October 27, 2020

Today in Whostory: 4/01/2019

1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1965 – The Who play the Harrow Technical College Student’s Rag Week Dance at Town Hall in Wembley. Also on the bill were Donovan, Rod Stewart, and the Soul Agents. The event raised £350 for local charities.

1966 – The Who play La Locomotive in Paris, France

1966 – The Who and The Yardbirds appear together in a live French edition of Ready, Steady GO! called, appropriately, Ready, Steady, Allez! According to producer Vicki Wickham, both groups run out of the studio and into the alley at the end of the show. The cameras chase them only to catch the bands urinating against a wall.

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

1967 – Billboard lists “Happy Jack” hitting its German chart peak at #3.

1969 – The Who continue rehearsing their new Tommy-centered act at the Community Centre, Westcott Crescent in Hanwell

1971 – John releases his and The Who’s first commercial solo record “I Believe In Everything” backed with “My Size.” To promote it he hires a stagecoach with livery to deliver the single to Harlequin Records in London. The stagecoach ends up getting a parking ticket. Record Mirror opines: “…maybe a trifle minor key at first, but it goes along well, with a distinctive sound and some compelling chugging from behind. It’s certainly commercial in a quiet, persuasive way.” Released only in Europe at this time, it fails to chart.

1972 – New Musical Express prints part one of a long interview with Pete conducted by Chris Van Ness in Denver the previous December. Parts two and three follow on the 8th and 15th.

1974 – Keith Moon and his chauffeur and minder Dougal Butler leave life in England behind and move to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. It is Keith’s intent to become a tax exile, as so many of the successful British rockers have done, but he never manages to stay out of England long enough to escape the long arm of Inland Revenue.

1976 – The Who return to Boston Garden to make up for the show of March 9th they didn’t finish because of Keith’s collapse. Keith runs around the stage to show he’s in fine shape and Roger adds “thanks for waiting for the encore!” John, however, has a rougher time. After numerous requests by Roger to “turn down,” John throws his bass onto the stage and tells Roger he can play it. This show is later bootlegged as Behind Blind Eyes. It ends the second leg of The Who’s 1975-76 North American tours

1979 – The advance single from The Kids Are Alright soundtrack, “Long Live Rock” backed with “I’m The Face” & “My Wife (live)” is released in Britain. The seven-year old A-side peaks at #48

1980 – The Who play the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany

1987 – John Entwistle is the musical director and plays bass for some of the acts as part of an all-star AIDS benefit concert at Wembley Stadium on World AIDS Day. It is subsequently released on video as Stand By Me: AIDS Day Benefit

1987 – Roger plays The Barrister in a live version of Mike Batt’s The Hunting Of The Snark that is taped for later broadcast. It is a Royal charity gala concert to aid the British Deaf Association and is attended by the Duchess Of York

1990 – Pete writes a letter to Who manager Bill Curbishley stating: “I want to take this opportunity to say that I will remember 1989 as one of the happiest of my life and career. There are lots of factors, but the most important element was the friendship I felt enhanced every aspect of the tour: front of the stage, in the band, in the management team, in the crew, and in the audiences…Good luck in 1990.”

1999 – www.thewhothismonth.com is launched.

2002 – The website The Smoking Gun posts the backstage requirements for The Who during their 1996 North American tour

2006 – A Who Convention is held at Bush Hall in London. Roger shows up to join Simon Townshend for versions of “Substitute” and “Behind Blue Eyes.”

2008 – The Amazing Journey CD and LP soundtrack is released exclusively through the U.S. chain Best Buy

2011 – Pete Townshend appears with many other celebrities in a video appealing for aid for victims of the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand

2017 – The Who play the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gore, London

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