July 2012 (5 years ago)
New music releases: "Let Her Go" - Passenger; "Good Time" - Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen; "I Cry" - Flo Rida; "Adorn" - Miguel
Fifty-three years after he is expelled from Acton Country Grammar School, Roger Daltrey finds himself in cap and gown to receive an honoourary degree at Middlesex University for his contribution to music. He in turn praises the students for the graphics they supplied for his solo Tommy tour.
On the 18th Pete Townshend and Roger hold a press conference in London to announce they will be touring that autumn with a presentation of Quadrophenia. "We've been anxious to work together before we drop dead" says Pete.
On the 19th, the manager of the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island offers to exchange unused tickets from The Who's cancelled 1979 show for their new 2012 show. Several ticket holders actually do so. Their old tickets are put on ebay as a benefit to the Special Olympics.
On the 23rd, Pete joins Brian May of Queen and a large group of rock and pop stars in signing a letter posted in the Daily Telegraph demanding Google provide more protection against those using their search engine to pirate music.
On the 24th, the documentary Quadrophenia: Can You See The Real Me? is shown for one night only in movie theaters across the United States. The film is preceeded by a special message from Pete.
On the 26th, the London Olympics begin with an opening countdown backed by High Contrast's "The Road Goes On Forever", in particular the part where they sample "Baba O'Riley". During the opening ceremonies "My Generation" is played accompanied by footage of The Who in the 1960s.
On the 29th, Roger attends Sir Paul McCartney's summer party at his home in London.
On the 30th, Roger is at the Royal Academy of Arts attending the UK creative industries reception hosted by the British Government.
On the 31st, Roger joins Eddie Vedder on stage the Hammersmith Apollo to perform "Blue, Red and Grey" and "Naked Eye" on ukulele.
July 2007 (10 years ago)
New music releases: "Stronger" - Kanye West; "Love Song" - Sara Bareilles; "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" - Soulja Boy; Coco - Colbie Caillat
The Who continue their tour of Scandanavia on the 4th playing at the Quart Festival in Kristiansand, Norway. Two days later they are at the Stockholm Globe Arena (6th), followed by the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark (7th) and finishing the tour at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland (9th).
On the 13th through the 15th, The Boy Who Heard Music has its stage debut at the Vassar College and New York Stage & Film's 23rd annual Powerhouse Theater Season. Author Pete does not attend.
Highbinder releases their CD Moreneverthanever featuring a cover of "Boris The Spider".
On the 17th, the DVD The Who: Videobiography is released by Classic Rock Legends.
On the 24th, Pistol Valve, a Japanese all girl brass and rock band, release their debut album Tsunamic Girls From Tokyo featuring a cover of "My Generation".
On the 27th, Si Hayden releases his album Steel Roots featuring a instrumental called "Hats Off to Pete Townshend".
On the 30th, The Who: Live in Houston, Texas 1975 is released as a semi-legal DVD in Europe.
On the 31st, The Raspberries release their CD Live on Sunset Strip (Deluxe Version) featuring a cover of "I Can't Explain". A cover of "Substitute" is also available as a download to purchasers.
July 2002 (15 years ago)
New music releases: Unleashed - Toby Keith; The Rising - Bruce Springsteen; Busted Stuff - Dave Matthews Band; By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
On the 1st, The Who, or "The Two" as the press dubs them, begin their 2002 North American tour at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. A special photo montage is added to the end of the show in remembrance of John Entwistle. Top-rated session bassist Pino Palladino joins The Who as bassist-for-hire. Pete and Roger manage to get through the show but both later talk about how upset they were. Pete: "When I looked over there and he wasn't there, I wanted to die."
The tour continues on to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California (3rd), the AutoWest Amphitheatre in Marysville, California (4th) and The Gorge in George, Washington (6th). At the last show, Pete smashes his guitar.
On the 9th, Bobby Bare, Jr. releases his CD Young Criminals Starvation League. One track, "Dig Down," begins with the lines, "This letter is addressed to Pete Townshend/Hey brother I write you to say thanks for nothin'/Your generation used up all the feelings/And if we rock it looks like we're ripping you off."
Having flown back to England, Roger and Pete attend John's funeral on the 10th, It is held at St. Edward's Church near his home in Stow-on-The-Wold, Cheltenham. As with Keith Moon, John is cremated.
On the 13th, The Sun responds to reports that Mike Myers will play Keith Moon in a bio-pic by casting the rest of the roles for "The Who: The Movie." Their choices: Nicholas Cage as Pete, Sean Bean as Roger and Alan Rickman as John.
On the 15th, Noel Gallagher of Oasis tells the Belfast Telegraph that the night John died he felt the spirit of John was watching them perform "My Generation" on stage.
Also on the 15th, The Who: The Ultimate Collection is awarded Gold status by the RIAA in the U.S.
On the 19th, Rolling Stone prints an interview with Pete where interviewer Chris Heath confronts Pete with claims by Doors publicist Danny Fields that they were "on-and-off boyfriends" in the late 1960's. Pete says he would like to meet Fields and ask him "What the f*** are you talking about? Please tell me."
On the 22nd, Roger plays a female fortune teller on his second episode of Witchblade entitled "Hierophant."
On the 23rd, The String Quartet releases their CD The String Quartet Tribute To The Who's "Tommy".
On the 25th, the coroner of Las Vegas announces his preliminary report that John's death was a massive heart attack brought on by cocaine use.
The Who resume their North American tour on the 26th at the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, Massachusetts. From there, they go to the Tweeter Center At The Waterfront in Camden, New Jersey (27th), Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania (29th) and begin a four-night stand at Madison Square Garden on the 31st. At the last date someone throws a full water bottle at Roger and hits him in the arm causing more than a few cross words from the singer.
On the 27th, The Sex Pistols perform an anti-jubilee concert in South London. They dedicate the song "Substitute" to the memory of John Entwistle.
On the 28th, Maxene, the second Mrs. Entwistle, sells her inside story on John and The Who to The Mail On Sunday. She tells them that John hated the others, he hated touring but had to because he was perpetually broke, he had to use the £1 million advance from the current tour to pay off gambling debts, Townshend hates Mick Jagger because he is so rich, none of the band like each other and never meet except to work and John had a huge drink and cocaine problem.
July 1997 (20 years ago)
New music releases: Surfacing - Sarah McLachlan; No Way Out - P. Diddy & The Family; The Art of War - Bone Thugs 'n Harmony; The Fat of the Land - The Prodigy
On the 1st, Keith Moon's solo album Two Sides Of The Moon is released on CD with additional tracks from his unreleased second album.
On the 5th, Billboard reports that Roger will be featured in a forthcoming PlayStation game called "The Tour" which requires players to strum a large guitar pick in synch with the game's music.
On the weekend of the 16th, John Entwistle spends the weekend at a Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in New York. His tour of duty is over by the 19th as he rejoins The Who with guests Simon Townshend, P.J. Proby (as The Godfather) and Benjamin Waters (as The Ace Face) as they start another leg of their multi-media presentation of Quadrophenia at Riverfront Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
The other dates from this month are the New World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Illinois (20th), the Target Center in Minneapolis (22nd), the Marcus Amphitheatre in Milwaukee (23rd), Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan (25th), Deer Creek Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana (26th), Molson Centre in Montreal (28th), Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto (29th) and the Greatwoods Amphitheater in Mansfield, Massachusetts (31st).
On the 22nd, Rhino Records releases the CD Martyrs and Madmen: The Best Of Roger Daltrey in the U.S. On the same day, the punk band Hi-Standard releases the CD Angry Fist with a cover of "The Kids Are Alright."
On the 25th, VH1 premieres an hour-long overview called The Who: Legends narrated by Levon Helm.
July 1992 (25 years ago)
New album releases: What's The 911? - Mary J. Blige; Countdown to Extinction - Megadeth; America's Least Wanted - Ugly Kid Joe; Shorty the Pimp - Too Short
On the 8th, Roger appears on Dennis Miller's talk show (FOX-TV), performs "Days of Light", and helps Miller smash up his desk.
On the 9th, The Who's Tommy, the musical written by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, premieres at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. At Pete's suggestion, the opening night is a benefit for the Playhouse and the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation. Roger and John are in attendance as are Liza Minelli, John Cusack and Robert Downey, Jr. Roger does not care for the play but local reviews are ecstatic and the end date has to be extended due to high ticket demand.
Graham Parker releases his album Burning Questions with a cover of "Substitute."
July 1987 (30 years ago)
New album releases: Appetite for Destruction - Guns 'n Roses; Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby - Terence Trent D'Arby; In The Dark - Grateful Dead; In My Tribe - 10,000 Maniacs
On the 3rd, Roger is on the Ocean Sound radio programme on the BBC giving his opinion on recently released singles.
Roger's LP Can't Wait To See The Movie is released along with a single with the A-side from the movie The Lost Boys, a cover of Elton John and Bernie Taupin's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" backed with "The Heart Has Its Reasons." In interviews at the time, Roger says he abandoned the traditional Who sound for a more modern and accessible style. Apparently it is not what buyers want from him as neither single nor LP make the charts.
The Smithereens, a New Jersey band, release the EP Live featuring a cover of "The Seeker."
John attends the International Musician Magazine party at London's Kensington Roof Garden.
Rolling Stone lists their pick for the 100 best albums of the last 20 years. Who's Next at #22 and Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy at #99 are the only two Who albums to make the list.
July 1982 (35 years ago)
New records: Emotions in Motion - Billy Squier; Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest; Love Will Turn You Around - Kenny Rogers; Donna Summer - Donna Summer
On the 3rd, Pete's LP All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes hits the British charts. The reviews range from lukewarm to strongly negative. Adam Sweeting in Melody Maker calls it belabored, Dave Marsh in Record says it is at least more interesting than The Who's latest work, Robert Palmer in The New York Times calls it an embarrassment, Jon Pareles in Rolling Stone says it is a "listenable mess" and Steve Simels in Stereo Review groups it with Robert Plant's recent solo album as "duds of major proportions." Pete chooses to disagree and to this day calls it his best solo work. The album peaks at #32 in Britain, #26 in the U.S.
On the 4th, Keith's former chauffeur Dougal Butler testifies in a suit brought by MCA trying to collect on a life insurance policy taken with Lloyd's on the life of Keith Moon. MCA is also listed as having life insurance policies on all the members of The Who.
On the 14th, Pete attends the U.K. premiere of Alan Parker's film adaptation of Pink Floyd The Wall at the Empire in Leicester Square.
On the 21st, Pete performs as a solo act at the first Prince's Trust Gala Benefit at the Dominion Theatre in London. Pete puts the show together at the request of Prince Charles. In addition to playing three of his own songs, Pete plays guitar in the house band with Phil Collins, Mick Karn, Gary Brooker, Robert Plant and Midge Ure. Madness, Jethro Tull and Kate Bush also perform. Highlights from the show are later released for home video.
On the 30th, Pete's "Uniforms (Corps d'Esprit)" is released in Britain where it peaks at #48. The B-side is the non-LP track "Dance It Away" that was originally written for The Who's Face Dances album.
July 1977 (40 years ago)
New records: The Grand Illusion - Styx; Moody Blue - Elvis Presley; Daytime Friends - Kenny Rogers; My Aim Is True - Elvis Costello
On the 1st, the John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett LP is released in the U.K. It features the tracks "Murder Man," "If I Did," "Louisa On A Horse" and "Misty Mountain" all with bass and production by Pete recorded in 1973. It fails to chart.
On the 5th, Keith Moon overdoses on Valium and is rushed to Cedars-Sinai to have his stomach pumped. The hospital puts Keith into the Thespians Ward for a drying out spell. While he is there he has seizures from alcohol and cocaine withdrawal. He is released on the 9th as the next day he has to fly to London to prepare for planned filming on The Kids Are Alright.
On the 11th, The Who regroup at Shepperton Film Studios, the studio in which they hold a sizeable financial stake. With purchase and equipment upgrades, The Who have sunk close to a million pounds into the studio intending to rent it out to other acts. Moon, with whom the other band members haven't worked since the previous October, has ballooned in weight. During this week the band rehearses and shoots a video for Roger's solo song "Say It Ain't So, Joe" with John and a topless Keith.
On the 20th, director Jeff Stein holds the first day's shooting of new film for The Kids Are Alright. The Who are shot arriving separately and rehearsing together "The Real Me," "Bell Boy," "The Kids Are Alright," "Run, Baby, Run," "Smokestack Lightning/Spoonful," "God Knows (an instrumental)" and "Won't Get Fooled Again." The next day Keith is shot arriving at the studio on a fire engine surrounded by smoke bombs. The Who then rehearse "Who Are You," "Baba O'Riley," "Shakin' All Over," "Travellin' Light," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Water" and "Barbara Ann." Only Keith's arrival, the last song and a short clip of Pete telling Keith about his hearing test results shot that day make it into the final film.
On the 30th, a single from Roger's solo album One of the Boys, "Say It Ain't So, Joe" backed with "Satin and Lace," is released in the U.S. It fails to chart.
July 1972 (45 years ago)
New records: Chicago V - Chicago; Toulouse Street - The Doobie Brothers; Super Fly/Original Soundtrack - Curtis Mayfield; Never a Dull Moment - Rod Stewart
Keith begins the month continuing to follow the Sha Na Na tour to Europe to act as compère. However, at the taping of a TV special in Knokke, Belgium, Keith tries a double somersault and jackknife onstage and ends up landing offstage. He spends three days partially recovering in a Belgian hospital.
On the 7th, New Musical Express has an interview conducted by Roy Carr with Keith called "The Loon in Moon." It is accompanied by pictures of Keith with his wife Kim and daughter Mandy that, in less liberal times, would have sparked an immediate call to Child Welfare.
On the 8th, an ad for the new Who single "Join Together" appears in Billboard. It reaches #17 in their charts and #28 in Cash Box.
On the 11th, "Join Together" becomes the only Who single to appear in the official Switzerland charts, peaking at #9.
On the 12th, the London Symphony Orchestra records the new Pete song "Love, Reign O'er Me" intended for the orchestral Tommy album. Maggie Bell ultimately records a vocal. That version remains unreleased to date although the symphonic recording may be the one used by Ronnie Charles for his cover of the song on his album Prestidigitation.
On the same day, Keith is admitted to Weybridge Hospital to remove an abscess at the base of his spine.
On the 13th, the promotional clip for "Join Together" airs on BBC's Top Of The Pops. It is repeated the following week.
On the 14th, the album Hands of Jack The Ripper by Lord Sutch and His Heavy Friends is released by Atlantic. Keith performs on "Jenny Jenny" and "Good Golly Miss Molly" taken from the 12 April 1970 live performance.
The American Record Guide harshly attacks the packaging of Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy for not declaring it to be a collection of previously released songs.
On the 16th, Keith hosts an Anti-Apartheid supper and celebrity concert on the grounds of his home, Tara, in Chertsey. Blossom Dearie, John Bird, Eleanor Bron and The Scaffold provide entertainment. Keith, fresh from hospital, limits himself to running around in his gold lamé Sha Na Na outfit.
On the 18th, NBC-TV in the U.S. airs the special Good Vibrations From London with the June 3 Beach Boys concert that had been compèred by Keith.
On the 22nd, Keith discusses his influences in New Musical Express. Although he says he admires Carlo Little (Lord Sutch), Bob Henrit (The Roulettes), and D.J. Fontana (Elvis Presley), Keith admits when The Who recorded their first singles, "I wasn't aware of anyone influencing me."
On the 26th, Pete, having decided that Nik Cohn's Who script "Rock Is Dead (Rock Lives)" is not what he is seeking, begins work on a new story based around a fictional Who fan named "Jimmy" who has a four-personality split based on the four members of The Who. He puts together a preliminary song list: "Cut My Hair", "Joker James" (a leftover track from 1968), "Quazophrenic", "You Came Back" and "We Close Tonight."
July 1967 (50 years ago)
New records: Best of the Beach Boys Vol. 2 - The Beach Boys; "Ode to Billie Joe" - Bobbie Gentry; "Expressway to Your Heart" - The Soul Survivors; "All You Need Is Love" - The Beatles
On the 1st, Disc magazine reports that The Who are continuing work on their next album, "Who's Lily?", that will feature eight Pete-written tracks with the remainder written by other group members.
Also on the 1st, "Pictures of Lily" reaches its peak on the German charts at #5.
On the 2nd, Pete and Keith enjoy a night on the town, taking in Cream at the Saville Theatre then heading over to The Speakeasy to catch The Toys.
On the 3rd, the German documentary Die jungen Nachtwandler - London Unter 21, featuring footage of The Who shot in February, airs on Bayerischen Rundfunks.
On the 5th, Kit Lambert and Dave Siddle prepare mono mixes of "I Can't Reach You," "Relax," "Glittering Girl" and the backing track for "Rael" at De Lane Lea Studios in London.
On the 7th, The Who return to New York City for performances and recording. That night they play the Malibu Beach and Shore Club on Lido Beach in Long Island. On the 8th they appear at the Village Theater (later the Fillmore East) in Greenwich Village with the Blues Project, Chrysalis and future Woodstock co-star Richie Havens. This performance is reviewed in Variety, which says, "the band's reputation for leaving a sour aftertaste is what boppers find attractive."
When they are not entertaining boppers, The Who are in Talentmasters Studio in New York finishing Pete's "Rael". Originally planned as a two-album opera, "Rael" is pared down by Who manager Kit Lambert to a seven-minute section that he intends to release as the next Who single. The recording goes well until a janitor mistakes the master recording for trash. He breaks the tape off the reel and throws it in a dumpster. Engineer Chris Huston is able to recover it but the beginning of the tape is stretched too badly to use. A mono mix version Huston had taken home is used to reconstruct the beginning of the song, which is why all stereo versions begin in mono. After all this trouble, not only is "Rael 1 & 2" not released as a single but the ending of this abbreviated version is chopped off before it surfaces on The Who Sell Out. The complete track is not released until 1994.
Around this time Pete, Roger and John are interviewed by WMCA-AM DJ Ed Baer for the Guard Scene radio show.
On the 13th, The Who begin their first North American tour opening for Herman's Hermits and The Blues Magoos at the Calgary Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta. It is also The Who's first show in Canada. Another first is that Keith Moon uses his new Premier drum kit emblazoned with the photos of nudes used to promote "Pictures Of Lily" and bearing the words "Keith Moon - Patent British Exploding Drummer." Keith is lucky to have made the show as he leaves his passport in his New York hotel room with his laundry. The passport is shipped to Seattle where the tour plane has to stop to pick it up on the way to the Vancouver show on the 17th.
On the 15th, Billboard reports that "Pictures of Lily" has reached #3 in the Australian charts. In the Netherlands, the song also reaches #3 in Muziek Expres's charts.
The Who continue opening for The Hermits at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon (14th), Center Coliseum in Seattle (15th), Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California (16th), and the Agrodome in Vancouver (17th). While in Vancouver, Keith purchases a pet piranha that he keeps in the bathtub of the hotel room he shares with John. At that night's show Pete smashes his guitar so badly he finds he cannot repair it afterwards. A new one has to be purchased at their next stop in Salt Lake City, Utah, where The Who play on the 19th.
On the 16th, "Under My Thumb" by The Who peaks at #14 on the Radio London Top 40.
The tour continues on to the Oklahoma State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City (21st), Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas (22nd), and Dallas Memorial Auditorium (23rd). An audience recording of this show is later released as a bootleg.
On the 22nd, the Happy Jack LP reaches its U.S. peak at #67 in the Billboard charts.
On the 25th, The Who stop into the bar the Green Turtle in Baton Rouge and get on stage to jam a version of "My Generation" with a local band who were just out of high school. The band gives their New Orleans Saints jerseys to The Who for their next night's show at Redemptorist High School Football Stadium.
From there, The Who go to Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Alabama (28th), then the Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama (29th). On the afternoon of this last show, Keith leaves the hotel, attracting the attention of some local toughs who shove the British "longhair" through a plate glass window.
Keith gives destruction as well as takes it, of course. During this part of the tour, Keith purchases boxfuls of powerful "cherry bomb" firecrackers. He warms up by tossing lit ones onto the highway in front of oncoming cars, then, learning they will explode even under water, starts flushing them down hotel toilets.
Meanwhile in England, pop radio is under threat. Before 1964 radio in the U.K. was completely controlled by the BBC except for some faint signals from the Continent. Starting Easter 1964 some entrepreneurs set up broadcasting stations on ships in the English Channel, beaming commercial radio and the latest pop singles to teenagers all over the British Isles. Many of the British Invasion groups, including The Who, get much of their airplay on illicit stations such as Radio London and Radio Caroline. A new law debated this month in the House of Lords will outlaw the so-called "pirate" stations. On the 27th, the BBC launches a new legal radio station, Radio One, seeking to take the place of the pirates.
On the 28th, the Dutch TV show Hoopla airs an interview with Pete they had recorded the previous month.
The last two shows of the month are at the Miami Beach Convention Hall in Miami Beach, Florida (30th), and Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida (31st). After this last show Pete reunites with his old art school buddy Tom Wright, now a photographer at Silver Springs. Tom comes aboard to be The Who's official photographer for the rest of the tour. His introduction to life with The Who comes aboard the tour plane as it takes off from St. Petersburg. The father of a girl Keith had kept out all night the night before pursues the plane in a station wagon, firing a shotgun out the window.
July 1962 (55 years ago)
New records: "She's Not You" - Elvis Presley; "Ramblin' Rose" - Nat King Cole; "You Don't Know Me" - Ray Charles; "Let's Dance" - Chris Montez
On the 7th, James Brown's "Shout and Shimmy," later covered by The Who, hits the U.S. pop charts. It peaks at #61.
Doug Sandom becomes the drummer for The Detours. He is not only older than the rest of the band, but has eight years more performing experience than they do. His first full-time gigs with the Detours start this month with a five-week occupancy at the Paradise Club.
Sometime late in the month, Keith gets his first steady position as drummer with the band The Escorts.
On the 30th, the Detours' rhythm guitarist Roy Ellis drowns while swimming in the Thames. The Detours inherit his Vox 15s amp.
July 1957 (60 years ago)
New records: "Tammy" - Debbie Reynolds; "Diana" - Paul Anka; "Honeycomb" - Jimmie Rodgers; "That'll Be The Day" - The Crickets
Around this time, Roger's mother discovers her son playing guitar to a crowd while they are on holiday.
July 1952 (65 years ago)
New records: "You Belong To Me" - Jo Stafford; "Wish You Were Here" - Eddie Fisher
Pete escapes the clutches of his crazy, abusive grandmother Denny as his mother brings him back to live full time at their home in Acton.
July 1942 (75 years ago)
New records: "(I've Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo" - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra; "He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings" - Kay Kyser & His Orchestra; "Cow Cow Boogie" - Freddie Slack & His Orchestra; "Just As Though You Were Here" - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Future Who manager Christoper Thomas Stamp is born.
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