October 17, 2021

Today in Whostory: 7/06/2021

1962 – The Detours play in Peckham at the Paradise Club. Suspected to be the first show they ever play.

“The Detours line-up now comprised Colin Dawson on lead vocals, Roger on lead guitar and trombone, John on bass guitar and trumpet, Pete on rhythm guitar, and Doug Sandom on drums. Doug’s first full engagement with The Detours was an unspecified date in July 1962 at The Paradise Club”

“After about five weeks The Paradise Club was invaded by members of a rival club in Peckham who started a fight and broke up the premises. As a result The Detours lost the booking” (“The Who Concert File”)

The date of these gigs is uncertain.

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1968 – Disc and Music Echo interviews John in an article called, “So I said to John Entwistle’s dog…” John discusses his performances, his songwriting and his dog Jason. He admits he “wasn’t all that keen on ‘I Can See For Miles.'”

The same day, Fabulous magazine has a short mention of Jason.

1968 – Melody Maker features Keith in Blind Date and he talks about The Kinks, Small Faces, and Moody Blues among others

1969 – Pete begins producing the Thunderclap Newman album Hollywood Dream. Additional recording sessions will be held on the 7th, 8th, 15th, 16th, and 17th. At the beginning of the month, the group’s single, “Something In The Air”, will knock The Beatles out of the #1 spot in the U.K. charts

1974 – Cashbox carries a several full page ads for MCA Records, one of which features The Who

1980 – Pete is interviewed in the Los Angeles Times.

1989 – The Who play the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, DC

2000 – In a message on his website, Pete says that John is “visibly cheering up as the prospect recedes of going to jail for tax evasion.”

“This is a quick update from my day off. I am very tired physically and enjoying the rest and the generally generous reviews I’m reading. I’m tempted to post a few of them here just in case anyone visiting this site, and getting into this diary area, is undecided about coming to see us play. There are more shows in the NY area in October.

We played in Washington last night, and it was again an enjoyable experience. There is still quite a lot of creative space to found with this band and material. Rabbit and Zak can be especially inspiring and surprising. But the front line is surprising too sometimes. Roger has been singing powerfully, but also with a lot of new deep feeling. John is visibly cheering up as the prospect recedes of going to jail for tax evasion. He played a blinding couple of bass solos last night – literally beyond belief.

And me? Well I still can’t believe myself to be honest. About 8 years ago I had a bad wrist accident that I thought would end my decent playing forever. I thought I was consigned to a computer to write and play music. But I practiced hard, and did 18 months of physio to retrieve still-restricted movement, but that practice opened up a lot of skills to me that I’d never tapped before. I’m enjoying taking off in solos and actually having to land carefully in case I crash-land…..

It’s going well. We have Camden NJ tomorrow, always a good venue, and Jones Beach on Sunday – just about my favourite place to play anywhere. Then a Summer break with my kids until the West Coast in mid-August.

I have quite a lot of new footage to edit together for diaries, but a lot of it is concentrated on the Detroit show, so I’m trying to put together something concise, yet dense for that day.

I’ll certainly manage at least one more video diary before I leave, that will make four in all.


2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles” featuring John on bass plays the Fraze Pavillion in Kettering, Ohio

2002 – The Who play The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Pete smashes his guitar.

2004 – Filmmaker Michael Moore claims in an interview with Film Comment that Pete refused use of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” for Moore’s movie Fahrenheit 9/11 because “Word came to us that he is not a fan of Michael Moore’s and in fact supports the war and supports Tony Blair and doesn’t want the song used in any way that would make Blair look bad. Harvey [Weinstein, producer and long-time friend of Pete’s] personally made an appeal to him to reconsider. And he wouldn’t.”

2004 – Rush releases the CD Feedback featuring a cover of “The Seeker.”

2005 – The Mirror reports that The Who, along with many other groups appearing at Live 8, have agreed to donate their increased profits to charity.

2006 – The Who play the Liverpool Summer Pops at Trafalgar Dock in Liverpool

2007 – The Who play the Stockholm Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden

2011 – Roger plays the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow

2019 – The Who play at Wembley Stadium in London

2020 – The Who announce “Join Together @ Home”, a 6 week YouTube event benefiting Teenage Cancer Trust and Teenage Cancer America.