June 2010 (5 years ago)
New album releases: To The Sea - Jack Johnson; Thank Me Later - Drake; Recovery - Eminem; Bionic - Christina Aguilera
On the 1st The Melvins release their album The Bride Screamed Murder with a cover of "My Generation" and JFA releases Speed of Sound with a cover of "My Wife".
On the 7th, Roger Daltrey spearheads a charter petitioning for better care for teenage cancer victims worldwide.
On the 10th, Roger attends the GBR: British Fashion Council NEWGEN Awards in London and on the 15th, he goes to the going-away party for Universal Music Group's CEO Lucien Grainge at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London's Knightsbridge.
On the 22nd, Roger and his solo band resume their tour at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre in Tucson, Arizona before playing a Hewlett-Packard event with the Goo Goo Dolls at HP Tech Forum 2010 in Las Vegas on the 23rd. Two more nights of headlining continue at the Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts in Salinas, Kansas (25th) and the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri (26th) before Roger becomes Eric Clapton's opening act beginning at the Markus Amphitheatre Summerfest in Milwaukee (28th) and the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati (30th). This latter date marked the first time any member of The Who performed in Cincinnati since the tragedy in 1979.
June 2005 (10 years ago)
New album releases: X&Y - Coldplay; Somewhere Down in Texas - George Strait; Don't Believe The Truth - Oasis; In Your Honor - The Foo Fighters
On the 4th, Pete Townshend announces that he and director Murray Lerner have settled their differences of the past month over the Who bio film and it will proceed with his blessing.
On the 13th, Pete, Roger and keyboardist Jon Carin perform a one-off charity gig at Gotham Hall in New York to benefit Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope, an umbrella charity that donates money to children's organizations. Pete later praises Roger's performance of "Real Good Looking Boy" at this show saying he was moved watching Roger make the song his own.
On the 14th, Petra Haden and a women's choir premiere a live a cappella version of The Who Sell Out at the L.A. Weekly Music Awards show at the Henry Fonda Theater.
On the 17th, Roger accepts the Robertson Taylor 30th Anniversary Award on behalf of The Who at the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Awards at the Hotel InterContinental in London, England. The 30th anniversary of the annual awards honours songwriting and performance, presented by the music therapy charity Nordoff-Robbins.
On the 22nd, Pete is interviewed by the Daily Times Leader of West Point, Mississippi on Howlin' Wolf. There is also an article saying Pete is donating a signed guitar to the museum.
In addition, Pete pens a new diary entry, where he admits his reservations about the efficacy of the next month's Live 8 benefit and says he and Roger only signed up to perform in order to meet The Spice Girls.
On the 25th, Pete revises his poem Homage To Picasso.
June 2000 (15 years ago)
New album releases: Country Grammar - Nelly; Alone with Everybody - Richard Ashcroft; 7 - S Club 7; Crush - Bon Jovi
On the 6th, The Who perform at a private function at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York to benefit The Robin Hood Foundation that combats poverty in that city. Since Zak Starkey is unavailable to drum, Simon Phillips from the 1989 tour sits in. Prices for a table range from $20,000 to $100,000. Robin Williams is the M.C.
On the 7th CNN's Showbiz Today carries a sound clip from Pete in which he says of the upcoming tour, "Yeah, it's for nostalgia, part of it is for nostalgia."
On the 12th Pete starts selling items from his Lifehouse shows at Sadler's Wells and Scoop artwork at his merchandise site.
The Who Live, a collection of photographs of The Who compiled by Ross Halfin, is sold in a limited edition of 1500 for £159 ($264). An even more limited edition bound in leather and autographed by Pete is offered for £360 ($570).
On the 16th, John Entwistle, Zak and John "Rabbit" Bundrick perform at a concert at Abbey Road Studios, London for Tony Ashton "to celebrate his recovery from his recent illness."
Pete tells Gary Graff of MusicHound that he is developing a film project called The Boy Who Heard Music. He also calls his merchandise website the "Pete Townshend corner shop."
In Rolling Stone, John says that while The Who were "s***-hot" on Live At Leeds, he feels his playing is better on Blues To The Bush. He also says The Who quit in 1982 because they thought they'd go higher as solo artists. In Roger's interview, also with Richard Skanse, he attacks the idea of the 2000 tour as a nostalgia tour, "if you went to see a Beethoven concert tonight, is that nostalgia? If you go to a museum and look at a Renoir exhibition, is that nostalgia? How can it be nostalgia if it's our f***ing music?" He also says Pete is this time the one most wanting to tour. Roger adds that playing Scrooge in A Christmas Carol on Broadway was harder work than any Who tour.
On the 20th, Bloodshot Records releases the compilation Down To The Promised Land: 5 Years Of Bloodshot Records featuring The Waco Brothers' cover of "Baba O'Riley."
On the 23rd, VH1.com prints an article with interview clips. In one of them Roger again discusses his hatred of computers.
Also on the 23rd, Pete writes a web diary from New York saying he is bringing a demo recorder in case he and Roger write any songs on the road and also a mini-cam with which he can take pictures from the stage for his video diaries.
On the same day, in an interview by Gary Graff and Lisa Taylor, Pete says that a new Who album wouldn't be a concept album because fans and music critics don't seem to want that.
On the 25th, The Who kick off their North American tour at the New World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Illinois, their last North American tour with John.
On the 27th, at the Palace Of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan, The Who sell 13,799 tickets (92% capacity) for $1,047,520. On the 29th, they play the Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.
Also on the 29th, Pete writes another diary on his website talking about his problems writing new music for The Who, "that many musicians I admire don't even like."
On the 30th, in an interview in the Boston Globe, Roger says "This is an ongoing band now. We're definitely back as a working band." He also says, in response to complaints about high ticket prices, "Many of our hard-core fans, the people who grew up with us, are now CEOs of companies and can afford it."
June 1995 (20 years ago)
New album releases: HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I - Michael Jackson; Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette; These Days - Bon Jovi; Singles - Alison Moyet
On the 6th, a children's CD, Barnyard Beat, is released. It contains a parody of "We're Not Gonna Take It" credited to The Hoooo.
On the 14th, John and Zak perform with the Ringo Starr All-Starr Band as they open a tour in Japan. The tour will continue there for the next two weeks. The show in Tokyo on the 29th is filmed for later broadcast.
A bootleg called Life with the Moons - Upgrades from the Box Set on Yellow Dog label appears in select record stores.
On the 17th, The Who's Tommy closes on Broadway after 900 performances.
On the 20th, two more CD's are released from the reissue program. The Who Sell Out features ten new tracks in a reformatting that expands the original album's concept. It receives rave reviews. The other release, A Quick One, is more controversial. It also contains ten new tracks, but inferior mono and fake stereo tapes are used for all but one of the tracks on the original album. Improvements come with later releases.
June 1990 (25 years ago)
New album releases: Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey; Step By Step - New Kids On The Block; I'll Give All My Love To You - Keith Sweat; Compositions - Anita Baker
On the 5th, it is reported that Pete has turned down £2 million from Coca-Cola to use "My Generation" as part of their "Generation after Generation" ad campaign. The Who had previously recorded adverts for Coca-Cola that played on British radio in 1967.
Pete is interviewed in this month's issue of Musician. He disassociates himself from the recently released Join Together boxset: "I didn't pick the title, cover or collection of songs, and I wouldn't be hurt if a Who fan told me they weren't going to buy it." He also says he is responsible for The Who not extending their 25th Anniversary Tour to Australia and Japan and that Atlantic Records wants his next solo album to be a "formula" album: "I could create a lot of red faces by asking what the formula is."
June 1985 (30 years ago)
New record releases: Misplaced Childhood - Marillion; Boys and Girls - Bryan Ferry; The Dream of the Blue Turtles - Sting; Hunting High and Low - a-ha
On the 1st, Pete takes his family to see Bruce Springteen at Slane Castle in Ireland. He declares Bruce "the greatest rock 'n' roller in the world." Afterwards he appears live via satellite on the U.S. ABC-TV program Nightline where he also praises Springsteen.
On the 10th, the press reports that Pete has donated £1000 to the Greenwich Theatre Group so that they can mount a production of King Arthur.
On the 28th Pete introduces a new book of poetry called Hard Lines 2 at a presentation run by Faber & Faber. Ian Dury is among those giving readings of the poetry.
June 1980 (35 years ago)
New album releases: Emotional Rescue - The Rolling Stones; The Game - Queen; Hold Out - Jackson Browne; Saved - Bob Dylan
On the 1st, The Who Anthology, a collection of Who songs in sheet music form, is published in the U.K.
On the 14th, Pete's solo single "Let My Love Open The Door" backed with "And I Moved" hits the U.S. charts and goes on to become Pete's biggest U.S. success as a solo artist reaching #9 in the Billboard charts and #11 in the Cash Box charts. This ties it with the highest position achieved by a Who single in the U.S., "I Can See For Miles" in 1967.
On the 21st the single hits the British charts. British fans get a different b-side with the previously unreleased tracks "Greyhound Girl" and "Classified." Apparently they don't appreciate the bonus as the single peaks at #46.
On the 18th, The Who's extensive tour of North America resumes after a six-week break. Trouble starts after the first show at the San Diego Sports Arena as Pete punches a wall and breaks several bones in his right hand. He has to wear a cast for the rest of the tour.
On the 20th, The Who start a two-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum followed on 23rd by a five-night stand at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Supporting them on the 26th, 27th and 28th are The Only Ones, whose lead guitarist John Perry will later write a book on The Who's album Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy.
On the 30th, the tour moves to Tempe, Arizona at the ASU University Activity Center. A combination of a heat wave and having The Who perform in their town at the same time knocks out the power for 90 minutes in the middle of the show. To pass the time, Roger signs autographs while Pete plays air guitar on a broom. The supporting act is Willie Nile.
June 1975 (40 years ago)
New album releases: One of These Nights - The Eagles; Red Octopus - Jefferson Starship; The Heat Is On - The Isley Brothers; Horizon - The Carpenters
On the 2nd, Roger goes to Shepperton Studios for the first day of a two-day shoot of music videos to promote his forthcoming second solo album Ride a Rock Horse. The final collection, produced by Gavrick Losey premieres on the 30th at the Starlite Cinema, Mayfair Hotel, London.
On the 7th, New Musical Express reviews a stage performance of Tommy in Leicester. Melody Maker reviews another production that stars Olivia Newton-John, Cliff Richard and, as Tommy, Leo Sayer.
During the month, U.S. radio stations run The Story Of The Who, a Who history unrelated to the later U.K. album.
June 1970 (45 years ago)
New album releases: Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 - Blood, Sweat & Tears; Self Portrait - Bob Dylan; Fire and Water - Free; Closer To Home - Grand Funk Railroad
In an article in Creem magazine, reviewer Lester Bangs declares "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" the best song The Who ever recorded.
The hippies meet the highbrows. On the 7th, The Who perform Tommy at New York City's Metropolitan Opera House. The usual members of New York's upper crust are joined by hippies and Who fans who are treated to two two-hour concerts. Despite the unusual mix for a Who concert, there are no walkouts. The Who refuse to perform an encore for the second show and in order to get the crowd to disperse, Pete comes onstage and is booed. "After two f***ing hours, boo to you too," he replies and walks off. CBS News later shows The Who performing "Amazing Journey," "Sparks" and "We're Not Gonna Take It" from the earlier show.
The Met performances receive rave reviews from Billboard, Circus and Melody Maker (where reviewer Vicki Wickham gives high marks for Roger's bare-chested performance) and from Albert Goldman in Life magazine who calls the shows Rock's "all-time peak." Donal Henahan, the New York Times' classical reviewer, calls the shows "innocent fun" but proclaims Tommy isn't an opera, but rather, an extended ballad. Both Rolling Stone and Crawdaddy carry negative reviews of the show. Alfred Aronowitz in Rolling Stone says the show convinced him that The Who's music doesn't stand on its own and their success is due more to hype than talent. Ralph Gleason refutes this in an article in the next Rolling Stone called "Theatre dead, Tommy lives." On the 10th, Variety reports The Who made $55,000 from the two shows. Backstage The Who are presented with plaques from Decca Records for $5,000,000 worth of records sold in the U.S.
On the 9th and 10th, The Who perform at Denver's Mammoth Gardens. The Denver show features the first known performance of "I Don't Even Know Myself" and the last live performance of "Sally Simpson" until 1989. Pete later says he is confronted backstage by White Panthers angry about his booting Abbie Hoffman from the Woodstock stage the year before. He also says that after the show a groupie tries to seduce him and, fighting off the temptation to cheat on his wife, goes back to his hotel room alone and writes a prayer for strength that begins, "If my fist clenches, crack it open before I use it and lose my cool..." The prayer is later incorporated into the song "Behind Blue Eyes."
On the 13th, an act called The Assembled Multitude enters the U.S. charts with "Overture From Tommy (A Rock Opera)". It reaches #16 in the Billboard and Cash Box charts.
Also on the 13th, The Who are at the Convention Hall in San Diego and on the 14th, at Anaheim Stadium with supporting acts John Sebastian, Blues Image and, in his live premiere as a solo artist, the session pianist Leon Russell.
The 15th and 16th find The Who at the Berkeley Community Theater, The Who's last small venue concert in the U.S. until 1999. Houston Memorial Auditorium follows on the 18th, Dallas Memorial Auditorium on the 19th (bootlegged later as Gather Your Wits among other titles), Hofheinz Pavillion at the University of Houston on the 20th and Ellis Auditorium in Memphis on the 21st.
On the 22nd, Pete gets dragged off by the authorities because he uses the word "bomb" on a plane. He tells the authorities it is British slang and he was only saying that their new album was going over "a bomb" (i.e.; very well). Three years later John tells what really happened. The Who had not only been stuck a long time in the plane waiting to take off but also had been annoyed by a high-pitched whine coming from the cabin speakers. Having had enough, Pete finally stands up and screams, "I'll tell! I'll tell where the bomb is!" As a result Pete is arrested, delaying the concert at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium on the 22nd that starts late as The Who fly in at the last minute and rush to the stage.
On the 24th, they make it to The Spectrum in Philadelphia. When they arrive at their hotel, they find their rooms have been given away to an Eastern Star convention. That night's performance is the first to feature closed-circuit video of their performance playing on a giant video screen behind them. The image, however, is black-and-white are blurry. The James Gang opens the show.
From Philly, The Who move to The Music Hall in Cincinnati on the 25th and 26th. The Cleveland Auditorium follows on the 27th. The 29th is the last show of the month at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
On the 24th, Variety reports that The Who are expected to make $1 million on this North American tour. They also report that Tommy will soon be made into a film.
On the 25th, the movie Woodstock has its British premiere at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, London.
On the 27th, the second single from Thunderclap Newman's Hollywood Dream LP, "Accidents", hits the British charts. Pete produces the single and plays bass guitar. It peaks at #46.
On the 27th, The Who and The James Gang perform at the Public Auditorium. The next day The James Gang hosts a barbeque party in Cleveland. Pete has such a good time that, the next day while he is homesick for both London and Cleveland, he writes the song "Sheraton Gibson".
June 1965 (50 years ago)
New records: "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" - James Brown; "Heart Full of Soul" - The Yardbirds; "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" - Herman's Hermits; "What's New Pussycat?" - Tom Jones
On the 2nd, The Who have their first concert outside the United Kingdom at the Club au Golf Drouot in Paris. While there they make television and radio appearances. At the same time their first French EP is released featuring an alternate vocal to "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" that is not released anywhere else officially until 2002. The Who may also have performed at the Olympia Theatre in Paris during this trip but no one has been able to find any documentation that this show actually occurred.
On the 5th the U.S. release of the single "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" gets a full-page ad in Billboard magazine. This is practically the only evidence that the single is released in the U.S. at this time as it does not make a dent in the U.S. charts. The b-side is a cover of Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters' soul ballad "Any Time You Need Me", here called "Anytime You Want Me."
Back in the U.K. on the 4th, The Who appear at Trentham Gardens at Stoke-on-Trent, followed by Loyola Hall in Stamford Hill (5th), St. Joseph's Hall in Highgate (6th), a rare Monday night appearance at the Marquee Club (7th) supported by Jimmy James and the Vagabonds, the Wallington Public Hall (8th) after which they return to the Marquee to record a half-hour appearance on Ready Steady Radio!, the Il Rondo Club in Leicester (9th), the Co-op Ballroom in Nuneaton (11th), the Town Hall in Dudley(12th), the Manor Lounge Club in Stockport (13th), the Town Hall in High Wycombe (15th), the Town Hall in Stourbridge (16th), the Bowes Lyon House in Stevenage (17th) flying there after recording a live appearance on Top Of The Pops, Floral Hall Ballroom in Morecambe (18th), an afternoon show at the Uxbridge Blues and Folk Festival then an evening show at the Cavern at Notre Dame Hall in London (both 19th), the Blue Moon in Hayes (20th), the Town Hall in Greenwich (24th), the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor (25th), another show at the Town Hall in High Wycombe (26th) followed by an "all-night rave" at the Club Noreik ending at 6am (26-27th) then that evening at the Starlite Ballroom in Greenford (27th), the "Bluesville Club" at the Manor House Ballroom in Ipswich (28th), Burton's Ballroom in Uxbridge (29th), and the Town Hall in Farnborough (30th).
If you didn't catch The Who live, you could hear them on radio or see them on TV. They mime to "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" on the 7th on Gadzooks! It's The In Crowd and on Top of the Pops on the 10th. The Who's Marquee show of the 8th plays live on Radio Luxembourg's Ready Steady Radio!, on BBC TV's Top Of The Pops performing "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" live on the 17th and on BBC Radio's Top Gear on the 19th (recorded May 24).
And if you missed them live and on radio and TV, The Who were also in the music magazines. On the 5th Pete is interviewed in Melody Maker. "We think the mod thing is dying. We don't plan to go down with it, which is why we've become individualists." He also declares The Who's new single, "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" to be "the first pop-art single."
No idea when he'd find time to pack, but during the month Pete moves into a £12-a-week, two-room flat at 8 Chesham Place near Belgrave Square in London.
On the 16th, Who manager Chris Stamp goes on his first trip to see Decca Records management in New York. The only way he can make the flight is to have his brother, the actor Terence Stamp, downgrade his first-class ticket to two coach tickets as he flies to America to promote his movie The Collector.
On the 17th, Melody Maker says The Who are changing their sound from R&B to hard pop and will start recording a new album starting July 26 - an idea later abandoned.
On the 18th, Roger is interviewed in New Musical Express under the headline "The Who Use Force to Get Sound They Want." He declares "I never want to grow old. I want to stay young forever," but then declares if he were no longer in a group, "I think I'd do myself in."
On the show of the 26th at the Town Hall in High Wycombe, Roger leaves after a short set, but Pete, John and Keith stay to jam with the opening acts singer, Tony Benson. A new singer audition?
June 1960 (55 years ago)
New music: "(Let's Do) The Twist" - Chubby Checker; "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-dot Bikini" - Brian Hyland; "Apache" - The Shadows; "Alley Oop" - The Hollywood Argyles
On the 16th, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, probably the first British group to eliminate the rhythm guitarist and perform with just a guitarist, bassist, drummer and singer, hit the U.K. charts with "Shakin' All Over" which goes to #1. The Detours will later open for them, be influenced by their lineup and as The Who, record "Shakin' All Over" for Live At Leeds.
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