray Bradbury.

1980 – Annie Liebovitz photographs Pete for Rolling Stone magazine. Read more about it here

2000 – Pete releases remastered versions of Scoop and Another Scoop with redone artwork on his website. There is also a limited edition art print (500 copies), signed by Pete.

2012 – Japanese record sellers list an upcoming release The Who Live At Budokan from the band’s 2008 appearance. The Who change their minds and the release is cancelled

2015 – The Who play the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida

2017 – Pete attends “Symfunny No.2” at The Royal Albert Hall

Today in Whostory: 4/18/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/18/2021

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play the Florida Rooms in Brighton

1965 – The Who play Civic Hall in Crawley, Sussex

1969 – The Who appear on “This is Tom Jones” in the U.S.

1970 – The Who perform at University of Leicester with supporting act Viv Stanshall’s Big Grunt. The show is cut short after Hell’s Angels start attacking members of the audience. This lingering taste of Altamont ends when one of the Angels hits Pete in the head with a bottle of Newcastle Brown and he leaves the stage bleeding. Eight stitches put him right.

1970 – Pete is interviewed in New Musical ExpressYou can read it here

1975 – Recording for The Who’s next studio album was to have begun at Shepperton Sound Studios in London but they are held up as Keith has yet to arrive from Los Angeles and Roger is still working on the movie Lisztomania

1980 – The Who play the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena in Oakland, California

1993 – Pete is reportedly photographed on the street near Broadway in New York City. The same day he appears in a photo with TV talk-show host Joan Rivers in newspapers across the U.S.

2002 – The CD Paul Chapman’s Ghost by Paul Chapman is released featuring a cover of “Baba O’Riley.” You can listen to it on YouTube here

2006 – Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoff release their CD Under the Covers, Vol. 1 featuring a cover of “The Kids Are Alright.” You can listen to it on YouTube here

Today in Whostory: 4/17/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/17/2021

1964 – The Who play the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd’s Bush

1965 – The Who play the “Big Easter Rave” at The Florida Rooms in Brighton.

Roy Hatley recalls, “On their Easter Saturday 1965 appearance a frightening 1700 plus crowd was packed in like sardines to watch them, with another 500 sitting on the Aquarium steps outside. I spent the entire evening wedged in a corner about five feet from John Entwistles’ bass stack. My teeth ached for a week and I was partially deaf in my left ear for three days. The Who regularly appeared at the Florida after they began their recording career and were looked on as one of their own by the local kids who packed the club whenever they came to Brighton.”

1965 – Record Mirror reports that the extra tracks The Who recorded earlier in the week are destined for an LP to be released only in the U.S. and France. The listed tracks are “Please Please Please”, “I Don’t Mind”, “Shout and Shimmy”, “Heatwave”, “Motorin'”, “I’m a Man”, and “Leaving Here”.

1965 – “I Can’t Explain” falls to 15 in the Pop Weekly “Top Thirty” chart. “The Who with one of the best records ever to be seen in the charts. Rather surprised it didn’t make the Top Five.”

1966 – The Who play the Regal Theatre in Edmonton

1967 – The Who play the Oberrheinhalle in Offenburg, Germany

1971 – Melody Maker runs the ninth and last Pete Townshend Page called “Things are different across the sea.” In it he compares U.S. audiences to British audiences and discusses the need of English bands to make it in America to be financially successful

1976 – The Patti Smith Group perform their punk version of “My Generation” on Saturday Night Live At the end the drummer tries to kick his kit over but it is nailed down and he falls off his drum stool.

1980 – Pete is in San Francisco at the offices of Rolling Stone magazine being interviewed by Greil Marcus. The interview would appear in the June 26, 1980 issue. You can read the interview here

2001 – Pete sells eight of his personally crafted Gibson SG’s for £10,000 each on his website to benefit his Double O Charity. Each guitar is signed and comes with a CD of Pete performing a riff on that guitar

2005 – Pete suggests in a web diary that Roger will work with Pete’s brother Simon to complete songs Pete has recorded in demo form

2015 – The Who play the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida

Today in Whostory: 4/16/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/16/2021

1964 – The Who play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford with drummer Dave Gold from Marshall’s Music Shop.

1965 – The Who play the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd’s Bush

1966 – The Who play the Odeon Cinema in Watford

1966 – John is interviewed in the Melody Maker. The article is called “At last! Entwistle’s silence is broken” There is also a brief article about The Who’s current tour with The Spencer Davis Group. In addition, Substitute is #4 in the Pop 50

1967 – The Who play Oberschwabenhalle in Ravensburg

1967 – The Who play Donauhalle in Ulm

1969 – The Who are at Elstree Studio Centre in Borehamwood to record an appearance on “This Is…Tom Jones”. They mime to a newly recorded instrumental track of “Pinball Wizard” with live vocals by Roger. It is first broadcast in the U.S. on the 18th and in Britain on the 20th

1972 – Pete appears on “How Can You Be So Sure?” on BBC1 recorded the previous month

1976 – Record Mirror carries a brief article about Roger’s upcoming solo album “One of the Boys”. This issue also features a short review of Roger’s new single, “Written on the Wind”

1980 – The Who play the Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington

Today in Whostory: 4/15/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/15/2021

1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1965 – The Who play the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield, Derbyshire

1966 – The Who play the Fairfield Hall in Croydon, Surrey

1967 – The Who play Siegerlandhalle in Siegen

1967 – The Who play Rhein-Main Halle in Wiesbaden

1967 – Derek Johnson gets a sneak listen to The Who’s new single in New Musical Express: “It’s a job to get your teeth into the melody at the outset, but the frequently repeated chorus has a quick-to-register tune that you’ll all be whistling before long. It’s extremely well harmonised, employing falsettos and counterpoint with discretion and subtlety. Add to this The Who’s inevitable rumbling, reverberating beat and you’ve got a disc that’s intriguing to say the least. A certain hit!”

1967 – Billboard reports “Happy Jack” has hit its peak in New Zealand at #7

1968 – The Who play The Marquee Club in London

1972 – New Musical Express prints part three of a long interview with Pete conducted by Chris Van Ness in Denver the previous December.

1974 – Seven days of overdubbing and sound mixing for the Tommy soundtrack at Ramport and CTS begins. The Elton John Band’s recording of “Pinball Wizard” is completed

1979 – Roger and Kenney are interviewed on the BBC children’s programme Swap Shop

1980 – The Who play the first of two nights at the Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington You can listen to it on Youtube here

1997 – Advance copies of Flipp’s new CD Flipp are released containing the cover of “My Generation” that got the band its record deal. They are pulled and another song is substituted after Pete denies permissionListen to it on YouTube here

2004 – The Who make #29 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The Immortals”, a list compiled by rockers including Pete. The Beatles head up the list. Eddie Vedder writes the tribute for The Who. He closes with “Presumptuously I speak for all Who fans when I say being a fan of the Who has incalculably enriched my life.”

2010 – Roger helps launch a job centre for people with learning disabilities in Stanmore, Middlesex. Also attending are publisher Richard Desmond, the Duchess of York, and Elizabeth Hurley. Read more about it here, or here, or here

2015 – The Who play the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida

Today in Whostory: 4/14/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/14/2021

1963 – The Detours play in Bayswater at Douglas House

1965 – The Who play the Il Rondo Ballroom in Leicester

1966 – The Who play Gaumont Cinema in Southampton. They are the last act after Paul Dean & The Soul Savages, The Sound System, Hamilton, Jimmy Cliff, The Fruit Eating Bears, The Merseys and The Spencer Davis Group (who have the nation’s #1 single at the time). Compèring the shows is future Myra Breckinridge director Mike Sarne. The Who’s set at this time is “Barbara Ann,” “My Generation,” “I Can’t Explain,” “Substitute” and “Dancing In The Street.”

1967 – The Who play Halle Münsterland in Münster

1974 – Pete performs live for the first time as a solo act at The Roundhouse in London as part of a charity concert to raise funds to buy a coach for the Camden Square Community. At one point he gets into a shouting match with a heckler. You can listen to the show on YouTube here

1974 – Keith and Ringo appear on The Flo And Eddie Show live on KROQ-FM in Pasadena. Keith plays Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and surf music records

1980 – The Who play the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
You can listen to it on YouTube here

1980 – Pete’s first totally solo album, Empty Glass, is released in the U.K. The U.S. release follows on the 21st. Reviews are raves with Sounds magazine giving the album its highest rating and Paul Morley in New Musical Express saying the album shows Pete is still an important musician. The album peaks at #11 in the U.K., the highest chart position for a Pete solo record in that country. In the U.S. it shoots all the way to #5.

1984 – Roger’s single “Walking in My Sleep” enters the Dutch charts where it will peak at #35

1985 – Pete holds the first concert organized by the Anti-Heroin campaign at St. James Church in London. Siouxsie and the Banshees perform and at the end Siouxsie presents Pete with a check for £5000. Afterwards they celebrate at the Embassy Club.

1997 – Fatboy Slim releases the single “Going Out Of My Head” which samples Yvonne Elliman’s cover of “I Can’t Explain.” On the first issues, Pete is not credited as co-author, a problem corrected after Pete threatens a lawsuit.

You can listen to it on YouTube here

1997 – Pete is interviewed about the Quadrophenia tour in the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

2004 – A Japanese website called “Rock Odyssey” hints of Who shows in Japan, a country where The Who had never before toured

2004 – The Evening Standard prints a pic of Pete and his partner Rachel Fuller out and about after she lands a recording contract with Universal Records

2008 – The DVD TCT Concerts For Teenage Cancer Trust At The Royal Albert Hall is released

Today in Whostory: 4/13/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/13/2021

1961 – The Hammersmith & Shepards Bush Gazette and Post carries an article titled “The Young Makers” featuring a photo of John

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play the 100 Club in London opening for the Mike Cotton Sound. This would be Doug Sandom’s final appearance with The Who.

1964 – Pete writes a letter to the BBC apologizing for applying twice for a position on the BBC Light Programme, once as The Detours and once as The Who. He confirms that they are now called The Who.

1965 – The Who play The Marquee Club in London

1967 – The Who play Circus-Krone-Bau in Munich. Footage of John sitting on his amps while the Who perform is used in the concluding credits of The Kids Are Alright.

1967 – The Who get a beer buzz visiting the Löwenbräu Brewery in Munich. They are photographed raising a pint by Dezo Hoffman. Hoffman also shoots promotional photos of The Who “playing” in the woods while Stanley and Morphet film their antics.

1969 – The New York Times Magazine contains literary criticism of rock lyrics. One song discussed is “Substitute”.

1969 – The Who attend the Melody Maker Pollwinners concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London

“The Who, 1969, Melody Maker Awards, unknown hotel in London. Every year the Melody Maker readers would vote for their favourite artist, band, group, etc., and we would have a poll winners’ party in a swish hotel with Jimmy Savile or John Peel hosting and giving out the awards. This year The Who won as best band, and I took some snaps of this happy band celebrating. Derek Taylor from Apple Records was there and invited us to come over to Savile Row as he had “something wonderful” to share with us. This turned out to be us lounging in the Apple office drinking champagne, smoking the best while listening to the yet to be released “Abbey Road” album! © Barrie Wentzell”

1970 – The Who go into IBC Studios, London to record new studio versions of their stage act for later broadcast on the BBC. Paul Williams is the producer. The tracks are “Heaven and Hell”, “Substitute”, “Pinball Wizard,” “Shakin’ All Over/Spoonful,” “I’m Free” and “The Seeker”. It is the last time The Who record tracks specifically for airing on the BBC. Radio fans first hear them on BBC1’s Dave Lee Travis Show of the 19th. “Heaven and Hell” later serves as the basis for the track on the b-side of “Summertime Blues” and four of them are officially released in 2000 on BBC Sessions.

1971 – Les Grands Ballet Canadiens premiere a ballet version of Tommy at New York’s City Center. The performances take place while the 2 LP disc is played over loudspeakers. Clive Barnes in The New York Times finds it better than he expected but unremarkable.

1994 – An exhibit of photos taken by Pete Townshend’s old art school friend Tom Wright is held at The Center for American History at The University of Texas in Austin. Wright was The Who’s official photographer from mid-1967 through 1968. The exhibit continues through April 29th

2008 – The Who play the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gore, London

2018 – Roger appears on the Graham Norton Show

Today in Whostory: 4/12/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/12/2021

1964 – The Who play the White Hart Hotel in Acton.

1967 – The Who play Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen. Violence erupts but not during the Who’s set. This time it’s during John’s Children’s performance as they provoke a riot and almost close the entire show down. John’s Children’s equipment is confiscated by German authorities and they are quickly deported. The Who, irritated by their antics and their act that left feathers all over the stage, are secretly grateful

1969 – Keith gets his chance to rate records without knowing who recorded them in the Melody Maker article: “Blind Date: Keith Moon”

1969 – “Pinball Wizard” enters the Dutch charts where it will ultimately peak at #12.

1970 – Keith drums as a special guest for a Screaming Lord Sutch gig at the Country Club in Hampstead. Keith is accompanied by the screaming Lord’s longtime drummer, Carlo Little, who was also the mentor who first schooled Keith on drums. Teacher and student pound along to “Jenny Jenny” and “Good Golly Miss Molly.” The event is recorded and released in 1972. You can listen to “Good Golly Miss Molly” here.

1975 – Pete, in an interview in Melody Maker, talks about his current feelings about the Tommy movie. He finds it “entertaining. I don’t like the first few minutes of it. I felt that was all a bit obligatory, that front part; it’s almost like padding. There’s a sense of relief for me when the plane crashes and she faints and all that, and suddenly we’re in the holiday camp.” He also has mixed feelings about the soundtrack album. “I’m not very happy with it. Everybody but me seems to like it…I rather like ‘Amazing Journey’, the sound of it.

1984 – Roger performs “Free Me” and “Parting Would Be Painless” at the Golden Rose Pop Festival in Montreux

1996 – The Japanese all-woman band Super Junky Monkey releases their CD Parasitic People with a strange “cover” version of “See Me Feel Me”. You can listen to it on youtube here

2004 – A DVD of the British Rock Symphony, featuring Roger performing “Street Fightin’ Man,” “5:15,” See Me Feel Me,” “Let It Be” and “Pinball Wizard,” is released in the U.K

2008 – Roger attends the Teenage Concert Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall

2010 – The CBS-TV series Two and a Half Man airs an episode entitled “Keith Moon is Vomiting in His Grave”

2011 – The press reports that Roger Daltrey is fronting an online petition to maintain herbal remedies against an EU ban

2017 – The Who play the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, West Midlands

Today in Whostory: 4/11/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/11/2021

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd’s Bush opening for Wee Willie Harris

1965 – The Who play the Majestic Ballroom in Luton

1967 – The Who play Rheinhalle in Dusseldorf. Violence breaks out before the show as Roger has to rescue Keith from some local toughs who want to slam his head through a car window. The toughs show up at the show that evening and Keith and Pete show them what for by chucking their instruments at them.

1969 – The Who continue rehearsing their new Tommy-centered act at the Community Centre, Westcott Crescent in Hanwell

1969 – Pete is interviewed at BBC Studio 2, Kensington House, Richmond Way, West London. He describes the plot of Tommy in a little over a minute. It is released 31 years later on the BBC Sessions bonus disc

1970 – Melody Maker reports that Live At Leeds will be released on May 1st

1970 – “The Seeker” backed with “Here for More” appears on the U.S. charts. It ultimately reaches #44 in Billboard and #30 in Cash Box. The new Who single receives a lukewarm review from John Mendelsohn in Rolling Stone.

1975 – Keith’s marriage to Kim Moon officially comes to an end at the London Divorce Court in The Strand. She is granted a decree nisi based on Keith’s unreasonable behavior. Keith offers no defense. Kim by this time is living with Faces pianist Ian McLagen. Keith’s payoff for the divorce: £40,000

1981 – John has a long interview in the New Musical Express. A famous quote from the interview: “I like playing heavy metal, I just can’t stand listening to it…the same way some people like the smell of their own farts but don’t like smelling anyone else’s.” You can read it here

1987 – The Who rarities collection Two’s Missing is released. It is the first Who album since The Who Sings My Generation that fails to chart on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 albums

2000 – The ITV Classic Rock programme on Who’s Next, which originally aired on December 4, 1999, is released on DVD. The excellent documentary is made with the participation of Pete, Roger and John who discuss the album’s background and revisit the master tapes.

2006 – Pete premieres a new song “Uncertain Girl” on In The Attic. He says Zak just finished recording the drum track. The song does not make it onto Endless Wire.

2008 – Roger attend the Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall and performs The Seeker with The Fratellis

Today in Whostory: 4/10/2021

Today in Whostory: 4/10/2021

1964 – The Who play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill opening for the Undertakers

1965 – The Who play The Cavern, Notre Dame Hall in Leicester Square, London

1965 – “I Can’t Explain” is #14 in Pop Weekly’s “Top Thirty”. They call it “one of the better records which isn’t likely to break any big sales records.”

1966 – “Substitute” peaks at #2 on Radio London’s Fab 40

1967 – The Who play the Jaguar-Club in Herford, West Germany

1969 – The Who continue rehearsing their new Tommy-centered act at the Community Centre, Westcott Crescent in Hanwell

1969 – The Who perform “Pinball Wizard” on Top Of The Pops. Keith upsets the show’s director with his antics

1974 – Pete attends an Eric Clapton comeback party held at The China Garden Restaurant in Soho

1974 – Keith and Dougal move out of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel into a $5000 a month rented beachfront house on the Pacific Coast highway in Santa Monica, sharing it for a time with John Lennon and May Pang

1975 – In remarks to Rolling Stone magazine, Pete says, “The chasm between the original record album [of Tommy] and the film is a great one, but everything Ken Russell has done with the story and the music has my full blessing.” Rolling Stone also reports that, prior to beginning the film, Robert Stigwood had a survey performed revealing a 55% awareness of the rock opera in the general American populace

1976 – Record Mirror carries a story titled “Who Kick Off In May”

1980 – Pete lands in New York City to do promotion for his solo album Empty Glass

1984 – John’s estranged wife Alison wins libel damages from Channel Four Television and Goldcrest Films and TV. While appearing as a guest on the defendant’s show Gastank, John had called his wife a “dog.” She did not sue John who she is currently divorcing because he apologized and asked for the remark to be cut before broadcast.

1985 – Pete holds the first concert organized by the Anti-Heroin campaign at St. James Church in London. Siouxsie and the Banshees perform and at the end Siouxsie presents Pete with a check for £5000. Afterwards they celebrate at the Embassy Club

1995 – The Finnish artist Pate Mustajärvi releases his album Ikurin turbiini featuring a song called “Minä olen Pauli” which is actually “Boris The Spider”. You can listen to it on youtube here

2000 – Pete, Roger and John hold a press conference at The Supper Club in New York City to announce their summer North American tour and the internet release of a live album from their 1999 shows

2000 – Roger appears on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. You can watch a clip on Comedy Centrals website here

2000 – Variety reports that the Keith Moon bio-pic, now provisionally known as “Who’s Next”, will be directed by Brad Siberling. The next day Nicholas Cage tells imdb.com that he is “insisting” that he be allowed to play Pete

2004 – Pete publicly apologizes to John Entwistle’s mother Queenie for some remarks he made about John in the previous month’s issue of Uncut magazine.

2008 – Roger attends the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert at The Royal Albert Hall. He’s interviewed by NME.com

2010 – Roger Daltrey performs at Jeremy Clarkson’s 50th birthday bash. Legendary producer Trevor Horn puts together a special band for the night and Squeeze also perform. The event is packed with celebs including model Jodie Kidd, socialite Jemima Khan, singer Bryan Ferry and comedians Jimmy Carr, Harry Enfield, Dom Joly and Paul Whitehouse

2017 – The Who play the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, South Yorkshire


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