September 29, 2020

Today in Whostory: 3/26/2019

1964 – Two days of skirmishes break out between Mods and Rockers at Clacton. The British tabloid press leaps on it, describing it as an invasion and begins to write articles trying to understand what these Mods and their enemies the Rockers are all about. With this event, Modism moves beyond the London cult and begins to go national.

1966 – Pete is interviewed at Caroline House by Penny Valentine for a special “Sound Of The Stars” flexidisc to be included in the premiere issue of Disc and Music Echo.

1969 – Who continue rehearsals for their new Tommy-centered show at Bickersteth Memorial Hall Grove Place off New End Hampstead in North West London.

1970 – The Who’s play “The Seeker” on Top Of The Pops, recorded on March 19.

1970 – The documentary movie Woodstock, featuring The Who’s performance of “See Me Feel Me,” premiers at the Trans-Lux Theater in New York and the Fox-Wilshire in Hollywood. The worldwide success of the movie again propels the Tommy album into the charts

1975 – ABC broadcasts a Wide World Special with interviews conducted on the 19th from the Tommy: The Movie premiere in Los Angeles

1975 – Tommy: The Movie has its European premier at the Leicester Square Theatre in London. All The Who are present as well as Ken Russell, Robert Stigwood, Elton John, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Lulu, David Essex, Rod Stewart and Britt Ekland. Capital Radio’s “Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It” broadcasts live from the theatre foyer.

Tommy programmes, mirrors, stickers, and T-shirts are on sale at select theatres

Robert Stigwood throws a post-premiere party at the Inn on the Park in tony Mayfair.

1986 – Roger is on the British television show Driving Force. Contestants drive a selection of tanks and rally cars race quarry trucks and fire engines complete a car parking poser and then a grand prix with forklift trucks. Roger and his partner Barry Sheene win.

1988 – Prefab Sprout’s album From Langley Park To Memphis hits the U.K. charts and peaks at #5. It features Pete playing acoustic guitar on the song “Hey Manhattan!”

1996 – The John Entwistle Band ply the Iron Horse Music Hall in North Hampton, Massachusetts

2003 – Roger, as part of his yearly Teenage Cancer Trust festival at the Royal Albert Hall in London, performs with an assembled band called TRUSS. It features Roger on acoustic guitar and vocals, Paul Weller, Noel and Liam Gallagher, Kelly Jones and Gem Archer. They perform “The Kids Are Alright” and “Magic Bus” among other songs.

2004 – H.E.A.R. releases the Who’s tribute CD Who’s Not Forgotten: FDR’s Tribute to The Who

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