September 25, 2020

Today in Whostory: 4/14/2020

1963 – The Detours play in Bayswater at Douglas House

1965 – The Who play the Il Rondo Ballroom in Leicester

1966 – The Who play Gaumont Cinema in Southampton. They are the last act after Paul Dean & The Soul Savages, The Sound System, Hamilton, Jimmy Cliff, The Fruit Eating Bears, The Merseys and The Spencer Davis Group (who have the nation’s #1 single at the time). Compèring the shows is future Myra Breckinridge director Mike Sarne. The Who’s set at this time is “Barbara Ann,” “My Generation,” “I Can’t Explain,” “Substitute” and “Dancing In The Street.”

1967 – The Who play Halle Münsterland in Münster

1974 – Pete performs live for the first time as a solo act at The Roundhouse in London as part of a charity concert to raise funds to buy a coach for the Camden Square Community. At one point he gets into a shouting match with a heckler. You can listen to the show on YouTube here

1974 – Keith and Ringo appear on The Flo And Eddie Show live on KROQ-FM in Pasadena. Keith plays Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and surf music records

1980 – The Who play the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1980 – Pete’s first totally solo album, Empty Glass, is released in the U.K. The U.S. release follows on the 21st. Reviews are raves with Sounds magazine giving the album its highest rating and Paul Morley in New Musical Express saying the album shows Pete is still an important musician. The album peaks at #11 in the U.K., the highest chart position for a Pete solo record in that country. In the U.S. it shoots all the way to #5.

1984 – Roger’s single “Walking in My Sleep” enters the Dutch charts where it will peak at #35

1985 – Pete urges Margaret Thatcher’s government to invest in anti-heroin drug treatment centres in a letter to The Mail

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.

1997 – Fatboy Slim releases the single “Going Out Of My Head” which samples Yvonne Elliman’s cover of “I Can’t Explain.” On the first issues, Pete is not credited as co-author, a problem corrected after Pete threatens a lawsuit.

You can listen to it on YouTube here

1997 – Pete is interviewed about the Quadrophenia tour in the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

2004 – A Japanese website called “Rock Odyssey” hints of Who shows in Japan, a country where The Who had never before toured

2004 – The Evening Standard prints a pic of Pete and his partner Rachel Fuller out and about after she lands a recording contract with Universal Records

2008 – The DVD TCT Concerts For Teenage Cancer Trust At The Royal Albert Hall is released

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