October 27, 2021

Today in Whostory: 11/04/2020

1920 – Kathleen Hopley, later to be known as Kit Moon and mother to Keith Moon, is born

1964 – The Who play The Mine in Watford

1965 – The Who were scheduled to play the Queen’s Hall in Barnstaple, Devonshire but was cancelled due to Roger suffering a throat infection.

1966 – The Who were scheduled to play in Kassel, Germany but no evidence the show happened.

1967 – The Who play the Granada Cinema in Walthamstow. Backstage, Chris Morphet shoots 8mm film of The Who applying their stage makeup. A snippet is used in The Kids Are Alright. That night Pete has to borrow Herd guitarist Peter Frampton’s guitar for his set. Miraculously, Frampton gets his guitar back intact.

1967 – Disc and Music Echo carries two reports on The Who’s current tour

1967 – Melody Maker features an article titled “On tour with The Who” by Peter Frampton. “I Can See For Miles” is at #18 in the “Pop 30”

1967 – Record Mirror magazine features The Who on the front cover. Alan Bown from The Herd writes in from their tour with The Who

1968 РKeith is charged in Clerkenwell Magistrates Court with being drunk and disorderly. The previous weekend he had been arrested after running down the middle of South-grove, Highgate shouting at cars and trying to stop traffic. He is fined £2. Afterwards, Keith retires to the balcony to watch a few more cases before leaving to attend a Tommy recording session.

1969 – The Who play Bushnell Auditorium in Hartford, Connecticut

1971 – The Who open the new Rainbow Theatre in London. A chorus line of dancers precedes the show and Keith goes into the audience to yell for The Who to come on. Pete wears a silver lamé boiler suit with the Rainbow Theatre logo on the back. At the end of the show the chorus line comes back out and The Who join them for a few high kicks. Quiver is the opening act.

1972 – Melody Maker reports that the upcoming live concert of the all-star version of Tommy has been banned from the Royal Albert Hall

1972 – John’s second solo album Whistle Rymes is released in the U.S. Billboard Magazine features a full page ad for the new album

1972 – Cash Box magazine features a full page on “Who Came First” – “A Note About This Album From Pete Townshend”

1973 – The British press report that Keith and The Who have been “banned from the B.B.C. staff clubs throughout the country”

1976 – Top Of The Pops airs The Who’s performance of “Substitute” from Charlton since the song is back in the charts

1976 – John is photographed at his home

1977 – Keith Moon is arrested at the Ritz Hotel in Paris for rowdy behavior and spends the night in jail. He is in Paris to hang out with the Rolling Stones as they record their Some Girls LP.

1977 – Keith Moon is arrested at the Ritz Hotel in Paris for rowdy behavior and spends the night in jail. He is in Paris to hang out with the Rolling Stones as they record their Some Girls LP

1980 – The Who and producer Bill Szymczyk are back at work on the long-delayed Face Dances album as the soon-to-be hit single “You Better You Bet “ is recorded at Odyssey Studios. Szymczyk had been unable to record The Who over the last several months due to injuries he sustained in a car accident followed by a commitment to produce a live album for The Eagles.

1984 – ITV begins airing an ad for the American Express credit card featuring Roger at his trout farm. You can watch it on YouTube here

1987 – Pete’s daughter Emma tells the press that her father’s example has made sure she never dabbled with drugs

1996 – The Who continue the first leg of their North American Quadrophenia tour with a performance at the E.J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Although all shows are shot on video for projection on the screen behind the band, it is this show that becomes the main video copy in The Who’s vault. It is projected at the 1998 London Who Convention.

1997 – The Who receive a lifetime achievement award from Q magazine at the Park Lane Hotel in London. Pete Townshend and John Entwistle attend but Roger Daltrey cannot be there as he is in the U.S. working on a film. Pete doesn’t even stay for the presentation of the award, leaving early to pick up his son from school. John accepts the award, adding that Keith Moon is the only member of The Who with an excuse for not being there

1997 – Pete records “971104 Arpeggio Piano“ at his home in London. It is later released on Scoop 3.

2006 – The Who play the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California

2006 – Wire & Glass, the animated film directed by Aubrey Powell that plays behind The Who during their live performances, gets its television premiere on VH1 Classics cable channel in the U.S.

2011 – Roger Daltrey and Robert Plant join to open the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.