1964 – The Who play the first of two nights at the Florida Rooms in Brighton
1964 – The Whitsun Bank Holiday riots between Mods and Rockers take place. Photos of Mods and Rockers smashing each other on the Brighton seaside inflame the British public.
The press also reports a sad incident connected with the Mod invasion. The body of a 17-year old Mod named Barry Prior is discovered in the surf below a cliff on which his empty sleeping bag is found. Pete will read the story and, nine years later, use it as a basis for his work Quadrophenia.
Watch a newsreel about it on YouTube here
1964 – Tommy Tucker’s “Long Tall Shorty” is released. It will become a live staple of the early Who. Listen to it on YouTube here
1965 – The Who play the Town Hall in Stratford, East London
1965 – Radio Luxembourg’s Ready, Steady Radio! broadcast the show recorded on May 11 at The Marquee Club
1966 – Dick Clark’s U.S. TV show “Where The Action Is” shows film from March of The Who performing “I Can’t Explain,” and “Substitute.” A kinescope of the latter broadcast later becomes a popular video bootleg item
1966 – Keith, along with Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Nicky Hopkins begin recording “Beck’s Bolero.” The other members of The Who know nothing about it at the time and it is Beck’s understanding that Keith will quit The Who and join his group. When Keith fails to do so, this early version of The Jeff Beck Group falls apart.
1969 – The Who return to the Fillmore East in Greenwich Village, New York City with opening acts Sweetwater and It’s A Beautiful Day. The last time they played there was under the threat of rioting after the Martin Luther King assassination. This time the building next door to the Fillmore catches on fire. Policeman Dan Mulhearn runs on stage to stop the show and warn the crowd. “I was working plainclothes assigned to trying to get ‘mugged’ on the Bowery and responded to the Fillmore as a fire was reported there. Officer Gehrig began to usher people out the fire doors and I approached the stage, in plainclothes but with badge in hand. I thought the band understood what was going on as I was handed the microphone by Roger Daltrey. Then I was kicked in the groin area by Pete Townshend and two large gentlemen grabbed me from behind and I was thrown out the fire door backstage… There was no real injury as Pete missed his mark by a couple of inches, thankfully.” The second show is cancelled and The Who spend the night at Bill Graham’s apartment while the police search for them at their hotel.
1970 – Live at Leeds is released in the U.S. It reaches #4 in the U.S. charts. The same day Billboard magazine carries a full page ad for the album and New Musical Express features a review titled “Brilliant Who”
1970 – The Who play Derwent College at the University of York in York, Yorkshire
1970 – New Musical Express prints Roger’s “Blind Date” reactions to newly released singles
1970 – Billboard magazine carries a full page ad for Live at Leeds
1970 – Record Mirror carries an article titled “Woodstock Film – Soundtrack Album” about the recent Soundtrack release and the edited film. The “Top 50” chart lists “The Seeker” at number 19
1970 – Record World magazine reports The Who will play the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on June 7
1974 – Two days of filming the “Sally Simpson” sequence begins at Wesley Central Hall in Portsmouth. Director Russell’s daughter plays Sally. You can watch the end results on YouTube here
1975 – Keith is interviewed on The Old Grey Whistle Test
1979 – The Who play the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France
1997 – The Who play the Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland
2007 – The Who play the Pavilhão Atlântico in Lisbon, Portugal
2009 – Music industry veteran Angie Jenkison gets a surprise at her wedding at a castle in Bristol when Roger turns wedding singer, serenading the bride with “Substitute”. Afterwards he wants to do more but the band hired for the event have only rehearsed the one song
2016 – The Polydor Singles Box 1975-2015 is released
2019 – The Who play the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee