October 16, 2021

Today in Whostory: 2/25/2021

1963 – The Detours play The White Hart Hotel in Acton

1965 – The Who play The Ealing Club in West London

1965 – The Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Gazette reports on The Who’s appearance on “Sixteen Million Teenagers”

1966 – The Who perform without Roger at the Wellington Ballroom. Roger had come down with laryngitis

1967 – The Who play the Palalido in Milan, Italy

1967 – Melody Maker reports that The Who will make their first trip to the United States on March 23rd to play the Murray The K shows in New York.

1967 – The Who are photographed by Luciano Minghetti for the Italian magazine “Giovani” (from the 16 March issue)

1970 – The Universal Spiritual League releases an album to celebrate Meher Baba’s birthday called, appropriately enough, Happy Birthday. It is produced by Pete and features six Pete solo tracks, the first solo tracks released by any of The Who’s members.

1977 – Keith Moon checks himself into Cedars-Sinai Hospital to dry out for three days

1981 – The Who play the City Hall in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear. You can listen to it on youtube here

1994 – Roger and the Spin Doctors perform “Substitute” on The Late Show with David Letterman. According to the New Yorker this was the most-watched episode of “Late Show with David Letterman” until the final episode in 2015.

2000 – Roger goes down under performing with the British Rock Symphony at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

2000 – Pete presents Lifehouse Live at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London

2003 – A tribute CD to the late George Harrison, Songs From The Material World, is released with the Steve Luongo band Torque covering “Here Comes The Sun.” Using an archival John bass performance, the track is credited to “John Entwistle.”

2004 – Roger pays a return visit to the former Who-haunt The Goldhawk Club for an interview for London Tonight News. It airs on his birthday, March 1

2006 – Pete lists everyone who commented on The Boy Who Heard Music designating them “sitters”, i.e., candidates for inclusion in The Method, a revival of ideas he first proposed during the Lifehouse project 35 years before.

2007 – The Who play the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California

2007 – Pete begins blogging selections from his unfinished autobiography Pete Townshend – (who he?). Some parts of it will not make it into the official release Who I Am

2007 – Pete is interviewed in the Arizona Republic. He denounces YouTube as “copyright thieves”.

2008 – U.S. State Department spokesman Tom Casey speaks on Cuba’s transfer of power from Fidel Castro to his brother Raul: “I used the analogy … from a Who song, ‘Meet the new boss, he’s the same as the old boss.'”

2010 – Roger is back in the U.S. and back on the road, opening for Eric Clapton at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. You can see a clip from the show on youtube here

2014 – Roger Daltrey sings for a performance of Wilko Johnson at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Bob Geldof and Top Gear’s Richard Clarkson and Richard Hammond are in the audience. At the time, Wilko had been informed that he would be dying soon of pancreatic cancer. It turns out later to have been a misdiagnosis.

2020 – Pete performs at the Peter Green Tribute show at the London Palladium