October 26, 2020

Today in Whostory: 2/06/2020

1964 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1966 – The Who play the Empire Theatre in Liverpool

1968 – Paul Rodgers sends The Who off with boos in the New Zealand newspaper The Truth. He says he is “ashamed to have come from the same country as these unwashed, foul-mouthed, booze swilling no-hopers.”

1969 – Down Beat magazine prints the article “The Who: an appreciation,” in which Harvey Pekar declares The Who second only to The Beatles. This is the same Harvey Pekar who will later author the American Splendor comic.

1970 – Rolling Stone magazine carries an article entitled “‘Tommy at the Opera House” by Jan Hodenfield

1971 – Disc magazine carries a question about The Who in their “Pop the Question”

1979 – Tommy opens as a musical in London’s West End with Pete in attendance. The script is based on the screenplay to the film written by Pete and Ken Russell. Allan Love stars as the afflicted hero and Paul Tomlinson and John Hole direct. Chris Welch in Melody Maker gives it a positive review although he finds much of the story pretentious. Variety pans the production. It closes after 118 performances.

After the opening Pete and others attended an “After-show party” at London’s Sundown Club

1991 – Roger appears on Tonight With Jonathan Ross

2008 – Pete pens his own message for The Who.com about The Who’s future plans that may include a tour playing Quadrophenia and a new Who album to be produced by T-Bone Burnett.

2013 – The Who play the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona

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