September 29, 2020

Today in Whostory: 6/29/2020

1963 – The Detours play at the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill

1965 – The Who play Burton’s Ballroom in Uxbridge, Middlesex

1966 – The Who were scheduled to perform at the Sheffield University Arts Festival. Pete flew into London from New York with jet lag that forces him to pull over to the side of the M1 and take a nap. Support group Tony Rivers and The Castaways played an extra set. Ticket holders were offered a refund.

1967 – Keith and Kim join protesters of “The News of The World” over their involvement in the Jagger/Richards arrests.

1967 – At 3am John receives a phone call aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Hearing the call is from London, he expects dire news about his family. Instead it is someone from Kit Lambert’s office asking if The Who have his permission to record an emergency single without him. An angry John says The Who have his permission to put drugs in London’s water supply if they want to and hangs up.

1968 – The Who play the second of two nights at the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles, California

1968 – Melody Maker carries a full page ad for Dogs as well as a feature on microphones which includes a piece by Pete titled “The Stuff We Wouldn’t Wreck!”

1970 – The Who play the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Columbia

1979 – The New York Times prints an interview with Pete where he admits he has reservations about touring but feels “fired up” about the new Who

1979 – The Kids Are Alright soundtrack is certified gold by the RIAA

1986 – Pete’s father Cliff Townshend dies of cancer at the age of 70

1989 – The Who play Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey

1996 – Billed under their separate names, Pete, Roger and John perform the entirety of Quadrophenia live at the Masters of Music festival at Hyde Park on the 29th. It is the first time the work has been played live in its entirety since the first night of The Who’s 1973 U.K. tour. Phil Daniels of the movie version narrates, Gary Glitter plays the Godfather, Ade Edmondson is the Bell Boy, Trevor McDonald reads the news and Stephen Fry is the hotel manager.

Pete plays only acoustic guitar and piano leaving the electric guitar parts to Dave Gilmour. Zak Starkey takes the drummer’s seat for the first time for the group that will soon revert to the name The Who. Roger wears a Mod eyepatch to cover his injury. Quadrophenia is preceded by performances by Alanis Morrisette and Bob Dylan and followed by Eric Clapton. Highlights from the show are later broadcast on HBO in the U.S. The entire event raises money for the Prince’s Trust charity. Before the show all the performers meet backstage with Prince Charles.

2000 – The Who play the Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania

2000 – Pete writes another diary on his website talking about his problems writing new music for The Who, “that many musicians I admire don’t even like.”

2001 – Roger was supposed to perform at a tribute honoring songwriters Leiber and Stoller at the Hammersmith Apollo but cancels

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles.” featuring John play at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mississippi

2004 – the DVD John Entwistle Band: Live, recorded Aug. 13, 1998, is released by Image Entertainment

2007 – The Who play Marley Park in Dublin

2009 – Roger, Sarah, the Duchess of York, and Kelly Jones, of the Stereophonics are at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales for the opening of the £3.3m specialist cancer unit for teenagers.

2012 – Roger is one of a host of stars that attend a party celebrating the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Blake. The British Pop Artist assembled The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover as well as The Who’s Face Dances.

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