October 17, 2021

Today in Whostory: 8/28/2019

1965 – The Who play the Matrix Club in Coventry, Warwiskshire

1965 – Melody Maker runs an article called “The Price Of Pop Art” detailing The Who’s insane level of expenditures. The article also claims Pete has amassed 9 guitars while living on the dole. The numbers in the article, later re-printed in the book Rock Dreams, are largely fabricated by The Who’s management.

1967 – The Who play the Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

1968 – The Who play the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California

1969 – Who manager Kit Lambert phones Ronald Foulk who is putting on the upcoming 2nd Isle of Wight Festival. Having heard that Bob Dylan is getting £35,000 to perform, Lambert ups The Who’s fee from £450 to £5000. A compromise is reached at £900 with £200 expenses.

1970 – Another single from the Pete-produced Thunderclap Newman is released. “The Reason,” with Pete on bass, is backed with a live recording “Stormy Petrol.” It fails to chart

1977 – John produces a session at Ramport Studios for the 74-member Newport Male Voice Choir including his father, Bert. They record “Yesterday,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Love Me Tender” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” John plays bass on three tracks accompanied by Rod Argent on piano and Moog

1982 – Billboard magazine carries an ad for Scripto’s “Star Lights – The New Rock and Roll Lighter”

1994 – Roger’s “A Celebration of the Music of Pete Townshend” tour continues with a performance at the Great Woods Amphitheater in Mansfield, Massachusetts

2002 – The Who play the Polaris Amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio

2010 – Roger writes an article for The Sun about the Help For Heroes concert. He discusses how opposition to a war should never divorce anyone from taking care of the nation’s troops after service

2011 – The Mirror and Daily Mail report that The Who will be closing the 2012 London Olympics. The Who quickly deny it although apparently, minds are later changed.

2012 – The Criterion Collection in the U.S. releases their DVD of Quadrophenia. It also includes the first official home video release of Seize millions de jeune, the 1965 French documentary that shows The Who performing at the Marquee Club early in that year.

2012 – Juliana Hatfield releases her self-titled album featuring a cover of “My Wife”