October 29, 2020

Today in Whostory: 3/10/2020

1963 – The Detours play Douglas House in Bayswater

1966 – The Who play The RamJam Club in Brixton, London

1966 – Talmy brings his call for an injunction against further sales of “Instant Party” by the Reaction label to the High Court. Talmy’s QC tells Mr. Justice Cross, “The group of young men who made the record is The Who.” “The what?” replies the judge. “The Who m’lord, like the initials of the World Health Organization.” The judge grants the injunction based on Talmy’s claim that, since Pete is incapable of reading music, he, Talmy, should be considered co-author of the song.

1966 – “Substitute” enters the British charts. The NME’s Derek Johnson reviews the single calling it “a great hunk of commercial beat” but agreeing with Steve Marriott that he doesn’t like it as much as ‘My Generation.’ Another article in the same NME mentions that Pete is producing a new London group called The Cat that includes future Thunderclap Newman drummer John “Speedy” Keene and future Empty Glass producer Chris Thomas.

1967 – The Who play the Top Rank Suite in Cardiff

1968 – The Who play the Exposition Gardens Opera House in Peoria, Illinois. The show is filmed by a BBC camera crew for a Tony Palmer documentary, The promoter at this show withholds the balance of the band’s fee claiming they overplayed. On this day or the next The Who are filmed aboard their bus motoring through the Midwest. Clips from the bus ride later appear in The Kids Are Alright.

1969 – Recording engineer Damon Lynn-Shaw and assistant engineer Ted Sharp begin the process of mixing Tommy.

1973 – The Who, having cancelled a European tour scheduled for that spring, play a one-off date at the Popgala festival at Sporthal de Vliegermolen, Voorburg. They are a last minute replacement for Roxy Music. As the first time they have performed together live, in 6 months, their performance is erratic. Of course, this is a concert that gets preserved on film when it is covered by Dutch television. Part of “Magic Bus” later appears on the Who’s Better Who’s Best video and “My Generation” on the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B video.

1975 – John and his band The Ox is the headlining act at Washington D.C.’s Constitution Hall

1976 – Keith’s nearly kills himself as he slices his foot open while kicking the glass out of a hotel painting. By the time he is discovered he is in serious danger of bleeding to death.

1977 – Keith Moon checks himself into Cedars-Sinai Hospital to dry out, this time for over a month

1981 – The Who play Wembley Arena in Wembley, London

1990 – The Who appear together on Aspel & Co. (ITV – British television) miming to “Join Together” and “I Can See For Miles.” When asked what he has been doing with himself Pete answers that he still works at Faber & Faber. It is the last time Pete Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle will perform together as The Who for six years.

1997 – Swervedriver releases a single of “Magic Bus” from the soundtrack of a snowboarding movie called Day Tripper

1998 – An expanded and re-ordered version of Odds and Sods is released on CD in the U.S. it was released the previous day in the U.K.

2000 – Roger swims with dolphins at Seaworld at Gold Coast, Queensland

2002 – The Betty comic strip references The Who

2006 – Quadrophenia – The Musical is performed in Los Angeles at the Avalon

2008 – The DVD TCT at the Royal Albert Hall is released at the Teenage Cancer Trust website. The disc features Who performances of “The Seeker,” “Baba O’Riley” and “Tea & Theatre” plus Roger with Razorlight doing “Summertime Blues.” The general public release isn’t until 14 April.

2010 – “Out Here In The Fields: Legends of Reggae Celebrate The Who” is released

2012 – The comic strip Brevity features Pete Townshend

2016 – The Who play the United Center in Chicago, Illinois

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