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April 1963

New records: "Ring of Fire" - Johnny Cash; Days of Wine & Roses - Andy Williams; "From Me To You" - The Beatles; "Sukiyaki" - Kyu Sakamoto
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On the 25th, the Beachcombers place an ad for a "good, reliable rock drummer" in the Harrow Observer. Despite the apparent disqualification for the "reliable" part, Keith Moon applies and succeeds in landing the job.

April 1964

New music releases: The Beatles' Second Album - The Beatles; "Viva Las Vegas!" - Elvis Presley; Funny Girl - Barbra Streisand, Sydney Chaplin and Various Artists; The Pink Panther - Henry Mancini

Around this time The Who get their first manager, later described by the band as "a Jewish doorknob seller" named Helmut Gorden with dreams of being the next Brian Epstein. He buys The Who a van, new clothes and (imitation) leather jackets.

Doug Sandom Doug Sandom

Helmut Gorden sets up a pair of auditions that take place on the 9th. That morning The Who audition for Chris Parmeinter of Fontana Records in a basement café on the Edgware Road. Parmeinter is impressed by Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, but does not care for drummer Doug Sandom. Pete explodes angrily at Doug so Doug quits the band although he agrees to stay on through the weekend. From there, The Who go to Studio S2 at Broadcasting House to audition for an appearance on the BBC Light Programme.

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On the 16th, The Who return to the Oldfield Hotel with drummer Dave Gold from Marshall's Music Shop. Over the next couple of weeks, The Who will go through a succession of quickly hired replacement drummers including a young Mitch Mitchell, later of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

At the end of the month, the last piece of The Who puzzle is added. Pete, Roger, John and promoter Bob Druce remember that, while The Who were playing a show with some old drummer, "an impudent geezer" with "his hair dyed ginger wearing a ginger suit and holding a glass of brown ale" loudly announces that he can play better than their drummer. The Who invite the upstart onstage where he plays wildly to "Roadrunner" and succeeds in breaking the old-timer's drum pedal.

Keith Moon early 1964 Keith Moon early 1964

That impudent geezer, of course, is Keith Moon. Unfortunately, when Moon biographer Tony Fletcher researched the story, he found that the Beachcombers, the group Keith was in at the time, have no memory of his ever having dyed his hair and none of the club's regulars ever remember seeing Keith's live audition. In addition, the manager of the Oldfield Hotel at the time clearly remembers Keith stopping by on a Tuesday to see if any groups were looking for a new drummer. Told The Who were indeed so bereft and were rehearsing that night at a drill hall in Acton, Keith hurried off to meet his destiny.

As with so much of The Who's history, one can get only so close to the truth and no closer. If you believe The Who's story, the date of the event was probably their performance at the Oldfield Hotel on the 30th. If you believe the Oldfield Hotel manager's story, it would be the 28th.

April 1965

New music releases: "I Can't Help Myself" - Four Tops; "Crying In the Chapel" - Elvis Presley; "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" - Herman's Hermits; "I've Been Loving You Too Long" - Otis Redding
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On the 3rd, in the U.S., "I Can't Explain" reaches its top position in the Billboard charts at #93. Back in the U.K., The Who are featured in an article in Record Mirror: "The group that slaughters their amplifiers..."

The Who also manage to record a new single and practically an album's worth of material on the 12th through the 14th at IBC Studios. According to Roger, he and Pete are locked into a room at 3am the night before the first session and not allowed out until a single is written. The result is their one credited co-composition, "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere". Pete later says it is based on his feelings about the performance style of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker.

This busy month ends with shows at the Bromel Club in the Bromley Court Hotel (28th) and The Town Hall in Trowbridge (30th - fee again £200). A total of twenty-six shows in thirty days! A typical set at this time (jotted down at their Marquee show on the 13th) is "Heatwave, "Motoring", "Shout and Shimmy", "Please Please Please", "I Don't Mind", "Smokestack Lightning" and "I'm a Man".

April 1966

New music releases: Aftermath - The Rolling Stones; Live! - Lou Rawls; The Shadow of Your Smile - Andy Williams; Soul & Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers
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On the 2nd, an ad appears in the U.S. publication Billboard announcing the release of "Substitute" backed with "Waltz For A Pig" on the Atco label. This is the short version of "Substitute" with a re-recorded vocal in which the phrase "I look all white but my dad was black" is replaced with "I try walking forward but my feet walk back." Billboard says "Debut disk on Atco for the swinging group has the Liverpool-blues sound and big beat support for an exciting chart entry aimed at the teen market." Nevertheless, it fails to make the U.S. charts.

Who Court Date

On the 4th, a judge grants another interim injunction brought by The Who's former producer Shel Talmy preventing The Who from releasing any further recordings anywhere unless they are produced by Talmy and released by U.S. Decca/Brunswick. The Who's management New Action Ltd. agrees to try to reach a settlement upon the first adjournment.

Shortly after the above event, Pete writes a new song on the back of a copy of his affidavit in the Talmy case. Its name: "I Can See for Miles".

The Who Sings My Generation The Who Sings My Generation

On the 26th, The Who's first album is released in the U.S. on Decca. Retitled The Who Sings My Generation it features a different cover, drops "I'm a Man" for the Shel Talmy-produced "Instant Party," edits the instrumental break out of "The Kids Are Alright" and reverses the order of "A Legal Matter" and "The Ox." It is released in both mono and stereo although both are simply mono electronically processed as stereo. Billboard says: "the four boys from London have an ear-splitting, gut-busting and best-selling package in this program of blues-oriented rock numbers." It fails to reach the U.S. charts, but does get airplay on Detroit radio stations.

April 1967

New music releases: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell; "Respect" - Aretha Franklin; "Light My Fire" - The Doors; "Groovin'" - The Young Rascals
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On the 21st, "Pictures Of Lily" backed with "Doctor, Doctor" comes out in the U.K. as The Who's first release on their managers' Track Records label. Melody Maker's review calls it, "...a rollicking, rhythmic Pete Townshend composition with a beautiful lyric and his usual cynical edge...Marvelous, muscular music." Despite controversy over the song lyrics' implication of masturbation, the single reaches #4 in the U.K. charts.

On the 22nd, Melody Maker announces that The Who have been signed to support Herman's Hermits on a U.S. tour that summer. In the meantime, The Who will go back in the studio on the 26th and 28th to record more tracks for their next album to be called "Who's Lily?"

Happy Jack US LP Happy Jack US LP

On the 22nd, Cash Box reviews the new U.S. Decca release of The Who's second album, re-titled Happy Jack. "Heatwave" is dropped for the title track and, unlike the mono-only British release, several of the tracks are in true stereo. Cash Box calls it "Strong listening all the way through." To celebrate the release TRO, The Who's U.S. song publisher, announces the publication of a special multicolor sheet music edition of the title single.

April 1968

New music releases: Bookends - Simon & Garfunkel; "Mrs. Robinson" - Simon & Garfunkel; The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees - The Monkees; "This Guy's in Love with You" - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

On the 4th, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots erupt in several American cities. On the same day, while visiting booker Frank Barselona's house in New York, Keith goes crazy after Australia is mentioned. He goes back to the Gorham hotel, gets drunk, blows up his toilet with a cherry bomb and then climbs out on a ledge and begins throwing cherry bombs into the street at the gathering police. Incredibly, Barselona manages to keep Keith from going to jail, but The Who do get thrown out of the hotel and have to move to the Waldorf.

The Who under flag The Who under flag
Photo: Art Kane

The next morning The Who are photographed for Life magazine by Art Kane at the Carl Schurz Memorial in Morningside Park asleep under two sewn-together Union Jack flags prepared by Kane. They are so tired from Keith's late-night antics that they actually go to sleep.

The Who rehersal Fillmore East The Who rehersal Fillmore East
Photo: Linda McCartney

Nap over, The Who report to the Fillmore East in the Village for a dress rehearsal and microphone set up for that night's show that is to be recorded on four-track. The rehearsal, as well as that night's concert, are photographed by manager Chris Stamp's then-girlfriend Linda Eastman. The Who had planned four shows over the two days (5th and 6th) but fears of violence sparked by the King assassination lead to the cancellation of the early hour shows.

When he isn't busy blowing up hotels, Keith, accompanied by John, goes drinking at the Salvation Club in New York. There they run into The Who's ex-roadie Richard Cole and discuss leaving The Who to form a band to be called Led Zeppelin, based on the after-gig post mortem that a show went over "like a lead zeppelin." Steve Marriott, Steve Winwood and Jimmy Page are mentioned as additional members. Cole at the time is working for Jimmy Page managing the New Yardbirds. He promptly nicks the name for Page's band along with John's idea of a crashing zeppelin for the cover of their first album which is released the next year.

April 1969

New music releases: "Bad Moon Rising" - Creedence Clearwater Revival; "Get Back" - The Beatles with Billy Preston; "In the Ghetto" - Elvis Presley; The Chicago Transit Authority - Chicago

On the 1st, The Who continue rehearsing their new Tommy-centered act at the Community Centre, Westcott Crescent in Hanwell. Other rehearsal dates are the 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 21st and 23rd. Pete recalls in his autobiography that, after the last rehearsal, Keith took him for a drink, looked him in the eye and said, "Pete, you've done it. This is gonna work."

On the 26th, "Pinball Wizard" reaches its U.K. chart peak of #4 staying there for the next three weeks.

April 1970

New music releases: McCartney - Paul McCartney; Ladies of the Canyon - Joni Mitchell; "The Wonder of You" - Elvis Presley; "Cecilia" - Simon and Garfunkel
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Photo: David Greenberg

Rolling Stone prints a lengthy interview with Pete conducted by Jonathan Cott. Pete discusses everything from the death of Brian Jones and his writing of the never-released song "A Normal Day for Brian" to his hatred of Woodstock. One of the things he mentions is his desire to make a movie with The Who, "a film which is the equivalent of a rock song, only lasting an hour or longer." This is the first public mention of what will eventually become the Lifehouse project.

On the 25th is yet another interview with Pete, this time conducted by Penny Valentine in Disc and Music Echo. He says Tommy has provided The Who with fans "...I'd be pleased to lose again, especially the American psuedo-intellectuals who kept reading things into it."

April 1971

New music releases: Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones; 4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; L.A. Woman - The Doors; "Take Me Home, Country Roads" - John Denver
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On the 1st, John releases his and The Who's first commercial solo record "I Believe In Everything" backed with "My Size." To promote it he hires a stagecoach with livery to deliver the single to Harlequin Records in London. The stagecoach ends up getting a parking ticket. Record Mirror opines: "...maybe a trifle minor key at first, but it goes along well, with a distinctive sound and some compelling chugging from behind. It's certainly commercial in a quiet, persuasive way." Released only in Europe at this time, it fails to chart.

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During the first week of April, The Who reunite with Glyn Johns now in the producer's chair instead of Kit Lambert. Their first session takes place at Stargroves, Mick Jagger's Victorian mansion in Newbury, Berkshire, using The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Setting the band up in a hallway, Johns records a blistering version of "Won't Get Fooled Again" that may have made up some of the finished release version. Contemporary reports list a version of "Going Mobile" being recorded in the same session.

Having had such a success with his first try, Johns easily talks The Who into continuing recording at his home studio, Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, South West London. Sessions run from the 9th through the 12th. "Too Much Of Anything," with Nicky Hopkins on piano, "Time Is Passing" and the first version of "Bargain" are recorded. None of the takes will make the final album release.

On the 26th, the Who perform some of their new material, mixed with oldies and covers, at the Young Vic, professionally recorded by Glyn Johns' younger brother Andy and engineered by Ian Stewart outside in The Rolling Stones' mobile recording van. It does not come out at the time but does leak out as a popular bootleg, before being released in small batches beginning in the late 1980's with the primary bulk of the show released as disc 2 of 2003's Who's Next: Deluxe Edition.

April 1974

New music releases: Second Helping - Lynyrd Skynyrd; "Band On The Run" - Paul McCartney & Wings; On Stage - Loggins & Messina; "Billy, Don't Be a Hero" - Paper Lace

On the 1st, Keith Moon and his chauffeur and minder Dougal Butler leave life in England behind and move to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. It is Keith's intent to become a tax exile, as so many of the successful British rockers have done, but he never manages to stay out of England long enough to escape the long arm of Inland Revenue.

Pete Townshend at the Roundhouse 1974 Pete Townshend at the Roundhouse 1974
Photo: André Csillag

On the 14th, Pete performs live for the first time as a solo act at The Roundhouse in London as part of a charity concert to raise funds to buy a coach for the Camden Square Community. At one point he gets into a shouting match with a heckler. On the same day, Keith and Ringo appear on The Flo And Eddie Show live on KROQ-FM in Pasadena. Keith plays Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and surf music records.

The filming of Tommy begins on the 22nd. The first scenes are interiors at Harefield Grove, a country estate in Middlesex, and involve Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Robert Powell and Barry Winch. Pete watches on set for changes which would require re-writing of the score.

April 1975

New music releases: Toys In The Attic - Aerosmith; Straight Shooter - Bad Company; Al Green's Greatest Hits - Al Green; Beautiful Loser - Bob Seger

On the 11th, Keith's marriage to Kim Moon officially comes to an end at the London Divorce Court in The Strand. She is granted a decree nisi based on Keith's unreasonable behavior. Keith offers no defense. Kim by this time is living with Faces pianist Ian McLagen. Keith's payoff for the divorce: £40,000.

On the 25th, the ABC Interstate Theaters movie chain in the U.S. announces that Roger has been named "Best New Star of the Year" for his performance in Tommy: The Movie. It is an award previously won by Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, and Barbra Streisand.

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On the 29th, Keith and his steady girlfriend Anette fly in from Los Angeles. The next day he joins Pete and John only to discover that, with almost two years off since he was last behind the drums in a studio, he has forgotten how to play! Nevertheless, Pete, John, Keith and guest pianist Nicky Hopkins manage to lay down the track "She Loves Everyone" that will later be retitled "They Are All in Love." Roger will supply his vocals later as he is still on the set of Lisztomania.

April 1976

New music releases: Live Bullet - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry; Greatest Stories Live - Harry Chapin; "Young Hearts Run Free" - Candi Staton
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Pete Rudge amicably steps aside as The Who's manager and Bill Curbishley officially takes over. The former Track Records employee remains The Who's manager to the present day.

April 1978

New records: Grease - Original Soundtrack; Stardust - Willie Nelson; "Shadow Dancing" - Andy Gibb; "Rivers of Babylon" - Boney M
Shakin Stevens Track LP Shakin Stevens Track LP

On the 1st, Melody Maker reports that Track Records, the spin-off from Polydor launched and run by The Who's ex-managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, has been liquidated with total debts of £70,000. Track had not had a record appear in the British charts since its last Who release, the LP Odds and Sods, in October 1974. On the 7th, Track puts out its last record, Shakin' Stevens' self-titled LP. It also fails to chart.

During the month and into the next, The Who continue recording overdubs and preparing mixes for the Who Are You LP. "Love Is Coming Down" and drumming overdubs for "Who Are You" are put to tape. Most of the rest of the work by The Who does not see the final LP. Alternate versions of "Guitar And Pen," "Choirboy," later to be re-titled "Empty Glass" when it appears on Pete's solo LP of the same name, and a band version of "Music Must Change" are recorded. The final track has to be abandoned when Keith Moon fails to maintain the 6/8-time necessary. According to Pete, Keith defends his inability by announcing that he is "the best Keith Moon-style drummer in the world." Everything but Roger's vocal is left behind and the rest of the track is created by Pete and producer Jon Astley.

April 1980

New music releases: Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath; "Against the Wind" - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; "She's Out of My Life" - Michael Jackson; Middle Man - Boz Scaggs
Empty Glass US LP Empty Glass US LP

On the 14th, Pete's first totally solo album, Empty Glass, is released in the U.K. The U.S. release follows on the 21st. Reviews are raves with Sounds magazine giving the album its highest rating and Paul Morley in New Musical Express saying the album shows Pete is still an important musician. The album peaks at #11 in the U.K., the highest chart position for a Pete solo record in that country. In the U.S. it shoots all the way to #5.

April 1981

New music releases: Don't Say No - Billy Squier; "You Make My Dreams" - Daryl Hall & John Oates; Chariots Of Fire - Vangelis; Fair Warning - Van Halen
Kit Lambert Obit Kit Lambert Obit

Kit Lambert, The Who's former manager and producer, is by this time living on charity that he spends mostly on heroin and alcohol. On the evening of the 5th, he shows up at his mother's house bloody and broke saying he had been beaten by four men in the lavatory of a gay bar. His mother gets him to go to bed but later that night he falls downstairs suffering a brain hemorrhage. He dies on the morning of the 7th at the age of 45, nine days short of reaching exactly the same age his father, composer Constant Lambert, reached before he died. Kit is cremated on the 29th and his ashes taken to Golders Green where Keith Moon's ashes had been interred two and a half years before. Pete flies back from New York shortly after hearing the news and begins to prepare a memorial service for Kit to be held on May 11th. He will write of his reaction to Kit's death in the short story "Pancho and The Baron".

April 1984

New music releases: "I Want to Break Free" - Queen; Street Talk - Steve Perry; "One Love/People Get Ready" - Bob Marley & The Wailers; Grace Under Pressure - Rush
The Relay newsletter Apr. 1984 The Relay newsletter Apr. 1984

On the 7th, The Who fanzine The Relay publishes an interview with Roger about the end of The Who. Roger says Pete "made a very big mistake" breaking up The Who and adds "you can only take so much of being treated like a turd." He says he hates Dave Marsh's Who book Before I Get Old, describing it as "a great, fat book as big as a Bible mostly comprised of lies." He also says Richard Barnes' book The Who: Maximum R&B is "dreadful." Dave Marsh is interviewed in the same issue and calls the It's Hard song "I've Known No War" a "despicable piece of shit."

Rolling Stone May 24 1984 Rolling Stone May 24 1984

Roger is interviewed in Rolling Stone where he strikes a bittersweet tone. "I don't have any illusions anymore. The illusion that rock & roll could change anything - I don't believe that. That the Who was this strange machine that could do anything - I don't believe that. I've changed. Who would have ever thought that I'd end up saying I want to be an all-round entertainer? But that's what I want to be. Not that I ever want to go to Vegas... Although one day I might do it - just for a laugh."

April 1987

New music releases: Tango in the Night - Fleetwood Mac; Raindancing - Allison Moyet; Solitude Standing - Suzanne Vega; Electric - The Cult
Two's Missing Two's Missing

On the 11th, the Who rarities collection Two's Missing is released. It is the first Who album since The Who Sings My Generation that fails to chart on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 albums.

April 1989

New music releases: Garth Brooks - Garth Brooks; Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty; Skynyrd's Innyrds: Their Greatest Hits - Lynyrd Skynyrd; Repeat Offender - Richard Marx
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On the 24th, Pete, Roger and John Entwistle appear together at a press conference at Radio City Music Hall in New York City to announce they will again tour as The Who that summer. Pete tells the press that he still experiences hearing problems and gets a laugh when he says, "we will play very, very quietly."

April 1993

New music releases: Get a Grip - Aerosmith; "Weak" - SWV; Undertow - Tool; "That's the Way Love Goes" - Janet Jackson
The Who's Tommy handbill The Who's Tommy handbill

On the 22nd, The Who's Tommy opens on Broadway at the St. James Theater. Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle attend along with a large number of celebrities. Frank Rich raves about it in the next day's New York Times calling it "the authentic rock musical that has eluded Broadway for two generations."

April 1996

New music releases: Crash - Dave Matthews Band; "Don't Speak" - No Doubt; Fairweather Johnson - Hootie & The Blowfish; Moseley Shoals - Ocean Colour Scene
The Who press conference London 1996 The Who press conference London 1996

On the 23rd, Roger and Pete hold a press conference in London to announce that, after a hiatus of over six years, Pete, Roger and John will perform together in a band at Hyde Park for a performance of Quadrophenia at the Prince's Trust Concert. They will not be listed as The Who but rather under their individual names.


April 2000

New music releases: "The Real Slim Shady" - Eminem; Infest - Papa Roach; My Name Is Joe - Joe; Now That's What I Call Music! 45 (U.K.) - Various Artists
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Photo: Peter Morgan

On the 10th, Pete, Roger and John hold a press conference at The Supper Club in New York City to announce their summer North American tour and the internet release of a live album from their 1999 shows.

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That album, The Blues To The Bush, is sent out mostly as individually burned CD-R's by with the track listing decided by the customer. MP3 downloads are also available. In addition a four-track promo CD is sent to U.S. radio stations.

Also on the 10th, Variety reports that the Keith Moon bio-pic, now provisionally known as "Who's Next", will be directed by Brad Siberling. The next day Nicholas Cage tells that he is "insisting" that he be allowed to play Pete. On the 20th, also reports that executive producer Bill Gerber wants either Dougray Scott or Jared Leto to play Moon.

April 2005

New music releases: The Emancipation of Mimi - Mariah Carey; "Mockingbird" - Eminem; "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" - Fall Out Boy; "Don't Cha" - The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes
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On the 2nd, John Entwistle's family announces that they will be auctioning off the entire contents of his £3 million mansion. The auction on the 21st nets £123,000 with a model of Henry VIII's armour raising £900, a leather art sculpture of a male torso £2,200, a snakeskin tambourine £160 and a microphone presented to The Who at an awards poll in 1975 £480.

April 2007

New music releases: "What I've Done" - Linkin Park; "Home" - Daughtry; "Back to Black" - Amy Winehouse; Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
Pete Townshend 2007 Method launch

On the 25th, Pete Townshend holds a media event at his Oceanic Studios in London to unveil a computer software program that will enable fans to compose personalized music tracks at the click of a button. "You can put data in and get a piece of music out. It's as simple as that." Based on an idea Pete had in 1970 that was the partial basis of his Lifehouse concept, the "Method" software was developed by mathematician/composer Lawrence Ball and software developer Dave Snowdon.

April 2009

New music releases: "You Belong with Me" - Taylor Swift; "Knock You Down" - Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo; "We Made You" - Eminem; "Fire Burning" - Sean Kingston
In The Attic DVD In The Attic DVD

On the 7th, Best Buy releases the exclusive 2CD-1DVD set Rachel Fuller Presents In The Attic with Pete Townshend and Friends. Coincidentally, on the same day, The Sun reports that Karen Astley has applied for divorce proceedings against Pete, ending their 40-year marriage.

April 2011

New music releases: "Super Bass" - Nicki Minaj; "Run the World (Girls)" - Beyoncé; "Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean; "Honey Bee" - Blake Shelton

On the 21st, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson announces his run for the U.S. Presidency. "I look at the rest of the field running for President, and that song by The Who comes to mind. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss."

April 2012

New music releases: "Payphone" - Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa; "Whistle" - Flo Rida; "Mercy" - Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz; "Pontoon" - Little Big Town

On the 4th, the cybergroup Anonymous hacks Chinese Government websites. Their onscreen message is backed by a recording of "Baba O'Riley".

On the 8th, Who manager Bill Curbishley tells the Sunday Times that he had been approached by organizers of the 2012 London Olympics to see if The Who would play at the end of the Games. They also specifically asked if Keith Moon could appear with them. Curbishley's response: "'If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him."

April 2014

New music releases: "Stay with Me" - Sam Smith; "Trap Queen" - Fetty Wap; "Problem" - Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea; "Sing" - Ed Sheeran

On the 16th, Pete announces The Who's 50th Anniversary tour in Billboard. Additionally, he says The Who are planning a new album. "I'll be pulling some songs out of 'Floss' to give to Roger to see if we've got enough to make an album. It might be a big waste of time, but I'm hoping there will be an album."

On the 30th, Pete premiers a new song, "It Must Be Done", on this evening's episode of FX's series The Americans. The song is based on a melody provided by the show's composer Nathan Barr with Pete providing lyrics, vocals, and lead guitar.

April 2018

New Music Releases: "Youngblood" - 5 Seconds of Summer; "Nice for What" - Drake; "All Girls Are the Same" - Juice Wrld; Beerbongs & Bentleys - Post Malone

On the 13th, Roger joins Dwayne Johnson, Martin Freeman, and Naoimie Harris as guests on The Graham Norton Show. He is interviewed and then sings "As Long As I Have You".

On the 15th, Roger is interviewed by Sammy Hagar on AXS TV's Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar.

On the 17th, a video is posted of Pete rehearsing his performance in Rachel's stage adaptation, The Seeker.

The Who Live at Fillmore East 1968 LP The Who Live at Fillmore East 1968 LP

On the 20th, the fabled and much-bootlegged Live at The Fillmore East 1968 is finally officially released, taken from the multi-track tapes in The Who's vault. It peaks at #15 on the official U.K. album charts.

Also on the 20th, comes Pete's Who Came First 45th Anniversary Edition featuring eight previously unreleased tracks.

Roger Daltrey Stepanek Peacemaker Award Roger Daltrey Stepanek Peacemaker Award
Photo: Shahar Azran

On the 27th, Roger receives the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, given for his charity work through the Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America. Joined by LL Cool J and Nile Rodgers with Chic, Roger performs "Who Are You" and "Behind Blue Eyes".

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