October 27, 2021

Today in Whostory: 8/09/2019

1962 – Pete’s mom Betty reads an article in the Ealing and Acton Gazette about Bob Druce’s successful dances at Acton’s White Hart Hotel. She pressures Druce for an audition for her son’s group. Druce agrees and The Detours audition for him at the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford. They pass the audition and are signed to the Druce agency

1964 – The High Numbers play two shows at the Hippodrome Theater in Brighton opening for Gerry & The Pacemakers

1967 – The Who play Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1968 – The Who play the Illinois State Fair at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois

1969 – The Who play the 9th National Jazz and Blues Festival at the Plumpton Racecourse in Lewes, Sussex. Yes, King Crimson and Roy Harper are among the opening acts. Keith sits in with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band playing drums as “The Lone Arranger.” Melody Maker in their review of the festival calls The Who “the most exciting rock band in the world.”

1971 – The Who play the Rochester Community War Memorial in Rochester, New York

1972 – Variety carries an article entitled “Unlicensed doubleheader of Tommy and Superstar blocked in fed court.” Track Music had taken legal action to prevent a group of Catholic priests from organizing a live performance of Tommy.

1975 – New Musical Express prints Roger’s rebuttal to Pete’s remarks in his interview of 31 May. Roger doesn’t hold back: “I never read such a load of bullshit in all my life.” He also adds that Pete “talked himself up his own ass.” To Pete’s charge that Roger thought rock ‘n roll was just “making records, pulling birds, getting pissed and having a good time,” Roger counters that the last few bad gigs The Who had done was because Pete, John and Keith had been “…out boozing and balling all night and by the time it got to the show at night they were physically incapable of doing a good show.” The interview later appears in Creem magazine in the U.S.

1975 – Keith and Roger are both presenters at the First Annual Rock Music Awards at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Tommy: The Movie receives “Best Rock Movie or Theatrical Production.” Keith receives an award on behalf of The Beatles.

1976 – The Who play the Miami Stadium in Miami, Florida

1976 – Who fan Ed Hanel puts out the first issue of his Who fanzine Who’s News.

1977 – Filming of The Kids Are Aright continues with more interviews with Keith

1985 – The U.K. press reports that Pete is working with Prince Charles editing a volume of his collected speeches to be published by the firm for which Pete works, Faber and Faber. To date, the book has not been published.

1989 – The Who play the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia

1994 – Roger’s “A Celebration of the Music of Pete Townshend” tour continues with a performance at the Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, New York

1994 – S.W.A.T. releases its CD Deep Inside A Cop’s Mind with a Who cover entitled “We Can See For Miles.”

1997 – The Who play in Virginia Beach at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater

2004 – The Who play the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California

2017 – The Who play The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada