September 21, 2020

Today in Whostory: 5/27/2020

1965 – The Who play Assembly Hall in Worthing, Sussex

1966 – The Who play in Leicester at Granby Halls

1967 – The Who play in Oxford

1967 – The Who play in Oxford at Pembroke College. The Who, along with Cream, appeared at Pembroke College May Ball, University of Oxford. Judging by the photographs the audience of snooty debutantes and stuffy undergraduates didn’t particularly take to The Who’s somewhat loud and raucous music. Notice some of the audience covering their ears! Notice too Pete, somewhat resplendent in a silk paisley dressing gown making sure that The Who’s music was well and truly heard! Whilst smoke bombs filled the Grand Marquee at the end of their set, someone helped themselves to one of Pete Townshend guitars, worth 150 quid which, in 1967 was a considerable sum of money.

1967 – New Musical Express features a brief article titled “Who’s Entwistle breaks finger” while “Pictures of Lily” remains at #4 in their Top 30

1967 – Disc and Music echo feature The Who in several articles as well as their Top 30.

The Who were to be among several bands traveling to Paris for a televised concert (unfortunately they would have to cancel)

John Lennon is interviewed and mentions “Pictures of Lily” (which is at #7 in the “Disc Top 30”)

An article about Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp titled “Who’s Who Behind The Who”

1969 – Roger and Pete have a hearing for the May 16th Fillmore incident. The case is postponed until June 20th

1970 – The Who rehearse at the Granada Theatre in Wandsworth, London

1976 – Keith arrives at Brecknock School in North London school to inspect the boys of the 51st Company of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. For the occasion, Keith dons full evening attire. Keith had spent £500 on brand new bugles and drums. “Blimey,” he tells the press, “I know just how they felt playing with rotten instruments. I was in the sea cadets as a boy.”

1976 – Keith and John attend the Rolling Stones’ concert at Earls Court

1985 – Pete’s short story collection Horse’s Neck is published in the U.K. It receives positive reviews from Brian Case in Melody Maker (“a brilliant, troubling work”), Martin Booth in British Book News (“stunningly good”) and The Observer (“the real thing”) and a negative review by Geoff Dyer in New Statesman (“work of an apprentice”)

2001 – The John Entwistle Band play the Rock, Rhythm and Blues Fest at City Walk in Toledo, Ohio

2001 – John records the bass for the song “Same Price” for the forthcoming Gov’t Mule album. The group’s regular bassist, Allen Woody, had died and the band hit on the idea of replacing him with a succession of the world’s great bass players. Coincidentally, this will be John’s last studio recording session You can listen to the song on YouTube here

2005 – Spitfire Pictures puts out a press release stating that Murray Lerner will be directing and co-producing a movie about the history of The Who with the co-operation of Pete Townshend and Roger who are also listed as producers. It is tentatively entitled “My Generation: Who’s Still Who” but is ultimately released for home video as Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who

2011 – Pete is interviewed in Intelligent Life magazine. He says he is one-third of the way through writing his autobiography and it is already 80,000 words long.

2016 – The Who play in San Diego, California at the Valley View Casino Center

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