November 25, 2020

Today in Whostory: 2/03/2020

1966 – 15 year-old Stevie Wonder plays at the Scotch of St. James club. In the March 2002 edition of Q magazine Pete lists this show as his favorite concert of all time. Reportedly Paul McCartney is also at the show and is photographed with Stevie backstage.

1969 – The Who begin another five days at IBC Studios working on Tommy.

1972 – Rolling Stone magazine features images of The Who attending an MCA party in Los Angeles “recently” as well as an article entitled “Perspectives: The Who Are Good — And Loud” by Ralph J. Gleason

1973 – Record Mirror carries an article entitled “Seekers ‘Tommy’ single”.

You can listen to The New Seekers’ Pinball Wizard/See Me Feel Me here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M6DrEAL1_k

1975 – Ken Russell’s new extravaganza, a bizarre re-imagining of the life of Franz Liszt, Lisztomania, begins a four-month shoot ending May 23. Roger, star of Russell’s soon-to-be-released film, Tommy: The Movie, plays Liszt with Paul Nicholas (Cousin Kevin) as Richard Wagner, Ringo Starr as The Pope and Rick Wakeman, who is also supplying the soundtrack, as Wagner’s creation Siegfried.

1981 – The Who play the first of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London as a benefit for Erin Pizzey’s Chiswick Family Rescue Organization that shelters battered wives. Pete drinks four bottles of brandy on stage, improvises songs and long guitar solos without informing the other band members and stops the show to harangue the crowd.

1981 – Bill Curbishley and Polydor Records host an after show part at the Rainbow’s Circle Bar

1996 – The John Entwistle band play in Baltimore at A.J. Gator’s

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play A.L. Gator’s in Baltimore

1996 – Pete does his little turn on the catwalk in Paris after having been invited to represent “the mature model” during a show by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçon fashion house. “The fashion crowd was just about the worst audience I had ever performed for in my life. I had never experienced the cold, sneering imperiousness of people with such absurdly high self regard.”

1998 – Pete Townshend’s daughter Emma releases her album Winterland

2007 – Rolling Stone reports that The Who have cancelled a planned South American tour after a Buenos Aires promoter could not provide a sufficient stage

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