September 25, 2020

Today in Whostory: 7/09/2020

1965 – The Who play the Locarno Ballroom in Basildon, Essex

1966 – The Who play the Technical College in Westminster, London. The show is filmed by the CBC and snippets of four songs and backstage interviews are later broadcast on their show Take 30 From London. This program still exists but has not yet been commercially released.

1966 – The Who play in Westminster

1970 – The Who fly back to London from the United States

1970 – Rolling Stone magazine features an article titled “‘Tommy’ Does Not Vindicate Them” about The Who’s performances at the Metropolitan Opera House. They also carry a review of Live At Leeds.

1970 – The Acton Gazette carries a full page on Who related stories.

1977 – Keith is released from Cedars-Sinai hospital where he had been admitted after a valium overdose

1980 – The Who play The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia

1980 – It is reported that Pete wants to publish a book of erotic short stories. This is the first mention of the book that will emerge five years later as Horse’s Neck.

1989 – The Who play Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1992 – The Who’s Tommy, the musical written by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, premieres at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. At Pete’s suggestion, the opening night is a benefit for the Playhouse and the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation. Roger and John are in attendance as are Liza Minelli, John Cusack and Robert Downey, Jr. Roger does not care for the play but local reviews are ecstatic and the end date has to be extended due to high ticket demand.

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play the Nautica Stage in Cleveland, Ohio

1999 – The John Entwistle Band play Club Bene in South Amboy, New Jersey

1999 – Pete writes lyrics to the as-yet-unreleased songs “Time to Think” and “I Lost Interest.”

2000 – The Who play the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York

2000 – In an interview in Newsday, Pete says the new tour “[is] the kind of thing that people do when they’re retired, isn’t it — they go on a cruise with their golf clubs or something.”

2000 – The “Bizarro” comic strip by Dan Piraro features a reference to The Who

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles” featuring John on bass plays The Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York

2002 – Bobby Bare, Jr. releases his CD Young Criminals Starvation League. One track, “Dig Down,” begins with the lines, “This letter is addressed to Pete Townshend/Hey brother I write you to say thanks for nothin’/Your generation used up all the feelings/And if we rock it looks like we’re ripping you off.”
You can listen to it on YouTube here

2006 – The Who play the T in the Park Festival at Balado Park in Kiross, Scotland

2007 – The Who play the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland

2011 – Roger plays the Royal Centre in Nottingham

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