October 22, 2020

Today in Whostory: 4/29/2020

1963 – The Detours play at the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1966 – The Who play the Tiles Club in Soho, London

1967 – Disc reports that The Who will play the Monterey International Pop Festival. This issue also features an article titled “Violent? Not me! says Who’s Keith” and a mention of Pete’s plan to attend the “14-Hour Technicolor Dream”

1967 – Pete is a special guest at the “14-Hour Technicolour Dream,” a benefit for the underground newspaper International Times, at the Ally Pally (Alexandra Palace) in London. Pete films and records this acid-drenched musical spectacular scouting for new acts for Track Records and discovers a wild new singer named Arthur Brown (Brown says this happened at the UFO Club). He signs up the singer, telling him his discovery makes up for losing the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band to Liberty Records. Pete also plans to have Arthur Brown play Rael in his new rock opera.

1967 – Billboard magazine carries a short review of The Who’s “Happy Jack” album

1967 – Melody Maker features an article titled “Pictures of the Who” by Nick Jones. “Pop Think in with Carl Wayne” also mentions The Who

1967 – Record Mirror features a photo of The Who on the cover. Strangely, the issue doesn’t appear to have an article on the band.

1968 – The Who play the Top Rank Suite in Watford, Hertfordshire

1974 – Three more days of filming begin on the “Cousin Kevin” sequence at Harefield Grove

1975 – Keith and his steady girlfriend Annette arrive in London from Los Angeles

1977 – Pete plays “Layla” and “Crossroads” with Eric Clapton at The Rainbow in Finsbury Park, London

1979 – Kenney is interviewed in Melody Maker. He says being picked to fill Keith’s chair has made him nervous

1980 – The Who play the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa

1981 – Kit Lambert is cremated and his ashes taken to Golders Green where Keith Moon’s ashes had been interred two and a half years before

1982 – The Who is honored for its Outstanding Contribution To British Music at the 27th annual Ivor Novello Awards held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel

1985 – The Mirror reports that The Who are considering reuniting for a one-off show for Ethiopian relief due to the urgings of Bob Geldof. Pete: “Yes, I have talked to the others about it…At the moment we are all vacillating wildly.”

1989 – Pete records a promotional interview at Atlantic Studios in New York City concerning his forthcoming album The Iron Man. The interview is later released as a promo LP called An Eye For An I.

1994 – Roger Daltrey and Pete’s brother Simon Townshend perform “Baba O’Riley” and “Summertime Blues” at a memorial concert for Mick Ronson and the Hammersmith Odeon in London

1996 – Pete performs two shows accompanied by pianist Jon Carin at The House Of Blues in Los Angeles

1997 – The Who play Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany

2001 – The “Off The Mark” cartoon by Mark Parisi includes a reference to Pete Townshend. You can see the comic here

2004 – The press reports that Roger recently told a Radio Academy audience that he listens primarily to BBC Radio 4, adding that Woman’s Hour was one of his favourite shows. “But they f***ed up. Radio 4 used to be great until they moved The Archers. Then they’ve got these dreadful quizzes that no one listens to. If I listen to anything now it’s Kiss FM.” The moderator is former The Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris

2004 – Kevin Russell comes out with the CD My Generation featuring a jazz instrumental cover of “My Generation”. You can listen to it on YouTube here

2007 – Pete writes a piece on photographer Colin Jones for The Times

2015 – The Who play the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas

2016 – The Who play the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri

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