October 1, 2020

Today in Whostory: 8/23/2020

1946 – Keith John Moon was born to Alfred Charles and Kathleen Winifred Moon at Central Middlesex Hospital in London

1964 – The High Numbers play two shows at the Hippodrome Theater in Brighton supporting Dusty Springfield, Eden Kane, and the Interns.

1965 – The Who play at the “4 Hour Rave” at the Corn Exchange in Colchester, Essex

1966 – The Who play the Sherwood Rooms in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

1967 – The Who play Atwood Stadium in Flint, Michigan. The Who apparently get into a mood onstage that evening, describing Flint as a “dump” and cursing in front of the attending teenyboppers

1967 – During the afternoon Keith and The Who are photographed outside the Holiday Inn which is advertising the fact that Keith is this day 21 years old. Keith then stops by WTAC-AM to bring birthday cake to the local DJ’s.

1967 – The night that follows the show becomes one of the most famous and notorious nights in The Who’s history. Unfortunately the reality doesn’t quite match the legend. Premier Drums and Decca Records provide a cake for a celebration of Keith’s 21st birthday at the Holiday Inn. The revelries turn into a food fight with the cake and then extends to the parking lot as cars are sprayed with fire extinguisher foam. When a sheriff comes to stop the shenanigans, Keith slips on some of the cake (or, according to Tom Wright, falls off the diving board into an swimming pool surprisingly empty in the middle of August) and knocks out a tooth.

The sheriff takes Keith for emergency dental surgery accompanied by Pete and John. With time and imagination Keith amplifies this story into a full-scale bacchanalia highlighted by his deposit of a Cadillac into the hotel swimming pool and a lifetime ban on The Who’s presence in Holiday Inns worldwide (if this happens it is quickly rescinded; The Who will stay at Holiday Inns on their 1968 tour). The only confirmed results are some cars with paint damage, a ruined carpet, and a $5000 bill (or $50,000 depending on the source) paid by Decca as a blanket coverage for damage.

1968 – The Who play the Wedgewood Village Amusement Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1969 – The Who were to have played at the Grays Festival Marquee in the Brentwood Road, Grays, Essex but they show up only to apologize for having to cancel because of Keith’s busted foot.

1969 – “I’m Free” hits its peak on the Billboard charts at #23, holding that position the next week

1972 – The Who play Kungliga Tennishallen in Stockholm, Sweden. In Stockholm The Who and their support crew are interviewed and part of the concert is filmed for a Swedish television documentary entitled Roadies.

1974 – Keith celebrates his 28th birthday at a party at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. Attending are Rod Stewart, Linda Blair, Linda Lovelace, Brian Wilson (barefoot and wearing a bathrobe) and 1500 others. MCA Records gives Keith the suit Robert Redford wore in the movie The Sting. The Stampeders perform, joined at one point by Keith, Jesse Ed Davis, Harry Nillson, Nikki Barclay and Patti Quatro who perform terrible renditions of “Don’t Worry Baby” and “Good Golly Miss Molly” before the hotel management pulls the plug to everyone’s relief

1975 – In New Musical Express, Roy Carr provides the first printed version of the story about Keith lecturing a hotel manager on sonics. It goes like this: Keith is blasting the new Who album on a portable tape player in the lobby of a swank hotel when the manager says, “will you turn off that noise?” Keith switches it off, takes the manager back to his hotel room and has him wait outside while he demolishes the room ending with the blowing of the door off its hinges with a cherry bomb. “That was noise,” Keith explains. “This,” as he switches the tape player back on, “is The Who.”

1980 – The soundtrack album to Roger’s film McVicar hits the British charts where it peaks at #39. The listing of performers on the sleeve shows that all the present members of The Who play on the record, but there is no information about which tracks they are on or whether they play any songs as a unit. Paulo Hewitt in Melody Maker pans it saying it sounds like Who Are You rejects. People magazine likes the harder-rocking songs, but finds the ballads too tame.

1994 – Roger’s “A Celebration of the Music of Pete Townshend” tour continues with a performance at the Poplar Creek Music Theater in Chicago, Illinois

1995 – John appeared with the Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at Pier 62/63 Seattle, Washington

2000 – The John Entwistle Band’s long-delayed Music From Van-Pires goes on sale at John’s website. The CD is also sold at souvenir kiosks at Who shows. It will be John’s last solo studio album

2002 – The Who play The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan

2005 – Pete posts another diary entry, defending Rachel against some Who fan forum postings that claim she is Pete’s “Yoko”

2011 – BBC Radio Two has part one of a special with Pete Townshend discussing his history. Part two airs on the 30th

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