September 2009 (5 years ago)
New album releases: "Backspacer" - Pearl Jam; "The Blueprint 3" - Jay-Z; "Black Gives Way to Blue" - Alice in Chains; "Anomaly" - Ace Frehley
On the 8th, the FX series Sons of Anarchy starts its second season with a special performance of "Slip Kid" by the heavy metal group Anvil.
On the 10th, Pete Townshend drops by the Theatre Royal in Plymouth to meet the cast of the musical Quadrophenia. "To hear my songs sung by new young people is a thrill. I enjoy working in music theatre and feel at ease. It is humbling and exciting at the same time."
On the 18th, Heinz Rudolf Kunze releases his live album Räuberzivil featuring a cover of "My Generation".
On the 28th, Pete is interviewed on the programme Night Waves on the U.K.'s classical music station BBC Radio 3. A major topic is the influence of auto-destructive artist Gustav Metger who currently has a retrospective of his six-decade artistic career in London.
September 2004 (10 years ago)
New album releases: "American Idiot" - Green Day; "Smile" - Brian Wilson; "Funeral" - Arcade Fire; "Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus" - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
On the 1st, CBS-TV premieres their third CSI series, CSI: New York, this time using "Baba O'Riley" as the theme song.
On the 6th, in an interview at the website Jewsweek.com, actor Jeremy Piven, also a drummer, expresses interest in portraying Keith Moon in a biopic.
On the 14th, The Who: Live in Boston DVD is released in the U.S. on DVD by Rhino.
On the 19th, Roger reviews Brian Wilson's finally completed album Smile for the Observer on Sunday. He says it gives him "musical courage."
On the 29th, Christie's auctions five pieces of one of Keith Moon's silver Premiere kits to an American collector for £120,000. Meanwhile a 1963 white Gibson SG Special played by Pete during the U.K. 1973 tour is won with a bid of £85,000.
September 1999 (15 years ago)
New album releases: "Brand New Day"- Sting; "Come on Now Social" - The Indigo Girls; "Nigga Please" - Ol' Dirty Bastard; "One From the Modern" - Ocean Colour Scene
On the 4th, Roger appears on his second episode of Showtime's Rude Awakening, "Bosses, Burglars, & Back Street Babes" playing addiction-challenged rock star Nobby Clegg.
On the 14th, the Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline releases their CD Underdog featuring a cover of "Let My Love Open The Door."
Put-Downs and Send-Ups, a CD containing two 1967 Who interviews, is released.
On the 18th, Roger attends the a PETA event honoring the Animal Rights Movement at Paramount Studios, Los Angeles.
On the 20th, Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy is available as a free download in Windows Media format at Musicmaker.com. The next day, the two-CD set, featuring duets with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, is released by Platinum Records in the U.S. Billboard calls it "an unassuming crowd-pleaser that does its job with style." It does not reach the U.S. Billboard charts.
On the 29th, all the 90's reissue Who CD's, except the boxset but including the as yet un-reissued The Kids Are Alright soundtrack, are released in Japan as CD-sized duplicates of the original albums.
On the 30th, actor Peter Gallagher appears on NBC-TV's Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Gallagher says he has recently been working with Pete in New York on Saturdays. The two have been workshopping a stage version of Psychoderelict.
September 1994 (20 years ago)
New album releases: "Monster" - R.E.M.; "Ready to Die" - The Notorious B.I.G.; "From the Cradle" - Eric Clapton; "Pulp Fiction" - Original Soundtrack
Roger and John continue with the orchestral Daltrey Sings Townshend tour performing in Cleveland at the Richfield Stadium on the 1st, the Grandstand State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota on the 3rd, Liberty Memorial in Kansas City on the 4th, Wolf Trap Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia on the 10th and the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia on the 11th.
On the 12th, Roger is staying at the Mark Hotel in New York City when he is awakened by the sound of his next-door neighbor Johnny Depp trashing his hotel room during a fight with his girlfriend Kate Moss. Depp is arrested after smashing two 17th Century paintings, a glass tabletop and a few shelves. Roger is unimpressed telling a reporter The Who could have managed that much damage in a few seconds.
Also on the 12th, Paul Weller releases the video Live Wood in the U.K. featuring a cover of "Magic Bus".
Roger and John were to have appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman on the 13th but it is cancelled after Roger has respiratory tests that morning at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He is complaining of having trouble breathing.
Roger and John pick up the tour again on the 15th performing at the Polaris Amphitheater in Pittsburgh followed by Chastain Park in Atlanta on the 17th (where it pours rain throughout the Quadrophenia medley).
The rest of Roger's tour, with the next date in South Florida, is cancelled due to Roger's health problems.
Late in the month Pete is interviewed in his Richmond home by Cass Browne of The Senseless Things for Mojo Magazine. Also during this month, Pete and Karen's 25-year marriage comes to a de facto conclusion as the two decide to separate but there is no public announcement for five years.
From a "Who Day" on MTV (imagine!) around this time.
On the 27th, Disney releases the home video The Who's Tommy: The Amazing Journey.
On the 29th, Pete calls in to WBCN-FM in Boston for their "Totally Townshend" morning show. He says he met with Roger the day before. Roger was there seeking Pete's approval for a Keith Moon biopic. On the same day, Pete is interviewed by the BPI Entertainment Wire: "'I feel pretty good at the moment about the Who. I've gone through a confusing period, made some mistakes. It's hard to live with the deaths of Keith, Kit Lambert and the kids in Cincinnati. But I've forgiven everybody, including myself. I'm just very, very grateful to have survived, to survive the chaos of that time."
September 1989 (25 years ago)
New album releases: "Rhythm Nation 1814" - Janet Jackson; "Stone Cold Rhymin'" - Young M.C.; "Def, Dumb & Blonde" - Deborah Harry; "Season's End" - Marillion
The North American 25th Anniversary Who tour wraps up with a Texas swing as The Who and friends play the Houston Astrodome on the 2nd and finish up at the Dallas Cotton Bowl on the 3rd. This final show is later bootlegged under the titles Magic Bus and Where Are The Kids. Supporting The Who at both shows are Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Part one of a two-part Pete interview is the cover story on this month's Guitar Player. A lot of the first part concerns how Pete has adapted his guitar playing to accommodate his tinnitus problem.
Drums and Drumming magazine remembers the missing member. This month's cover story is "The Keith Moon Legend".
On the 19th, Timothy White's Rock Stars radio program is broadcast featuring an interview with Pete. He airs a new demo called "Penny Drop". The interview, in print form the next year, will be the basis for the "Pete Is Gay" rumor.
On the 30th, the day she and Pete were to adopt a baby boy, Karen discovers she is pregnant.
September 1984 (30 years ago)
New album releases: "Powerslave" - Iron Maiden; "Spring Hill Fair" - The Go-Betweens; "All the Rage" - General Public; "Bewitched"- Andy Summers & Robert Fripp
Pete writes the screenplay for the White City mini-movie by videotaping himself devising the story live on camera.
On the 12th, Roger attends the U.S. premiere of the play Amadeus starring Tom Hulce as Mozart at Lowe's Tower East Theatre in New York.
On the 13th, Roger is interviewed on NBC-TV's Late Night With David Letterman.
Pete and his wife Karen become co-chairpersons of Chiswick Family Rescue, a battered women's refuge. Making friends with some of the women, Pete will be horrified by stories of childhood sexual abuse that led them to lifelong trauma and psychological disturbance.
September 1979 (35 years ago)
New album releases: "The Long Run" - The Eagles; "Dream Police" - Cheap Trick; "The Pleasure Principle" - Gary Numan; "Entertainment!" - Gang of Four
On the 1st, The Who take a day trip to Germany to play a festival at the Olympic Stadium in Nuremburg. Other acts performing that day are Cheap Trick, Zanki & Band, Steve Gibbons Band, The Scorpions, Miram Makeba and AC/DC.
On the 10th, the new Who with Kenney Jones on drums and John "Rabbit" Bundrick on keyboards and a horn section, makes its U.S. debut at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey. This show features the live premiere of John's "Trick of the Light". Another show follows there the next night.
Having prepped the show for Manhattan, The Who move to Madison Square Garden for a five night stand on the 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th. On the first night Pete premieres a new song called "Cats in the Cupboard" that will eventually appear on his solo album Empty Glass. The next night The Who are awarded the Gold Ticket for selling over 100,000 tickets at Madison Square Garden.
The 16th sees the premiere of another Pete song destined for a solo release, "Dance It Away". This show is later bootlegged as The Keith Moon Memorial Concert and The Who (with the Time Magazine cover).
On the 17th, Pete cuts his hand on his guitar and leaves the stage. Roger straps a guitar on and begins a jam until Pete can get bandaged up and return. On the final night a fight breaks out in the audience and Roger leaps in to sort it out. Pete, meanwhile, debuts another solo song, "I Am an Animal", singing a few verses. At the end a table of pies is wheeled out on stage and the show ends with a pie fight.
On the 24th, in The Village Voice, Frank Rose says he's not impressed with The Who's added horn section, but believes The Who have enough energy to impress young fans. Article name: "Pete Townshend gets old before he dies".
A single from the soon-to-be-released Quadrophenia soundtrack comes out internationally. A new John Entwistle remix of "5:15" does not reach the charts in the U.K. but in the U.S. it reaches #45 in Billboard, #53 in Cash Box. The flip side is a remixed "I'm One".
September 1974 (40 years ago)
New album releases: "Eldorado" - Electric Light Orchestra; "Late for the Sky" - Jackson Browne; "Good Old Boys" - Randy Newman; "Nightbirds" - Labelle
On the 4th, Keith Moon videotapes two television commercials promoting the forthcoming Odds & Sods LP and his solo single "Don't Worry Baby". MCA executives find them in bad taste and do not use them.
On the 6th, John appears on BBC Radio 1's Roundtable.
Starting on the 13th and until October 7th, John and John Alcock co-produce The Sharks' third album Musical Breakout. The group's label, Island Records, does not like what they hear and pull funding causing the band to fold. The album is never released.
On the 21st, Pete writes a track-by-track review of Odds & Sods for New Musical Express. A truncated version of these notes is included with the album.
Pete discusses the songs selected for Odds & Sods with Nicky Horne on Capitol Radio's Your Mother Wouldn't Like It. During the call-in section, John phones to ask Pete what time he's going to arrive at Roger's that Sunday.
On the 26th, Pete is interviewed for the first part of a four-part interview program with The Who for BBC Radio 1.
On the 28th, Keith's "Don't Worry Baby" backed with "Teenage Idol" is released in the U.S. It gets critically drubbed and hardly sells at all. Keith fires producer Mal Evans as if it were his fault.
On the same day Chris Welch previews Odds & Sods for Melody Maker. "...here, for once, the artists are themselves laying bare the torturous process of their evolution...If you have an archive, then this is an essential item for any Who fan".
September 1969 (45 years ago)
New album releases: "Abbey Road" - The Beatles; "The Band" - The Band; "Hot Buttered Soul" - Isaac Hayes; "Five Leaves Left" - Nick Drake
On the 5th, Keith and John attend a screening of Richard Stanley's Lone Ranger at the International Film Festival in Edinburgh. Pete appears in the film and provides music for the soundtrack.
On the 6th, The Who head up north to play the Kinema Ballroom in Dunfermline, Scotland. Alan Jordan and the Shadettes provide support. The next night (7th) finds them at The Cosmopolitan Club in Carlisle.
On the 13th, they appear at The Belfry in Sutton, Coldfield with The Herd opening then on the 21st, Fairfield Hall in Croydon. There is no support on this last gig so The Who provide an extended set. The hall provides excellent acoustics and Pete later calls this The Who's best live performance of Tommy. Alan Lewis, attending this show for Melody Maker, agrees saying The Who are the band to which all others must now be compared. Elton John is in the audience.
David Walley in Jazz & Pop calls Tommy "a superlative achievement." However, he says it is a cantata, not an opera.
Rolling Stone gives a favorable review of Direct Hits now available in the U.S. as an import.
On the 29th is the first of Who manager Kit Lambert's attempts to ram Tommy down the throats of the highbrows by having The Who perform it at famous opera houses and concert halls. The Who's show at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is partly filmed and broadcast on the show Journaal for Dutch television while the entire concert is simulcast on AVRO radio. Bootlegs of this simulcast are released under a wide variety of titles.
September 1964 (50 years ago)
New single releases: "I'm Crying" - The Animals; "Baby, I Need Your Loving" - The Four Tops; "Baby Don't You Do It" - Marvin Gaye; "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" - The Beach Boys
On the 2nd The High Numbers play a double, appearing at The Mine at Carpenders Park Station followed by a later show at The Scene Club in Soho.
Two days later (4th) they go up north for the band's first appearance in Scotland at Kelvin Hall arena in Glasgow for "Fab '64 - The Big Beat Show" also starring Dave Berry & the Cruisers and Lulu & the Luvvers. Afterwards everyone goes to a party at Lulu's mother's house.
On the 6th, the High Numbers support The Swinging Blue Jeans and the Nashville Teens at Queens Theatre in Blackpool.
On Tuesday nights starting on the 8th, the Numbers are back at their home base, the Railway Hotel off the Harrow & Wealdstone train stop. Around this time a second attempt is made to film a Numbers' show.
On the 19th, the Numbers play the Trade Union Hall in Watford. On the same day Marvin Gaye's new single "Baby Don't You Do It" hits the U.S. charts. It will soon enter The Who's repertoire.
On the 23rd and 30th, the band travel to South East London to play the Town Hall in Greenwich where they are advertised as "The High Numbers - The Worst in Family Entertainment". Many older people show up expecting from the band name that bingo would be played!
September 1949 (65 years ago)
New recordings: "I Can Dream, Can't I?" - The Andrews Sisters; "Give Me Your Hand" - Perry Como; "Who Do You Know in Heaven (That Made You The Angel You Are)" - The Ink Spots; "That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)" - Sarah Vaughn
4-year old Pete attends Silverdale Nursery in Birch Grove, Acton.
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