October 27, 2021

Today in Whostory: 11/11/2020

1965 – The Who flew to Manchester to appear on “Top of The Pops”

1966 – The Who’s first U.K. EP “Ready Steady WHO” is released. It is supposed to be live tracks from The Who’s recent television special but is, in fact, studio tracks recorded between February and August 1966. It goes all the way to #1 on the U.K. EP charts but isn’t released in the U.S.

1966 – Shel Talmy releases the last of his “spoiler” singles, “La La La Lies” backed with “The Good’s Gone.” It reaches #17 in Sweden but fails to chart in the U.K.

1967 – The Who play the Imperial Ballroom in Nelson

1967 – Melody Maker’s Chris Welch writes about The Who’s recent show at the Walthamstow Granada

1967 – The Who have an appearance on BBC’s Top Gear radio show.

1967 – “I Can See For Miles” enters the Dutch charts where it will peak at #28. In Sweden both “I Can See For Miles” and “The Last Time” enter the Tio i Topp charts. Incredibly “The Last Time” will be the bigger hit peaking at #9 to “Miles'” #15.

1967 – In Sweden both “I Can See For Miles” and “The Last Time” enter the Tio i Topp charts. Incredibly “The Last Time” will be the bigger hit peaking at #9 to “Miles'” #15.

1967 – Disc magazine catches up with Pete and finds him unapologetic about his onstage violence during the first part of the package tour in October. “It’s a small paranoic thing that’s built up in me over the years, and now I find I can’t go to sleep unless I’ve smashed the gear up.” Disc also reports that The Who will play the Hollywood Bowl in November 18 (They played the 19th)

1967 – Billboard reports that The Who have signed a product endorsement contract with Vox and will use only Vox guitar and amps for the next five years in all public performances including radio, TV, movies and concerts.

1967 – Record Mirror carries an article from Andrew Steele of The Herd about their current tour with The Who

1969 – The Who play the first of two nights at the Boston Tea Party in Boston. Tony Williams’ Lifetime is the opener

1973 – The Quadrophenia tour continues with a three-night run at the Lyceum in London. Problems continue as the venue proves to be too small for The Who’s gigantic stage rig, eliminating good seats in a venue that already had too few decent sightlines of the stage. This causes a crush to the front resulting in some twenty fans passing out from the pressure. The Who are forced to stop temporarily after the first three numbers so order can be restored.

1976 – All This And World War II has its world premiere in Los Angeles. Keith Moon attends, dressed appropriately as Field Marshal Rommel. The movie leaves critics incredulous that a movie made up of nothing more than Beatle covers with World War II footage over it was ever approved by 20th Century-Fox. It quickly vanishes rarely to be seen again

1977 – Pete’s “Street In the City” backed with Ronnie Lane’s “Annie” comes out in Britain

1977 – “Street In the City” backed with Ronnie Lane’s “Annie” comes out in Britain

1979 – The Who play the second of two nights at the Brighton Centre in Brighton, East Sussex

1982 – THE WHO – THE END is the cover of Rolling Stone. Kurt Loder interviews the members. Pete and Roger say The Who will cease touring but will continue producing records. John tells Loder he sees no point in making more records if The Who won’t tour. Pete and Roger later say they were surprised by John’s remarks, claiming he never expressed these sentiments directly to them
You can read it here (pdf format)

1985 – Pete travels to New York to do promotion for the forthcoming White City video/album and his short-story collection Horse’s Neck. While there he attends the release party for Bob Dylan’s Biograph CD retrospective.

1985 – Pete releases his 5th solo record “White City – A Novel”. Visit our friend at petetownshend.net for more about this album here

1993 – Pete is on The Late Show With David Letterman performing “Don’t Try To Make Me Real “ from Psychoderelict.

1994 – Pete attends an award ceremony for Ahmet Ertegun, president of Atlantic Records

1996 – The Who play the US Air Arena in Landover, Maryland (outside of Washington D.C.)

1998 – The John Entwistle Band continue their U.S. tour appearing at The Hi-Pointe in St. Louis

2002 – Pete is interviewed in Stuff magazine where he again denies rumors that he is gay. “I was talking about the fact that many of my friends have been gay, so the interviewer assumed I was coming out,”

2006 – The Who play the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California

2011 – Pete and Roger are photographed with Who fan Jeremy Clarkson alongside the Lotus Evora designed by Roger for an auction benefiting the Teenage Cancer Trust

2012 – The Who play the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2012 – Japanese band Kuhombutsu release their album Ikiteru tochuuni shindara doushiyou featuring the song “Pete Townshend”

2014 – Roger attends “An Evening of The Who Music In Aid of Teenage Cancer Trust” at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.

2018 – Roger appears on CBS Sunday Morning