October 31, 2020

Today in Whostory: 10/29/2019

1965 – The Who play the Startlite Ballroom in Greenford

1965 – The Who’s new single, “My Generation” backed with “Shout and Shimmy,” is released in the U.K. by Brunswick. Derek Johnson says in New Musical Express, “Analyse the ingredients for a hit and you’ll find them all in this disc. A storming, raving shake-beat, with crashing cymbals, raucous guitar, reverberating bass and hand-claps throughout – and that’s just the backing. The lyric is topical and loaded with teenage appeal, about the snooty approach of some adults to youngsters. Sung with verve, a strong blues feel and an occasional stuttering gimmick, with chanting supporting the soloist.”

1967 – The Who play the Coventry Theatre. The stage manager drops the curtain on The Who’s second set in the middle of their performance and pipes in the National Anthem. Pete again loses it, smashing his guitar, knocking over the amps, kicking out the footlights then hurling an amp at the head of the stage manager.

1970 – The Who play the Hammersmith Palais in Hammersmith, London.

1971 – The Who play the ABC Cinema in Hull

1973 – The Who play the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton

1975 – The Who play the Stadthalle in Bremen, Germany

1982 – The Who play the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. T-Bone Burnett and the Clash open

1982 – The Who hold a press conference at the 20th Century Fox lot in Hollywood. Fox CEO Alan Herschfield announces that The Who’s final concert in Toronto will be available live on pay-per-view in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and South America. At the conference Pete declares that there will be no more Who tours “of this scale” although there may be a tour of Europe. Roger says there will be no more tours although there may be individual shows. John says he is openly opposed to stopping touring.

1996 – The Who play the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado

1999 – The Who returns as a five-piece unit, the first time since Live Aid fourteen years before, when they play iBash for the Pixelon Corporation in Las Vegas. Pete is on loud electric guitar as songs long unplayed, such as “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” are revived. None of it helps Pixelon. Within a year the Pixelon Corporation goes out of business after its founder is discovered to be a fugitive wanted for bilking elderly investors of $1 million during the 1980s.

1999 – Pete opens his website and announces a Lifehouse 6-CD boxset and planned Lifehouse concert

2006 – The Who play The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London

2006 – Who appear on “Parkinson” on ITV1 in the UK and perform “- Black Widow’s Eyes

2008 – The Who play the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey

2012 – ray Head releases his album My Back Pages featuring a cover of “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

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