October 26, 2020

Today in Whostory: 2/15/2019

1966 – The Who play the Esquire Club in Sheffield

1969 – The Who play Dreamland in Margate

1970 – The Who play the City Hall in Hull

1971 – The Who hold their first official session for the new film at The Young Vic Theatre in Waterloo, South London (they had a practice run on the 14th). The audience is made up of 200 teenagers invited from a local youth club and regular members of the Young Vic Theatre. The session is recorded although Andy Johns, the engineer doing the recording knows that as The Who were just beginning to work with the songs nothing will be releasable. He also remembers Who manager Kit Lambert being present and stamping about screaming “What in the hell are we doing here?” To make the session even more unpleasant, The Who were to have used Pink Floyd’s quadraphonic sound system at these shows. It is delivered but Who soundman Bobby Pridden can’t get it work. It also appears that despite Pete’s intentions to capture it all on film, no professional camera crew is present.

1974 – The Who play the Les Arènes at Parc des Expositions in Poitiers, France

1980 – e assembles his demo reel of songs for the new Who album at Warner Brothers Recording Studios – Studio C in North Hollywood. It is an all-night session with Pete recording the demo for “Theresa” (later released on Scoop 3) and guitar and vocal overdubs for the song “What Is Love” (no commercial release).

1981 – The Who play the Apollo Theater in Glasgow, Lanarkshire

1986 – Pete’s LP White City – A Novel reaches its U.S. chart peak at #26 in Billboard, repeating the position the next week

1991 – Roger guest stars in an episode of the NBC-TV (U.S.) series Midnight Caller entitled “Can’t Say N-N-N-No” playing a rocker with a drug problem

2000 – BBC Sessions, the collection of live and studio Who tracks recorded for the BBC from 1965 to 1970, is finally released in the U.S. and Europe. European purchasers get the extra tracks “Man With Money” and the complete “Shakin’ All Over/Spoonful” unavailable on the U.S. CD. However, U.S. purchasers have the option of getting a seven-track bonus disc unavailable in Europe if they buy BBC Sessions at Best Buy department stores. The CD peaks at #101 in the U.S., #24 in the U.K. and #50 in Japan.

2000 – The Mighty Echoes release the CD A Cappella Doo Wop with a short vocal-only cover of “My Generation.”

2004 – Roger appears on he Ben Jones-hosted Superstars show on Virgin Radio discussing the upcoming Teenage Cancer Trust shows.

2005 – Dreadnaught releases their double live CD Live At Mojo featuring a cover of John’s “I’ve Been Away.”

2011 – Roger presents the Mastercard British Album of the Year to Mumford and Sons

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