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February 2013 (5 years ago)

New music releases: "Mirrors" - Justin Timberlake; "Started from the Bottom" - Drake; "Love Me" - Lil Wayne ft. Drake and Future; "Heart Attack" - Demi Lovato

The 2012/2013 touring edition of Quadrophenia spends its last month of touring North America starting off at The Oracle Arena in Oakland (1st) and the Reno Events Center in Reno (2nd).

On the 4th, Pete Townshend posts a blog on Huffington Post. The subject is his dual personality; the person who worries about the world and the performer where a "battle commences for ownership of the boards."

The Who Las Vegas Feb 2013 The Who Las Vegas Feb 2013
Photo: Erik Kabik

On the 5th, the Quadrophenia tour continues at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. Due to an injury, Zak Starkey steps down as drummer to be replaced by Scott Devours. The next night is at the Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

The 8th and 10th find The Who back at The Joint in Las Vegas. Pete again slices his hand open doing windmills during "5:15" and the show is paused while he gets bandaged. During the encore, Roger Daltrey cuts two songs because audience members down front will not stop smoking even after Roger curses them out.

The Who Columbus Feb 2013 The Who Columbus Feb 2013

From the land of smoke and high-rollers, The Who continue to the Pepsi Center in Denver (12th), the BOK Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa (14th), the KFC Yum! Arena in Louisville, Kentucky (16th), the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio (17th), and the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario (19th). At the last show a father holds up his daughter throughout Quadrophenia with a sign reading "Smash your guitar Pete!". Pete berates the father and mouths "fuck off!" in their direction. This earns Pete some tut-tutting in the next day's Toronto Sun.

On the 22nd is the release of the CD 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief feauring three live Who songs from the event.

The Who MSG Theater Feb 2013 The Who MSG Theater Feb 2013
Photo: Brian Cady

The North American tour wraps up at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York (21st), Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (22nd), the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire (24th) and the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island (26th). Before heading back home, The Who play a high-ticket charity show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden with opening act Elvis Costello and the Imposters. Both performances are short, greatest hits selections although Elvis finishes his set by covering "Substitute". Proceeds benefit Teenage Cancer America and Sloan-Kettering.

February 2008 (10 years ago)

New music releases: "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz; "Fall for You" - Secondhand Serenade; "Love in This Club" - Usher ft. Young Jeezy; "Touch My Body" - Mariah Carey

On the 2nd, Pete Townshend's daughter Emma pens an article for the Times about England's untended musical heritage from the 1960's and 1970's. "Pop music was one of Britain's most important contributions to the cultural life of the 20th century. And yet it looks as if the French, whose pop music is generally rubbish, are doing a better job than us."

On the 6th, Pete pens his own message for The about The Who's future plans that may include a tour playing Quadrophenia and a new Who album to be produced by T-Bone Burnett.

On the 16th, Roger Daltrey also writes for about his current campaign with other British performing artists to extend performance rights payments beyond 50 years to 95 years.

On the 20th, Amy Winehouse's father tells the press that Roger called him to offer his support and advice in dealing with people who suffer from drug and drinking addictions.

On the 25th, U.S. State Department spokesman Tom Casey speaks on Cuba's transfer of power from Fidel Castro to his brother Raul: "I used the analogy ... from a Who song, 'Meet the new boss, he's the same as the old boss.'"

Corner Stone Cues Presents Eton Path CD Corner Stone Cues Presents Eton Path CD

On the 26th, the CD Corner Stone Cues Presents: "Eton Path" is released featuring an orchestral cover of "Underture".

On the 27th, Virgin Radio in the U.K. makes headlines by banning The Beatles' music from the station after listeners vote them off. Consulted for comment, Roger Daltrey says "I didn't like all their music. I can understand that everything has its sell-by date."

February 2003 (15 years ago)

New music releases: Get Rich or Die Tryin' - 50 Cent; Chocolate Factory - R. Kelly; The Beautiful Letdown - Switchfoot; Any Given Thursday - John Mayer
Lisa Pritchett-Johnson

On the 1st, The Scotsman reports that John Entwistle's last steady companion Lisa Pritchett-Johnson has been told she must vacate John's home as the family plans to sell it.

Shanghai Knights soundtrack CD Shanghai Knights soundtrack CD

On the 4th, the soundtrack to Shanghai Knights is released with both "Magic Bus" and "My Generation" by The Who.

On the 5th, Roger Daltrey begins radio appearances in Britain discussing the upcoming Teenage Cancer Trust concerts. He makes headlines on the 9th during an interview on Virgin Radio when he describes the investigation into an alleged connection between Pete Townshend and child pornography on the Internet as a "witch hunt" and "the worst thing I have ever had to deal with in my life."

Songs From The Material World CD Songs From The Material World CD

On the 25th, a tribute CD to the late George Harrison, Songs From The Material World, is released with the Steve Luongo band Torque covering "Here Comes The Sun." Using an archival John bass performance, the track is credited to "John Entwistle."

February 1998 (20 years ago)

New music releases: Ray of Light - Madonna; International Velvet - Catatonia; "Nice & Slow" - Usher; "Let's Ride" - Montell Jordan ft. Master P and Silkk the Shocker
Emma Townshend Winterland Emma Townshend Winterland

On the 2nd, Pete's daughter Emma releases her first single in the U.K., "The Last Time I Saw Sadie" backed with "Come On In My Kitchen." Her album Winterland is released the next day.

1998 John Entwistle CD single 1998 John Entwistle CD single

On the 10th, The John Entwistle Band holds a record signing at Tower Records in Los Angeles. They sell a limited edition CD single of "When The Sun Comes Up" with vocal by Alan St. Jon intended for their forthcoming album Music From Van-Pires. Unfortunately rights issues over the music delay the album for over two more years by which time the song will have a new vocalist. They follow up the signing the next day with a performance at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles.

Whos Serious Symphonic Who CD Whos Serious Symphonic Who CD

Also on the 10th, the CD Who's Serious: Symphonic Who by the London Philharmonic Orchestra is released. Simon Townshend performs on it.

ApologetiX Jesus Christ Morningstar CD ApologetiX Jesus Christ Morningstar CD

On the 13th, the Christian rock group ApologetiX releases their CD Jesus Christ Morningstar featuring "Temple Physician", a re-write of "Pinball Wizard".

On the 13th and 14th, John has a reception at the Walnut Street Gallery in Denver where his drawings and paintings are on display.

House of Blues Roger Daltrey Celebration CD House of Blues Roger Daltrey Celebration CD

On the 24th, Roger's A Celebration: The Music Of Pete Townshend CD is reissued by the House Of Blues label.

February 1993 (25 years ago)

New music releases: Pablo Honey - Radiohead; "Freak Me" - Silk; 19 Naughty III - Naughty by Nature; Duran Duran (The Wedding Album) - Duran Duran

On the 8th, the Recording Industry Association of America upgrades their sales awards for Who albums. The Who's Greatest Hits (double platinum), Hooligans (gold), Live At Leeds (double platinum), Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy (platinum), Quadrophenia (platinum), The Who By Numbers (platinum), Tommy (double platinum), Who Are You (double platinum), Who's Better, Who's Best (gold), and Who's Next (triple platinum).

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Van Halen releases their live album Live: Right Here Right Now featuring a cover of "Won't Get Fooled Again."

On the 24th, Q magazine prints a letter by Chris Charlesworth decrying the sorry state of the Who's CD catalog and lack of a career-spanning boxset retrospective. The next day, Pete calls him up and gives him permission to begin a CD reissue program and the compilation of a Who CD boxset.

Pete completes two years of on-and-off recording for his next solo album Psychoderelict. On the 27th, he delivers the master tapes to Atlantic Records.

February 1988 (30 years ago)

New music releases: Now and Zen - Robert Plant; Lita - Lita Ford; "Close My Eyes Forever" - Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne; Starfish - The Church

Rolling Stone again reports on rumors of a Who reunion tour, this time for summer 1988.

The Who 1988 portrait The Who 1988 portrait

On the 8th, The Who receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the British Phonographic Industry and perform during a live TV broadcast from Royal Albert Hall in London. No one probably knows it at the time, but it is Kenney Jones' last performance with The Who. The Who are faded out right after they start "Substitute" when the program overruns. Just before the show, Pete is told his daughter Aminta has been taken to the hospital with pneumonia. Pete comes within a hair of leaving and later says he regrets he didn't.

Roger appears on Entertainment Tonight and says he doesn't believe he will sing anymore because after poor sales for his last solo album he feels he no longer has an audience for his solo work.

A London newspaper reports that Pete's wife Karen wants him to close down the Double O Charity. Double O releases a statement that says the organization is not closing down but is undergoing an evaluation study because "the high point of public sympathy and sincere media support for anti-drug causes is past."

The Kinks The Road 12inch single The Kinks The Road 12inch single

The Kinks release the single "The Road." The Who are mentioned in the lyrics.

My Generation CD single My Generation CD single

On the 20th, "My Generation" backed with "Substitute" hits the charts in Britain, peaking at #68. The 12" and CD version has, in addition, "Baba O' Riley" and "Behind Blue Eyes."

On the 22nd, Pete attends actor Sir John Mills' 80th birthday party.

February 1983 (35 years ago)

New records: Frontiers - Journey; War - U2; "Total Eclipse of the Heart" - Bonnie Tyler; "Beat It" - Michael Jackson
Pete receiving BRIT Award 1983 Pete receiving BRIT Award 1983

On the 8th, Pete wins a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BRIT Awards at the Grosvenor House, London. He is only 37 years old.

On the 9th, the judge presiding over the Cincinnati concert case allows an appeal over the earlier decision to rule out punitive damages. He also asks the lawyers if an out-of-court settlement can be reached.

Its Hard The Who 45 Its Hard The Who 45

"It's Hard" backed with "Dangerous" is the last 45rpm single of new Who material released in the U.S. It fails to chart.

Pete completes the demos for "Cat Scratch" and "Ask Yourself" for a concept album to be called "Siege" intended either for The Who or a solo album. "I had been inspired by the idea of a soul besieged in a magnificent castle, surrounded by the litter of the ages, the detritus of faded wealth." Having recently picked up painting for the first time since art college, Pete also intends to design the illustrations for the album himself. Ultimately, the two tracks will be released on Pete's solo album Another Scoop.

February 1978 (40 years ago)

New records: Van Halen - Van Halen; Even Now - Barry Manilow; "Feels So Good" - Chuck Mangione; "Night Fever" - The Bee Gees
Warsaw Pakt Needle Time Warsaw Pakt Needle Time

Warsaw Pakt releases the album Needle Time in Britain with a cover of "It's Not True."

Apr 1978 Trouser Press Apr 1978 Trouser Press

Trouser Press prints part one of a lengthy interview with Pete in which he says he never wants to tour again. He also says he wants to show that The Who can grow old gracefully.

Pete expresses his displeasure over a violent argument between his parents by putting his hand through a glass window. The injury further delays recording on Who Are You.

Keith Moon and Annette at ABBA movie Keith Moon and Annette at ABBA movie

On the 16th, Keith Moon and his girlfriend Annette attend the London premiere of ABBA: The Movie.

Roger Daltrey Say It Aint So French picture sleeve

A solo single by Roger, "Say It Ain't So Joe" backed with "The Prisoner" is scheduled for release in the U.K. on the 17th but is cancelled. It is released in the rest of Europe backed with "Parade" or "One of the Boys".

February 1973 (45 years ago)

New records: Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper; "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" - Tony Orlando and Dawn; "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" - Vicki Lawrence; "The Twelfth of Never" - Donnie Osmond
The Who Relay Dutch picture sleeve The Who Relay Dutch picture sleeve

On the 3rd, "Relay" enters the Dutch charts where it peaks at #28.

On the 4th, Keith and Viv Stanshall are last minute replacement performers at the Lanchester Arts Festival. Backed by Nigerian musician Gaspar Lawal and support band Necromandus, the duo perform wholly improvised noise as the angry audience boos and demands refunds.

Melody Maker 10 Feb 1973 Melody Maker 10 Feb 1973

On the 10th, Pete tells Melody Maker he is suffering from writer's block that is keeping him from finishing the Quadrophenia project. He also says that to record it properly, The Who may have to build its own studio; In addition, Pete says he does not think highly of Who's Next and admits that the plots in his musical stories are often weak.

Pete was to have appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra at Radio City Music Hall on the 11th for a charity concert followed by three nights at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island. However, Pete could only commit for the charity show and the rest of the London cast was unavailable so the concerts are canceled.

Billy Nicholls Forevers No Time At All 45 Billy Nicholls Forevers No Time At All 45

On the 16th, Billy Nicholls' "Forever's No Time At All" backed with "This Song Is Green," is released by Track in the U.K. The A-side was previously released on Pete's solo album Who Came First and is the only single released from that album. It features Pete on synthesized flute. The B-side credits Pete as recording engineer. The single fails to chart.

Spanish picture sleeve of New Seekers 45 Spanish picture sleeve of New Seekers 45

On the 17th, The New Seekers' cover "Pinball Wizard/See Me, Feel Me" hits the U.S. charts. It ultimately reaches #29 in Billboard, #21 in Cash Box and #16 in Britain.

On the 21st, Keith Moon returns from vacation in Gibraltar.

On the 23rd comes a two-part interview with Pete conducted by Charles Shaar Murray in New Musical Express. Pete details how he got Eric Clapton to play at the Rainbow Concert the month before.

The Who getting gold for Orchestral Tommy The Who getting gold for Orchestral Tommy

On the 28th, The Who minus Pete gather in London at the offices of A&M to receive gold records for the orchestral version of Tommy.

February 1968 (50 years ago)

New records: "Honey" - Bobby Goldsboro; "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" - Hugo Montenegro; "Cry Like a Baby" - The Box Tops; The Child Is Father to The Man - Blood, Sweat & Tears

On the 1st, The Who and The Small Faces begin the long flight back to London from Auckland, New Zealand with stops at Fiji, Honolulu and San Francisco.

The Who Mary Anne Dutch picture sleeve The Who Mary Anne Dutch picture sleeve

On the 2nd, Go magazine has the article: "42 days of Who destruction" on the upcoming U.S. tour. Roger says The Who will keep smashing equipment until they have established themselves in the U.S. On the same day "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand" backed with "I Can't Reach You" is released in the Netherlands. It fails to chart.

The Truth 6 Feb 1968 The Truth 6 Feb 1968

On the 6th, Paul Rodgers sends The Who off with boos in the New Zealand newspaper The Truth. He says he is "ashamed to have come from the same country as these unwashed, foul-mouthed, booze swilling no-hopers."

Essex U 10 Feb 1968 Essex U 10 Feb 1968

On the 10th, The Who go back to work in their homeland playing a Valentine Ball at Essex University in Colchester, England. They are supported by The Shell Shock Show, Yum Yum Band and Exploding Orange.

1st Amboy Dukes LP 1st Amboy Dukes LP

On the same day the Amboy Dukes (U.S.) have their first album The Amboy Dukes hit the U.S. charts. It features a cover of "It's Not True."

On the 11th, The Who go into IBC Studios to complete the recording of "Glow Girl" as well as recording the backing tracks for "Call Me Lightning" and "Little Billy." That evening they motor out to Crawley to play the Starlite Ballroom. Their supporting group is Jo-Jo Gunne.

Pete Townshend during Lone Ranger filming Pete Townshend during Lone Ranger filming
Photo: Chris Morphet

On the 14th, Pete's friend Richard Stanley shoots footage of Pete for his movie Lone Ranger. Pete also provides the soundtrack for the movie.

Rolling Stone publishes an interview with Pete. Pete discusses the song "Faith in Something Bigger" ("but no one will believe we are serious. Can you imagine Roger standing there singing something like that?") and "Glow Girl" that is being considered as The Who's next U.S. single.

On the 16th, The Who play the University in Sheffield with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band opening. This is followed by a show at the Faculty of Technology Union in Manchester on the 17th.

Three weeks after their return from New Zealand, The Who face another long flight to Los Angeles to finish their new single and begin a six-week North American tour. Pete had flown over a few days earlier to meet Rick Chapman, head of Meher Baba Information at Berkeley.

San Jose Feb 21 1968 San Jose Feb 21 1968

On the 21st, the tour begins with a concert at the Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California. Pete arrives after being driven down the coast in Chapman's 1959 Lincoln Continental. Sagittarius and Blue Cheer open the show. Beginning with this concert, The Who introduce extended jams of "Shakin' All Over," "Relax" and "My Generation."

Fillmore West poster Feb 22 1968 Fillmore West poster Feb 22 1968
Poster: Lee Conklin

For the 22nd, The Who head up the coast to play Bill Graham's Fillmore West in San Francisco where a brand new $35,000 P.A. system has been installed. Opening acts are The Nice (taking the place of a last-minute cancellation by The Vagrants) and Cannonball Adderley and his Sextet. Who manager Kit Lambert flies over from London to supervise recordings of this show and the next two nights for a album to be called The Who - Live At The Fillmore set for release that June.

On the 23rd and 24th The Who show moves over to The Winterland in San Francisco, a move prompted by high-ticket demand.

The Who swing in Griffith Park The Who swing in Griffith Park
Photo: Tom Wright

On the 26th, The Who return to Los Angeles and Gold Star studios to finish recording and mixing "Call Me Lightning" and "Little Billy." Prior to this, they head up to the Hollywood Hills for a photo shoot.

Pete Townshend on set of Call Me Lightning video shoot Pete Townshend on set of Call Me Lightning video shoot
Photo: Tom Wright

Around the same time (probably the 27th), The Who are taken to an abandoned warehouse in Hollywood by director Austin John Marshall who shoots a Monkees-style promo film for "Call Me Lightning" featuring a mechanical Keith being pursued by the other band members. It is later featured in the movie The Kids Are Alright with "Cobwebs and Strange" placed on the soundtrack.

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Photo: Tom Wright

On the 28th, The Who and their entourage board a bus for a three-day trip to Canada. Accompanying them is photographer and road manager Tom Wright plus a groupie. The groupie spends most of her time on board having sex with everyone but a reluctant Pete.

February 1963 (55 years ago)

New records: The Barbra Streisand Album - Barbra Streisand; How The West Was Won: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Alfred Newman; "Like I've Never Been Gone' - Billy Fury; "Our Day Will Come" - Ruby & The Romantics
Archival photo of Oldfield Hotel Archival photo of Oldfield Hotel

On the 17th, The Detours start regular Sunday bookings, afternoons at the Douglas House in Bayswater. The other dates for the month are The White Hart Hotel (17th [evening],18th, 24th [evening] and 25th), The Oldfield Hotel in Greenford (21st, 23rd, 28th), the Grand Ballroom in Broadstairs (22nd), and the Douglas House on the afternoon of the 24th.

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