November 30, 2020

Today in Whostory: 3/29/2019

1963 – The Detours were advertised to play their weekly gig at the Grand Ballroom in Broadstairs, but instead they play two sets at the College of Distributive Trade in the Charing Cross Road. They were paid £25.

1964 – The Who play the Florida Rooms in Brighton with the Mark Leeman Five opening. This is the first show at “The Scene” – a regular residency at the aquarium, promoted by Bob Druce and later Bonni Manzi

1964 – The first pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, begins broadcasting from a ship off the British coast. This commercial radio station uses its location in international waters to circumvent the government-owned and commercial-free BBC radio, then a stodgy institution almost totally adverse to playing British and American rock ‘n’ roll. With Radio Caroline’s success, a literal fleet of pirate radio stations, playing all the latest rock ‘n’ roll, soon take to the air.

1966 – The Who travel to Paris to rehearse for an appearance on the French television show Music Hall de France.

1967 – The Who play the RKO Radio Theater in New York, New York

1968 – The Who play Baldwin Gymnasium at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey with Orpheus opening.

1969 – Keith is interviewed in Record Mirror. He talks about how The Who’s attention is increasingly drawn to America and the “Pinball Wizard” b-side that he still calls by its original title, “The Dark Side Of…”

1973 – Roger appears on Top Of The Pops on BBC-2 to promote his first solo single “Giving It All Away.”

1993 – Pete attends the first dress rehearsal for The Who’s Tommy. That evening he has his first alcoholic drink in eight years. Also around this time he begins an affair with the New York journalist Lisa Marsh.

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play Lupos Heartbreak in Providence, Rhode Island

2004 – The Who play the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gore, London

2006 – Pete premieres the song “Endless Wire” on In The Attic.

2009 – The Who play the Melbourne Grand Prix in Albert Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2012 – Roger attends the Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall and performs with Paul McCartney

2016 – The Who play the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado