October 27, 2021

Today in Whostory: 10/15/2020

1965 – The Who play the HillSide Ballroom in Hereford, Worcestershire. Before the show Who production director Mike Shaw is nearly killed in a traffic accident while driving The Who’s equipment van. He ends up in a wheelchair. Future Led Zeppelin tour manager Richard Cole takes over as driver.

1966 – John is interviewed by Disc and Music Echo.. He’s already complaining about being tagged as “the quiet one.” The Who are also featured in a brief article about their upcoming shows and progress on their new LP

1967 – The Who tape an appearance on the BBC1 TV show Twice A Fortnight miming to “I Can See For Miles” and “Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands.” Director Tony Palmer chooses to shoot the band using constant, rapid zooming shots. This motion sickness-inducing performance airs on the 21st and is shown in the U.S. on American Bandstand on December 30th

1969 – The Who perform at the Capitol Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1971 – Two tracks left over from the Who’s Next album, “Let’s See Action” backed with “When I Was A Boy” is released in Europe. It reaches #16 in the U.K. charts but MCA/Decca declines to release it in the U.S.

1973 – Five days of rehearsals for the Quadrophenia stage show at Shepperton begin.

1975 – The Who play the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland

1976 – Record Mirror magazine carries a brief story titled “Who maxi single”

1977 – Pete goes on BBC Radio One’s Rock On to promote The Story Of Tommy.

1982 – The Who play the University of Northern Iowa Uni-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Novo Combo opens.

1982 – The Associated Press reports that three soccer players at Bethel Park High School will not be reinstated after they were kicked off the team for missing a game to see The Who. “The $16 we spent on the tickets played a role in my decision, but so did the fact it was the Who. If it was some group that comes in regularly, it would have been one thing, but this is The Who’s last tour. If I had the decision to make over again, I’d do the same thing.”

1993 – Pete oversees auditions at the Young Vic Theatre for the production of his musical The Iron Man. Around the same time he records “Iron Man Recitative” that later appears on Scoop 3.

1996 – The Rolling Stones Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus is finally released on home video and CD. Both feature The Who’s live performance of “A Quick One While He’s Away.” The show was filmed in December 1968 and was originally intended for British television. The CD peaks at #12 in the U.K. charts.

1998 – The John Entwistle Band play at The Magic Bag in Ferndale, Michigan

2012 – Roger does another corporate gig, performing with the SAS Band at the IFS World Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden

2015 – “The Who Live In Hyde Park” begins playing in the theaters. You can watch some clips from this show on YouTube here: My Generation
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