September 24, 2020

Today in Whostory: 8/15/2020

1964 – The High Numbers play the Thames Riverboat Shuffle in London. A summer dance for Hoover Ltd, departing from Charing Cross Pier. The South Beats opened)

1965 – The Who play the Britannia Theater at Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

1967 – The Who fly to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The flight turns into a nightmare as one of the plane’s engines catches on fire. The plane nose-dives before righting and lands in Chattanooga on a foam-covered runway. Supposedly, Pete writes the song “Glow Girl” while waiting to land.

As soon as their hands stop shaking, The Who are sent up to Bradley’s Barn studio in Nashville. They record brass overdubs onto “Someone’s Coming” and some vocal overdubs, possibly on “Our Love Was” and “Relax”.

1967 – The Marine Broadcasting Act becomes law making it illegal to operate offshore “pirate” radio stations like Radio London.

1967 – Beat Instrumental magazine begins running a column written by Keith in every month’s issue until November.

1968 – The Who play the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California

1970 – Melody Maker says “Make way for the Townshend brothers!” in an article about Pete recording his brothers Simon and Paul.

1971 – The Who play the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, Minnesota

1975 – Around this time, Keith appears in a UCLA film student’s movie entitled “Sonic Boom”. He plays “Mad Doctor Cherman” in a very short scene shot at the Burbank Court House. The movie would play in at least one theater on Christmas day 1975, opening for the movie “Man Friday” in Los Angeles.

The opening “Warning” to the movie says it all: “For the next twenty minutes you will be catapulted into one of the shortest and most terrifying disasters ever written”

1987 – Billboard reports that John Entwistle and his new group The Rock are about to release their self-titled album that will be followed by a tour. Having finished the album almost a year before, John blames the delays on his former band. “I think the Who has become an albatross to us all. It feels like I’m trapped within The Who, and it doesn’t even exist anymore.” The tour with The Rock never happens and the album is not released for another eight-and-a-half years.

1994 – PBS stations in the U.S. begin airing a specially edited version of the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B video containing new interviews with Keith Richard, Bryan Adams and Chris Barron of The Spin Doctors.

1994 – Q Magazine runs interviews with Pete, Roger and John about select tracks on the new 30 Years Of Maximum R&B boxet. Record Magazine also features the boxset as a cover story

1997 – The Who play the Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida

1998 – Pete returns to Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, New York to perform at “Woodstock ’98.” Fellow 1969 Woodstock alumni Richie Havens is also on the bill. The festival is broadcast over the Internet.

2000 – The movie Chasing Destiny is released straight to video on DVD in Europe. Roger plays a hippie bass player in this romantic comedy originally titled “Romantic Moritz”. Future teen star Drake Bell also stars

2005 – Television Personalities releases their CD And They All Lived Happily Ever After featuring a cover of “Mary Anne with the Shaky Hands”. You can listen to it on YouTube here

2006 – Robbie Basho’s 1969 album Venus In Cancer is re-released on CD in the U.S. with quotes from Pete in the liner notes

2006 – A 2 CD Deluxe Edition of Two Sides of the Moon is released featuring many of the outtakes from Keith Moon’s various attempts at solo recordings

2007 – Around this time The Who: Fragments DVD, a retrospective of the 2006 Who tour, is sent out to fans by thewhotour.com. It is directed by Justin Kreutzmann, son of the Grateful Dead’s drummer, Bill Kreutzmann

2010 – Matt Kent’s book The Who Revealed is published by Flame Tree in the U.K

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