New album releases: J. Lo - Jennifer Lopez; O-Town - O-Town; The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates - Hall & Oates; I Need You - LeAnn Rimes
On the 3rd, Pollstar places The Who at #21 for the previous year's concerts with a total of $21,100,000 earned in the U.S.
Also on the 3rd, Musicmaker.com, the Internet company that released The Who's live album Blues To The Bush the year before and partially sponsored their 2000 tour, goes out of business.
In the February issue of MOJO, Pete tells the story of how he and Kit Lambert were invited to John Lennon's house by Brian Epstein in early 1967 to hear and comment on the new Beatles track "Strawberry Fields Forever."
On the 7th, Pete posts the beginning of a new piece, "Collings Guitar," on his website.
On the 9th, Pete announces on his website that he won't be attending the Grammys to collect their special award to The Who as he'll be busy writing songs but is considering performing at a benefit for La Jolla Playhouse in early April. Later in the day he posts a video diary showing him editing the track "Wired To The Moon" for Scoop 3.
On the 10th, Pete releases the 2 CD set Jai Baba on his website eelpie.com. Also on the 10th, Pete talks about his and his son's visit to the Napster song-sharing service and makes a few comments about BMI's inability to protect his financial interests that causes some industry furor over the month, especially when Pete finds out on the 21st that he is scheduled to receive an award from BMI.
Alex Cox and Tod Davies turn in their script Keith Moon Was Here to Roger. It is rejected. Alex later sells the script on his website.
On the 16th, Susan and The Surftones release their CD All The Beat...All The Best featuring a cover of "My Generation."
On the 27th, Pete posts another mp3 on his website, "Nancie in a Can".
On the 29th, Roger travels to Los Angeles to act in a movie called .com For Murder also starring Nastassja Kinski, Nicollette Sheridan and Huey Lewis.
New album releases: La Historia - Ricky Martin; Everyday - The Dave Matthews Band; It Was All a Dream - Dream; The Professional 2 - DJ Clue?
On the 2nd, The British press reports that Roger has sold his trout farm to put up cash for the Keith Moon biopic.
On the 8th, the American Association of Retired Persons publishes a new magazine called My Generation aimed at people 50 to 55. It lasts two years.
On the 9th, Pete attends the last night's performance of the stage version of The Graduate starring his friend Jerry Hall.
On the 16th, Pete publishes a letter he wrote to Mojo magazine in response to his mentioning that Kit Lambert, Brian Epstein and Robert Stigwood were gay in an article he had written the previous month about a 1967 meeting with John Lennon. In the letter he says that Who manager Kit Lambert never approached him sexually even when they were sharing a flat but that Robert Stigwood did. He also admits that, before his involvement with his future wife Karen Astley, he had doubts about his own sexual preferences.
On the 18th, Pete is placed at number 62 (tying with Van Morrison) on the Sunday Mirror's Top One Hundred Richest Entertainers in Britain. They report he has an estimated wealth of £2 million.
On the 19th, Pete writes a review of The Who Sell Out for Q magazine's website.
On the 20th, John Entwistle accepts The Who's lifetime achievement Grammy at an un-televised ceremony the night before The Grammys broadcast. During the next night's show, The Who are represented by a video tribute. Attendees receive a four-track DVD preview of the upcoming Royal Albert Hall 2000 release.
On the 26th, The Who announce that they will not be participating in the planned tribute CD to Sun Records. They blame scheduling conflicts.
On the 27th, rap artist Hesher releases his self-titled CD containing "Whose Generation," a rap version of "My Generation."
New album releases: Until the End of Time - 2Pac; Drops of Jupiter - Train; Acoustic Soul - India.Aire; Just Push Play - Aerosmith
On the 5th, the remastered soundtracks to Tommy, Quadrophenia, and The Kids Are Alright are re-issued on CD in the U.K. The Kids Are Alright soundtrack restores "Join Together/Roadrunner/My Generation Blues." All come with deluxe packaging. On the same day Sanctuary also releases The Who Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 on vinyl in the U.K.
On the same day, Pete, on his website, says he has spent the first six weeks of the year finishing piano pieces he had written between 1995-1999 for Scoop 3. He also says he has trawled through his old and recent stuff and has not found a single "perfect" Who song. Roger has supplied three songs that, while good, don't "quite fit the current Who brief."
On the 16th, Roger does a one-off charity show at Dobson Arena in Vail, Colorado with Peter Frampton and Simon Townshend. The show is a benefit for The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and the U.S. Disabled Ski Team.
On the 20th, LynnMarie releases her CD SqueezeBox appropriately featuring a cover of "Squeeze Box".
On the 24th, Channel 4 in the U.K. airs a show called Top Ten Guitar Heroes featuring a segment on Pete.
New album releases: Set This Circus Down - Tim McGraw; All For You - Janet Jackson; Miss E...So Addictive - Missy Elliott; The Life - Ginuwine
The Best Buy retail chain begins showing three videos from The John Entwistle Band's performance at Itchycoo Park in 1999 as part of their in-store high-definition television demonstrations.
On the 17th, Pete sells eight of his personally crafted Gibson SG's for £10,000 each on his website to benefit his Double O Charity. Each guitar is signed and comes with a CD of Pete performing a riff on that guitar.
On the 20th, Roger was to have performed at the Steve Marriott Memorial Event at The Astoria in London. However, he cancels at the last minute due to a conflict with the filming of the TV series Witchblade. Kenney Jones does attend.
On the 23rd, Pete announces in his diary that he no longer needs his huge London recording studio as he can do everything at home. He also says he is going in for several days of Quadrophenia: The Musical workshops with music supplied by a band including John Bundrick on keyboards, Pete's brother Simon on guitar and British playwright Joe Penhall supplying the script.
On the 28th, The Guardian reports that Pete has convinced fellow rockers Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Phil Collins, Paul Simon, and Roger Waters to send cheques to the keep the Chaucer Clinic, a rehab centre for homeless addicts, open.
New album releases: Break the Cycle - Staind; Survivor - Destiny's Child; Lateralus - Tool; Wingspan: Hits and History - Paul McCartney
On the 3rd, The Hollywood Reporter says writing is complete on The Keith Moon Story. The writer is Sacha Gervasi, the planned director Brad Siberling. The movie does not make it to pre-production.
On the 4th, Fastball, who are performing "The Real Me" on the forthcoming official Who tribute CD, say they learned the song after finding the guitar tabs at Whotabs on thewho.net.
On the 11th, eelpie.com puts The Who's Aug. 24, 2000 Denver concert up for sale as an unedited mp3 download.
On the 12th, Pete Townshend puts up mp3's of "Ascendance (rough mix 2)" and "I've Had Enough (orchestral overdub)" on his website.
On the 14th, Thunder release their CD They Think It's All Acoustic...It Is Now with an acoustic version of "Pinball Wizard."
On the 17th, Pete wins an award from BMI for "Who Are You" as one of the most performed television themes of the year. Earlier in the day he records individual guitar "riffs" on the Gibson SG's he auctioned for charity.
On the 19th, on his 56th birthday, Pete pens a contemplation comparing prayer to cranberry juice.
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."
Also on the 24th, Substitute: The Songs Of The Who, a collection of Who covers compiled by longtime Who soundman Bobby Pridden, is released in Europe.
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.
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.
New album releases: Songs In A Minor - Alicia Keys; Take Off Your Pants And Jacket - Blink-182; Devil's Night - D12; Jagged Little Thrill - Jagged Edge
The John Entwistle Band continues its "2001: A Bass Odyssey" tour at the Chance Theatre in Poughkeepsie, New York (1st), The Shell at the Trump Marina Casino in Atlantic City (2nd), The State Theatre in Portland, Maine (6th), Higher Ground in Winooski, Vermont (7th) and ending the first leg of the tour with four shows over two nights at B.B. King Blues Club in New York (8th-9th).
Also on the 1st, Rhino Video begins showing the movie Quadrophenia in movie houses in select U.S. cities to promote their forthcoming DVD.
On the 2nd, Pete is interviewed in The Daily Telegraph. He says "I hope I die before I get old was obviously ironic."
On the 14th, Roger Daltrey attends the "Adopt-A-Minefield" gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
On the 15th, Pete is interviewed in The Hollywood Reporter. He says that his commercial website eelpie.com has already taken in a seven-digit dollar figure in the first year.
On the 15th, John joins Todd Rundgren, Ann Wilson and Alan Parsons touring the U.S. and Canada in "A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles." In addition to Beatles' songs (that John admits he never rehearsed), John solos on "The Real Me" and "My Generation". This month's dates are Konocti Harbor Resort in Kelyseyville, California (15th), The Sun Theater in Anaheim, California (16th-17th), Villa Montalvo Garden Theatre in Saratoga, California (18th-20th), Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay in San Diego, California (22nd), The Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona (23rd), Casino Apache in Mescalero, New Mexico (24th), Houston Arena in Houston, Texas (26th), The Saenger Theater Mobile in Mobile, Alabama (27th), the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mississippi (29th) and the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, Pennsylvania (30th).
On the 19th, part of Pete's VH1 Storytellers performance is included in the newly released VH1 Storytellers Classics DVD.
On the 22nd and 23rd, Pete performs solo as a benefit for the La Jolla Playhouse on the campus of the University Of California, San Diego. Oddly enough on the first night, John is also in San Diego playing on the "Abbey Road" tour but it is unknown whether Pete and John have a chance to meet up.
On the 29th, Roger was supposed to perform at a tribute honoring songwriters Leiber and Stoller at the Hammersmith Apollo but cancels.
New album releases: Celebrity - NSYNC; Aaliyah - Aaliyah; Bleed American - Jimmy Eat World; Blake Shelton - Blake Shelton
John continues to supply the re-creation of Paul McCartney's bass line for "A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles" at Taste Of Minnesota at the State Capitol Grounds in St. Paul, Minnesota (2nd), Summerfest at the Miller Lite Oasis in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (3rd), Taste Of Chicago at the Patrillo Band Shell in Chicago (5th), the Fraze Pavillion in Kettering, Ohio (6th), Summer Stage in Big Flats, New York (7th), Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario (8th), The Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York (9th), the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut (10th), the Fleet Pavilion in Boston, Massachusetts (11th), the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Kailua Kona, Hawaii (13th), the Melody Tent in Cape Cod, Massachusetts (15th), the Wolf Trap Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia (17th), the Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, New York (19th), Waterloo Village in Stanhope, New Jersey (21st), the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut (22nd), Seaside Park in Brooklyn, New York (26th), the Center For Performing Arts in Sewell, New Jersey (27th) and the Carolina Amphitheater in Marion, South Carolina (28th).
On the 10th, Koch Records releases The Anthology...So Far, a three-CD collection of Ringo Starr's All-Starr live shows including the tour with John. The same evening Roger plays a priest in an episode of TNT's Witchblade called "Legion."
Eyewitness: The Who: The Day-by-Day Chronicle Told Through Eyewitness Accounts Of Friends, Family and Fellow Musicians compiled by Johnny Black is published.
On the 16th, an article in the British tabloid The Star claims Roger has been a guest for the past year living at the home of John Paul DeJoria while he finds a new place to live in Los Angeles. On the same day on his website, Pete releases rehearsal mp3's from his April Quadrophenia musical workshop.
On the 17th, Roger appears in a package on Welsh TV about the Welsh group Stereophonics and says The Who won't be playing the 2001 Live Aid in Cardiff.
On the 19th, Pete writes a long message about Meher Baba at his website saying his silence about Baba for the last twenty-one years has been because of his 1980-81 drug problems which made him feel he wasn't a fit spokesperson for Baba. On the same day a CD single containing three different version of "O'Parvardigar" including one in German, is sold on Pete's commercial website eelpie.com.
On the 24th, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros release their CD Global a Go-Go with Roger singing on the title track.
New album releases: 8701 - Usher; Come Clean - Puddle of Mudd; No More Drama - Mary J. Blige; Pull My Chain - Toby Keith
On the 10th, Quadrophenia opens as a play adapted by Daniel Buckroyd at the Hampshire Youth Theatre, Nuffield Theatre in Southampton.
The same night Roger Daltrey is a guest on Bill Maher's ABC-TV program Politically Incorrect. Also during this month, Roger and his wife Heather appear on the Wolfgang Puck show airing on The Food Network.
On the 12th, Pete writes a letter to the Observer about an excerpt from John Strausbaugh's book Rock 'Til You Drop that dubs rockers performing past the age of 50 "colostomy rock": "The author suggests that what we write when young turns against us in later life. Maybe his 'colostomy rockers' sneer will come to haunt him in the shape of a bag worn at the hip. If it is me who has the privilege of wearing one, it will give me the greatest pleasure to empty the exquisite thing over his miserable head."
Hiwatt releases a bootleg called Instant Party that contains a selection of the Who U.K. and U.S. singles 1965-1973 A and B sides.
On the 18th, VH1 premiers the horror anthology Strange Frequency hosted by Roger. Roger also stars in the first episode "Soul Man" with co-star James Marsters.
On the 21st, Out Of Phase releases the CD Who's Next 2002 with electronica dance versions of the Who's Next album.
On the 22nd, the Japanese Mod group The Cymbals releases an EP called Higher than the Sun featuring a track called "Keith & The Moon".
On the 31st, The London Evening Standard reports that Pete has waived the fees and allowed permission to stage Tommy in Maidstone Prison after several inmates wrote to him.
New album releases: Silver Side Up - Nickleback; Room For Squares - John Mayer; Toxicity - System of a Down; Greatest Hits - Martina McBride
On the 8th, Pete Townshend responds on his website to an angry letter by a fan denouncing him for allowing the song "Bargain" to be used selling Nissan SUV's: "...despite the enormous sums lavished on us, because of punitive U.K. taxes in our most exhaustively active years (98% at one point!), our fans didn't make us rich - not directly. If we are wealthy today it is because of the success of various major secondary 'Tommy' ventures, sponsorship during our 1982 Farewell and 1989 anniversary tours, TV and radio commercial and movie soundtrack licensing - and finally, back catalogue CD sales stimulated by the latter..."
Uncut magazine features The Who on this month's front cover.
On the 13th, Pete Townshend, partially in response to the World Trade Center attack two days before, releases a cassette demo called "Flying Boy" on his website.
On the 14th, The Basement Rock 'n' Roll Gallery in London features an exhibit called "Ready, Steady Who!" about the early "pop-art" phase of The Who.
On the 18th, Live At Leeds: Deluxe Edition is released in the U.S. with the U.K. edition released on the 25th. The double CD contains the entire concert except for several edits including the usual one taking "Spoonful" out of "Shakin' All Over." However, it does feature recently recorded overdubs on some of the Tommy selections and occasionally poor audio quality. Pete addresses fans' concerns over the quality of the release in a diary message on the 20th. The sound quality will be mostly corrected with the 2014 HD audio reissue.
Also on the 20th, Pete was supposed to have gone to New York to accept an award and perform at the Yahoo! Online Music Awards but the awards are canceled after the World Trade Center attack. He releases his demo for "I Am An Animal" on his website.
On the 23rd, Roger Daltrey bids on every item in a rock 'n' roll auction at the Cobden Club in Kensal Town, West London in order to raise the bids received. The auction benefits teenage cancer victims. John Entwistle and Zak Starkey also attend.
On the 25th, Rhino Video releases Quadrophenia on DVD in the U.S. and, on the same day, The Who Live At Royal Albert Hall DVD from 2000 is released.
On the 27th, Pete's website announces that The Who will perform at Madison Square Garden Oct. 20 as part of Paul McCartney's benefit concert for New York City's police, firefighters and their families. On the same day Pete releases the Psychoderelict outtake "There Is No Message In A Broken Heart" on his website.
On the 28th, Roger tells the press he has started a worm farm at his 400-acre farm in Etchingham, East Sussex to sell for processing landfills. On the same day The Who meet in London to discuss when they can all get together in a studio to record a new album.
New album releases: Pain Is Love - Ja Rule; Escape - Enrique Iglesias; Christmas Extraordinaire - Mannheim Steamroller; Invincible - Michael Jackson
On the 4th, Pete Townshend releases his 1966 demo of "Lazy Fat People" on his website. On the 11th comes the 1984 track "Why D'you Stand So Close To That Man Last Night?" The release for the 17th returns to the 1966 batch with Pete's demo for "King Rabbit" and on the 25th, it's the demo for "I Am Secure."
On the 11th, Roger Daltrey performs at the "City Of Hope" dinner in Los Angeles to benefit cancer patients. Part of his performance is with Sheryl Crow.
Magic Bus - Diario di una Rock Girl (Diary of a Rock Girl) by Eleonora Bagarotti is published in Italy. It's about the author's adventures with rock stars, particularly Pete Townshend, in her work as a translator and press agent. Pete pens the forward.
On the 16th, Rhino Records releases the 1979 recording Pete Townshend & Raphael Rudd — The Oceanic Concerts on CD in the U.S. It is released in the U.K. on the 22nd.
On the 17th, The Who arrive in New York to begin rehearsals for their performance for The Concert For New York.
On the 18th, Pete meets David Bowie in a downtown studio where he is recording his album Heathen. Pete records a lead guitar solo for the song "Slow Burn." Pete was to have met later with Mick Jagger to back him on guitar during his set at the Concert but Keith Richards shows up to back his fellow Stone.
On the 19th, John Entwistle ducks out to play a warm-up gig with his solo band at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
On the evening of the 20th, The Who perform at The Concert For New York at Madison Square Garden for police and firefighters, many of whom hold up photos of loved ones and colleagues lost in the collapse of the Twin Towers. The show, assembled by Paul McCartney, is carried live on VH1 in the U.S. Up until this point, all the musical tributes have been heartfelt but downbeat performances fitting a nation still in shock and grief. Earlier, Roger had suggested The Who also perform a more reflective set but Pete overruled him, saying The Who should simply be who they are and do what they do best.
After John Cusack's introduction, The Who roar out delivering a blistering, triumphant four-song set, climaxing with "Won't Get Fooled Again" against a backdrop of the now-lost towers. The policemen and firefighters begin pumping their fists into the air and the mood changes from one of grief to one of anger and pride. All those watching including the newspaper reviewers and even the attending President Clinton acknowledge that The Who steal the show from their famous co-stars. They seem to catch the spark of a world rising in wrath and defiance.
Afterwards, Pete and Roger return to the U.K. but John remains to play with The John Entwistle Band at a benefit concert of their own the same night as the Concert For New York at B.B. King's Blues Club. Phoebe Snow and the tribute band Who's Next also perform. There is another show on the 21st. It is followed by another show at Vanderbilt's in Plainview, Long Island on the 22nd and Toad's Place in New Haven, Connecticut on the 23rd. The latter date will be John's last with his band and his last performance in the U.S.
In Who covers of the month, on the 23rd The Grip Weeds release their CD Summer Of A Thousand Years featuring a cover of "Melancholia." On the 24th, Pink Cream 69 releases their CD Endangered in Germany featuring a cover of "Pinball Wizard." On the 30th, Planeta De Crystal releases the CD Velocidad with the Spanish-language cover "Mi Generacion".
Also on the 23rd, Gov't Mule releases their CD The Deep End, Vol. 1 featuring John Entwistle playing bass on "Same Price."
On the 29th, Pete releases his third demo collection Scoop 3 sold through his Eelpie website.
On the same day Roger's movie .Com For Murder has its world premier at the MIFED Film Market in Italy.
New album releases: Weathered - Creed; Scarecrow - Garth Brooks; Cocky - Kid Rock; Missundaztood - Pink
Pete offers more demos on his website for your listening pleasure. On the 1st, it's "Shout" from his rehearsals for his 1995 concert with Paul Simon, on the 8th the guitar instrumental "Drumming," on the 15th the demo for "Crashing By Design" from White City and on the 19th a Psychoderelict outtake "I Wish I Was As Good As I Look."
On the 6th, Mick Jagger releases his solo album Goddess In The Doorway featuring Pete playing guitar on the songs "Joy" and "Gun."
On the 7th, Pete receives the BMI President's Award.
On the 9th through the 14th, John Entwistle finishes up his touring with A Walk Down Abbey Road with a few Japanese dates. On the 9th and 10th he performs at Koseinenkin Hall in Tokyo, on the 12th at Koseinenkin Hall in Osaka and on the 14th, at Shimim Kaikan Hall in Nagoya.
On the 12th, Di-Rect release their CD Discover featuring a cover of "My Generation".
During the month, Dougal Butler's Keith Moon: A Personal Portrait picture and reminiscence book is published.
On the 23rd, Pete releases 2 double CD's on his eelpie.com website of his solo shows in La Jolla, California, June 22 and 23, 2001.
On the 27th, The Concert For New York double CD is released. It peaks at #27 on the U.S. Billboard charts.
New album releases: Rock Steady - No Doubt; Stillmatic - Nas; Doggy Bag - Lil' Bow Wow; Big Boy and Dre Present...OutKast - OutKast
At the beginning of the month, the people behind Pete's soon to be released live Lifehouse DVD announce that they are looking for material to restore The Kids Are Alright for DVD.
This month's mp3's at Pete's website are "Latin Thing" (6th), Psychoderelict outtake "Looking For Words" (13th), and White City outtakes "A Man Without A Woman" (20th), and "You'll Never Be Alone Again" (27th).
On the 11th, the group Too Much Joy release a live album called Live At Least. The album cover copies Live At Leeds and on the album, the band covers "Happy Jack".
On the 23rd, Pete posts a diary entry in which he describes a new novel he has been working on called The Boy Who Heard Music. He says he will be writing songs to go with the novel that will come out on CD at the same time as its release. "Pretentious? Self-obsessed? Grandiose? Pompous? I hope so," says Pete.
Roger gives a surprise performance at NEC Birmingham as part of Jasper Carrott's Christmas Cracker. He performs a acoustic versions of "Behind Blue Eyes," "Substitute", "Who Are You", "Pinball Wizard" and "Stand By Me."
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