October 27, 2021

Today in Whostory: 12/15/2020

1963 – The Detours perform at St. Mary’s Ballroom in Putney

1964 – The Who play at the Marquee Club in London.

1965 – The Who play University College in Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales

1965 – The Daily Mirror lists “A Quick One” as their LP of the Week

1966 – The Who play the Locarno Ballroom in Streatham, London

1967 – The Who Sell Out LP is released in Britain. The album was to have been released a month earlier but was delayed while permission was sought from all the companies mentioned in the commercials. While getting the rights for the commercials, someone forgets to secure the rights for the Radio London jingles and a lawsuit erupts. Those who rush out to buy the first copies of the album in the store find a psychedelic poster designed by Adrian George inside. Good condition posters are now one of the most sought-after Who artifacts.
Melody Maker declares: “ The Who drop out of everything that is supposedly fashionable and therefore valid in 1967’s flowery year. On the whole, this album easily surpasses anything The Who have done before.” Unfortunately, the British public disagrees. The album peaks at #13 in the U.K. charts, failing to make the top ten as their two previous albums had done. With “I Can See For Miles” rising no higher than #10 in the singles charts, it points toward The Who’s sinking popularity in their home country.

1970 – The Who play the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

1971 – The Who play the Center Coliseum in Seattle, WashingtonYou can listen to the show on YouTube here

1975 – The Who play the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1975 – Roger is the cover story of People magazine. Their headline reads, “For Roger Daltrey, The Who is no longer the question: it’s whether to be a star.”

1977 – The Who perform a set at the 2000-seat Gaumont State Theatre in the London suburb of Kilburn. The audience is made up of those lucky enough to have heard an announcement that morning on Capitol Radio. Jeff Stein, director of The Who documentary The Kids Are Alright, set up the show because he had found no good footage of The Who performing their hits “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” The show turns into a full-length concert with the only live complete performance of “Who Are You” with Keith on drums.

Although Pete and the rest of the band find their performance adequate, Stein realizes he has not yet gotten a Who performance exciting enough for the end of his film. All he will use in the finished movie is an angry Who attacking the camera as they go offstage to their dressing rooms and Pete inciting the audience to come up and try to take his guitar off him. The footage will rest in the Who film vaults until it is released on DVD as The Who at Kilburn 1977 in 2008

1979 – The Who play the New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, ConnecticutYou can listen to the show on YouTube here

1985 – Melody Maker reports that Pete is promoting a printed directory that lists organizations concerned with helping drug abusers.

1985 – Pete appears as a guest on Central London Calling – The Christmas Show

1999 – Pete premeires his commercial website eelpie.com where he will begin selling his solo albums

2007 – Roger performs at the end of two sets by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. He comes on stage to perform “Behind Blue Eyes”, “Pinball Wizard” and “See Me Feel Me”. You can watch a clip of it on YouTube here

2008 – The Who play the indigo at The 02 in London

2014 – The Who play the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff in Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales

2015 – Prints by Richard Evans, personally signed by Pete and Roger, are put on sale to raise money for The Who’s new charity Teen Cancer America.

2015 – The London Times reports on Pete’s attempt to save “London’s Tin Pan Alley”