September 20, 2020

Today in Whostory: 5/22/2020

1965 – The Who play the Astoria Ballroom in Rawtenstall

1965 – An article on The Who appears in Record Mirror featuring short and angry quotes from Pete and Keith. Pete: “This thing about smashing amplifiers; well, if we’ve got a particularly thick audience out in the sticks we do it but sometimes we take the thing down a bit.” Keith: “We had to do something [‘Anyway Anyhow Anywhere’] that would get away from all the rubbish that people are buying.

1965 – The Newcastle Evening Chronicle reviews “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” saying “it has enough raw energy to replace a nuclear power station.”

1970 – Live at Leeds is released in Britain. It reaches #3 in the British charts

1971 – Chris Charlesworth pens an article in Melody Maker about the stereo system in Keith’s Rolls Royce

1971 – Peter Gidal’s film “Heads” is screened at the National Film Theatre in London. The 34-minute silent movie shot in 1969 consists of head shots of famous people, including Pete

1972 – “Join Together With The Band” is recorded. Coming in at around seven minutes and ending with a long, blistering electric guitar performance by Pete, the track will have its title and it length shortened for later single release

1974 – The Who perform a formal concert at Portsmouth Guildhall for the students that put up with the filming of Tommy. Backstage The Who sign the contracts that terminate their management by Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, turning the band over to Roger’s personal manager Bill Curbishley. They also sign a deal with Polydor Records to release future Who albums outside the U.S., leaving Lambert & Stamp’s Track Records. Pete is drinking heavily and suffers an alcohol-induced blackout about the show and the contract signings

1976 – The Who play the Parc des Expositions in Colmar, France

1999 – The John Entwistle Band plays at a private function at the Marriott Marquee in Atlanta for the Association For Independent Music convention. Who fan Shanon Dell attends and films the show.

2004 – The Who play Madison Square Garden in New York, New York

2007 – The Who play the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham

2012 – The cast of the TV show Glee release their CD Glee Season Three featuring a cover of “Pinball Wizard” using the Elton John arrangement. You can watch “Pinball Wizard” from Glee here

2015 – The Who play Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey

2016 – The Who play the Honda Center in Anaheim, California

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