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Page updated June 1, 2022. This is a highly abridged version of all the things that happened to and around The Who in June. Click the INDEX button at the bottom for access to the full history.

June 1944 (78 years ago)

New music releases: "You Always Hurt the One You Love" / "Till Then" - The Mills Brothers; "I'll Walk Alone" - Dinah Shore; "I'll Walk Alone" - Martha Tilton; "Time Waits For No One" - Helen Forrest
Baby Roger Daltrey Baby Roger Daltrey

Two-months old Roger Daltrey and his mother are evacuated to a farm in Stranraer, Scotland. They remain there for the duration of the war. Roger later wonders whether his lack of height came from malnourishment during this period.








June 1958 (64 years ago)

New music releases: "Hard Headed Woman" - Elvis Presley; The Kingston Trio - The Kingston Trio; Sing Along with Mitch - Mitch Miller & The Gang; "Stupid Cupid" - Connie Francis
The Sulgrave Rebels The Sulgrave Rebels

On the 27th, Roger, as "D. Altrey" appears in the Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Gazette with his skiffle band The Sulgrave Rebels. They had just won a talent competition held at Wormholt Park School in Shepherd's Bush. It is their only performance although some members of the band will follow Roger into The Detours.








June 1962

New music releases: I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett; "Sheila" - Tommy Roe; The Stripper & Other Fun Songs for the Family - David Rose & His Orchestra; "I Remember You" - Frank Ifield
Carlo Little

On the 25th, Keith Moon attends a show by Screaming Lord Sutch and The Savages. Afterwards he approaches the band's drummer, Carlo Little, and asks him to teach him his "wildman" drumming style. Carlo agrees. Two days later, Keith gets his first lesson from Little. Little later describes the 15 year-old Keith as "a lad fumbling, trying to play."









June 1964 (58 years ago)

New music releases: A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles; "The House of the Rising Sun" - The Animals; "Everybody Loves Somebody" - Dean Martin; "Rag Doll" - The Four Seasons

During the month, The Who go to Philips Studios in London for their first studio session released to date. "I'm The Face", "Zoot Suit" and a cover of Bo Diddley's "Here 'Tis" are put to tape. Jack Bavistock produces. Manager Helmut Gorden and Pete Townshend's childhood friend Jack the barber provide handclaps, Pete's friend Richard Barnes plays maracas on "Here 'Tis" and all and sundry sing the backing vocals.



June 1965 (57 years ago)

New music releases: Beatles VI - The Beatles; "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" - The Rolling Stones; "I'm Henry The Eighth, I Am" - Herman's Hermits; Herman's Hermits on Tour - Herman's Hermits

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."

The Who First Album Completed The Who First Album Completed

In Beat Instrumental, John Emery reviews an acetate of nine new Who tracks played for him by producer Shel Talmy. The songs are intended for The Who's first album slated for release in the U.S. and France that autumn. Emery gives the titles to eight of the tracks, "I'm A Man," "Heatwave," I Don't Mind," "Lubie," "You're Gonna Know Me," "Please Please Please," "Leaving Here," and "Motoring." Only one, "You're Gonna Know Me," is a band original which leads Emery to remark, "one thing hit me slap in the face just looking at the titles -- the lack of originality in choice of material." Reacting quickly, Who manager Kit Lambert announces in Melody Maker on the 17th that "The Who are having serious doubts about the state of R&B. Now the LP will consist of hard pop. They've finished with 'Smokestack Lightnin'." He says The Who will record a new album of all Pete and Roger originals for release in early September.






June 1966 (56 years ago)

New music releases: Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan; Yesterday and Today - The Beatles; "Sunny Afternoon" - The Kinks; "Sunny" - Bobby Hebb

Clint Warwick, bassist for The Moody Blues, leaves the group retiring from show business. John Entwistle applies for but fails to get the open spot that goes to Rod Clarke from Les Garcons.

Pete Townshend Datebook 1996 Pete Townshend Datebook 1996

On the 27th, Pete and co-manager Chris Stamp fly to New York City, the first trip by any member of The Who to America. When they arrive, he and Stamp attend a meeting with attorney Allen Klein on a yacht in the Hudson River. Klein is then partnered with Andrew Loog Oldham, manager of The Rolling Stones, who is also on the yacht during the meeting, but remains on the other side of the craft, feigning disinterest. Klein wants to propose a scheme to get The Who out of the interim injunction brought by their ex-producer Shel Talmy that has blocked The Who from releasing new records. Klein leads Pete to understand that the Talmy troubles will end only if he fires Lambert and Stamp and lets Klein and Loog-Oldham run The Who. Pete instead gives Stamp authority to represent him in the negotiations and leaves to make a gig on the 29th at the University of Sheffield. Klein pays for Pete's first class ticket back home.

While in New York, Stamp, with the help of Klein, makes a deal that gets them around the Talmy injunction by having Decca Records cancel its contract with Talmy in exchange for signing The Who to U.S. Decca via their managers Lambert and Stamp. By so doing, Talmy now has no hold over The Who except for his contract to be their producer and The Who are free to release new music. The Who get a £17,000 advance, 10% royalties from their U.S. releases and the ability to act as free agents in the rest of the world. Klein's price: a piece of Pete's song publishing rights, a fact Pete doesn't discover until eleven years later.



June 1967 (55 years ago)

New music releases: "Brown Eyed Girl" - Van Morrison; Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 - Johnny Cash; "White Rabbit" - Jefferson Airplane; "Come Back When You Grow Up" - Bobby Vee and The Strangers
Sgt. Pepper's

In the issue of Disc and Music Echo of the 3rd, Pete gives his first impressions of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: "It's terrific, and fantastic value for money, with the free gifts and things! The trouble was, I heard it first on Radio London, and apart from all the jingles they kept putting in, it sounded like a very bad recording. I think that must have put a lot of people off, because I've never met so many mixed reactions about a record before. The Beatles are trying to see how deep they can get into their music without losing public interest. It's obviously going to disappoint a lot of people, but to me it's pretty fantastic. The idea of running all the tracks together and making a show out of it is something we've wanted to do, and I hope a lot of groups will follow the example. The two tracks that instantly hit me were 'With a Little Help from My Friends' -- Ringo's voice is ridiculous -- and 'A Day in the Life'."

On the 14th, The Who play their first headlining show in the U.S. at the Fifth Dimension Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to the show, the promoter is sent out to score crystal meth for the band.

On the 16th, The Who make it to the West Coast playing the Fillmore in San Francisco. After years of abuse from promoters, Pete is stunned when the Fillmore's Bill Graham treats The Who as serious artists deserving of respect, an approach that earns him The Who's lifelong friendship and loyalty. What also throws The Who is that they are expected to put on concert-length shows when they only have 20-25 minutes prepared. They rehearse in their hotel rooms trying to come up with more songs for their set.

The Who Fillmore Handbill 1967 The Who Fillmore Handbill 1967

The opening act is supposed to be Loading Zone but they cancel at the last minute and are replaced by a new local band in their first public appearance, the Santana Blues Band, who will later shorten their name to Santana. Both The Who and The Santana Blues Band play The Fillmore on the 17th as well.

On the afternoon of the 17th, Pete and Karen take a stroll at Hippie Ground Zero, the intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets in San Francisco. He later reports it "very, very commercial."

Monterey Pop backstage Monterey Pop backstage
Photo: Henry Diltz

On the 18th, The Who perform at The Monterey International Pop Festival in Monterey, California. Pete confronts Jimi Hendrix before the show and demands The Who hit the stage before he does since Hendrix will also smash his guitar. If they follow him the crowd will think The Who are stealing Hendrix's act even though they were the ones who originated it. Hendrix plays his guitar and coolly ignores Pete. John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas finally decides it with a coin toss.

The Who Monterey Smashup The Who Monterey Smashup
Photo: Henry Diltz

The Who will play first but despite this, The Who face another disadvantage Hendrix does not. Their penny-pinching managers have sent them to the festival with rented equipment and amplifiers incapable of conveying the power of their act. Their performance is spotty but no one forgets the ending of "My Generation" with Pete and Keith engaging in a riotous instrument bust-up captured by D.A. Pennebaker's cameras and later featured in the movies Monterey Pop and The Kids Are Alright.





After the show The Who hang out with Mama Cass who ply them with the best of the Bay Area's hallucinogens. Hendrix sets his guitar on fire and smashes it leading Cass to tell Pete, "He's stealing your act!" Pete replies, "No, he's not stealing my act, he's doing my act."

On the 20th, The Who begin their long flight back to London. As Keith is going to swallow a new drug, STP, he was given at the festival, Pete doses himself as well. The result is a long and terrifying trip. It takes almost a week for the drug to completely wear off, leading Pete to permanently swear off psychedelic drugs.

John and Alison Entwistle wedding John and Alison Entwistle wedding

On the 23rd, John marries his childhood sweetheart Alison Wise, the future inspiration for "My Wife," at Acton Congregational Church. This makes him the third member of The Who to get married, but the first of which the public is made aware. Roger and Keith's marriages are still kept secret. Afterwards John and Alison sail off for a honeymoon on the Queen Elizabeth.

On the evening of the 24th, NEMS employees are sent out to scour the local celebrity hangouts for extras to participate in the next day's live broadcast of The Beatles performing "All You Need Is Love" on a worldwide television show called Our World. Tony Bramwell finds Keith in The Speakeasy amusing himself by tossing peanuts at the other patrons. He tells Keith to be at Abbey Road's Studio One at 2pm the next day. On the 25th, Keith joins The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Marianne Faithfull, Graham Nash and other pop stars. He sits to Ringo's left and only appears in the broadcast as a pair of hands playing drum brushes.

Who disc salute to Jagger and Richard Who disc salute to Jagger and Richard

Meanwhile The Rolling Stones are in crisis as on the 28th, Mick Jagger is found guilty of possession of four Benzedrine tablets he brought from Italy. They had been discovered in a police raid the previous February. He is remanded to jail for sentencing. Late that evening, Pete, Roger and Keith assemble at De Lane Lea Studios in London to record covers of "The Last Time" and "Under My Thumb." Pete plays both fuzz-laden lead guitar and bass for the absent John. Manager Chris Stamp films them recording the songs for use as a video. The video has yet to surface.

After the session, at 3am on the 29th, John receives a phone call aboard the Queen Elizabeth. Hearing the call is from London, he expects dire news about his family. Instead it is someone from Kit Lambert's office asking if The Who have his permission to record an emergency single without him. An angry John says The Who have his permission to put drugs in London's water supply if they want to and hangs up.

The Last Time French picture sleeve The Last Time French picture sleeve
French picture sleeve

On the 30th, Track Records rushes the double A-sided single "The Last Time" and "Under My Thumb" by The Who into record shops. Accompanying the single is this press release: "SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Who consider Mick Jagger & Keith Richard have been treated as scapegoats for the drug problem and as a protest against savage sentences imposed upon them at Chichester yesterday, The Who are issuing today the first of a series of Jagger/Richard songs to keep their work before the public until they are again free to record themselves."








June 1968 (54 years ago)

New music releases: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly; "Stoned Soul Picnic" - The 5th Dimension; "Susie Q" - Creedence Clearwater Revival; "Hello, I Love You" - The Doors
The Who Dogs Track label The Who Dogs Track label

On the 14th, "Dogs" and "Call Me Lightning" are released as a "Double A" side single in Britain. Melody Maker calls it "another Pete Townshend original with tremendous instant appeal" while Record Mirror says it "displays Pete's versatility as a writer." Any hopes it would prove more to the British public's liking than "I Can See For Miles" are dashed when it stalls at #25.








June 1969 (53 years ago)

New music releases: Johnny Cash At San Quentin - Johnny Cash; First Take - Robert Flack; "Put a Little Love In Your Heart" - Jackie DeShannon; "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" - Elvis Presley

On the 7th, New Musical Express reports that Tommy has become The Who's first album to be certified gold in the U.S. by the RIAA. The award came only three weeks after the album's release making it the fastest selling double-album to date, besting even The Beatles' "White Album".

On the 9th, The Who and entourage fly to Los Angeles for some r'n'r before their Hollywood concert on the 13th. Everyone stays at the Continental Hyatt House (known to bands as the "Riot" House), all except for Pete who stays with a friend. During the stay manager Kit Lambert and possibly Pete meet with executives from Universal Studios who offer a two-picture deal consisting of a Tommy movie budgeted at $2 million and a concert movie.

Pete Townshend boiler suit 1969 Pete Townshend boiler suit 1969
Photo: Peter Saunders

The show on the 13th is the first known time that Pete performs onstage wearing a boiler suit, clothing then only associated with workmen. Pete adopts it both as a rejection of the outlandish fashions of the psychedelic era and to claim he isn't a "rock star" but rather a worker like any other doing his job. Within two months he will trade his white trainers for black Doc Marten boots. The look will have a strong influence on the costumes in Stanley Kubrick's upcoming movie A Clockwork Orange (1971) and will make the utilitarian Doc Marten boots fashionable.

The Who's Woodstock contract The Who's Woodstock contract

On the 26th, Pete is trapped in tour booker Frank Barselona's apartment while Barselona attempts to talk Pete into having The Who return to the U.S. in two months for a one-off show. Having just had a brush with the U.S. law and exhausted from the recent tour, Pete is in no mood to give in. After an all-night argument, Pete finally acquiesces, allowing The Who to appear with the cream of Barselona's acts at an outdoor festival named after the town in New York where it is then scheduled to be held, Woodstock.







June 1970 (52 years ago)

New music releases: Closer To Home - Grand Funk Railroad; "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" - Stevie Wonder; On Stage - Elvis Presley; Workingman's Dead - Grateful Dead
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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.









On the 9th and 10th, The Who perform at Denver's Mammoth Gardens. 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 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.



June 1971 (51 years ago)

New music releases: Blue - Joni Mitchell; Welcome to My World - Eddy Arnold; "Tired of Being Alone" - Al Green; Tarkus - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Won't Get Fooled Again US 45 Won't Get Fooled Again US 45

On the 17th, the first tracks from the recent sessions are released. "Won't Get Fooled Again" in a version edited down to 3:55 backed with "I Don't Even Know Myself" is released in the U.S. The A-side states under the song title "From the Motion Picture 'Lifehouse'." It peaks at #15 on the Billboard charts and #9 on the Cash Box charts. The European release follows on the 25th where it reaches #9 in the British charts. The B-side is retitled "Don't Know Myself." Nick Logan in Melody Maker calls the A-side "The Who at their most aggressive, riffy and it's reminiscent in parts of the Stones - particularly in the way the guitars mesh and snarl their answer to the title line. An excellent performance."







June 1972 (50 years ago)

New music releases: Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel; A Song For You - The Carpenters; Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden - Elvis Presley; The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie

On the 5th, The Who record "Long Live Rock" at Olympic Studios, London. The song is meant as the title track for a never-shot Who television special. On the 6th, they record "Put The Money Down" as an instrumental track with guide vocal, leaving it unfinished. By the end of the month The Who have decided to abandon their last two months' attempt to record a follow-up to the Who's Next album. "Long Live Rock" and "Put The Money Down" will remain unreleased for over two years.

Join Together UK ad Join Together UK ad

On the 16th, "Join Together" backed with a live recording of "Baby Don't You Do It" is released in Britain. Chris Welch in Melody Maker calls it rather bland but Roy Carr in New Musical Express calls both sides of the single "10 minutes and 39 seconds of the best music available." The fans agree with Roy, sending it to #9 in the charts.


Join Together shooting ticket Join Together shooting ticket

On the 25th, The Who gather together a select audience of fans at the London Weekend TV studios in Wembley to shoot the promotional film for their new single "Join Together." Michael Lindsay-Hogg directs. The start time is 1pm and refreshments are served. During the early part of filming, Pete slices his right hand open during a windmill and has to be carted off for stitches and bandages. Shooting resumes after his return. Afterwards, Pete is interviewed on camera by the makers of the movie Jimi Hendrix recounting their backstage battle at Monterey five years before.







June 1973 (49 years ago)

New music releases: Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits - Janis Joplin; "Dream On" - Aerosmith; Chicago VI - Chicago; "Let's Get It On" - Marvin Gaye
Roger Daltrey at Quadrophenia recording Roger Daltrey at Quadrophenia recording
Photo: Robert Ellis

On the 8th, the recording of "Love, Reign O'er Me" is finished after having been left incomplete during the May 1972 sessions. Also recorded this month is "Drowned" for which director Ken Russell is present. Both he and Pete later recall that during the recording of this song, a massive rainstorm led to the flooding of the studio. Guest pianist Chris Stainton was in a glass booth performing while the booth gradually filled with water. At the end of the session, the booth was opened and the water came flooding out. Russell was present to confer with Pete on the script he was then writing for the Tommy movie.







June 1974 (48 years ago)

New music releases: Bad Company - Bad Company; Back Home Again - John Denver; Endless Summer - The Beach Boys; "Sweet Home Alabama" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Pete MSG 1974 Pete MSG 1974

On the 10th, The Who play the first of four nights at Madison Square Garden. The band counts it as a disaster with Roger later describing the show as "fucking horrible". Pete will later claim that New York Who fans were yelling for him to "jump, jump, jump!" faking an enthusiasm he no longer felt although front-rowers at these concerts have said it was an unknown person behind them.









On the 13th, Pete is interviewed in The New York Times. He expresses his dissatisfaction in writing solely for The Who.



June 1976 (46 years ago)

New music releases: A Night On The Town - Rod Stewart; "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" - Elton John & Kiki Dee; Chicago X - Chicago; "You're My Best Friend" - Queen
The Who at Swansea 1976 The Who at Swansea 1976

On the 12th, The Who hold their final concert of this U.K. mini-tour at the Swansea Football Ground in Swansea, Wales. The concert is officially recorded by producer Glyn Johns but left unreleased until 1994 with "Dreaming From The Waist" on the 30 Years of Maximum R&B boxset. Additional tracks, but not the entire concert, have since been released on various Who compilations. This is Keith's last concert before a paying audience in the United Kingdom. After the show, he flies back to his Los Angeles home.

The Who are named as the first recipients of the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre Silver Clef Award for their charity donations.



June 1979 (43 years ago)

New music releases: Candy-O - The Cars; I Am - Earth, Wind & Fire; Live Killers - Queen; Get The Knack! - The Knack
The Kids Are Alright poster The Kids Are Alright poster

On the 14th, the movie The Kids Are Alright has its U.S. premiere in New York. John and Kenney Jones fly over to attend the showing. The next day they are interviewed on WPIX and WPLJ radio. Pete flies over on the 16th and the three are interviewed on WLIR. The following evening Pete, John and Kenney Jones attend a dinner party in honor of The Who at Windows on The World at the top of the World Trade Center. Roger, meanwhile, stays in England to work on his movie McVicar.








June 1980 (42 years ago)

New music releases: The Game - Queen; Urban Cowboy - Various Artists; The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack Recording - The Blues Brothers; Emotional Rescue - The Rolling Stones

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.


1980 - Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door from thewho.net on Vimeo.
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Photo: Tom Wright

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.










June 1982 (40 years ago)

New music releases: "Africa" - Toto; Mirage - Fleetwood Mac; "Come On Eileen" - Dexys Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express; Lexicon of Love - ABC

The Who, are at the Turn-Up-Down Studios located in Glyn Johns' home in Surrey recording It's Hard that will end up being their last studio album for twenty-four years. The sessions are contentious with Roger denouncing the songs as crap and begging Pete to scrap the album. According to Roger, Pete refuses saying, "Too late. It's good enough. That's how we are now."



June 1983 (39 years ago)

New music releases: Synchronicity - The Police; A Decade of Hits - The Charlie Daniels Band; The Wild Heart - Stevie Nicks; Keep It Up - Loverboy

On the 15th, The Who hold a business meeting at manager Bill Curbishley's office. Pete writes later in his diary, "I stood by my decision to leave. Bill seemed to be the only one who could see I wasn't going to change my mind." It will be the last time The Who join together until Live Aid over two years later.



June 1984 (38 years ago)

New music releases: Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen; Purple Rain - Prince & The Revolution; Breaking Hearts - Elton John; Ghostbusters: Original Soundtrack Album - Various Artists
Musician July 1984 Musician July 1984

Roger is interviewed for Musician magazine by Chris Salewicz who remarks that Roger still does not seem reconciled to Pete's disbanding The Who: "I feel his reasons for leaving the Who don't really hold water. The real reason, I think, was not that he couldn't come up with the songs but that he just didn't want to play with us any longer. He was bored."









June 1987 (35 years ago)

New music releases: Whitney - Whitney Houston; Let It Loose/Anything for You - Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine; Bad Animals - Heart; La Bamba - Los Lobos and Various Artists
Guess Who Said No Guess Who Said No

On the 8th, the British press reports that The Who have turned down £16m for an eight-week tour of the U.S., Japan, Australia and three South American countries to start February 1988. Says John: "I've turned down the offers to concentrate on my new group, The Rock. It's all over for The Who. We've all got solo careers now."









June 1989 (33 years ago)

New music releases: Soul Provider - Michael Bolton; The End of The Innocence - Don Henley; Cosmic Thing - The B-52's; Heart Of Stone - Cher
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Musician carries a pre-tour article and interview with The Who. The cover presents a drawing of the three members over a dollar bill and the article damns them as sellouts. Inside, interviewer Charles M. Young gets in a heated exchange with Pete on the subject of the tour sponsorship by a beer company.

The Who Miller poster 1989 The Who Miller poster 1989

On the 21st, The Who play a warm up show for their tour at the Glens Falls, New York Civic Center. The tour officially begins on the 23rd and 24th at Toronto's C.N.E. Stadium. The show consists of two acts with intermission, act one being Tommy and the second a collection of Who hits, Pete solo material and some selected rarities. Pete plays only acoustic guitar through the first act, then electric in sections of the second act. For the tour Pete, Roger, John and keyboardist John "Rabbit" Bundrick are augmented by drummer Simon Phillips accompanied by percussionist Jodi Linscott, electric guitarist Steve Bolton, a horn section and backup singers led by Billy Nicholls.








June 27, 1989 ticket June 27, 1989 ticket

From Toronto, The Who then head to New York City for a performance at Radio City Music Hall on the 27th. This is a charity performance for the benefit of the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and is broadcast live on the Westwood One Radio Network. Afterwards, The Who attend a party in their honor at the Waldorf Astoria. Robert Plant, then scheduled to perform with The Who at the charity show in Los Angeles, also attends.



June 1993 (29 years ago)

New music releases: Sleepless in Seattle - Various Artists; Back to Broadway - Barbra Streisand; What's Love Got to Do with It - Tina Turner; Experience the Divine: Greatest Hits - Bette Midler
Pete Townshend with Tony Award Pete Townshend with Tony Award
Photo: Ron Galella

On the 6th, Pete wins Tony awards for best book (musical) and best score (musical) for The Who's Tommy. Pete sets the Who gossip mill turning by showing up for the event accompanied by New York journalist Lisa Marsh instead of his wife Karen.




Pete Townshend at Rock N Roll groundbreaking Pete Townshend at Rock N Roll groundbreaking

On the 7th, Pete attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. Pete mimes guitar playing with his shovel. "Originally it was music that came from people that were in trouble, and spoke deeply and hugely and heroically from deep down in their soul. That's what we inherit here today. It's a real living, breathing religion - that's how I feel about it." He also donates to the museum the Gibson J-200 guitar on which he composed Tommy. Chuck Berry and Billy Joel are also present.

Psychoderelict CD Psychoderelict CD

On the 15th, Pete's last solo album of new material, PsychoDerelict, is released in the U.S. The U.K. release follows on July 11. Q Magazine says the new songs "aren't terrible" but the radio play around the songs is let down by "terrible dialogue." New Musical Express calls it "dazzling ambitious." Rolling Stone says the album allows Pete to "explore themes that have long obsessed him" despite the story's "cliché and bombast." Entertainment Weekly says it has meaty songs if you can get past the "high concept." Robert Christgau in the Village Voice claims Pete "wrecked his record with voiceovers and bad dialogue." Atlantic Records told Pete they thought the album would be a big seller but it fails to chart in the U.K. while in the U.S. the album peaks at #118.





June 1994 (28 years ago)

New music releases: Forrest Gump: The Soundtrack - Various Artists; Purple - Stone Temple Pilots; Who I Am - Alan Jackson; When Love Finds You - Vince Gill
Roger Daltrey Goldmine 1994 Roger Daltrey Goldmine 1994

Late in the month, the newest issue of Goldmine Magazine (July 8) hits the stands containing a long talk with Roger. The bad feelings caused by Pete's refusal to participate in a 30th anniversary tour and the then lawsuit over payments from the Tommy musical lead Roger to give the bitterest interview of his career. He says Pete "used" him and John on the recording of The Iron Man, and treats them "like fucking toilet paper," that when The Who broke up that "was the end of John's life" and calls Kenney Jones drumming "fucking awful".








June 1996 (26 years ago)

New music releases: Secrets - Toni Braxton; Load - Metallica; "Wannabe" - Spice Girls; Keith Sweat - Keith Sweat
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Photo: Terry O'Neill

Pete, Roger and John begin rehearsals for the upcoming live version of Quadrophenia. Those rehearsals come to an abrupt end on the 28th after Gary Glitter spins a microphone stand and accidentally slams one of the prongs on the base right into Roger's eye, smashing the bones of his eye socket. Incredibly, Roger agrees to go on the next day despite the severe injury. Pete, interviewed by the press before the show, is brimming with admiration for Roger for not cancelling.


Pete Townshend Hyde Park 1996 Pete Townshend Hyde Park 1996

Billed under their separate names, Pete, Roger and John perform the entirety of Quadrophenia live at the Masters of Music festival at Hyde Park on the 29th. It is the first time the work has been played live in its entirety since the first night of The Who's 1973 U.K. tour. Phil Daniels of the movie version narrates, Gary Glitter plays the Godfather, Ade Edmundson is the Bell Boy, Trevor McDonald reads the news and Stephen Fry is the hotel manager.


Ralph Steadman on 1996 Hyde Park Ralph Steadman on 1996 Hyde Park
Drawing: Ralph Steadman

Pete plays only acoustic guitar and piano leaving the electric guitar parts to Dave Gilmour. Zak Starkey takes the drummer's seat for the first time for the group that will soon revert to the name The Who. Roger wears a Mod eyepatch to cover his injury. Quadrophenia is preceded by performances by Alanis Morrisette and Bob Dylan and followed by Eric Clapton. Highlights from the show are later broadcast on HBO in the U.S. The entire event raises money for the Prince's Trust charity. Before the show all the performers meet backstage with Prince Charles.









June 1999 (33 years ago)

New music releases: Supernatural - Santana; No Angel - Dido; Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers; Significant Other - Limp Bizkit

Pete writes back to Bill Curbishley, agreeing to the reformation of The Who to get John out of debt. What must have sounded at the time like a short-term reunion continues without breakup to this day, long after John's death.



June 2002 (20 years ago)

New music releases: Let Go - Avril Lavigne; Songs About Jane - Maroon 5; Nellyville - Nelly; "By The Way" - Red Hot Chili Peppers

On the 10th, The Who begin rehearsals for their 2002 North American tour, some of which are carried live on Pete's website. Some fans remark on the fact that John remains seated throughout the webcast rehearsals.

On the 15th, The Who conclude rehearsals playing "Who Are You," "Love Reign O'er Me" and "Bargain." It will be the last time Pete, Roger and John will perform together.

John Entwistle last photo
Photo: James Mac Leod

On the 26th, John arrives at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas where The Who are set to start their 2002 North American tour. He spends the afternoon shopping for Western wear and boots, then spends some time with friend Cy Langston and others at the hotel bar where his last picture is taken. Later that night he retires to Suite 658 with Déjà Vu Showgirls dancer Alycen Rowse. John warns her not to let him sleep on his back as so many of his friends have died that way choking on vomit. John dodges that fate but not the heart attack that kills him early in the morning. Alycen discovers John has died upon awakening at 10am on the 27th. She tries unsuccessfully to revive him, then calls Cy who arrives at noon and calls the coroner and members of The Who.

A weeping Roger visits Pete and leaves it to him what to do about the tour due to start the next day. After a night's thought, Pete decides to bring in expert session bassist Pino Palladino (White City, Psychoderelict tour and many, many other credits) to replace John and to start the tour by July. The news is almost as shocking to Who fans as John's passing. Journalists and many fans denounce the decision but Pete later explains that he felt the tour had to continue due to the large number of people who would suddenly be without employment if he cancelled the tour.

Flowers at the Hard Rock Flowers at the Hard Rock

Meanwhile grieving fans, some of whom had flown in from distant locations to attend the show, leave flowers and remembrances at the Hard Rock Hotel.













June 2003 (19 years ago)

New music releases: Dangerously in Love - Beyoncé; Elephunk - Black Eyed Peas; "Where is the Love?" - Black Eyed Peas; Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys

On the 23rd, Pete Townshend publishes a diary message stating: "Without my help, work is being done today by good people who are fighting hard to combat both the spread of sewage on the internet and the terrible psychological effect that could have on the minds of the children of the future. Every time it occurs to me to say something about what is going on I remember what happened to me: I was arrested, suspected of wallowing in the very shit that most upset me. It sends a clear and loud message. What is clear is that I must learn to keep silent and focus my energies elsewhere."



June 2006 (16 years ago)

New music releases: "Chasing Cars" - Snow Patrol; Loose - Nelly Furtado; "The Diary of Jane" - Breaking Benjamin; Under the Iron Sea - Keane
The Who at Leeds 2006 The Who at Leeds 2006

On the 17th, Pete and Roger return to Leeds University, first for the unveiling of a Civic Trust plaque commemorating their 14 Feb. 1970 performance that became the Live at Leeds album. Afterwards The Who open their world tour in performance at the same refectory where they had played 36 years before. The Wire and Glass mini-opera gets its live premiere as well as the new song "Mike Post Theme." The audience in the packed auditorium swelters in the June heat. Spitfire Films shoots the show in HD but it remains unreleased.








June 2009 (13 years ago)

New music releases: The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas; "Obsessed" - Mariah Carey; "Bulletproof" - La Roux; West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum - Kasabian

On the 9th, The Who's "My Generation" is selected by the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as one of twenty-five culturally significant recordings selected for preservation in a special sound archive.



June 2016 (6 years ago)

New Music Releases: "Heathens" - Twenty-One Pilots; "Treat You Better" - Shawn Mendes; "Into You" - Ariana Grande; "Sucker for Pain" - Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons with Logic and Ty Dolla Sign featuring X Ambassadors

On the 22nd, Roger comes forward as a Brexit supporter in an editorial in The Mirror. Roger will continue to be an outspoken supporter of the Leave movement while Pete will be a quieter supporter of Remain. Much like their nation, The Who will continue to work together although politically divided.



June 2017 (5 years ago)

New Music Releases: "Young, Dumb & Broke" - Khalid; "Bodak Yellow" - Cardi B; "Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller; "Mi Gente" - J Balvin and Willy William featuring Beyoncé
The Who Isle of Wight 2004 CD The Who Isle of Wight 2004 CD

On the 2nd, The Who Live at The Isle of Wight 2004 blu-ray and 2 CD set is released.

On the 6th, Pete is interviewed in The Boston Globe about a planned autumn tour of Classic Quadrophenia in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. Another interview on the subject is in People magazine on the 20th.

John Entwistle blue plaque John Entwistle blue plaque

On the 15th, A blue plaque honouring John Entwistle is placed at the Royal British Legion, Gloucester by BBC Gloucestershire for BBC Music Day.



Pete Townshend at Grenfell recording Pete Townshend at Grenfell recording

On the 19th, Pete says he knew four Spanish families that lived in Grenfell Tower. Three members of those families died in the fire that killed many of its residents. Since the blaze, Pete has been writing checks for the victims and even replaced a piano a young girl had lost.

Artists for Grenfell single Artists for Grenfell single

On the 21st, a single by Artists for Grenville of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is released. Both Pete and Roger take part in the charity recording. It goes to #1 and as they are listed as "The Who", it becomes The Who's first official #1 single in the U.K. Pete will go on to write the powerful "Street Song" about the disaster for 2019's album WHO.



On the 27th, Adam Clayton of U2 reveals that Pete visited him while he was in rehab for alcoholism.



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