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Page updated May 1, 2024. This is a highly abridged version of all the things that happened to and around The Who in May. Click for access to the full history.

May 1935

New music releases: "In the Middle of a Kiss" - Hal Kemp & His Orchestra; "The Lady In Red" - Xavier Cugat & His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra; "I'll Never Say Never Again Again" - Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra; "Tell Me That You Love Me" - Freddy Martin & His Orchestra
Baby Kit

On the 11st, future Who manager Christopher "Kit" Lambert is born to British composer Constant Lambert and his wife Flo.

May 1945

New music releases: "June Comes Around Every Year" - Bing Crosby; "Bell Bottom Trousers" - Tony Pastor and His Orchestra; "Caldonia" - Woody Herman and His Orchestra; "Leave Us Leap" - Gene Krupa and His Orchestra
Baby Pete

On the 19th, Pete Dennis Blanford Townshend is born ten days after V-E (Victory in Europe) Day at the Central Middlesex Hospital Annexe in Chiswick, London to parents Cliff and Betty Townshend.

May 1961

New music releases: "I Feel So Bad" - Elvis Presley; "Well I Ask You" - Eden Kane; "Wooden Heart" - Joe Dowell; "Temptation" - The Everly Brothers
John Entwistle mention in Acton Gazette

On the 4th, John receives his first musical review in the Acton Post and Gazette for his performance at the annual music festival for Acton Secondary Schools' choirs and musical ensembles. "John Entwistle was the only soloist of the evening. He played the finale from the Horn Concerto No. 4, by Mozart. It's a popular horn solo which calls for nimble fingering. John could have given it a little more volume without any injustice to Mozart."

Acton County Grammar in 1961

Around this month, Pete and John finish their time at Acton County Grammar School. Pete heads on to art school while John's mom gets him a job working for Inland Revenue. He will keep this day job for more than three years.

May 1963

New music releases: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan; Themes for Young Lovers - Percy Faith and His Orchestra; Yakety Sax! - Boots Randolph; "I Like It" - Gerry & The Pacemakers
Detours ad 17 May 1963

On the 17th, two days before Pete's 18th birthday, his art college and music worlds collide for the first time at the Park Hotel's Carnival Ballroom in Hanwell. "...All my college chums turned out. Some pretty girls from the fashion school stood at the front of the stage, pretending to scream at me like Beatles fans; they were teasing, but everyone was impressed, especially when we played the slightly funkier R&B tunes I'd managed to sneak into our otherwise catholic repertoire."

Other nights for fans to scream at Pete and The Detours are the Douglas House in Bayswater (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th), the White Hart Hotel in Acton (5th, 9th and 26th), The Oldfield Hotel in Greenford (11th, 18th, 23rd and 28th) and the Grand Ballroom in Broadstairs on the 24th. The two performances on the 26th mark the end of "Gabby" Connolly's time with The Detours. From this point on Roger takes over lead vocals.

Keith Moon and the Beachcombers

Also during this month, The Beachcombers take band pictures with their new drummer Keith Moon.

May 1964

New music releases: "I Get Around" - The Beach Boys; Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong; Cotton Candy - Al Hirt; The Academy Award-Winning "Call Me Irresponsible" and Other Hit Songs from the Movies - Andy Williams
64-05 Keith Portrait

May 2nd is Keith's first official date with The Who playing a girl's 21st birthday party upstairs in a pub on the North Circular. John is amazed to see Keith tie his drums together with rope but understands when he sees him play.

Peter Meaden

For help refashioning the band into hitmakers, The Who's manager Helmut Gorden brings in Peter Meaden, a former employee of The Rolling Stones' impresario, Andrew Loog Oldham. Meaden, a pill-popping Mod, has recently left Oldham's employ under bad circumstances and is now looking for a group to refashion as Mods to appeal to London's growing Mod cult.

On the 4th, The Who play at Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill. Drummer Brian Redman (formerly of The Fourmost) sits in to warm up for the next day's audition, again for Chris Parmeinter of Fontana Records as well as Jack Baverstock at the same basement café where they had auditioned April 9. Both Keith and Brian Redman perform "I'm The Face" and, although manager Gorden objects, Pete, Roger and John already know they must use Keith.

On the 11th, The Who record their first record at I.B.C. Studios, London. Peter Meaden takes Slim Harpo's "Got Love If You Want It," tarts it up with Mod lyrics and renames it "I'm The Face". This take exists as an acetate but has not been released to date.

During the weekend of the 16th, when The Who play Brighton, the Whitsun Bank Holiday riots between Mods and Rockers take place. Photos of Mods and Rockers smashing each other on the Brighton seaside inflame the British public.

The press also reports a sad incident connected with the Mod invasion. The body of a 17-year old Mod named Barry Prior is discovered in the surf below a cliff on which his empty sleeping bag is found. Pete will read the story of this apparent suicide and, nine years later, use it as the basis for his work Quadrophenia.

On the 31st, Pete, Peter Meaden and Richard Barnes attend a Chuck Berry/Gene Vincent/Carl Perkins concert at the Hammersmith Odeon, which Barnes remembers as one of the first large gatherings of Mods he and Pete had seen.

May 1965

New music releases: My Name Is Barbra - Barbra Streisand; "I'm Alive" - The Hollies; "Cara Mia" - Jay and the Americans; "Yes, I'm Ready" - Barbara Mason
65-05 John Pop Art Clothes
Photos: John Topham
65-05 Keith Pop Art Clothes

During this month, The Who premiere their new look. Modeled after the then art school of "Pop Art," The Who wear T-shirts with Royal Air Force roundels, jackets covered in war medals and a special jacket made out of the Union Jack. It sparks a fashion trend that remains popular to this day (cf., Ben Sherman).

Thursday (13th) The Who get back to work at the Public Hall in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire. News of the gig must not have got out. According to Roger "we played for the first half-hour to a literally, empty hall. Then there was this onrush of drunken blokes from the pub next door, and they let us have it with bottles, pennies and everything. They didn't care what they hit. And some of them got annoyed when we ducked the bottles and they accused us of using swear words in front of their young ladies.."

On the 19th The Who perform for Three Go Round at Southern Television Studios in Southampton. It is allegedly on the train to Southampton that Pete, still angry that his car (a hearse) had recently been towed away because the sight of it offended the Queen Mum on her morning rounds, writes a vicious put-down of the entire older generation called "My Generation."

Anyway Anyhow Anywhere UK

On the 21st, The Who's second single, "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" backed with "Daddy Rolling Stone" is released in the U.K. on Brunswick. Derek Johnson in New Musical Express calls is "a wild racer, with just about every conceivable commands attention and should do well." Record Mirror scratches its head and declares: "This one is very weird. Sounds like Flamenco music at the start, all jangly and off-beat Piano appears mysteriously and the guitar break midway is highly electronic and strange. Yet very effective, though hard to describe."

65-05-22 Record Mirror Pic

On the 22nd, an article on The Who appears in Record Mirror featuring short and angry quotes from Pete and Keith. Pete: "This thing about smashing amplifiers; well, if we've got a particularly thick audience out in the sticks we do it but sometimes we take the thing down a bit." Keith: "We had to do something ['Anyway Anyhow Anywhere'] that would get away from all the rubbish that people are buying."

May 1966

New music releases: Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys; "Paint It, Black" - The Rolling Stones; Strangers In The Night - Frank Sinatra; "Paperback Writer" - The Beatles
The Who at 1966 NME Poll Winners

On the 1st, The Who make their only appearance at one of the New Musical Express Poll Winners concerts at the Empire Pool in Wembley. The incredible line up for this concert also includes The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, The Spencer Davis Group, Dusty Springfield, Herman's Hermits, Cliff Richard, Sounds Incorporated, The Alan Price Set, Crispian St. Peters, The Overlanders, The Seekers, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Shadows, The Walker Brothers, Roy Orbison and, in their last concert appearance in the U.K., The Beatles. According to Alan Smith in New Musical Express' review, there was one band that stood out among these great talents: "I don't know that it was music; it was more like watching violence put to rhythm. But unquestionably, [The Who] stood out as the most remarkable appearance of the second half and I say this even though the Rolling Stones and The Beatles were to follow." The show is videotaped and The Who's performance is broadcast on ITV on the 8th. Rumors still circulate that a copy of this show exists but it has never gone public since its initial broadcast.

Smashed windows in a huff

The violence continues offstage at The Who's next scheduled show. They were to have appeared on the 3rd at the Winter Gardens in Malvern but the show is cancelled and the disappointed audience is told that The Who could not make it due to a van break down. Some of the audience members aren't having it and go on a window-smashing rampage. They are correct to be disbelieving. The van breakdown is merely a cover story for the fact that Pete, John and Keith have collectively refused to share a stage with Roger. Again he is out of the band.

The 4th finds The Who on stage at the Town Hall in Stourbridge performing as a trio with Pete and John sharing lead vocals. Roger is kept out again on the 5th at the Town Hall in Kidderminster. After the show the 17-year old singer for the local band Listen approaches Pete and volunteers to take Roger's place as lead singer. Pete turns Robert Plant down.

On the 6th, Roger makes a temporary peace with Pete, John and Keith, rejoining the group for their first trek to North Ireland to play three dates beginning with the Top Hat Ballroom in Lisburn. He must have been happy to have re-joined the band for this trip as he runs into Bob Dylan who is performing on the same day at the ABC Cinema. Bob and Roger have tea and a chat between the acoustic and electric sets of his show.

Pete's patchwork plans

On the 7th, The Who perform at the National Stadium in Dublin. Later newspaper reports say that the IRA leveled threats against The Who if they went on stage in their Union Jack jackets. The Who were reported to have already responded by having special jackets made from the Eire tricolour. However, Max Ker-Seymer, who was in the supporting band Peter Adler and The Next in Line, says there were never any threats made. The Who finish up Ireland with a show at the Arcadia Ballroom in Cork on the 8th.

Taking some time off, Pete presents Who manager Kit Lambert with a musical gift on the 10th, the day before Kit's 31st birthday. It is a 10-minute piece called "Gratis Amatis" that Pete put together with his friend Ray Tolliday and which he jokingly refers to as an opera. It sparks Kit's imagination. Why not a rock 'n roll opera? Kit sends Pete off to try to devise a story and songs for a full-length work.

The Who were to have toured The Netherlands around this time but cannot because they are unable to obtain work permits. Keith keeps busy behind the scenes as he sneaks over to play drums for a "super-group" being assembled by The Yardbirds' guitarist Jeff Beck. On the 16th and 17th the group that consists of Beck, Moon, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Nicky Hopkins records "Beck's Bolero." The other members of The Who know nothing about it at the time and it is Beck's understanding that Keith will quit The Who and join his group. When Keith fails to do so, this early version of The Jeff Beck Group falls apart.

Keith Moon Bruce Johnston RSG
Photo: Bruce Johnston

On the 19th, Keith meets up with Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys who has arrived in London with an advance copy of the Pet Sounds album. The next day Keith gets Bruce an interview on Ready Steady GO! but it causes him and John to miss the first half of The Who's set at The Corn Exchange in Newbury, Berkshire. Pete and Roger have been playing with the bassist and drummer from their opening act The Jimmy Brown Sound and are naturally furious at Keith. At the end of the show Keith, knocking over his drum set as usual, hits Pete in the leg with a falling cymbal. Pete turns and sends his guitar flying right into Keith's head.

Keith and John storm off determined that they are finally finished with The Who. They head over to Kit Lambert's house to tell him they're out. Pete goes over to Keith's the next day and tries to apologize. Keith is having none of it and for the time The Who have to continue with another drummer.

On the 25th, Reaction Records head Robert Stigwood tells the press that Keith is backing down on his threat to leave The Who. Keith returns on the 28th for The Who's performance at the South Pier in Blackpool.

May 1967

New music releases: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles; Are You Experienced - The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Headquarters - The Monkees; "Windy" - The Association

On the 3rd, The Who's manager Kit Lambert sends a telegram to the Monterey Pop Festival organizers telling them The Who have agreed to perform there in exchange for six 1st-class plane tickets. The Who, along with Jimi Hendrix, had been recommended for the festival by Paul McCartney during a U.S. visit the month before.

Biba's Boutique Who ad

On the 12th, Coca-Cola London registers receipt of two spots from MRM Productions. They are filmed commercials to be used in promoting a tie-in between Coca-Cola and Biba's Boutique in Piccadilly. The music for both spots is performed by The Who and is not officially released by the band until the mid-1990's as "Things Go Better With Coke" and "Coke After Coke".

On the 17th, The Who travel to Stevenage to play the Locarno Ballroom. Backstage, John expresses his opinion of a "well-known bandleader" by punching his picture on the wall. He breaks his finger. Despite the injury, The Who manage to honor a commitment to play the next night at the Locarno Ballroom in Bristol.

Pete Townshend Oxford Pembroke May Ball

On the 27th The Who play one of their weirdest dates, the Oxford Pembroke College May Ball. They are expected to play dance music but most of the prom goers spend the evening with their hands over their ears as first Cream and then The Who attack them with a sonic assault. Pete's guitar is stolen after the show.

On the 28th, The Who go to CBS Studios, London and record backing tracks for "I Can See For Miles," "Armenia City In The Sky" and the U.S. single version of "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand." However, further recording is cancelled after Keith collapses from a rupture in his stomach wall caused by throwing his drum kit around at the show the previous night. He is taken to St. George's hospital for an operation. John's broken finger combined with Keith's rupture effectively scuttles the attempt to finish the "Who's Lily?" album in time for a summer release.

May 1968

New music releases: Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash; "Born to Be Wild" - Steppenwolf; "Think" - Aretha Franklin; Creedence Clearwater Revival - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Pete Townshend MM article 4-5-68
Photo: Barrie Wentzell

On the 4th, Melody Maker prints Chris Welch's story of a recent visit to Pete's home studio. Pete plays him the demo version of "Now I'm A Farmer" and says it is part of a new opera he is writing called "The Amazing Journey" about a deaf, mute and blind boy who has dreams and sees himself as the ruler of the cosmos. It is the first public mention of what will eventually become Tommy.

Keith, Mandy and Kim Moon
Photo: Ian Tyas

Keith is interviewed in Disc and Music Echo and admits he has been secretly married for over two years and has a baby daughter. In connection with this article Keith, his wife Kim and daughter Mandy have their first public photos taken by Ian Tyas. The family then leaves for a short vacation in Mombasa, Kenya.

Pete and Karen Townshend wedding

A far less secret marriage ceremony is held on the 20th as Pete and his long-time girlfriend Karen Astley wed at the Didicot Registry Office in Oxfordshire. The reception is held at the in-laws' but there is no honeymoon as Pete has to stay home to work on the next Who single.

Two days later, The Who record that single, "Dogs," at Advision Studios in London. Recording continues through the 29th with The Who laying down more tracks for a new album. Pete's "Melancholia" and backing tracks for "Now I'm A Farmer" and "Magic Bus" are laid down to tape; Jess Roden of The Alan Bown Set provides backing vocals on the latter track. Also recorded are covers of "Fortune Teller," an as-yet-unreleased studio version of "Shakin' All Over," and also unreleased songs "Joy" and "Facts of Life."

May 1969

New music releases: Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash; "Sweet Caroline" - Neil Diamond; Tommy - The Who; "Sugar, Sugar" - The Archies
69-05-01 Who Ronnie Scotts

On the 1st, The Who present Tommy to the press at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London. Chris Welch of Melody Maker later said the sound was so loud, his ears rang for 20 hours afterwards. Disc magazine headlines the performance: "Who's Tommy: A Masterpiece".

On the 3rd, the Tommy album is premiered in its entirety on BBC Radio 1.

69-05-09 ad

The Who present Tommy to America for the first time at the Grande Ballroom outside Detroit on the 9th. The supporting act is Joe Cocker & The Grease Band. This venue gets the honors because it is run by Pete's old art school friend and former Who photographer Tom Wright. Wright tapes the show on a portable Nagra recorder. The Who return for the evenings of the 10th and 11th.

From there The Who head to Beantown to perform at the venue The Boston Tea Party on the 13th, 14th, and 15th. Support is provided by jazz saxman Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Pete later recalls in his autobiography, "I stood exhausted in the dressing room as Roland Kirk pushed his way in shouting, 'Where's that little white motherf***ing dude that wrote the thing about the deaf, dumb and blind kid?' I stayed quiet, but he heard me breathing, came over to me and gave me a hug. 'You don't know what it's like man, but you gave us blind folk our own opera thing at last! But I ain't dumb, and I ain't deaf.'"

Fillmore Plainclothes

On the 16th, The Who return to the Fillmore East in Greenwich Village, New York City with opening acts Sweetwater and It's A Beautiful Day. The last time they played there was under the threat of rioting after the Martin Luther King assassination. This time the building next door to the Fillmore catches on fire. Policeman Dan Mulhearn runs on stage to stop the show and warn the crowd. "I was working plainclothes assigned to trying to get 'mugged' on the Bowery and responded to the Fillmore as a fire was reported there. Officer Gehrig began to usher people out the fire doors and I approached the stage, in plainclothes but with badge in hand. I thought the band understood what was going on as I was handed the microphone by Roger Daltrey. Then I was kicked in the groin area by Pete Townshend and two large gentlemen grabbed me from behind and I was thrown out the fire door backstage... There was no real injury as Pete missed his mark by a couple of inches, thankfully." The second show is cancelled and The Who spend the night at Bill Graham's apartment while the police search for them at their hotel.

69-05-17 Arraginment

On the 17th, Pete and Roger surrender themselves to the authorities at the Ninth Precinct station. They are released on bail and return to the Fillmore to perform two shows that evening and another two on the 18th to make up for the missed shows on the 16th. Jimi Hendrix drops by for one of the 18th shows to catch the new rock opera.

Tommy Dj Promo

As Pete and Roger are being arraigned, the first copies of the Tommy LP are appearing on store shelves in America, disc jockeys also receive a 4-single box set of selected tracks. Ellen Sander in Saturday Review calls it a masterpiece and says it features some of the best rock music ever recorded. John Gabree in High Fidelity calls it "superlative rock-and-roll". David Walley in Jazz &Pop hails it as a "superlative achievement" while Charles E. Fager in Christian Century loves it and calls it a "thoroughly religious work."

Tommy UK

On the 23rd, Track Records comes out with the Tommy LP in Britain. Melody Maker picks it as "Pop LP of the Month," calling it "a facelift for pop's image" and Record Mirror calls it "one of the most incredible feats ever accomplished in music." However, Richard Green in New Musical Express pans the record. "Pretentious is too strong a word; maybe over-ambitious is the right term, but sick certainly does apply." Obviously few take his words to heart as the album goes to #2 in the U.K. charts.

May 1970

New music releases: Let It Be - The Beatles; Live At Leeds - The Who; Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More - Various Artists; The Best of Peter, Paul, and Mary: Ten Years Together - Peter, Paul & Mary
70-05-16 Live At Leeds Ad

On the 16th Live At Leeds is released in the U.S. and on the 23rd in the U.K. The record comes in a sleeve made to resemble a bootleg and with copies of Who documents, photos and a poster inside. The reviews are ecstatic with the exception of Creem Magazine that faults it for being only one disc instead of two and for not being able to see The Who perform while you play the record. The record reaches #4 in the U.S. charts and #3 in the U.K. Live at Leeds also stays in the British Top Sixty for 21 weeks, the longest for any Who album.

May 1971

New music releases: Carpenters - The Carpenters; "Mr. Big Stuff" - Jean Knight; Every Picture Tells a Story - Rod Stewart; What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye
The Who Sunderland flyer

On the 7th, The Who begin a series of unpublicized shows in the U.K. that allow them to work on their stage presentation of the technically complex Life House songs before beginning a major tour. The first show is at the Top Rank Suite in Sunderland. Admission is 50p.

Smash Your Head Against The Wall LP

On the 14th, John releases The Who's first solo LP, Smash Your Head Against The Wall in the U.K. and Europe. Keith Moon provides part of the drumming on the track "No. 29 (External Youth)." The album fails to make the U.K. charts.

During the last month of recording for Who's Next at Olympic, the release versions of "Baba O'Riley" with Dave Arbus on violin, "My Wife", "Let's See Action" (with Nicky Hopkins), and "When I Was a Boy" are finished. Also recorded is a remake of "Naked Eye" with Nicky Hopkins on piano that is not released until 2023.

On the 28th, the backing track of the release version of "Song Is Over" and "Getting in Tune", both with Nicky Hopkins on piano, are recorded. Overdubs and vocals for the backing track are recorded later. Glyn Johns also prepares the final mix for "Won't Get Fooled Again".

May 1972

New music releases: Exile On Main St. - The Rolling Stones; "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" - The Temptations; Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits Vol. II - Frank Sinatra; Honky Chateau - Elton John
Pete Townshend 1972 demo reel

After six months off from performing together, The Who reunite on the 19th for the first documented session of the Who's Next follow-up album at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, England. Glyn Johns again handles the production for the LP, provisionally titled "Rock Is Dead - Long Live Rock". In addition to the tracks recorded, Pete also presents the demos "Get Inside," "Women's Liberation" (known on bootlegs as "Riot In The Female Jail") and "Why Can't You See I'm Easy."

"Join Together With The Band" is recorded on the 22nd. Coming in at around seven minutes and ending with a long, blistering electric guitar performance by Pete, the track will have its title and it length shortened for later single release. "Relay," recorded on the 26th, is also shortened for later single release.

While recording in the studio, both John and Pete spend their off time working on their own solo projects; John mixing his second LP Whistle Rymes at Nova Sound Recording Studios in Marble Arch and Pete remixing demos and tracks from the Meher Baba devotional albums for his LP Who Came First at Olympic Studios.

May 1973

New music releases: Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield; Now & Then - The Carpenters; There Goes Rhymin' Simon - Paul Simon; "Smoke on the Water" - Deep Purple
Outside Stargroves May 1973
Photo: Pete Townshend

Who manager and former record producer Kit Lambert meets with The Who at Mick Jagger's mansion Stargroves to structure the story and record demo versions of the songs for Quadrophenia. Pete later recalls he showed up "smashed...he scribbled his usually incomprehensible notes on the tape boxes and stopped our engineer Ron Nevison doing his job. At the end of the second week I sacked him, coming very close to punching him." It is the last time Lambert works directly with The Who.

Rigor Mortis Sets In UK LP

On the 11th, John's third solo album John Entwistle's Rigor Mortis Sets In is released in Britain. The album had been delayed because of planned bridges between tracks that would have featured an imitation of BBC children's show character Andy Pandy spitting and vomiting. Melody Maker finds the Pandy-less LP "ideal party music." Nevertheless, the album fails to chart in the U.K.

May 1974

New music releases: His 12 Greatest Hits - Neil Diamond; Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Rick Wakeman; "The Loco-Motion" - Grand Funk; "You Make Me Feel Brand New" - The Stylistics
74-05 Russell Moon

The 2nd is the second day of filming of the "Uncle Ernie" sequence for the Tommy movie. Meanwhile, Pete spends the first of two days in Ramport Studios trying to coax a vocal performance out of Jack Nicholson who has been cast as the Doctor.

74-05 ownshend Pinball

On the 6th, The Who hold an announced warm-up concert at the New Theatre in Oxford before they make their joint appearance for three days of filming the "Pinball Wizard" sequence with Elton John at the King's Theatre in the Albert Road, Portsmouth. The extras are students from the local Portsmouth Polytechnic. Pete, while smashing his guitar for the cameras, accidentally brains one of the female students, sending her to hospital. Pete later gives her the guitar.

74-05 Clapton Eyesight

On the 13th, three more days of filming begins, this time with Pete and John backing Eric Clapton for the "Eyesight To The Blind" sequence shot at the Royal Marine Church in Eastney.

74-05-18 Poster

On the 18th, The Who appear as the final act for a day-long concert at Charlton Athletic Football Club. The supporting acts are Lou Reed, Humble Pie, Bad Company, Lindisfarne and Maggie Bell. At least 50,000 people attend. The original plan was for the concert to be filmed by Ken Russell featuring Roger singing "I'm Free" while running around the top of the stadium. Ultimately the concert is only shot by the BBC who broadcast it on a later television special.

74-05-22 Pete Portsmouth

On the 22nd, The Who perform a formal concert at Portsmouth Guildhall for the students that put up with the filming. Backstage The Who sign the contracts that terminate their management by Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, turning the band over to Roger's personal manager Bill Curbishley. They also sign a deal with Polydor Records to release future Who albums outside the U.S., leaving Lambert & Stamp's Track Records. Pete is drinking heavily and suffers an alcohol-induced blackout about the show and the contract signings.

On the 23rd, the "Tommy's Holiday Camp" sequence with Keith Moon riding the organ is filmed at Fort Purbrook, Portsmouth.

May 1975

New music releases: Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy - Elton John; "Sweet Emotion" - Aerosmith; Venus and Mars - Wings; Red Headed Stranger - Willie Nelson

On the 7th, "However Much I Booze," another of Pete's very personal and painful songs for the new album, is recorded by The Who at Shepperton Studios.

During mid-month, The Who attend a meeting where they decide to sue Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp for their mismanagement of the group.

75-05-31 NME Pete
Photo: Pennie Smith

On the 19th, Pete reaches his 30th birthday, a rather bitter birthday for the author of "hope I die before I get old." That and the recent Lambert/Stamp lawsuit meeting make Pete angry and depressed. Unfortunately he unloads all his feelings to journalist Roy Carr who is visiting him on that day. Among some of the statements are Pete blasting Roger for saying The Who will be rocking in their wheelchairs: "he might be but you won't catch me rockin' in no wheelchair." He also says The Who's glory days are behind them. "Everybody has a hump and you have to admit that you've got to go over that hump." He also claims The Who are becoming a "golden oldies band" and that during the 1974 shows The Who were "copying what The Who used to be." Pete later says he is shocked when his conversation with Carr appears in New Musical Express on the 31st and refuses all interviews for the next two years as a result.

On the 23rd, Roger is finally free from the filming of Ken Russell's insane biopic Lisztomania and returns to London to record the vocals for the new Who album. On the 23rd, "Blue Red and Grey," a Pete demo with added horns, is finished as well as "Dreaming from the Waist" and "Success Story". "In a Hand or a Face" under its original title "Round And Round" is completed by the 27th, "How Many Friends" by the 28th, "Imagine A Man" by the 29th, and finishing the album "Slip Kid" and "Squeeze Box" by the 30th.

May 1976

New music releases: Fly Like an Eagle - The Steve Miller Band; Rocks - Aerosmith; High Voltage - AC/DC; "New York State of Mind" - Billy Joel

On the 31st, The Who start a three-date tour of the U.K. at the Charlton Football Ground. Since all three dates are at football stadiums, the tour is known as the "Who Put the Boot In" tour. Fans who attend wonder "who'll stop the rain" as it pours buckets throughout the day. This show also puts The Who in the Guinness Book of World Records as "The World's Loudest Pop Group" as their output registers 120 decibels at 50 meters. Supporting acts are The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, The Outlaws and Streetwalkers. Sold at the show is an elaborate program called "Bellboy" that features a centerfold of a nude Keith Moon.

May 1977

New music releases: Barry Manilow Live - Barry Manilow; Book Of Dreams - The Steve Miller Band; Little Queen - Heart; Cat Scratch Fever - Ted Nugent

On the 11th, Who manager Bill Curbishley presents a contract to producer Sydney Rose and director Tony Klinger to make a documentary about The Who. Unbeknownst to the two signers, the contract is part of an unsuccessful backdoor attempt to remove Jeff Stein as director of the already planned film. Tony eventually joins Sydney as co-producer.

One of the Boys LP cover

On the 13th, Roger releases his third solo album One Of The Boys in Britain. He goes on a promotional swing for the LP, appearing on Capital Radio's Your Mother Wouldn't Like It on the 4th and Radio 1's Rock On on the 7th. Unfortunately, the album does not chart as well as the previous one, stalling at #45.

On the 30th, official production of Who fan Jeff Stein's movie of the band, The Kids Are Alright, begins. He had proposed the movie to Pete two years before. The first weeks of production are spent in New York scouring archives for rare Who film.

May 1978

New music releases: Stranger In Town - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; "You're the One That I Want" - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John; "Sultans of Swing" - Dire Straits; "Only the Good Die Young" - Billy Joel
The Who recording Who Are You video

On the 4th, The Who assemble at Ramport Studios to film a promotional video for "Who Are You." The Kids Are Alright's director, Jeff Stein, is behind the camera. They intend to mime to the single edit of the song but end up laying down new vocals, guitar, drums and piano overdubs. It is Keith Moon's last time in a recording studio with all the other members of The Who.

Keith Moon Pete Townshend 25 May 1978
Photo: Ross Halfin

On the 25th, Who fans and the members of the bands Generation X, The Rich Kids, The Pretenders and The Sex Pistols assemble at Shepperton Studios in London for an impromptu Who concert. Jeff Stein films performances of "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" for The Kids Are Alright movie but The Who give the audience an almost complete concert. At the end of "Won't Get Fooled Again," the performance reaches a dead stop and The Who walk off the stage. Stein, realizing this will make an awful ending to the movie, gets The Who to go back on stage and perform the song again. This time The Who put everything into the ending and the crowd is encouraged to go wild. This ending will be grafted onto the earlier take for the finished film.

Photo for final Who Are You cover
Last two photos:
Terry O'Neill

The next day, The Who return to Shepperton Studios for insert shots. Before going back on stage, they pose in the car park of Shepperton's I Stage amidst their gigantic stage equipment. This is the photograph that will provide the cover for Who Are You. Keith, his belly sticking way out over his tight trousers, hides his paunch by sitting backwards on a chair marked "Not To Be Taken Away." Afterwards, The Who go inside to shoot the lasers sequence for "Won't Get Fooled Again." The shoot takes some time and Keith keeps the crew and others entertained with a display of his usual manic drumming. It is to be his last performance on the drums before an audience.

May 1979

New music releases: Discovery - Electric Light Orchestra; Disney's Children's Favorites - Various Artists; "Boogie Wonderland" - Earth, Wind & Fire; "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" - The Charlie Daniels Band
The Who The Rainbow 1979
Photo: Claude Gassian

On the 2nd, The Who return for their first concert after Keith Moon's death playing the Rainbow Theatre in London. According to John Swenson, the audience went "absolutely bonkers" and Who fans and reviewers are ecstatic about the new line up featuring Kenney Jones on drums and John "Rabbit" Bundrick on keyboards.

The Who concert Cannes 1979
Photo: Richard Young

On the 12th and 13th, The Who play two dates at the Arena Des Frejus, in France while also appearing at the nearby Cannes Film Festival where both The Kids Are Alright and Quadrophenia have their world premiers. Press reviews of these shows are almost completely raves. Ex-Who manager Kit Lambert shows up backstage and spends fifteen minutes telling Pete what is wrong with their current live act.

The Who presser Cannes 1979
Photo: Bob Gruen

During the Cannes festival The Who do a number of interviews and pose for publicity photos. Roger strongly denounces Jeff Stein, director of The Kids Are Alright in several interviews. Stein is not present for the world premiere of his film, having been advised by Pete to stay away due to recent problems between Stein and the band.

May 1980

New music releases: "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" - Billy Joel; My Home's in Alabama - Alabama; Fame - Original Soundtrack; Diana - Diana Ross
Empty Glass US LP

On the 10th, Pete's solo album Empty Glass is released in the U.S. John Rockwell in The New York Times calls it a success that sounds like The Who of a decade before while Jon Parales in Mademoiselle says it shows Pete has risen to the challenge set forth by punk rock. The album will ultimately reach #5 in the U.S. charts, the highest position for any solo album by a member of The Who.

80-05 Roger McVicar Cannes

Roger and John McVicar attend the premiere of Roger's film McVicar at the Cannes film festival.

1980 RS Pete

At the end of the month, Rolling Stone publishes the Pete interview they had conducted back in April as a cover story. Within the interview, Pete makes some incautious remarks about how The Who continued after the 1979 Cincinnati concert disaster that imply The Who didn't care about the deaths and destruction. This inflames those pursuing the lawsuit and may have scuttled a possible settlement at the time.

May 1981

New music releases: Long Distance Voyager - The Moody Blues; Hard Promises - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; Present Arms - UB40; "Slow Hand" - The Pointer Sisters

On the 11th, Pete and Chris Stamp attend a memorial service for The Who's late manager Kit Lambert at St. Paul's Church in Covent Garden. It would have been his 46th birthday and was almost exactly 30 years after the memorial service was held for his father Constant at the same church. Pete arranges for the London Symphony Orchestra to perform selections from Tommy and Kit's favorite piece, Purcell's "The Gordian Knot Untied." Pete also delivers one of the eulogies. None of the other members of The Who attend.

Terry Rawlins sends Pete an advance script for Ridley Scott's Blade Runner to entice Pete to compose the soundtrack. Pete turns it down due to commitments recording his solo album.

Who manager Bill Curbishley holds a Face Dances post-mortem with The Who during this month. Roger confesses that he cannot bear to work with Kenney Jones anymore and blames him for the primary problem with the album, a lack of fire. Kenney defends himself by blaming Pete, saying Pete kept all the good songs for his solo album Empty Glass. John puts the blame on producer Bill Szymczyk and his piecemeal recording process. Pete disagrees with John's opinion of Szymczyk's work and, typically for Pete, puts the blame on himself saying the problem was that his songs were inappropriate for the band. Roger disagrees, saying he thought the songs were great. The main takeaway from the discussion is that no one in the band agrees on what went wrong with the album and there is now an unresolved animus between Roger and Kenney that will poison the rest of Kenney's time with The Who.

May 1983

New music releases: Too Low for Zero - Elton John; Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden; Holy Diver - Dio; "Every Breath You Take" - The Police

A few days before his 38th birthday on the 19th, Pete meets with Roger to discuss future plans. In his diary, Pete notes "I said I would consider working on special projects with him - charity shows, musicals, anything but rock tours. He seemed receptive." Roger, speaking of it later remembers it quite differently. He says Pete called him up out of the blue claiming "No one's phoned me up and asked me how it's going," referring to his progress on writing songs for a new Who album. Roger offers to help, but Pete tells him "I'm going to finish the band."

May 1984

New music releases: Legend - Bob Marley and The Wailers; Private Dancer - Tina Turner; Chicago 17 - Chicago; "Dancing in the Dark" - Bruce Springsteen

While driving into the city to his job at publishers Faber & Faber, Pete occasionally goes through the White City area and comes up with the genesis of the White City mini-movie. Originally it is to be about what happens to a White City resident over a 24-hour period.

May 1985

New music releases: Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits; The Best of the Eagles - The Eagles; Nervous Night - The Hooters; "Money for Nothing" - Dire Straits
Horses Neck

On the 27th, Pete's short story collection Horse's Neck is published in the U.K. It receives positive reviews from Brian Case in Melody Maker ("a brilliant, troubling work"), Martin Booth in British Book News ("stunningly good") and The Observer ("the real thing") and a negative review by Geoff Dyer in New Statesman ("work of an apprentice").

85-05-26 Mirror Pete Interview

The day before the book's release, Pete is interviewed in The Mirror. He discusses how little he misses the drugs and rock 'n' roll life: "I'm glad I got out. There's no way I'd go back."

May 1986

New music releases: True Blue - Madonna; Top Gun - Original Soundtrack; So - Peter Gabriel; Who Made Who - AC/DC

On the 10th in Billboard, Bill Curbishley says Pete, Roger, and John are all busy preparing solo albums. Pete is "getting new material together at his London studio, and he's deciding on the producer". Roger is "basically through with preproduction and he's working with Alan Shacklock again." John has formed the nucleus of a new band with Lou Gramm-influenced vocalist Henry Small, keysman Andy Nye (ex-Michael Schenker Group) and drummer Zak Starkey. Curbishley is in New York negotiating a deal for John and reports, "I'm getting a lot of interest from the majors".

May 1989

New music releases: Ten Good Reasons - Jason Donovan; The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses; Killin' Time - Clint Black; Disintegration - The Cure

On the 17th, Roger is at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of Mack The Knife, which features Roger singing the title song. In an interview, Roger says he wanted to become a doctor of Chinese medicine and study herbal medicine and acupuncture. He adds that he never felt that singing and acting were proper careers.

The Who begin practice sessions for the 25th Anniversary tour in a hangar in the London suburb of Bray. Pete plays with the band while sealed in a glass, soundproofed booth to protect his hearing.

May 1994

New music releases: The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Elton John and Hans Zimmer; Seal [II] - Seal; Ill Communication - The Beastie Boys; "Love Is All Around" - Wet Wet Wet

Roger and John are currently in a lawsuit filed against Pete over the "Tommy Grand Right Document" concerning how much they are to receive from the Tommy musical. The public does not know of the suit but tensions between band members are high and animosity bubbles over into interviews.

May 1996

New music releases: Backstreet Boys - Backstreet Boys; Older - George Michael; "Killing Me Softly" - The Fugees; Bringing Down the Horse - The Wallflowers

During this month, Pete signs a contract to begin writing his autobiography. It will take him sixteen years to complete it.

Q Magazine has an extensive interview with Pete. On the 1989 tour: "And some of the celebration of our 25th anniversary got lost, because I very quickly realised that other people had another agenda. Their motives were not to celebrate the past 25 years but to look forward to the next 25...It was 'Oh, great, we've got one of the few supergroups back that can fill up fucking Pontiac Stadium!'."

May 1997

New music releases: NSYNC - NSYNC; "I'll Be Missing You" - Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112; OK Computer - Radiohead; "How Do I Live" - LeAnn Rimes
The Who 1997 Wembley ad

The Who continue their multi-media presentation of Quadrophenia in Europe starting at the Stadthalle in Vienna on the 1st. It is followed by the Olympiahalle in Munich (4th), the Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart (5th), the Festhalle in Frankfurt (6th), the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund (9th), the Forest National Stadium in Brussels (10th), the Ahoy Hallen in Rotterdam (11th), two nights at the Zenith Arena in Paris (13th and 14th), the Hallenstadion in Zurich (16th) and ending at Wembley Arena in London (18th). Further planned dates in Mannheim and Milan are canceled.

May 1998

New music releases: Songbird - Eva Cassidy; Where We Belong - Boyzone; It's Dark and Hell is Hot - DMX; "The Boy is Mine" - Brandy & Monica

According to Pete's later report, during this month, Roger has an extremely emotional confrontation with him. "He still had a deep conviction in the notion of The Who as a living, material and necessary force. He felt that my deliberate neglect of it had been a mistake. That it had left him and John in the cold...At one point he made his points so forcefully, and personally, that despite the fact that some of the accusations he made were inaccurate and ill-founded, I broke down and cried in front of him. He said then, softly, that it didn't matter what I decided to do, either way - he would always be there for me. Later he called to apologise for being so brutal. I told him he had done what needed to be done, and far from feeling I had been brutalised, I felt I had been offered unconditional love."

May 1999

New music releases: Millennium - Backstreet Boys; The Man Who - Travis; Ricky Martin - Ricky Martin; Play - Moby

On the 26th, Who manager Bill Curbishley writes to Pete, asking if he would agree to a Who tour to help John whose finances, once again, are in dire shape.

May 2001

New music releases: Break the Cycle - Staind; Lateralus - Tool; "U Remind Me" - Usher; Moulin Rouge! Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film - Various Artists

On the 17th, Pete wins an award from BMI for "Who Are You" as one of the most performed television themes of the year.

Pete Townshend Ivor Novello award

Another award for Pete comes on the 24th as he receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novello Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Roger is in attendance. Pete thanks The Who but admits that "I do find these things incredibly boring. It's really sunny out there and I did all this music shit so that I could have a swimming pool and I want to be in it."

John Entwistle Stone Pony 2001

On the 26th, The John Entwistle Band start their final tour, "2001: A Bass Odyssey," with two shows at the Highland Theatre in Akron, Ohio. The next night they are at the Rock, Rhythm and Blues Fest at City Walk in Toledo, Ohio, followed by a private show at the B. B. King Blues Club in New York on the 29th where they are joined by Page McConnell and Mike Gordon of Phish and Mike Abts of Gov't Mule and two shows on the 30th at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

John Entwistle with Govt Mule

On the 27th, John records the bass for the song "Same Price" for the forthcoming Gov't Mule album. The group's regular bassist, Allen Woody, had died and the band hit on the idea of replacing him with a succession of the world's great bass players. Coincidentally, this will be John's last studio recording session.

May 2003

New music releases: "Crazy in Love" - Beyoncé featuring Jay Z; "Dance with My Father" - Luther Vandross; On and On - Jack Johnson; "Stacy's Mom" - Fountains of Wayne
Pete Townshend leaving home May 2003

On the 7th, the results of the police investigation into Pete and his computers by forensic experts are made public. No evidence of downloaded child pornography has been found on any of his computers or in his home and Pete is cleared of all suspicion. However, pressure is put on prosecutors to punish the innocent Pete in some way. They coerce him into voluntarily putting his name on Britain's Sex Offender Registry for five years with threats that his case will be dragged through the courts. Despite the certainty that a trial would prove him innocent, Pete chooses the Registry as he doubts he could remain calm under cross-examination. This morning he goes to Kingston police station where he is fingerprinted, and a DNA sample is taken.

John Entwistle bass at auction

On the 13th, Sotheby's auctions off 386 items from the John Entwistle estate. It is reported on the 14th that the auction raised £1,093,372. His "Frankenstein" bass sells for £62,400.

Liam Gallagher with Time award
Photo: John Gavin

Roger thanks Time Europe for European Hero award by video at ceremony. Liam Gallagher attends to accept the award for him.

On the 18th, Roger tells the Los Angeles Times, "I am really pleased that Pete has been cleared of all charges...Anyone who thinks he is anything but a deeply thinking, caring, valuable member of society is sadly wrong. His honesty has shone through. Let's get back to work."

On the 20th, prints an e-mail from Pete: "I intend to work my way back to normality. As a result of all this shit, I've decided to greatly formalize the structure of my charity (Double-O) and the way I work with [child abuse] 'survivors' -- so that in future my work is more well-known to everyone...Finally, I'm going out onto the street to meet people, to smile and shake hands with everyone who has been supportive of me in my hometown. But also to give those people who are 'undecided' a chance to look me in the eye and make their own decision...Roger has been a rock."

May 2004

New music releases: Hopes and Fears - Keane; Under My Skin - Avril Lavigne; Here for the Party - Gretchen Wilson; A Grand Don't Come For Free - The Streets

On the 19th, The Who play a surprise short set at Carnegie Hall promoting the CBS fall schedule. They perform "Who Are You", "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Baba O'Riley" from the CSI programs.

May 2006

New music releases: Eyes Open - Snow Patrol; "Hey There Delilah" - Plain White T's; Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers; "Maneater" - Nelly Furtado

On the 24th, in a cover story, The National Review declares "Won't Get Fooled Again" the greatest conservative rock song of all time. In response, Pete says on the 27th that the song has no party-allied political message, "a song that pleaded 'leave me alone with my family to live my life, so I can work for change in my own way.'"

On the 26th, Pete announces that recording on The Who's new album Endless Wire has been completed.

May 2007

New music releases: Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna; Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park; "Bubbly" - Colbie Caillat; "Can't Tell Me Nothing" - Kanye West
Roger Daltrey Glasgow Teenage Cancer Ward

On the 11th, Roger attends the launching of Scotland's first hospital unit for teenage cancer sufferers in Glasgow.

The Who in Madrid 2007 ad

On the 16th, The Who launch a tour of Europe at the Atlantico Pavilion in Lisbon, Portugal. When the guitar goes out of tune, Pete throws it at his guitar tech Alan Rogan and then smashes the guitar. It is Pete's last guitar smash to date.

May 2009

New music releases: "Down" - Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne; "Watcha Say" - Jason Derulo; Sunny Side Up - Paolo Nutini; "One Time" - Justin Bieber

On the 3rd, Pete Townshend makes The Sunday Times Rich List. He is considered the 1348th richest Briton valued at £40m. Roger Daltrey is listed at #1673 with £32m in wealth. The Who itself is considered to have earned "at least £100m".

09-05-21 Roger Pete

On the 21st, The Who perform a three-song acoustic set at Arsenal's end of season charity ball. Pete, currently suffering from the flu, soldiers on to help Roger salute Arsenal's support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

May 2011

New music releases: Born This Way - Lady Gaga; "How to Love" - Lil Wayne; "The Edge of Glory" - Lady Gaga; "Best Thing I Never Had" - Beyoncé

On the 8th, Pete's literary agent, Ed Victor, begins shopping Pete's autobiography to publishers. The proposed title is Pete Townshend: Who He? On the 17th, Harper Collins is declared the victor.

Pete Townshend Intelligent Life interview

On the 27th, Pete is interviewed in Intelligent Life magazine. He says he is one-third of the way through writing his autobiography and it is already 80,000 words long.

May 2015

New music releases: "The Hills" - The Weeknd; "Tennessee Whiskey" - Chris Stapleton; "Stitches" - Shawn Mendes; "Photograph" - Ed Sheeran

The Who's North American tour continues on the 2nd at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Miley Cyrus, topless with her nipples covered with electrical tape performs with opening act Joan Jett and can be later seen watching The Who from the side of the stage.

On the 19th Roger is on Howard Stern's show at Sirius/XM headquarters in New York. He says he thinks the song "Music Must Change" is cursed because Keith died after he couldn't play it, then John died after they rehearsed it in 2002.

Also on the 19th, Pete releases a new solo song, "Guantanamo" on YouTube's VEVO channel. The protest song, critical of the U.S.'s refusal to try the inmates it holds in Guantanamo, will later be retitled "Ball and Chain" for the 2019 album Who.

Roger Daltrey Sloan Kettering 2015

On the 27th, Roger launches a new Teen and Young Adult lounge at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Made possible by a donation from The Who, the lounge is outfitted with the latest technology, craft and workspace, and communal snack bar.

On the 28th, the MusiCares MAP fund holds a benefit to honor Pete and Who manager Bill Curbishley at the Best Buy Theater in New York. Bruce Springsteen presents Pete with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication to the fund and his commitment to helping people with the addiction recovery process. Afterwards, Bruce Sprinsteen plays with The Who.

May 2016

New Music Releases: "Location" - Khalid; "Can't Stop the Feeling!" - Justin Timberlake; "We Don't Talk Anymore" - Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez; "Into You" - Ariana Grande

The Who continue their North American tour of The Who Hits 50! with dates at Target Center, Minneapolis (1st), MTS Centre, Winnipeg (4th), Sasktel Centre, Saskatoon (6th), Rexall Place, Edmonton (8th), Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary (10th), Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver (13th), KeyArena at Seattle Center (15th), and Moda Center, Portland (17th).

On the 21st, Roger and Pete receive the George and Ira Gershwin award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at the Spring Sing at UCLA. Pete mentions that his mother Betty recorded only one song in her musical career, a cover of the Gershwin's "Irreplaceable You".

May 2018

New Music Releases: "Lucid Dreams" - Juice WRLD; "I Like It" - Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin; "Girls Like You" - Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B; "Better Now" - Post Malone

Starting this month through August, Pete begins assembling songs for a new Who album, some new and some "rescued from ancient history".

May 2019

New music releases: "Dance Monkey" - Tones and I; "Ransom" - Lil Tecca; "I Don't Care" - Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber; "Before You Go" - Lewis Capaldi

On the 7th, The Who begin their "Movin' On!" tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan's Van Andel Arena. As with the other dates on this tour The Who perform part of the beginning and end of the show with a pick-up orchestra and violinist Katie Jacoby who comes out to play the ending of "Baba O'Riley." Orchestrations are written by David Campbell, father of musician Beck.

The Who in Nashville 2019
Photos: Andrew Nelles

Subsequent dates are the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York (9th), Jiff Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia (11th), Madison Square Garden, New York (13th), Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (16th), Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana (18th), Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Chicago (21st), Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis in Maryland Heights, Missouri (23rd), Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia (25th), Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan (28th), and PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh (30th).

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