October 1, 2020

Today in Whostory: 6/09/2020

1963 – The Detours play White Hart Hotel in Acton

1965 – The Who play the Il Rondo in Leicester

1967 – The Who play the Golden Slipper Ballroom, Magilligan, North Ireland. Chris Townson is still on drums

1969 – The Who and entourage fly to Los Angeles for some r’n’r before their Hollywood concert on the 13th. Everyone stays at the Continental Hyatt House (known to bands as the “Riot” House), all except for Pete who stays with a friend. During the stay manager Kit Lambert and possibly Pete meet with executives from Universal Studios who offer a two-picture deal consisting of a Tommy movie budgeted at $2 million and a concert movie.

1970 – The Who play in Denver at Mammoth Gardens. The Denver show features the first known performance of “I Don’t Even Know Myself” and the last live performance of “Sally Simpson” until 1989. Pete later says he is confronted backstage by White Panthers angry about his booting Abbie Hoffman from the Woodstock stage the year before. He also says that after the show a groupie tries to seduce him and, fighting off the temptation to cheat on his wife, goes back to his hotel room alone and writes a prayer for strength that begins, “If my fist clenches, crack it open before I use it and lose my cool…” The prayer is later incorporated into the song “Behind Blue Eyes.”

1972 – Keith emcees the Sha Na Na concert at the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle. He continues to appear with the group, introducing them, at many stops of their 1972 European tour.

1973 – John’s third solo album John Entwistle’s Rigor Mortis Sets In is released in the U.S. The cover is inverted from the European release. John and company get thumbs up in Crawdaddy, Zoo World and Stereo Review. The album peaks at #174 in the U.S. Billboard charts. A single, “Made In Japan”/”Roller Skate Kate” is released simultaneously to no avail.

1973 – The Who gather at the Rainbow Theatre in north London for filmmaker Peter Neal to take stop-frame images of the band to project behind them during their live performances. Pete had hired Neal after seeing his film work projected behind Jethro Tull during the live performance of their concept album A Passion Play.

1973 – The Coventry Evening Telegraph’s “Pop Inn” by Bob Stanton runs with the title “The Who to end their ‘idle’ period soon”

1974 – Henry Edwards blasts The Who in an article in The New York Times. He finds their work from “My Generation” to Quadrophenia to be imbued with violence, is appalled that young people identify with a “basket case” like Tommy, and calls The Who’s live performances a “choreographed temper tantrum.”

1979 – The Who play The Odeon in Edinburgh

1981 – Pete takes Bruce Springsteen to see the up-and-coming Irish band U2 at the Hammersmith Palais in London.

2001 – John plays the first of two more shows at B B King Blues Club in New York.

2007 – The Who play the Messe Open Air in Fulda, Germany

2009 – The Who’s “My Generation” is selected by the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as one of twenty-five culturally significant recordings selected for preservation in a special sound archive.

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