October 24, 2020

Today in Whostory: 6/17/2019

1965 – The Who play Bowes Lyon House Youth Centre in Stevenage

1965 – Melody Maker says The Who are changing their sound from R&B to hard pop and will start recording a new album starting July 26 – an idea later abandoned.

1966 – The Who play City Hall in Perth, Scotland

1967 – The Who play the second of two nights at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California. The Santana Blues band opened.

1967 – Pete and Karen take a stroll at Hippie Ground Zero, the intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets in San Francisco. He later reports it “very, very commercial.”

1969 – The Who play the first of three nights at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.Woody Herman and The Herd open. Despite a huge row between Bill Graham and The Who, Graham insists the band perform two shows a day.

1971 – The first tracks from the recent sessions are released. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” in a version edited down to 3:55 backed with “I Don’t Even Know Myself” is released in the U.S. The A-side states under the song title “From the Motion Picture ‘Lifehouse’.” It peaks at #15 on the Billboard charts and #9 on the Cash Box charts.

1974 – Roger, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and Jack Nicholson report to Harefield Grove to shoot the “Go to the Mirror” sequence.

1979 – Pete, John and Kenney attend a dinner party in honor of The Who at Windows on The World at the top of the World Trade Center. Roger, meanwhile, stays in England to work on his movie McVicar.

1993 – Pete appears on Late Night With David Letterman, plays “Pinball Wizard,” and smashes his guitar. Pete: “I smashed the one on the Letterman show even though I didn’t really want to. They asked me to do it and I told them I would if they sold the guitar for charity.”

1995 – The Who’s Tommy closes on Broadway after 900 performances.

1997 – The CD The King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents John Entwistle is released featuring a live John Entwistle solo show from March 15, 1975.

1998 – John plays Club Bene in Morgan, New Jersey

2001 – For a second night, John plays in Anaheim, California at the Sun Theater in “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles.” featuring Todd Rundgren, Ann Wilson and Alan Parsons.

2005 – Roger accepts the Robertson Taylor 30th Anniversary Award on behalf of The Who at the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Awards at the Hotel InterContinental in London, England. The 30th anniversary of the annual awards honours songwriting and performance, presented by the music therapy charity Nordoff-Robbins.

2006 – The Who open their world tour in performance at the same refectory where they had played 36 years before. The Wire and Glass mini-opera gets its live premiere as well as the new song “Mike Post Theme.” The audience in the packed auditorium swelters in the June heat. Spitfire Films shoots the show in HD but it remains unreleased.

2006 – Pete and Roger return to Leeds University for the unveiling of a Civic Trust plaque commemorating their 14 Feb. 1970 performance that became the Live at Leeds album

2007 – Emma Townshend, Pete’s daughter and gardening columnist for the Independent, pens a long remembrance of her childhood with her dad for her newspaper.

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