October 22, 2020

Today in Whostory: 5/03/2020

1961 – John Entwistle performs at the Acton Schools Music Association Fourteenth Annual Music Festival. A newspaper report in the Hammersmith & Shepards Bush Gazette reports: “John Entwistle was the only soloist of the evening. He played the finale from the Horn Concerto No. 4, by Mozart. It’s a popular horn solo which calls for nimble fingering. John could have given it a little more volume without any injustice to Mozart.”

1965 – The Who play the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England

1966 – The Who were to have appeared  at the Winter Gardens in Malvern but the show is cancelled and the disappointed audience is told that The Who could not make it due to a van break down. Some of the audience members aren’t having it and go on a window-smashing rampage. They are correct to be disbelieving. The van breakdown is merely a cover story for the fact that Pete, John and Keith have collectively refused to share a stage with Roger. Again he is out of the band

1967 – The Who’s manager Kit Lambert sends a telegram to the Monterey Pop Festival organizers telling them The Who have agreed to perform there in exchange for six 1st-class plane tickets. The Who, along with Jimi Hendrix, had been recommended for the festival by Paul McCartney during a U.S. visit the month before.

1967 – The Who were in Sweden playing two shows at Circus Lorensbergparken in Gothenburg. First show at 7:00pm followed by a second at 9:15pm.

1968 – The Who play the West Refectory at Hull University in Hull with the Amboy Dukes and Circus

1969 – The Tommy album is premiered in its entirety on BBC Radio 1

1969 – “Pinball Wizard” enters the Tio i Topp Swedish charts where it will peak at #12.

1980 – The Who play the International Amphitheater in Chicago, Illinois

1984 – Pete reviews Philip Norman’s new book Symphony For The Devil: The Rolling Stones Story for Time Out, calling it “essentially accurate.”

1989 – The New York Times interview Pete as The Who prepare for the Celebrating 25 Years of The Who tour. The article is entitled “The pop life: Old Grandpa Who”. Pete says when it comes to touring he feels like “an 80-year-old grandfather”.

1996 – Pete appears on NBC-TV’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien performing “Barefootin'”

1996 – Pete plays the first of two nights at the Supper Club in New York City

2001 – The Hollywood Reporter says writing is complete on The Keith Moon Story. The writer is Sacha Gervasi, the planned director Brad Siberling. The movie does not make it to pre-production.

2006 – Pete announces that the Who mini-opera has changed its title from “The Glass Household” to “Wire & Glass”. On his girlfriend Rachel Fuller’s webcast In The Attic, Pete announces the upcoming release of an 11-minute version is the “short” version. The full-length “mini-opera” will be on the album. He also performs “Barefootin'” with guest Chris Difford of Squeeze.

2007 – Roger plays “Mick Keating” in the Season 4 opener, “Once Upon a Time on the Westway”, of ITV’s The Last Detective.

2009 – Pete Townshend makes The Sunday Times Rich List. He is considered the 1348th richest Briton valued at £40m. Roger Daltrey is listed at #1673 with £32m in wealth. The Who itself is considered to have earned “at least £100m”.

2012 – Roger Daltrey is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show. Roger admits The Who are “having a very long sabbatical” but at least gets to discuss the Teenage Cancer Trust and perform both “Young Man Blues” and “The Real Me”

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