October 27, 2021

Today in Whostory: 4/10/2021

1964 – The Who play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill opening for the Undertakers

1965 – The Who play The Cavern, Notre Dame Hall in Leicester Square, London

1965 – “I Can’t Explain” is #14 in Pop Weekly’s “Top Thirty”. They call it “one of the better records which isn’t likely to break any big sales records.”

1966 – “Substitute” peaks at #2 on Radio London’s Fab 40

1967 – The Who play the Jaguar-Club in Herford, West Germany

1969 – The Who continue rehearsing their new Tommy-centered act at the Community Centre, Westcott Crescent in Hanwell

1969 – The Who perform “Pinball Wizard” on Top Of The Pops. Keith upsets the show’s director with his antics

1974 – Pete attends an Eric Clapton comeback party held at The China Garden Restaurant in Soho

1974 – Keith and Dougal move out of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel into a $5000 a month rented beachfront house on the Pacific Coast highway in Santa Monica, sharing it for a time with John Lennon and May Pang

1975 – In remarks to Rolling Stone magazine, Pete says, “The chasm between the original record album [of Tommy] and the film is a great one, but everything Ken Russell has done with the story and the music has my full blessing.” Rolling Stone also reports that, prior to beginning the film, Robert Stigwood had a survey performed revealing a 55% awareness of the rock opera in the general American populace

1976 – Record Mirror carries a story titled “Who Kick Off In May”

1980 – Pete lands in New York City to do promotion for his solo album Empty Glass

1984 – John’s estranged wife Alison wins libel damages from Channel Four Television and Goldcrest Films and TV. While appearing as a guest on the defendant’s show Gastank, John had called his wife a “dog.” She did not sue John who she is currently divorcing because he apologized and asked for the remark to be cut before broadcast.

1985 – Pete holds the first concert organized by the Anti-Heroin campaign at St. James Church in London. Siouxsie and the Banshees perform and at the end Siouxsie presents Pete with a check for £5000. Afterwards they celebrate at the Embassy Club

1995 – The Finnish artist Pate Mustajärvi releases his album Ikurin turbiini featuring a song called “Minä olen Pauli” which is actually “Boris The Spider”. You can listen to it on youtube here

2000 – Pete, Roger and John hold a press conference at The Supper Club in New York City to announce their summer North American tour and the internet release of a live album from their 1999 shows

2000 – Roger appears on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. You can watch a clip on Comedy Centrals website here

2000 – Variety reports that the Keith Moon bio-pic, now provisionally known as “Who’s Next”, will be directed by Brad Siberling. The next day Nicholas Cage tells imdb.com that he is “insisting” that he be allowed to play Pete

2004 – Pete publicly apologizes to John Entwistle’s mother Queenie for some remarks he made about John in the previous month’s issue of Uncut magazine.

2008 – Roger attends the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert at The Royal Albert Hall. He’s interviewed by NME.com

2010 – Roger Daltrey performs at Jeremy Clarkson’s 50th birthday bash. Legendary producer Trevor Horn puts together a special band for the night and Squeeze also perform. The event is packed with celebs including model Jodie Kidd, socialite Jemima Khan, singer Bryan Ferry and comedians Jimmy Carr, Harry Enfield, Dom Joly and Paul Whitehouse

2017 – The Who play the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, South Yorkshire