September 30, 2020

Today in Whostory: 7/03/2020

1964 – “Zoot Suit” backed with “I’m The Face” and listed as by “The High Numbers” is released on Fontana Records. Derek Johnson in New Musical Express says, “The High Numbers are highly topical with their novelty lyric about male attire, ‘Zoot Suit.’ Medium twister, but with an inconsequential tune. Harmonica leads into broken-beat unison vocal on ‘I’m The Face.’ Compelling styling, but weakish material.” Record Mirror, however, gives the single a rave, calling “Zoot Suit,” “an ultra-commercial blues-flavoured dance tune that grows and grows on you.” Only 1,000 discs are pressed and although members of The Who fan club write to pirate radio stations, using assumed names on multiple letters, asking for the songs to be played, the single fails to get airplay or generate sales.

1965 – The Who play The Gaiety Ballroom in Ramsey, Huntingdonshire

1965 – “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” reaches its U.K. peak at #10. That same day Record mirror carries a full page ad for the single. There is also an ad for their upcoming show at Manor House and a letter from the public titled “Pop ‘N’ Who”

1965 – Melody Maker interviews Pete under the headline “Well, What Is Pop Art?” Pete declares The Who’s next single, “My Generation” will be “anti-middle-age, anti boss-class and anti-young-marrieds.”

1967 – German documentary Die jungen Nachtwandler – London Unter 21, featuring footage of The Who shot in February, airs on Bayerischen Rundfunks

1969 – Brian Jones, ex-member of The Rolling Stones, is found dead in his swimming pool in Hartfield. Shortly afterwards Pete writes an obituary for him entitled “A Normal Day For Brian, A Man Who Died Everyday”.

I used to play my guitar as a kid
wishing that I could be like him
But today I changed my mind
I decided that I don’t want to die
But it was a normal day for Brian
Rock and Roll’s that way
It was a normal day for Brian
A man who died every day

For more about Pete’s thoughts on Brian, check out this article from MOJO transcribed here: A Friend of Mine’ by Pete Townshend

1970 – The Who play the Minneapolis Auditorium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1971 – The Who play the City Hall in Sheffield, Yorkshire

1971 – Melody Maker reports on the appearance of a new Who bootleg in the U.S., Who Unreleased. Seven of the ten tracks are British Who releases that had not yet come out in the States.

1976 – Pete opens his Meher Baba Oceanic Centre with a week-long convention for his followers. Also at the Oceanic Centre at this time is an amateur production of Siddhartha with music by Pete. “The Ferryman” from this show is later released on Pete’s Another Scoop

1980 – The Who play the University of Texas Special Events Center (Later renamed “Frank Erwin Center”) in Austin, Texas

1982 – Pete’s LP All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes hits the British charts. The reviews range from lukewarm to strongly negative. Adam Sweeting in Melody Maker calls it belabored, Dave Marsh in Record says it is at least more interesting than The Who’s latest work, Robert Palmer in The New York Times calls it an embarrassment, Jon Pareles in Rolling Stone says it is a “listenable mess” and Steve Simels in Stereo Review groups it with Robert Plant’s recent solo album as “duds of major proportions.” Pete chooses to disagree and to this day calls it his best solo work. The album peaks at #32 in Britain, #26 in the U.S.

1985 – Pete is interviewed on ITV about Ian Dury’s book of poetry he is publishing through Faber & Faber called Hard Lines 2

1987 – Roger is on the Ocean Sound radio programme on the BBC giving his opinion on recently released singles

1989 – The Who play Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey for the 4th time in 5 days.

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1996 – A remixed, remastered version of The Who’s Quadrophenia is released in the U.S.

1999 – Roger performs with the British Rock Symphony at Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire. This show makes up the bulk of the British Rock Symphony video released the next year.

2000 – The Who play the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts
You can listen to the show here

2000 – American Movie Classics holds A Trip Through Rock Music History featuring rock ‘n roll movies hosted by Roger.

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles” featuring John on bass plays Summerfest at the Miller Lite Oasis in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2002 – The Who play the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California

2006 – The Who play the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire
http://www.bbc.co.uk/hampshire/content/articles/2006/05/11/beaulieu_summerpops_feature.shtml

2010 – Roger opens for Eric Clapton at the DTE Energy Center in Detroit, Michigan

2011 – Roger Daltrey sets off with his own solo band performing the entirety of Tommy (minus “Underture”) at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton. His musical director and keyboardist is Loren Gold who will subsequently become The Who’s new primary keyboardist in their subsequent tours.

2013 – The Who play the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy in Paris, France

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