October 30, 2020

Today in Whostory: 3/06/2020

1964 – The Who play the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd’s Bush opening for The Undertakers

1965 – Mr. Lambert – Who” receives a court notice to return a guitar its case and a piano bass to the music store plus “cheque return from bank”. A copy of this document is later included in Live At Leeds

1965 – Record Mirror carries an article titled “A Disturbing Group” by Richard Green. He says “I Can’t Explain”, “is not really typical of The Who’s style” noting that one of the songs in their set is played for 26 minutes total.

I’ve tried to transcribe the article – there are a few missing words, and I might have a few things wrong – but….until I get a better copy of the article, its the best I can do!

Transcription:

Four young Mods caused a disturbance in a Soho club the other night in which several hundred people were involved. The police were not called and the boys were later congratulated on their actions.

No, not a news paragraph from a paper, but a brief report on what regularly happens when the Who play at the Marquee.

The Who definitely are Mods. Their audience is large of the same faith, bu a good sprinkling of show biz personalities always turn up to see the group.

Their manager, Kit Lambert, spent some time in a nearby pub trying to convince me about the group’s merits. A very loquacious gentleman who takes great pains to put his points across.

Then we were joined by Who drummer Keith Moon. Keith was wearing an emerald roll collar shirt and had a lot of black hair worn long.

“We call ourselves Mods, bu its not a disadvantage.” he said “The people who come along identify themselves with us. They look at us on stage and think they’re like us”

“But we go down just as well in big Rocker areas”

It was only when we went into the Marquee and saw the Who on stage that I realized they would be recording technicians nightmare if they went into the studio and played in their normal manner.

The best part of their appeal I am convinced lays in the antics of lead guitarist Pete Townshend. He is the first man I have seen who really shows that he understands what electronic guitar means

When he’s not actually playing or twiddling knobs to create weird sounds, he dances about the stage and waves his arms above his head. He is also inclined to turn and ram the finger board of his guitar into the amplifier causing several large tears in the material.

Keith really does his nut on the drums and twirls the sticks frequently. At the end of their session his shirt was heavy with perspiration.

For some reason bass guitarist John Entwhistle (sic) (who sometimes calls himself John Brown) looks bored with the whole things and barely moves more than two inches at one time

Singer Roger Daltrey resembles one of Julias Ceasar’s mob, but probes he’s not in history with his vocals. HE can rave with the best of them and often adds to the sound effects with his rubbing his microphone underneath the cymbal while it is being bashed.

It is true that “I Can’t Explain” is not really typical of the Who’s style. But then one number at the Marquee lasted for 26 minutes. These days that would be the length of an average album

1973 – The Who rehearse at the Sundown Theatre in Edmonton for their upcoming festival date.

1978 – Texan keyboardist John “Rabbit” Bundrick auditions at Shepperton Studios to join The Who as a permanent member. Pete tells him he can be in The Who if he wants to be. That evening Keith Moon takes him out on a drunken celebration and Rabbit falls out of a taxi, breaking his wrist. The accident and subsequent events delay his entry into The Who for nine months.

1978 – Texan John “Rabbit” Bundrick auditions at Shepperton Studios to play keyboards during live appearances for The Who’s new, more complex songs. He had previously been brought in to play keyboards during the 1977 Pete Townshend / Ronnie Lane sessions and had hit it off with Pete. On the evening of his Who audition, Keith Moon takes him out for a celebration and Rabbit drunkenly falls out of a taxi, breaking his wrist. The accident delays his live debut with The Who until after Keith’s demise.

1981 – The Who play the Birmingham International Arena in Birmingham, West Midlands

1981 – The Who’s first post-Keith Moon album of all-new material Face Dances is released in Europe

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play The Mason Jar in Phoenix, Arizona

1998 – The Original Cast recording of What A Feeling! is released. It contains a medley of songs from Tommy.

You can listen to it on youtube here

1999 – Gateway Computers premiers a TV ad in the U.S. featuring “Who Are You

2007 – The Who play the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana

2010 – Roger opens for Eric Clapton at the New Orleans Arena

2012 – Alexander Ludwig releases the single “Live it Up (Teenage Wasteland)”. “Baba O’Riley” is mentioned in the lyrics. You can listen to it here

2017 – Roger appears on “The Nightly Show” in the UK

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