October 26, 2021

Today in Whostory: 8/11/2019

1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1964 – The High Numbers play the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone. Kit Lambert shoots forty minutes of 16mm film of the band performing before dancing Mods. Apparently there was trouble that evening down at Roger’s house. Right before the show, Roger’s father-in-law drags Roger outside and hits him. Roger dons sunglasses for the shoot to cover up the black eye. Footage from the shoot first appears edited into 1965’s “I Can’t Explain” video, the audio is released in the 1980’s on a bootleg called Dance to Keep From Crying and two songs, “I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying” and “Ooh Poo Pah Doo”, appear with sound and video in the 2007 movie Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who.

1965 – The Who play the Blue Moon Club in Cheltenham Gloucestershire

1967 – The Who play the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore

1972 – The Who and opening act Golden Earring travel to the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany to begin a European tour. It is The Who’s first concert in seven months, their longest time off the stage to that date. The as-yet unreleased songs “Long Live Rock” and “Relay” are premiered. Pete does his leap and slide across the stage, only to find he has forgotten to put on his protective kneepads.

1972 – Andy Newman’s solo LP Rainbow is released in the U.K. by Track Records. Pete is listed as “overseer” and executive producer.

1977 – Filming for The Kids Are Alright takes place at Keith’s pre-birthday celebration at Trancas Restaurant and Bar in Malibu. A stripper pops out of cake and somehow Keith ends up on his back, covered in cake, trying to get his trousers down

1980 – The Recording Industry Association of America certifies Pete’s solo album Empty Glass as Gold.

1984 – John joins Bruce Springsteen on stage at the end of Springsteen’s show at the Meadowlands in Rutherford, New Jersey to end the show with “Twist and Shout”.

1989 – The Who play the Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

1989 – William Ruhlmann blasts The Who in Goldmine Magazine calling them “Rock’s Recycling Kings”

1994 – Roger is on the Howard Stern radio show.

2005 – Pete and Rachel attend his brother Simon Townshend’s show at the 100 Club in London. Contact Music later reports that Rachel is showing off an engagement ring. Rachel later denies on her blog that the ring placement meant it was an engagement ring.

2009 – Pete Townshend writes a love letter to the people at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth in their quarterly journal, praising them for their work on the stage version of Quadrophenia. “All the time I have been working there I have had the pleasure of seeing young people rolling in and out on educational programmes, all of them glancing sideways at what is going on in TR2 where actors only a few years older than they are singing and dancing like young gods.”

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