November 2009 (5 years ago)
New album releases: The Fame Monster - Lady Gaga; The Live Anthology - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; Addicted - The Devin Townsend Project; Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
On the 2nd, Roger Daltrey continues his solo tour at the House of Blues in Chicago. The other shows this month are the House of Blues, Cleveland (3rd), the Casino Rama Entertainment Centre in Orilla, Ontario (5th), the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut (7th), the House of Blues, Boston (8th), the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey (11th), the Music Box in the Borgata, Atlantic City (13th & 14th), the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey (17th), the Chrysler Hall Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia (18th), the Nokia Theatre in Times Square (20th), the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Caroilina (24th), the House of Blues in Buena Vista, Florida (25th), the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers, Florida (27th), the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida (29t) and ending the tour at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida (30th).
A problem appears for Roger during this extensive tour. He loses his voice in the middle of the Cleveland show and cancels a gig in Baltimore due to "a sore throat". It is much more than that. Roger is suffering from pre-cancerous nodes on his vocal chords and he is on the tour as possibly his last if a planned operation in December fails to recover his voice.
On the 2nd, Pete Townshend gives Ronnie Wood an Outstanding Contribution honour at the Classic Rock Awards at the Park Lane Hotel in London.
On the 5th, Roger tells the press he did not okay the script for the Keith Moon biopic prepared by Mike Myers and the Mike Myers as Keith Moon movie is cancelled.
On the 12th, NFL officials announce that The Who will be the half-time show at Super Bowl XLIV.
On the 22nd, Roger takes part in Michael J. Fox's charity concert A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To Cure Parkinson's at New York's Waldorf-Astoria. Also performing are Steven Tyler, Gregg Allman, Elvis Costello and comedian Denis Leary.
On the 2nd, James Whild Lea releases a cover of "Substitute" on his album Therapy and on the 13th, the Japanese band The Gathers release a CD single with a cover of "I'm a Boy".
November 2004 (10 years ago)
New album releases: Live Licks - The Rolling Stones; Peachtree Road - Elton John; Encore - Eminem; How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - U2
On the 6th, Pete Townshend, having recently watched Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ, writes the short poems "Are You God?" and "Two Thousand Years". The latter ultimately turns into a song for The Who album Endless Wire.
On the 9th, the 1985 event Live Aid is released as a 4-DVD box set.
Also on the 9th, U2 promotes their new album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb with a free performance under the Brooklyn Bridge. Bono introduces a song from the album, "All Because Of You" as "a love song to The Who".
On the 10th, Pete announces that the forthcoming Who album "will not be a concept album" and his working title, "Who2," "is only partially tongue-in-cheek." He also announces that he will not add to what he has already published of his planned book on how the Internet has fostered child abuse, A Different Bomb. "I can't venture publicly into this area again."
The independent label Almost There puts out a Who covers CD called Who And Who.
On the 17th, Rolling Stone issues a list of the Top 500 rock songs of all time as chosen by 172 rock artists. "My Generation" posts at #11.
On the 22nd, Pete finishes the poem/song "More Misery." The following day he revises the song "I Lose The Thread." Neither have been released to date.
On the 30th, the A&E cable channel premieres its Biography of Pete Townshend. His mother Betty Townshend, Roger, Richard Barnes, Tom Wright, Billy Nicholls, Des McNuff and Bobby Pridden are interviewed.
November 1999 (15 years ago)
New album releases: There Is Nothing Left To Lose - The Foo Fighters; Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic - Prince; When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King... - Fiona Apple; 2001 - Dr. Dre
On the 1st, John Entwistle has a sale of his drawings at the San Francisco Art Exchange.
On the 7th, NBC-TV premiers the mini-series The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns starring Roger Daltrey as Boric, King of the Fairies. Pete's daughter Emma Townshend sings the love theme "We Can Fly Away".
On 9th, Goldfinger releases the EP Darrin's Coconut Ass with a cover of "The Kids Are Alright."
During rehearsals for their upcoming Chicago shows, Roger and Pete get into a heated argument and Roger walks out of the reunion. Pete gets him to return by writing Roger a letter telling him their friendship is the most important thing they share.
On the 12th, The Who perform for the first of two nights at the House Of Blues in Chicago. Tickets for the event, held to raise money for the Maryville Academy, are $300. The opening band is Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and his other band C Average. Pete suffers with painful tinnitus due to the proximity of Zak Starkey's drums. Also, for the first time after Pete Townshend had written the song for The Who to perform at Live Aid in 1985, The Who finally get around to playing "After The Fire.". It is later released on the CD From The Blues To The Bush.
The next day Pete is interviewed live on WXRT-FM Chicago. He claims that his touring days with The Who are over. Both that night's show and the first night are professionally videotaped and recorded.
Pete answers questions posed by fans in Q magazine. He takes exception to someone calling Roger Daltrey "a wanker" saying, "He made me who I am. I owe him a lot and I love him".
Nissan Motors begins using "Won't Get Fooled Again" in their commercials for the Nissan Maxima.
On the 29th, Pete appears on The Jan Payne Show on BBC Radio 5 for a live interview promoting his upcoming radio play version of Lifehouse. On the same day, The Radio Times prints an interview with Pete in which he says he's not gay, he has a girlfriend, and he and his wife Karen are currently separated.
On the 30th, Pete is interviewed on Front Row (BBC Radio 4) and Nightwaves (BBC Radio 3).
November 1994 (20 years ago)
New album releases: Live At The BBC - The Beatles; MTV Unplugged in New York - Nirvana; CrazySexyCool - TLC; Hell Freezes Over - The Eagles
On the 10th, Pete attends the 7th Annual Silver Clef Awards Dinner at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records is the award recipient.
The Troggs issue a new version of "Wild Thing" as a single in the U.K. with vocals by Oliver Reed. The single is dedicated to Keith Moon.
Starting this month, bootleg copies of Pete's Quadrophenia demos first appear in the back of Goldmine magazine under the title It's A Quad.
On the 28th, just in time for Christmas, the video The Rockers Are Alright is released in Europe. It is a poorly edited collection of interviews about The Who interspersed with clips fromThe Kids Are Alright.
November 1989 (25 years ago)
New album releases: Journeyman - Eric Clapton; But Seriously... - Phil Collins; All Hail The Queen - Queen Latifah; Pump Up The Jam - Technotronic
On the 2nd, The Who wrap-up their 25th Anniversary tour with a final night at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It is The Who's last performance before a paying audience for over six years.
On the 15, Roger and John attend the 2nd Annual Silver Clef Awards at the Puck Building in New York.
The Christian rock band Rez release their album Innocent Blood featuring a cover of "Bargain.".
On the 21st, after two daughters, The Townshends finally have a son, Joseph.
November 1984 (30 years ago)
New album releases: Like A Virgin - Madonna; Word of Mouth - The Kinks; Building the Perfect Beast - Don Henley; Francesco Zappa - Frank Zappa
On the 10, the live double-album Who's Last is released. John's original version, beginning with a late Keith Moon-era Who performance and continuing up to the 1982 tour, is rejected by MCA because it does not concentrate on The Who's well-known hits. John abandons the project and the album is hastily cobbled together by Dave Langston, mostly from The Who's December 14th and 15th, 1982 concerts at Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio. There is a simultaneous release of a single "Twist and Shout" backed with "I Can't Explain." The album receives the worst reviews of The Who's entire career. Wayne King in Record dubs it "a stinking piece of product," while Kurt Loder in Rolling Stone says no major band has ended their career "on so sour and sickening a note." The album peaks at #48 in the U.K. and #81 in the U.S. The single does not chart.
Also hitting the charts that day is Meat Loaf's LP Bad Attitude. The title track is a duet with Meat Loaf and Roger.
Pete begins recording the music for the White City film project. He also hosts a three-hour retrospective on Elvis Presley that plays on syndicated U.S. radio.
On the 17th, the best-of collection The Who: The Singles is released in Europe, Australia and Japan. It contains the first appearance of an alternate take of "Happy Jack" and the BBC mix of "I Can See For Miles".
November 1979 (35 years ago)
New album releases: The Wall - Pink Floyd; Setting Sons - The Jam; Metal Box - PiL; No Nukes: The Muse Concerts for a Non-Nuclear Future
On the 10th and 11th, The Who kick off their tour promoting the Quadrophenia movie by playing the Conference Centre in Brighton. Chris Bohn of Melody Maker later says these concerts were spoiled by long jam sessions and a lack of spontaneity (!?!).
On the 13th, Roger and John discuss current and upcoming Who film projects in The New York Times. John and Roger both say they were dissatisfied with Jeff Stein's work on The Kids Are Alright.
The tour continues on the 16th and 17th with shows in Stafford at New Bingley Hall.
On the 19th, Pete performs with Raphael Rudd at the Meher Baba Oceanic Centre. The concert is recorded and released in 2001 as Pete Townshend and Raphael Rudd - The Oceanic Concerts.
Also on the 19th, Pete begins recording the first solo album for his new contract with Atlantic Records with producer Chris Thomas.
On the 21st, Pete and John "Rabbit" Bundrick attend a party at the home of Mike and Sue Vickers. Pete invites Sue and her daughter Jackie to accompany The Who on the upcoming U.S. tour. They agree. Sue will ultimately leave her husband to marry Rabbit, a marriage that will last until her death in 2007. Pete, keeping it all in the family, begins an affair with the daughter that runs through the next year and inspires the song "You Better You Bet".
On the 30th, The Who return for a concert tour of the U.S. at the Masonic Temple Auditorium in Detroit. "I Can See for Miles" is reintroduced to the live set for the first time since early 1968. The encore begins with a "Dancing In The Streets"/"Dance It Away" medley.
Also on the 30th, Lesley Duncan releases a single in the U.K. for UNICEF entitled "Sing Children Sing". Pete is on the single along with Kate Bush and Phil Lynott.
November 1974 (40 years ago)
New album releases: Sheer Heart Attack - Queen; Autobahn - Kraftwerk; The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway - Genesis; Desolation Boulevard - Sweet
On the 1st, Odds and Sods attains Silver status from the British Phonographic Industry.
On the 2nd, Sunn Amps debuts a new ad featuring a John Entwistle testimonial.
In Rolling Stone, John describes the compiling of Odds & Sods and how he came up with the name Led Zeppelin.
On the 8th, Keith hosts In Concert (ABC-TV U.S.) from Los Angeles and performs a drum solo on a Perspex drum kit containing live goldfish.
On the 11th, Roger begins recording his second solo album, Ride A Rock Horse, at Ramport Studios.
On the 14th, Roy Harper's LP Flashes From The Archives Of Oblivion is released. Side four features the track "Home," a live recording from the Feb. 14, 1974 concert with Keith on drums.
Sweet release their album Desolation Boulevard that, in its U.K. edition, includes a cover of "My Generation".
Penthouse magazine prints an interview with Pete conducted by Cameron Crowe. It is mostly about Pete's spiritual beliefs. The 17-year old Crowe is too young to buy the magazine containing the interview.
In New Musical Express, John talks about his band The Ox, his production of an album by The Sharks, and his playing on the Flash Fearless album.
Love releases their album Reel To Real in the U.K. Keith is thanked for his help in the liner notes.
On the 23rd, a single from Odds and Sods, "Postcard" backed with "Put The Money Down," hits the U.S. charts, ultimately peaking at #64 in Cash Box. It is the first Who single in the U.S. with an Entwistle A-side. France also releases "Postcard" with "I'm The Face" on the B. John does not get the A-side in Japan, however, where "Long Live Rock" replaces "Postcard".
Record World assembles a special "Salute To The Who" issue edited by John Swenson collecting nearly a decade of magazine articles.
On the 25th, Keith flies back to London for emergency overdubs for the Tommy soundtrack at EMI Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.
On the 30th, MCA releases Magic Bus/My Generation and A Quick One (Happy Jack)/The Who Sell Out as double LP's in the U.S. A Quick One/Sell Out marks the first appearance of "Heatwave" (with terrible sound) in the U.S. and the repackaging reaches #185 on the Billboard charts.
John Leverence writes an article for The Journal Of Popular Culture about how Tommy: The Movie is being sold to different markets by including performers from different areas of the entertainment industry.
November 1969 (45 years ago)
New album releases: Willy and The Poor Boys - Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Allman Brothers Band - The Allman Brothers Band; David Bowie (Space Oddity) - David Bowie; Live/Dead - The Grateful Dead
In Rolling Stone of all places, a reviewer of The Who's performance the previous month at the Fillmore East says they were too loud for all but the most fanatical Who fans.
Put in your earplugs as The Who's 2nd North American Tommy tour continues with shows at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio (1st), McDouough Gymansium at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (2nd) a sell-out where over 800 crash the gate, Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York (3rd), Bushnell Auditorium in Hartford, Connecticut (4th) and the Livingston Gymnasium Indoor Track at Denison University in Granville, Ohio (6th).
Before the Ohio University show at the Raccoon Creek Rock Festival in Athens, Ohio on the 7th, The Who are refused admittance to their hotel because they are "long-haired hippie entertainers who smoke marijuana and cause trouble." The student committee find the Who lodging in nearby Lancaster, Ohio. That night police confiscate three bottles of whiskey "which The Who had taken on stage to help them sing." The chairman of the Campus Entertainment Committee is sent out by The Who's manager for another bottle and, after making his delivery, is arrested.
The drunken louts continue on to the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri on the 8th. A planned show at Chicago's Kinetic Playground on the 9th is cancelled after the venue burns down.
On the 8th, Melody Maker announces that The Who will be performing their rock opera at London's Coliseum. Pete later reports that The Who tried to get Covent Garden but were refused. The refusal is particularly galling for Who manager Kit Lambert who had planned on The Who performing their rock opera Tommy there as an act of revenge for his father, composer-conductor Constant Lambert, who was blackballed by the famed opera house.
Buildings that don't mind The Who playing in them are the Palace Theater in Albany New York (10th) with The Flock supporting, The Tea Party in Boston (11th, 12th) with Tony William's Lifetime supporting, New York State University Gymnasium in New Paltz, New York (13th) with The Flock supporting, the Public Music Hall in Cleveland, Ohio (14th), Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York (15th), and the War Memorial Auditorium in Syracuse, New York (16th).
On the 15th, New Yorker magazine contains an article on The Who on the occasion of their receiving gold records for Tommy.
"I'm Free" backed with "Tommy Can You Hear Me?" is released as a single in Sweden.
On the 18th, The Who fly back to England.
On the 19th, Cleveland After Dark prints an interview with Pete where he raves about a local band he met, The James Gang, and especially their lead guitarist, Joe Walsh.
November 1964 (50 years ago)
New singles: "I Feel Fine"/"She's A Woman" - The Beatles; "Gloria" - Them; "Boom Boom" - The Animals; "Little Red Rooster" - The Rolling Stones
Out with "The High Numbers", in with "The Who" as the band returns once and for all to that name with their show at the Railway Hotel on the 4th, they play The Mine at Carpenders Park Station, on the 7th, the Trade Union Hall in Watford and on the 9th, the Corn Exchange in Rochester.
On the 7th, Who managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp place an ad for The Who in Melody Maker. It features the first known use of Richard Barnes' lettering of "The Who" and the slogan "Maximum R&B." Also in that issue is an address for The Who Fan Club. The Fan Club secretary is Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall who is also the Who's publicist.
Having failed to sell The Who to a record label, Kit and Chris turn to The Kinks' producer Shel Talmy, having Pete write a song in the Kinks' style to present as a demo. This song, "I Can't Explain," is chosen by Talmy over Pete's other demo submission, "Call Me Lightning," for The Who's first single which Talmy records as an independent producer, then sells to Decca Records in the U.S. Around the second week of November, The Who go into the studio (The Who remember IBC Studios, Talmy clearly remembers Pye) and record "I Can't Explain". For the flip side, Talmy has the band record the African-American chain gang classic "Bald-Headed Woman" that Talmy is claiming as "author" due to the use of his arrangement (The Kinks had also been forced to record the song on their first album). Session guitarist Jimmy Page is present but does not play on the A-side, only the B because, according to John, Jimmy would not let Pete borrow his pedal to play some needed fuzz guitar. Another group, The Ivy League, are brought in to add backup vocals.
On the 14th, The Who play the Olympia Ballroom in Reading followed by Wolsey Hall in Cheshunt on the 19th. An ad for this date says "now recording as The Who".
Before "I Can't Explain" can be released, Pete Townshend gets his first published song credit on the 20th on the flip side of an obscure single. The Naturals' release on Parlophone, "Look at Me Now" has Pete's song "It Was You" on the B-side. Credit is shared with Eula Parker and Barry Gray as part of the publishing deal with Dick James the previous month. The single fails to chart.
On the 21st, The Who play the Ealing Club on Ealing Broadway in London. A scheduled show at the Goldhawk Social Club on the 22nd is canceled.
On the 24th, The Who get their first major London booking, a sixteen-week residency on Tuesday nights (the lowest-attendance night) at The Marquee Club. To advertise the show, Kit and Chris plaster the West End of London with black posters designed by Pete's friend Brian Pike featuring a windmilling Townshend, a large "The Who" logo, and the legend "Maximum R&B." Copies of this poster are later included in the Live At Leeds album and the design becomes The Who's first iconic image. Fewer than thirty people attend despite free tickets given to Who fans at the Railway Hotel and free whisky bought for the audience by Kit and Chris. The Sneekers open for The Who.
The next night, The Who hit the seaside, playing the Florida Room in Brighton followed by the Corn Exchange in Chelmsford, Essex (28th) and the Trade Union Hall in Watford (29th).
November 1919 (95 years ago)
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On the 30th. Keith Moon's father Alfred is born.
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