September 29, 2020

Today in Whostory: 4/21/2019

1963 – The Detours play Douglas House in Bayswater

1966 – The Who play the Benington Football Club Gala Ball at the Locarno Ballroom in Stevenage

1967 – The Who play the Brighton Dome in Brighton along with Cream and The Merseys. In Pete’s later recounting of this evening: “…I drove Eric Clapton and Gustav Metzger…down to Brighton Pavilion where we were playing with Cream; Gustav was doing the lightshow…though he was pleased to have been such a powerful influence he tried to explain that according to his thesis I faced a dilemma; I was supposed to boycott the new commercial pop form itself, attack the very process that allowed me such creative expression, not contribute to it..”

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

1975 – With Roger busy on Lisztomania and Keith not yet in London, John borrows his solo band’s drummer Graham Deakin and he and Pete begin rehearsing for The Who’s next studio album.

1977 – A promotional film of the title song for Roger’s solo album One Of The Boys is shot this day and the next around West London, directed by Tony Klinger. Roger plays a Teddy Boy, a Hell’s Angel, a skinhead, and a punk rocker. It is shown that summer in the U.S. before certain shows of Star Wars.

1980 – Pete’s first totally solo album, Empty Glass, is released in the U.S

1997 – Roger again plays Hugh Fitzcairn on Highlander: The Series in an episode called “The Stone Of Scone.”

2000 – Sonic News reports that Roger says The Who will attempt to record a live album of new material, perhaps during the upcoming tours. This does not occur.

2004 – The Japanese heavy metal band Outrage releases their CD Cause For Pause with a cover of “I Can See For Miles” sung phonetically in English

2011 – Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson announces his run for the U.S. Presidency. “I look at the rest of the field running for President, and that song by The Who comes to mind. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”

2015 – The Who play the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina

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