October 17, 2021

Today in Whostory: 11/02/2020

1964 – The Who play the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone

1965 – The Who play The Marquee in London supported by The Mark Leeman Five.

1967 – The recording of The Who Sell Out is finally finished as Kit Lambert calls Pete in to IBC Studios in London to perform a solo number on acoustic guitar, “Sunrise.”

1967 – The Who appear on Top Of The Pops miming to “I Can See For Miles.” In a certain affront to their old Mod fans, The Who dress as rockers.

1969 – The Who play Georgetown University in Washington D.C. 800 crash the gate and there is much brawling between the audience and security.

A Washington Post reviewer wrote: “The Who stupefied 5,000 in the 4,200 capacity gym, putting on a two hour show that by even modest estimate was the most electrifying performance I had ever witnessed”.

1972 – A documentary film called Shadows Of Bliss is broadcast on BBC-2 TV’s Horizon series. The program deals with recent discoveries about sub-atomic particles and features music by Pete and Terry Ralph Knight.

You can watch it here

1973 – The British Quadrophenia tour continues at King’s Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester.

1973 – Quadrophenia finally gets a wide release in the U.K. with the second pressing.

1974 – Sunn Amps debuts a new ad featuring a John Entwistle testimonial.

1975 – The Who’s European Continental tour continues with the first of two nights at the Messehalle in Sindelfingen, Germany

1985 – Pete and his new band Deep End play a second show in Brixton, England as part of a charity for the Brixton Academy. tonight and yesterdays shows are recorded and filmed and are later released as the album Pete Townshend’s Deep End Live and the video Pete Townshend’s Deep End: The Brixton, England Concert.

1985 – Pete and Deep End’s first single “Face The Face” backed with “Hiding Out” is released.In Britain it fails to chart but in the U.S. it gets to #26 in the Billboard charts and #31 in Cash Box. It is the last Who or Who member single to date to reach the American Top Forty.

1985 – Artists United Against Apartheid’s single “Sun City. “ hits the charts. Pete is one of the Artists. It reaches #38 in the U.S. and #21 in the U.K.

1985 – Roger’s Pete-penned solo single “After the Fire” reaches its peak on the U.S. Billboard charts at #48.

1989 – The Who finish their 25th Anniversary Tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London. They would not perform again in concert for almost seven years

2000 – The Who play the Manchester Arena in Manchester

2005 – Pete and Roger attend a launch party in London for the coming release of the The Who – Quadrophenia and Tommy Live with Special Guests DVD.

2007 – Roger is interviewed about the soon to be released Who documentary Amazing Journey – The Story of The Who on The Greg Kihn Morning Show.

2009 – Pete gives Ronnie Wood an Outstanding Contribution honour at the Classic Rock Awards at the Park Lane Hotel in London.