September 23, 2020

Today in Whostory: 6/26/2020

1964 – The Who play The Refectory in Golders Green, Brent Cross, London. This is The Who’s last show at the Refectory as it marks their first banning, the result of turning their amps up after a request to turn them down.

1965 – The Who play the “All Nite Rave” at Club Noreik in Tottenham

1965 – The Who play the Town Hall in High Wycombe. Roger leaves after a short set, but Pete, John and Keith stay to jam with the opening acts singer, Tony Benson

1965 – Pop Weekly features The Who in an article titled “The Way To Success” by Barrie Hilt

1966 – The Who play Britannia Theater at Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth. The Who were to have been a regular act on Sundays in Great Yarmouth but they were fired after this show when Keith throws his drumsticks into the audience and hits someone in the eye.

1969 – Pete is trapped in tour booker Frank Barselona’s apartment while Barselona attempts to talk Pete into having The Who return to the U.S. in two months for a one-off show. Having just had a brush with the U.S. law and exhausted from the recent tour, Pete is in no mood to give in. After an all-night argument, Pete finally acquiesces, allowing The Who to appear with the cream of Barselona’s acts at an outdoor festival named after the town in New York where it is then scheduled to be held, Woodstock.

1970 – The Who play the second of two nights at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio

1971 – Keith introduces Sha Na Na’s headlining set at the Reading Festival.

1980 – The Who play the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. Supporting them are The Only Ones, whose lead guitarist John Perry will later write a book on The Who’s album Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy.

1980 – Rolling Stone magazine features an interview with Pete as well as a cover featuring Pete You can read it here

1995 – Ringo’s All-Star Band featuring John and Zak play in Tokyo at the Nippon Budokan Hall

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles.” featuring John play at the Houston Arena in Houston, Texas

2002 – John arrives at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas where The Who are set to start their 2002 North American tour. He spends the afternoon shopping for Western wear and boots, then spends some time with friend Cy Langston and others at the hotel bar where his last picture is taken. Later that night he retires to Suite 658 with Déjà Vu Showgirls dancer Alison Rowse. John warns her not to let him sleep on his back as so many of his friends have died that way choking on vomit.

2007 – The Who play at Wembley Arena in London

2010 – Roger and his solo band play at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri

2015 – The Who play Hyde Park in London as part of the “British Summer Time” concerts

2015 – Pete, Roger and Bill Curbishley are photographed for Variety magazine

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