October 17, 2021

Today in Whostory: 10/26/2020

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1967 – Mono mixes of “Jaguar” and “Rael” are prepared for the upcoming album. It is at this point that the “Part 2” section of “Rael is chopped off, not to return until the 1994 30 Years of Maximum R&B boxset.

1968 – Decca/MCA’s own Who oldies collection Magic Bus – The Who On Tour hits the U.S. charts. The album gets bad marks in the Underground press for a title that could mislead buyers into thinking it was a live album (read Rolling Stone magazine’s review for an example). Despite, or perhaps because of the confusion, the album reaches #39 on the Billboard charts making it The Who’s first Top Forty album in the U.S. The LP also features a rare, excellent stereo mix of “Magic Bus” along with a wonderfully garish psychedelic cover.

1968 – Record Mirror carries a short review of The Who’s Direct Hits album

1968 – New Musical Express reports on The WHo’s upcoming package tour with Joe Cocker and Arthur Brown

1969 – The classical music reviewer for The New York Times, Clive Barnes, discusses The Who and rock operas in an article. Barnes, who attended one of the recent Fillmore East shows, says the band played their music too loud but, nevertheless, dubs Tommy “an enormous success” and predicts that a new kind of opera could arise from it.

1969 – The Who play the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The James Gang open

1970 – The Who play Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent

1972 – Rolling Stone magazine carries a brief interview with Pete titled “Who’s Next; Pete Townshend works on a new opera.”You can read it here

1973 – Part two of Pete’s interview about Quadrophenia is broadcast on Rockspeak.

1973 – The massive Quadrophenia double album is released in the U.K. However the initial run sells out quickly and, due to a shortage of vinyl caused by the OPEC oil embargo, additional copies are not pressed for another week and a half.

1989 – The Who perform at Wembley Arena in London. Roger’s voice gives out toward the end and he is forced to leave the stage. Pete wraps it up singing “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” all on his lonesome.

1991 – Two Rooms, The Elton John-Bernie Taupin tribute album featuring The Who’s “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” enters the U.K. charts. It reaches #21.
You can listen to “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” on YouTube here

1996 – The Who play the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

1998 – The John Entwistle Band play at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom in Little Rock, Arkansas

2005 – Roger receives a Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters at The Savoy, Strand, London. That day Ross Halfin shoots portraits of Pete and Roger at the Boathouse, one of which echoes a famous photo of the Kray Twins. The pictures will be used for promotion for their upcoming tour.

2008 – The Who play the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2018 – Roger attends a book signing at Barnes & Nobels in New York, New York

2019 – Pete appears at Rachel’s “Animal Requiem” concert at Royce Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles, California