New album releases: Shake Your Money Maker - The Black Crowes; Best of Van Morrison - Van Morrison; Stake It To Ya - Slaughter; RVS III - Ricky Van Shelton
On the 17th, The Who are at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York as they are inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame by the members of U2. Mandy Moon is also on the stage during the award ceremony representing her father. She points out to the crowd that daddy Keith Moon couldn't be there that night partly because he had been banned from the Waldorf-Astoria. Pete, speaking about rap music, states, "it's not up to us to try to understand it, it's not even up to us to buy it, we just have to get the f*** out of the way." Afterwards they perform "Substitute," "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Pinball Wizard" with Pete on acoustic guitar.
Rolling Stone reports that Roger is working on the films Father Jim, Buddy's Song and a Keith bio-pic.
New album releases: Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em - MC Hammer; Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees; Ah Via Musicom - Eric Johnson; Blue Sky Mining - Midnight Oil
On the 2nd, Menahem Golan's film version of the Brecht-Weill musical The Threepenny Opera, retitled Mack the Knife and featuring Roger singing the title song, is released in the U.S.
Rolling Stone magazine publishes their year-end readers' survey. The Who's 1989 tour places #2 for both Best Tour and Worst Tour, #3 for Comeback of the Year and #2 for Most Unwelcome Comeback. John is #2 for Best Bass Player.
On the 5th, the RIAA certifies The Who Live featuring Tommy video as having reached the platinum level of sales.
On the 26th, Pete publicly backs a £500,000 appeal to fund a new science, art and technology block for a girls' school.
New album releases: Poison - Bell Biv Devoe; Pretty Woman/Original Soundtrack - Various Artists; Violator - Depeche Mode; I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got - Sinéad O'Connor
On the 10th, The Who appear together on ITV television's Aspel & Co. miming to newly recorded studio versions of "Join Together" and "I Can See For Miles." When asked what he has been doing with himself, Pete answers that he still works at Faber & Faber. Pete, Roger and John will not perform together live as The Who for over six years.
On the 20th, the Who's Better, Who's Best video is certified gold by the RIAA.
On the 24th in the U.K. and the 31st in the U.S., The Who release a three-album/two-CD souvenir of their 1989 tour called Join Together. Half is a live version of Tommy, the other half is Who and solo Pete hits. Also released in Europe is a single pulled from the boxset of "Join Together" backed with "I Can See For Miles" and "Behind Blue Eyes" (with "Christmas" added for an EP). Reviews in the music press can best be described as merciless. The U.K. LP peaks at #59 while in the U.S. it stops at #188.
New album releases: Johnny Gill - Johnny Gill; Fear of a Black Planet - Public Enemy; Born To Sing - EnVogue; Charmed Life - Billy Idol
On the 1st, Pete writes a letter to Who manager Bill Curbishley stating: "I want to take this opportunity to say that I will remember 1989 as one of the happiest of my life and career. There are lots of factors, but the most important element was the friendship I felt enhanced every aspect of the tour: front of the stage, in the band, in the management team, in the crew, and in the audiences...Good luck in 1990."
New album releases: Wilson Phillips - Wilson Phillips; I'm Breathless - Madonna; Reflections of Passion - Yanni; Short Bus - Filter
On the 9th, it is reported that Pete has invested £150,000 in a scheme to ferry commuters down the Thames.
On the 10th, Roger is an attendee at the Cannes Film Festival.
During the month, Tommy is released by Mobile Fidelity Soundlab as a gold CD. It contains the first CD release of "Eyesight To The Blind" with the alternate vocal previously found on the 1972 Track Records release.
New album releases: Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette; HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1 - Michael Jackson; Tigerlily - Natalie Merchant; Batman Forever/Original Soundtrack - Various Artists
On the 5th, it is reported that Pete has turned down £2 million from Coca-Cola to use "My Generation" as part of their "Generation after Generation" ad campaign. The Who had previously recorded adverts for Coca-Cola that played on British radio in 1967.
Pete is interviewed in this month's issue of Musician. He disassociates himself from the recently released Join Together boxset: "I didn't pick the title, cover or collection of songs, and I wouldn't be hurt if a Who fan told me they weren't going to buy it." He also says he is responsible for The Who not extending their 25th Anniversary Tour to Australia and Japan and that Atlantic Records wants his next solo album to be a "formula" album: "I could create a lot of red faces by asking what the formula is."
New album releases: Dreaming of You - Selena; E. 1999 Eternal - Bone, Thugs & Harmony; Dangerous Minds/Original Soundtrack - Various Artists; The Presidents of the United States of America - The Presidents of the United States of America
The soundtrack to Arachnophobia is released featuring a cover of "Boris The Spider" by The Pleasure Thieves.
On the 26th, Roger wins a $272,000 settlement after suing the Home Farm for killing up to half a million fish at his trout farm in East Sussex.
New album releases: It Matters To Me - Faith Hill; Garbage - Garbage; Greatest Hits - Styx; The Show/Original Soundtrack - Various Artists
On the 2nd, John Entwistle reunites with Rat Race Choir, the band he toured with in 1987, for a show at World Stage in Hillcrest, New York.
The Accused release their album Grinning Like an Undertaker featuring a cover of "Boris the Spider".
On the 27th, Westwood One syndicated radio show BBC Classic Tracks plays The Who's 1965 BBC recording of "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere". Over the next four years they will run more selections, providing the source for The Who BBC sessions bootlegs.
New album releases: Strait Out of the Box - George Strait; Abriendo Puertas - Gloria Estefan; Christmas in the Aire - Mannheim Steamroller; All I Want - Tim McGraw
John heads off to Japan to play bass as part of a group called "The Best." The rest of the group is Keith Emerson on keyboards, Joe Walsh and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter on guitars and Simon Phillips on drums. One of John's contributions to the song line-up is a medley of "Boris The Spider" and "Theme from Jaws." They perform at Yoyogi No.1 Gymnasium in Tokyo on the 23rd, Yokohama Arena on the 26th and Koshien Stadium on the 30th. The Yokohama show is broadcast on local television and later released on DVD. This is the first time any member of The Who performs in Japan. The group plays a few dates the next month in Hawaii before calling it quits due to Joe Walsh having "personal problems".
New album releases: Daydream - Mariah Carey; Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins; Tragic Kingdom - No Doubt; Greatest Hits Collection - Alan Jackson
The Junk Monkeys release their CD Five Star Fling with a cover of "A Quick One While He's Away."
On the 18th, Pete performs part of his musical The Iron Man on German TV. The next day he does the same for Danish TV.
On the 22nd, Pete appears on the Showtime program Coast To Coast hosted by Herbie Hancock. Pete, Hancock and Pat Metheny perform "I Put A Spell On You" and "Magic Bus" and with Simply Red, "It's Only Love."
On the 24th, John attends the after-party for Billy Idol's performance at the Los Angeles Forum, held at the Hollywood Tropicana on Western Avenue.
On the 25th, MCA releases Live At Leeds on CD for the first time in the U.S.
New album releases: Anthology, Volume 1 - The Beatles; Waiting to Exhale/Original Soundtrack - Various Artists; Fresh Horses - Garth Brooks; R. Kelly - R. Kelly
At the beginning of the month, a press release is issued about details included in the newly-published book of interviews Rock Lives by Timothy White. One of those details contains some out-of-context remarks Pete made about the song "Rough Boys" that seem to imply that he is gay. The press grabs this misperception and runs with it, with headlines such as "My Gay Secret," "Out of The Closet," and "I Am Woman". Pete refuses to contradict the reports. Recalling the "scandal" three years later he says, "I don't want to let it be known that it is in any sense an important part of my self-image to be thought of as a breeder. I don't want to deny bisexuality as if I were being accused of child molestation or murder, as if it were some crime or something to be ashamed of, because that would be cruel to people who are gay". He finally officially denies being gay in 1999.
Around this time the California punk band Green Day releases their EP Sweet Children featuring a cover of "My Generation".
On the 19th, Roger appears in the TNT cable-movie Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files. Roger plays "Howard" in a story about the work of the organization Amnesty International.
New album releases: The Memory of Trees - Enya; Saturday Morning: Cartoon's Greatest Hits - Various Artists; We Got It - Immature; 1990-Sick - Spice 1
On the 11th, Pete records a early demo of "Outlive The Dinosaur" on a cassette machine. During the month he also records other demos, including "I Am Afraid," for a future solo album, then a "rock"-oriented non-concept album. At the same time he is writing a novella called Ray High and the Glass Household. Both the demos and the novella will later merge to become the album Psychoderelict in 1993. Both the above demos will be later released on Scoop 3. He also records "Flying Boy" written for his son Joseph that is later released on his website.
On the 13th, a Japanese TV station airs a live performance of Michael Hedges at The Bottom Line in New York. Hedges performs a cover of "Eminence Front."
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