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June 1944

New music releases: "You Always Hurt the One You Love"/"Till Then" - Mills Brothers; "Amor" - Andy Russell; "It Had To Be You" - Betty Hutton
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 1952

New music releases: "Auf Widerseh'n Sweetheart" - Vera Lynn; "Botch-a-Me" - Rosemary Clooney; "Take My Heart" - Al Martino

Pete Townshend's father Cliff Townshend begins a ten-year summer residency playing with The Squadronaires at The Palace Ballroom in Douglas, Isle of Man. This introduces a bit of stability to the Townshend marriage allowing them more time to raise young Pete without having to rely on relatives.

1946 film. Cliff is saxophonist to far right.

June 1958

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

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 1960

New music releases: Sentimental Sing Along with Mitch - Mitch Miller & His Gang; "Please Don't Leave" - Cliff Richard; "The Twist" - Chubby Checker; "Shakin' All Over" - Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
Shakin All Over JK

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.

June 1962

New music releases: I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett; "Sheila" - Tommy Roe; "Do You Love Me" - The Contours; The Stripper & Other Fun Songs for the Family - David Rose & His Orchestra
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 1963

New music releases: The Patsy Cline Story - Patsy Cline; "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" - Elvis Presley; "Blowin' in the Wind" - Peter, Paul & Mary; "I'll Never Get Over You" - Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
Goldhawk Social Club
Photo: Ral Le Huep

The 7th marks a watershed for The Detours as they play what is probably their first date at the Mods' main hangout, the Goldhawk Social Club, in Shepherd's Bush. They also make the scene at the GEC Pavilion in the Preston Road, Wembley on the 14th and Club Druane in Notre Dame Church Hall, Leicester Place on the 28th.

June 1964

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'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.

Who dance June 1964

Also during the month, Peter Meaden kits out The Who in the latest mod fashion for a series of photo shoots. One sequence shows them dancing at The Scene Club.

26 June 1964 as

On th 26th, The Who are at The Refectory in Golders Green. However, it is the last time as it marks their first banning, the result of turning their amps up after a request to turn them down.

30 June 1964 as

On the 30th, The Who play their first show at the Bluesday Club at the Railway Hotel in Harrow/Wealdstone. Although they had played at the hotel twice before in 1963 as The Detours, this date is the first of a series of dates at the hotel that will provide the nucleus of The Who's Mod following and be immortalized on the inner gatefold jacket of Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy.

June 1965

New music releases: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" - The Rolling Stones; "Feeling Good" - Nina Simone; Beatles VI - The Beatles; "I'm Henry The Eighth, I Am" - Herman's Hermits
65-06-02 Moon Paris

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.

AAA Billboard Ad

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."

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

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.

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.

June 1966

New music releases: Yesterday and Today - The Beatles; "Sunny Afternoon" - The Kinks; "Sunny" - Bobby Hebb; "Lil' Red Riding Hood" - Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs

On the afternoon of the 3rd, The Who arrive at a TV studio in Stockholm to appear on the Popside program for Sverige Television. Coming onstage busting through a Union Jack paper hoop, they mime performances of "Daddy Rolling Stone," "It's Not True," "Bald Headed Woman," "The Kids Are Alright," "Substitute" and "My Generation" while standing on a ramp. The show is directed by Peter Goldmann, later to direct the promotional films for The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane." It airs on Swedish television on the 5th.

Clint Warwick, bassist for The Moody Blues, leaves the group retiring from show business. John Entwistle, itching to leave The Who after all the infighting of the previous month, applies for but fails to get the open spot that goes to Rod Clarke from Les Garcons.

The Who in disguises

On the 14th, The Who record preliminary versions of two new Pete compositions "Disguises" and a song from Pete's first rock opera Quads, "I'm A Boy." "Disguises" is rush mixed to be used the next day on the last episode of BBC-TV's A Whole Scene Going. Pete wears a handlebar mustache and John plays a tuba named "Gladys."

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. Shortly after his arrival, Pete attends a luncheon for Herman's Hermits who are beginning their 1966 U.S. tour. A reporter from Datebook magazine gets an interview from an irritable Pete while he is photographed by Linda Eastman."I don't know why I'm here, at somebody else's luncheon...Two of your lousy record companies haven't been able to get us a hit in America. Without a hit record, we can't get a visa to perform." When a girl recognizes him and asks if Keith is there because her brother wanted Keith's drumsticks, Pete snarls "He's not here. And if he were, I'm quite sure he wouldn't give you his drumsticks."

Afterwards 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

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

On the 13th, The Who fly back to the U.S. Pete, violating one of the main rules of rock 'n roll touring, brings his girlfriend Karen Astley along for the trip. On the 14th, they 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.

The Who Fillmore Handbill 1967

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.

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
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 Allison Entwistle wedding

On the 23rd, John marries his childhood sweetheart Allison 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 Allison sail off for a honeymoon on the Queen Elizabeth.

Pictures of Lily US ad

On the 24th, "Pictures Of Lily" backed with "Doctor Doctor" is released in the U.S. The lyrics cause most radio stations to balk at playing it, so it peaks at #51 in Billboard and #60 in Cash Box.

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 film 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
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."

Before the day is over both Jagger and Richard are released on bail during appeal. Widespread opposition to the severity of the sentences leads to the rescinding of both Jagger and Richard's jail terms. There are no other Stones-cover singles by The Who. This one peaks at #44 in the charts and is subsequently released in Europe and Japan. The U.S. release does not come until both tracks appear on Two's Missing 20 years later.

June 1968

New music releases: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly; "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" - Jackie Wilson; "Dream a Little Dream of Me" - The Mama's & The Papa's; "Stoned Soul Picnic" - The 5th Dimension
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.

Ad for 1968 Shrine concert

On the 28th, The Who headline at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with Fleetwood Mac and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown supporting. "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand" and "Silas Stingy" get rare live performances. On the same day Life magazine does a cover story on "New Rock" with a two-page spread of The Who asleep under a Union Jack flag.

On the 29th, is another performance at The Shrine Auditorium. The Steve Miller Band substitutes for The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown during the second show after Arthur breaks his toe during the first set. 8mm audience-shot footage later appears in VH1's 1997 special Legends: The Who.

June 1969

New music releases: Johnny Cash At San Quentin - Johnny Cash; First Take - Roberta 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.

Something In The Air picture sleeve

On the 11th, Thunderclap Newman's "Something In The Air," produced by Pete and with him on bass guitar, hits the British charts. The single will ultimately make #1 there.

The Who Hollywood Bowl 1969 poster

On the 13th, The Who stage the Hollywood premiere of Tommy, performing the rock opera at the Hollywood Palladium as part of the "Magic Circus" with fellow acts Poco and the Bonzo Dog Band. Attending the show are Janis Joplin, Spirit, Mama Cass Elliot, David Crosby, Peter Tork and The Turtles.

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.

On the 20th, Roger and Pete appear in New York City court for assaulting a policeman back at the May 16th Fillmore East concert. Pete is fined $75. The charge against Roger is dismissed. After sentencing, The Who remain in New York for another week.

The Who's Woodstock contract

At the end of that week, 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

New music releases: Closer To Home - Grand Funk Railroad; "Lola" - The Kinks; "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" - Stevie Wonder; On Stage - Elvis Presley
70-06-07 Photo

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. 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.

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, 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.

June 1971

New music releases: Blue - Joni Mitchell; "Move On Up" - Curtis Mayfield; "Tired of Being Alone" - Al Green; "Won't Get Fooled Again" - The Who
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. Two places where the single does well is the Singapore and Malaysian charts where the single goes to #1. 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

New music releases: Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits - Simon & Garfunkel; Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden - Elvis Presley; A Song For You - The Carpenters; 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

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.

Sounds 24 Jun 1972

On the same day Pete tells Sounds magazine that widespread bootlegging of the Meher Baba devotional albums that have featured his work will lead to him releasing a collection of them through his legitimate record label. It will be called Who Came First. Pete will later discover that MCA mistook the actual releases of the Baba albums for bootlegs.

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.

June 1973

New music releases: Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits - Janis Joplin; "Dream On" - Aerosmith; "Let's Get It On" - Marvin Gaye; Chicago VI - Chicago
Pete Townshend and Keith Moon listen to Quadrophenia playback
Photo: Robert Ellis

On the 1st, primary recording for the Quadrophenia album begins at The Kitchen (later Ramport Studios) in Battersea using Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio. The first song laid to tape is "Bell Boy."

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. On the 27th, "5:15" is recorded.

Quadrophenia June mix tape box

A rough stereo mix of at least part of Quadrophenia is assembled on the 28th. The album tracks are "Can You See The Real Me?", "Punk In The Gutter", "Drowned", "Dirty Jobs", "We Close Tonight", "Quadrophenia" (a/k/a "Four Faces"), "5:15", "Dr. Jimmy & Mr. Jim", "Russian Dance", "Is It In My Head".

On the 29th, overdubs for "We Close Tonight" and new Roger vocals for "Drowned" and "Love Reign O'er Me" are recorded.

June 1974

New music releases: Bad Company - Bad Company; Back Home Again - John Denver; Endless Summer - The Beach Boys; "Sweet Home Alabama" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
See Me Feel Me shoot

On the 3rd, five days of filming the end of Tommy: The Movie begins at Portsmouth. Roger has all the hair singed off one arm by gas jet flames.

Pete MSG 1974

On the 10th, The Who play the first of four nights at Madison Square Garden. The support band this night and the next is Golden Earring. The first night's show is the only one where The Who performs a live rendition of Keith Moon's "Waspman". Otherwise 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.

Roger Daltrey MSG 1974
Photo: Chuck Pulin

Backstage The Who get into a vicious screaming match arguing about the poor quality of the show. The Who's former manager Kit Lambert, like most everyone else around except Roger quite drunk, starts demanding he be allowed to mix the live P.A. for the rest of the shows. The Who have him taken to his hotel. Pete meanwhile has to stay at the Hotel Pierre that night because Who fans have taken all the extra rooms at the Navarro where The Who are staying.

Meanwhile, back in England, Ken Russell is filming part of the "Bernie's Holiday Camp" sequence for the Tommy movie at the South Parade Pier in Portsmouth on the 11th. Somehow a fire starts and the pier burns down. Footage of the burning pier makes its way into the final film

Go To The Mirror shoot

On the 17th, Roger, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and Jack Nicholson report to Harefield Grove to shoot the "Go to the Mirror" sequence.

Ann-Margret Champagne shoot

Shooting for the "Champagne" and "Smash The Mirror" sequences are held on the 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th and 26th. Ann-Margret's scene wallowing in foam, chocolate and baked beans has to be postponed at one point after she cuts her hand on shards of the broken television from which the conglomeration emerges.

June 1976

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

On the 5th, The Who continue their "Who Put The Boot In Tour" performing at the Celtic Football Ground in Glasgow, Scotland. 35,000 attend and over £100,000 are donated to charity.

Keith Moon smash organ
Photo: Chalkie Davis

That afternoon in the backstage area of the parking lot, Keith fulfills the request of the 11-year old who won the organ from the Tommy film by smashing it with a sledgehammer.

The Who at Swansea 1976

A week later 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 1977

New music releases: CSN - Crosby, Stills & Nash; JT - James Taylor; Superman - Barbra Streisand; "Best of My Love" - Emotions

Pete records his demo of the song "Who Are You" at his Goring Studio.

Keith Moon Led Zeppelin

On the 23rd, Keith Moon comes out of seclusion to join Led Zeppelin during an encore at the Los Angeles Forum. While John Bonham drums to "Moby Dick", Keith plays tympani and tambourine. It will be his last musical performance in front of an audience in North America.

June 1978

New music releases: Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - Jeff Wayne; Double Vision - Foreigner; Some Girls - The Rolling Stones; The Cars - The Cars
Frank Roddam 1978

On the 16th, Franc Roddam signs a contract to direct the film version of Quadrophenia.

Also on the 16th, the members of Monty Python's Flying Circus vote to include Keith Moon as a cast member in their forthcoming movie Life of Brian. Keith was to play the role of a "mad prophet" but will die days before his part was to be filmed.

June 1979

New music releases: Candy-O - The Cars; I Am - Earth, Wind & Fire; Live Killers - Queen; "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" - Journey
The Kids Are Alright soundtrack

On the 5th, The Kids Are Alright soundtrack double LP is released in the U.K. and on the next day in the U.S. Complimentary reviews come from Chris Welch in Melody Maker, Charles Shaar Murray in New Musical Express and Steve Simels in Stereo Review. Greil Marcus dubs the album "okay" in Rolling Stone, using the review as a platform to damn the song "Won't Get Fooled Again" for being "stale." David Hepworth in Sounds gives the record a thumbs-down in a review entitled "How To Flog Dead Horses." The album peaks at #26 in Britain and #8 in America.

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 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.

Pete Townshend Secret Policemans Ball 1979
Photo: Paul Cox

On the 30th, Pete performs as a solo act with acoustic guitar at Her Majesty's Theatre in London as part of The Secret Policeman's Ball event benefiting Amnesty International. His performances of "Pinball Wizard", "Drowned" and "Won't Get Fooled Again", the latter accompanied by classical guitarist John Williams, are later released on The Secret Policeman's Ball album and video.

June 1980

New music releases: The Game - Queen; Urban Cowboy - Original Soundtrack; The Blues Brothers - Original Soundtrack; 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.

80-06 Pete Townshend
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 1981

New music releases: Duran Duran - Duran Duran; "Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie; "Happy Birthday" - Stevie Wonder; Love Songs - Cliff Richard
Bundrick 1981 Interview

Pete begins two months of work on his second solo album for Atlantic Records. During this month he goes into Oceanic Studios and records a rehearsal version of "It's In Ya" with John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Peter Hope-Evans, Tony Butler, Mark Brzezcki and Jody Linscott that is later released on Scoop 3. Around this time there is an incident with Rabbit getting violent while drunk. He is fired from The Who, missing the 1982 album and tour.

Sometime during this summer Roger sets up a professional trout farm.

June 1982

New music releases: "Africa" - Toto; Mirage - Fleetwood Mac; "Come on Eileen" - Dexys Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express; Lexicon of Love - ABC
Pete Townshend New Musical Express June 1982

On the 4th, Pete fills in Time Out magazine on his two-year drug and alcohol binge and his recent recovery. He provides the same to New Musical Express on the 12th.

The Who, meanwhile 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."

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes

On the 18th, Pete's LP All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes is released in the UK. 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.

June 1983

New music releases: Synchronicity - The Police; A Decade of Hits - The Charlie Daniels Band; No Parking on the Dance Floor - Midnight Star; The Wild Heart - Stevie Nicks

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

New music releases: Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen; Purple Rain - Prince & The Revolution; "Ghostbusters" - Ray Parker, Jr.; Breaking Hearts - Elton John
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 1986

New music releases: Invisible Touch - Genesis; Back in the High Life - Steve Winwood; Night Songs - Cinderella; Storms of Life - Randy Travis
Neil Schon, Eddie Van Halen, John Entwistle NAMM 1986

John travels to the North American Music Merchandisers exhibition in Chicago to promote the new "buzzard" bass he has designed. He is interviewed by MTV on the exhibition floor, saying that he is currently writing a book about mythical rock star ancestors. While attending he jams with Eddie Van Halen and also a New York-based band, Rat Race Choir. Apparently John enjoys playing with the group as they end up forming the basis of his solo touring band from this point on.

On the 29th, Pete's father Cliff Townshend dies of cancer at the age of 70.

June 1987

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

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."

Can't Wait to See the Movie LP

Also on the 20th, Billboard reviews Roger's newly-released album Can't Wait to See the Movie. They call it "mature material" in a "polished album". Apparently this is not what buyers expect from him as the LP fails to make the charts. The U.K. release does not happen until 31 July.

June 1989

New music releases: Soul Provider - Michael Bolton; The End of The Innocence - Don Henley; Cosmic Thing - The B-52's; Heart Of Stone - Cher
Musician July 1989

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

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

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 1990

New music releases: Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey; Step by Step - New Kids on the Block; Flesh & Blood - Poison; I'll Give All My Love to You - Keith Sweat
Musician June 1990

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 1993

New music releases: Sleepless in Seattle - Various Artists; "Insane in the Brain" - Cypress Hill; Back to Broadway - Barbra Streisand; "Runaway Train" - Soul Asylum
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

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

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

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

At the end of 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 1995

New music releases: Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette; HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1 - Michael Jackson; Tigerlily - Natalie Merchant; These Days - Bon Jovi
95-06-17 Tommy Curtain Call

On the 17th, The Who's Tommy closes on Broadway after 900 performances.

June 1996

New music releases: Secrets - Toni Braxton; Load - Metallica; "Wannabe" - Spice Girls; Recurring Dream - The Very Best of Crowded House - Crowded House
Roger knocked out 1996
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

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
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

New music releases: Supernatural - Santana; Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers; Significant Other - Limp Bizkit; Enema of the State - Blink-182

After Bill Curbishlhey's letter of the previous month, Pete writes 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 2000

New music releases: Country Grammar - Nelly; "Yellow" - Coldplay; "Californication" - Red Hot Chili Peppers; 7 - S Club 7

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."

In Rolling Stone, John says that while The Who were "shit-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 fucking 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.

00-06-25 Chicago Photo
Photo: Warren Skalski

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 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 2002

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

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

New music releases: Dangerously in Love - Beyoncé; Elephunk - Black Eyed Peas; "Where is the Love?" - Black Eyed Peas; "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" - Alan Jackson

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

New music releases: "Chasing Cars" - Snow Patrol; "Life is a Highway" - Rascal Flatts; Loose - Nelly Furtado; "The Diary of Jane" - Breaking Benjamin

On the 7th, The Who sneak their new show into Knebworth House in Herfordshire to perform at "Hedgestock", a day long private festival for hedge fund managers. $3.4 million is lifted from their pockets for the Teenage Cancer Trust before the mortgage collapse takes the rest.

The Who Hedgestock cartoon
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 2007

New music releases: "Misery Business" - Paramore; "Love Song" - Sara Bareilles; "The Way I Are" - Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson and D.O.E.; Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus

On the 5th, Pete is interviewed about the writing of Endless Wire in Metro International: "Some of them I started in 2002, when John Entwistle was alive, and he always had lots of songs ready. At that time Roger was promising to write songs as well, so I concentrated on trying to produce songs that were arch, dark and extreme - leaving the lighter stuff to John and Roger."

June 2009

New music releases: "I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas; The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas; "Sweet Dreams" - Beyoncé; "Obsessed" - Mariah Carey

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 2012

New music releases: "Summertime Sadness" - Lana Del Rey; "Some Nights" - fun.; "One More Night" - Maroon 5; "Ho Hey" - The Lumineers

On the 11th, two pieces from the orchestral version of Quadrophenia premiere at Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's Southbank. Pete Townshend and Jeff Beck attend to play guitar on "Love Reign O'er Me". Pete's future wife Rachel Fuller provids the arrangements.

On the 22nd, Pete pens a lengthy recolection about John Entwistle on the tenth anniversary of his death. "On stage with the Who I often look across and expect to see John standing there scratching the side of his nose and take a resigned deep breath in that characteristically thoughtful way that often presaged a funny story or a blistering bass passage."

June 2014

New music releases: X - Ed Sheeran; "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor; "Maps" - Maroon 5; "Don't Tell 'Em" - Jeremih featuring YG
Roger Daltrey Pete Townshend Kenney Jones 2014
Photo: Roger Goodgroves

On the 14th, Roger and Pete reunite with Kenney Jones for their first performance together since 1988. They play a five song set at a festival held at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club. Dubbed the "Rock'n Horsepower" festival, the concert benefits UK Prostate Cancer. It was put together by Kenney Jones who had been suffering with prostate cancer over the last year. Other performers include Mick Hucknall, Jeff Beck, Procul Harum, Mike + The Mechanics, Alvin Stardust, Nik Kershaw and John Parr. Others attending the Rock 'n' Horsepower event included Ruby Wax, Colin Salmon, Jane Seymour and Penny Smith.

The Who presser 2014
Photo: Brian Rasic

On the 20th, Pete and Roger hold a press conference to announce plans for their "The Who Hits 50!" tour. The venue for the presser is Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club where The Who premiered Tommy for the press 45 years earlier. Roger dubs the tour "the beginning of a long goodbye." Pete adds, "We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we're lucky to be alive and still touring. If I had enough hairs to split, I would say that for 13 years since 1964 The Who didn't really exist, so we are really only 37." The two then perform an acoustic set of "Substitute", "Bargain", "The Kids Are Alright", and "Won't Get Fooled Again".

June 2016

New Music Releases: "Heathens" - Twenty-One Pilots; "Treat You Better" - Shawn Mendes; "Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1" - Kanye West; "Sucker for Pain" - Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons with Logic and Ty Dolla Sign featuring X Ambassadors
The Who Azkena 2016

On the 15th, The Who Hits 50! tour is taken to the Continent with the band performing at Zénith in Toulouse, France followed by Mad Cool Festival in Caja Mágica in Madrid on the 16th and Azkena Rock Festival, CIFP Mendizabala LHII, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain on the 18th. These three shows are the last with long-time Who soundman Bobby Pridden running the onstage soundboard. After this he retires from touring at doctor's orders.

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

New Music Releases: "Whatever It Takes" - Imagine Dragons; "Bodak Yellow" - Cardi B; "Young, Dumb & Broke" - Khalid; "Wild Thoughts" - DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller
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

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

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.

June 2018

New Music Releases: Scorpion - Drake; "Be Alright" - Dean Lewis; "Praise the Lord (Da Shine)" - A$ap Rocky; "Lose It" - Kane Brown
As Love As I Have You LP

On the 1st, Roger's first solo studio album in 26 years, As Long As I Have You, is released in the U.K. by Polydor. Solo has to be somewhat qualified as Pete plays guitar on seven of the tracks. The Times gives it four stars and Rolling Stone gives it three and a half saying, "Seventy-four-year-old Daltrey's voice is a little gruffer than it was when he was a young buck, but it's as strong and passionate as ever." In the U.K. it peaks at #8 while in the U.S. it only reaches #194.

On the 13th, Mike Love tells the press that at one point Keith Moon wrote the Beach Boys a letter. "He wrote us a letter saying he wanted to be our drummer, but unfortunately Dennis Wilson was our drummer. Dennis, Brian and Carl and Al wouldn't have allowed it."

On the 22nd, Roger takes a day off from his tour to present a check for nearly $500,000 to the Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The donation came from The Who's charity Teen Cancer America. The hospital says they will use the money to do more cancer research for afflicted teens.

In other Roger Daltrey/Teen Cancer news, on the 25th, BBC2 TV runs the programme Teenagers v. Cancer: A User's Guide. One scene shows Roger performing a Johnny Cash song in a teenage cancer ward.

June 2019

New Music Releases: "No Guidance" - Chris Brown featuring Drake; "Señorita" - Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello; "Panini" - Lil Nas X; "Money in the Grave" - Drake featuring Rick Ross

The first leg of The Who's "Movin' On" North American tour was supposed to finish at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena on the 1st, but the Raptors were in the playoffs so maybe later, eh.

Who Dr Martens boots

On the 6th, Dr. Martens footwear gets around to saying thank you to Pete promotion of their brand in the 60s and 70s by putting out a line of boots, shoes and socks saluting The Who with roundel emblems.

Roger Daltrey live orchestral Tommy album

On the 14th, Roger has a live album out from his 2018 performances of Tommy with orchestral accompaniment, The Who's Tommy Orchestral. It will hit #1 on Billboard's Classical Music chart.

On the 17th, Roger is interviewed in He says he has rejected one song Pete supplied for the new Who album. “I don’t like Pete’s lyric for it. It upset me so I’m hoping he can just get it right.

On the 26th, the British rock band The Wild Things tweets "We’ve been in the studio all week making some casual sounds with rock legend Pete Townshend. How’s your Wednesday going?"

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