September 20, 2020

Today in Whostory: 6/10/2020

1965 – The Who mime to “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” on Top of the Pops.

1967 – The Who play the Palace Ballroom in Douglas, Isle of Man. Chris Townson is still on drums, his last show with The Who.

“It was a real anticlimax going back to John’s Children. I’d been earning £40 a night with The Who and spending twice that in the casinos when we played the Isle of Man. For the last show they decided I was going to go out with a bang – literally! While my back was turned, the roadies put a flash-powder under my stool. We got to ‘My Generation’ and suddenly BOOM! I didn’t know what hit me and there they all were pissing themselves laughing. I went to swing for Townshend but he blocked me with his guitar saying ‘Remember Germany?!’ when we (John’s Children) had been a right pain.” – Chris Townson

1967 – Kit Lambert tells Melody Maker, “We hope Keith should be able to do some light drumming in about a week’s time, but until then all recording sessions have been postponed.”

1967 – The U.S. Army radio show The In Sound plays a second spot from Pete and “Happy Jack” is played

1967 – Disc and Music Echo discusses The Who’s injuries and their replacement drummers

1970 – The Who play the second of two nights 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.”

1974 – The Who play the first of four nights at Madison Square Garden. The support band this night and the next is Golden Earring. The first night’s show is the only one where The Who performs a live rendition of Keith Moon’s “Waspman”. Otherwise the band counts it as a disaster with Roger later describing the show as “fucking horrible“. Pete will later claim that New York Who fans were yelling for him to “jump, jump, jump!” faking an enthusiasm he no longer felt although front-rowers at these concerts have said it was an unknown person behind them.

Backstage The Who get into a vicious screaming match arguing about the poor quality of the show. The Who’s former manager Kit Lambert, like most everyone else around except Roger quite drunk, starts demanding he be allowed to mix the live P.A. for the rest of the shows. The Who have him taken to his hotel. Pete meanwhile has to stay at the Hotel Pierre that night because Who fans have taken all the extra rooms at the Navarro where The Who are staying.

1985 – The press reports that Pete has donated £1000 to the Greenwich Theatre Group so that they can mount a production of King Arthur.

2002 – The Who begin rehearsals for their 2002 North American tour, some of which are carried live on Pete’s website. Some fans remark on the fact that John remains seated throughout the webcast rehearsals.

2004 – The Who play the International Arena in Cardif, Glamorganshire, Wales

2006 – The short-lived video service thewholive.tv is launched by Pete. It will carry live video of The Who in performance during many dates on their European tour.

2010 – Roger attends the GBR: British Fashion Council NEWGEN Awards in London

2013 – The Who play the Odyssey Arena in Belfast

2018 – Roger performs the first of two nights at the Wolf Trap Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia with the Wolf Trap Orchestra

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