July 2011 (5 years ago)
New album releases: Red River Blue - Blake Shelton; Chief - Eric Church; Neon - Chris Young; If Not Now, When? - Incubus
On the 3rd, Roger Daltrey sets off with his own solo band performing the entirety of Tommy (minus "Underture") at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton. His musical director and keyboardist is Loren Gold who will subsequently become The Who's new primary keyboardist in their subsequent tours. Following dates of the tour are the Sage in Gateshead (4th), CLyde Auditorium in Glasgow (6th), Bridgewater Hall in Manchester (7th), the Royal Centre in Nottingham (9th), Newport Centre (10th), Colston Hall in Bristol (12th), Cliffs Pavillion in Southend (13th), Guilfest (15th), Broadlands in Hampshire (16th), the Hull City Hall (19th), Indigo O2 in London (21st), Blickling Hall in Norwich (22nd), Indigo2 at the O2, London (24th), Marlay Park in Dublin (26th), the Royal Hall in the Villa Marina, Douglas on the Isle of Man (28th), the Lokerse Festival in Belgium (30th) and Valdemar's Castle in Svendborg, Denmark (31st).
Roger is interviewed for The Daily Mail on the 15th. He says, "Pete is almost stone deaf. He deafened himself in the recording studio, and when we last performed he had to stand right next to the speakers to hear anything. I don't know what Pete will do. I don't want to do a tour and have him end up completely deaf."
On the 19th, Pete Townshend posts a response on thewho.com: "My hearing is actually better than ever because after a feedback scare at the O2 Indigo in December 2008 I am taking good care of it. ...I'm 66, I don't have perfect hearing, and if I listen to loud music or go to gigs I do tend to get tinnitus. DON'T WE ALL????"
On the 23rd, British tabloids publish recent clandestine photos of Pete outside his house wearing hearing aids.
July 2006 (10 years ago)
New album releases: LeToya - LeToya Luckett; If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins; American V: A Hundred Highways - Johnny Cash; Pimpalation - Pimp C
The Who start the first full month of the Endless Wire world tour performing at the Hyde Park Calling Festival in London on the 2nd. Throughout this month's touring selections from the concerts are webcast on TheWhoLive.tv as well as In The Attic presentations from an Airstream van accompanying the tour.
After that the U.K. tour takes them to the Beaulieu Motor Museum in Hampshire (3rd), the Liverpool Docks (5th & 6th), the Oxegen Festival in Dublin (8th) and the T in the Park Festival in Balado, Scotland (9th).
On the 7th, The Times (London) reviews the Who's new mini-opera EP Wire and Glass: "It's all faintly preposterous. But there's something great about it too; something noble in Townshend's belligerent insistence that there's nothing the novel, say, can achieve that rock music can't. The only shame is that it's taken him so long to come up with new songs for The Who - despite the best efforts of the session bassist Pino Palladino, you miss the rococo rumble of Entwistle, who died in 2002. And while Townshend's playing is incendiary, 62-year-old Roger Daltrey's voice has inevitably lost some of its range and power. Beggars can't be choosers, though, and whatever the limitations of Wire & Glass, it's still way better than anyone had a right to expect."
On the 8th, Pete records an appearance on The Johnny Walker Show on BBC Radio 2. He performs "Let's See Action" and "Endless Wire".
Pat Long in the New Musical Express chimes in on the 11th: "It's a very familiar sounding song because it is them rediscovering the sound that made them famous in the early 70s. So I think no one will be surprised by it and a lot of people will feel very comfortable with it."
The Continental section of the tour opens at the Museumplatz in Bonn (11th) followed by the Treptow Arena in Berlin (12th). The next day Roger describes the latter venue as the worst place The Who ever played.
On the 13th, Pete and Roger hold a press conference in Berlin that also shown live on TheWhoTour.com. Pete explains the long absence from recording with The Who: "When the Who stopped making records in 1982, I felt that I just couldn't do it anymore. I felt that what the Who had done was triumphant, huge, innovative, groundbreaking, massive, unsurpassable and that there was no reason at all, no way that I could ever come close again. It almost destroyed me. It destroyed one of the members of our band."
The next day finds The Who performing at the Moon and Stars '06 Festival in Locarno, Switzerland. On the 15th, they play the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo.
On the 16th, The Guardian weighs in on Wire and Glass. "Clattering drums and an urgent vocal introduce the Who's first new music in yonks, pitched somewhere between Tommy and Quadrophenia. That's not surprising as the lyrics to 'Sound Around', the first of six vignettes making up this 11-minute maxi-single, were written in 1971. There is some preposterous story arc linking the parts of this mini-opera, but it needn't detain us. Previewed in the band's many shows this summer, this record contains one execrable rhyme ('peace'/'knees'), some top riffing and a sense that Townshend and Daltrey are fully engaged in making worthwhile music. The theme tunes for umpteen series of CSI are sorted."
On the 17th, Wire and Glass is finally released to the public as a download on iTunes U.K. On the same day Crosbi releases their CD single "Helayou" featuring a cover of "Substitute".
The Who continue on to France playing the Theatre Antique in Vienne (17th) and the Amnéville Arena in Metz (18th), to Switzerland for the Paléo Festival in Nyon (20th), to Austria for Das Lovely Days Festival in St. Pölten (22nd) and Germany to play the Münsterplatz in Ulm (23rd).
On the 24th, Wire and Glass has a limited released on CD and 12-inch vinyl in Europe on Polydor. E! reviews the EP giving it a B. "Surprisingly, despite the deaths of drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle, this release sounds more like the classic Who than the group's last album, 1982's It's Hard. Sure, Daltrey's voice has lost a bit of its luster and the storyline is totally confusing, but Townshend, who's had some troubles of his own lately, sounds like he's having the time of his life."
A show on the 26th in Barcelona is cancelled but The Who make it to the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad in Madrid on the 27th, which Pete calls the best show of the European leg, followed by the Pabellón Príncipe Felipe in Zaragoza, Spain. With this show, Pete has to cancel live streams of The Who performing because Roger and Pete's own music publisher have insisted that they be paid.
July 2001 (15 years ago)
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.
July 1996 (20 years ago)
New album releases: Blue - LeAnn Rimes; Sublime - Sublime; 311 - 311; Tidal - Fiona Apple
On the 2nd a remixed, remastered version of The Who's Quadrophenia is released in the U.K. The next day it comes out in the U.S. Pete and Roger had both made corrections to the mix and Pete expresses great satisfaction in the result. The re-release peaks at #47 in the British charts.
On the 15th "My Generation" is re-released as a vinyl and CD single in Britain and Germany to capitalize on its use in a commercial for Calippo ice cream. The 45 is pressed on yellow vinyl and the b-side is a live version of "Pinball Wizard" from the same performance as Live At Leeds. The CD single includes both tracks as well as a mono "Boris The Spider" and the "My Generation Deep Love Remix," a House music version with only the most tenuous connection to The Who's version. It peaks as #31 in the U.K. charts.
On the 16th, Pete, Roger, John and guests bring their live version of Quadrophenia to Madison Square Garden in New York for what is announced at the time as the only U.S. performances. Billy Idol joins the cast as The Bell Boy. Additional shows are held on the 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st and 22nd and all are sell-outs. Joan Osbourne is the opening act at the first three shows and Me'Shell Ndegeocello opens the last three. The performance of the 18th is broadcast live on Westwood One Radio and afterwards is widely bootlegged.
That same night John puts in an extra shift, playing with his solo band at Le Bar Bat in New York.
Also on the 16th, Andrea McArdle releases a CD of show tunes called On Broadway. She does a medley of songs from Tommy under the title "Pinball Wizard".
July 1991 (25 years ago)
New album releases: Into The Great Wide Open - Tom Petty; Trisha Yearwood - Trisha Yearwood; Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves/Original Soundtrack - Various Artists; Homebase - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
On the 15th, PACE Theatrical Group approaches Des McAnuff about creating a stage musical out of Tommy. McAnuff insists that Pete be involved.
This month Pete, Roger and John meet to decide on a song to record for an upcoming Elton John tribute CD. Roger presses for "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" and ultimately gets his way. Pete however, in a nod to Elton's inclusion of "I Can't Explain" in the middle of his version of "Pinball Wizard," includes a bit of "Take Me to the Pilot" in the middle of The Who's cover. The Who do not record it together. Pete and drummer Simon Phillips record their part at Eel Pie Studios. Producer Jon Astley is displeased with Simon's work and replaces it with a programmed drum machine. The track is then sent off to Revolution Studios for Roger and John to lay in their parts. While there they are filmed for a music video and interview segments to be included in a later video release. Although John has more than a decade of life left, this track will end up being the last studio recording of The Who with John.
Jimmy Guterman and Owen O'Donnell give their opinion of The Worst Rock n' Roll Records of All Time in a new book of that name. Who's Last places as the 24th worst album, declaring it a "sad statement" with "rote versions of the same songs they've been serving up for years."
On the 31st and the next night, Roger makes a special appearance with The Chieftains at the Grand Opera House in Belfast. He must perform without a soundcheck due to a bomb scare. The result is later released on CD as An Irish Evening: Live At The Grand Opera House, Belfast with Roger singing "Raglan Road" and "Behind Blue Eyes."
July 1986 (30 years ago)
New record releases: Raising Hell - Run-D.M.C.; Made in U.S.A. - The Beach Boys; The Bridge - Billy Joel; Eat 'Em and Smile - David Lee Roth
On the 4th, Bruce Eder in Goldmine reviews a new bootleg called Dance To Keep From Crying. Billed as a live recording of The High Numbers from The Marquee Club, it later turns out to be from a 16mm film shot by manager Kit Lambert at the Railway Tavern 11 August 1964. Roger sings all the songs with a low-pitched, gravelly voice. Eder, in his review, calls the band's performance "sloppy but savage." Part of the tape, synced to the film, appears in the 2007 movie Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who.
Pete, working at publishers Faber & Faber, gets them to publish Dr. Meg Patterson's book Hooked? NET: The New Approach to Drug Cure and does some publicity for the publication in the press. Pete used her techniques to get off heroin in 1982.
On the 26th, The Flamin' Groovies record an entire album in one night at Glebe Studios in Sydney, Australia. Included is a cover of "Call Me Lightning." It is released the next year as the album One Night Stand.
July 1981 (35 years ago)
New album releases: Escape - Journey; 4 - Foreigner; Bella Donna - Stevie Nicks; Beauty and The Beat - The Go-Go's
On the 11th, Roger's best-of collection The Best of Roger Daltrey enters the Dutch charts where it will peak at #29.
Many stories begin to circulate about Pete's drinking, drug use and deteriorating health. In response, Pete writes a letter on the 30th for publication in the Who's News fanzine denying that he is ill, has marital problems, has given up on Meher Baba or is an alcoholic. The final lines are: "I still get upset when I hear people talking about me 'killing' myself. That won't happen unless by accident." In truth, everyone around him is horrified by his lifestyle and afraid he will soon join Keith Moon in the afterlife.
July 1976 (40 years ago)
New album releases: Year of the Cat - Al Stewart; Best of BTO (So Far) - Bachman-Turner Overdrive; 15 Big Ones - The Beach Boys; Music, Music - Helen Reddy
On the 3rd, Pete opens his Meher Baba Oceanic Centre with a week-long convention for his followers and gives away copies of the new Meher Baba tribute LP With Love. It features Pete's "His Hands," "Sleeping Dog" and "Lantern Cabin," a Pete vocal on "Meher" as well as a Billy Nicholls' song "Without Your Love" that will later be a solo hit for Roger. Also at the Oceanic Centre at this time is an amateur production of Siddhartha with music by Pete. "The Ferryman" from this show is later released on Pete's Another Scoop. On the 10th, Pete, Ronnie Lane and John Fazio hold a half-hour concert at the Oceanic Centre. The performance is videotaped. The convention ends on the 11th with a showing of the movie Delia about Baba follower Delia de Leon and produced by Pete.
On the 10th, Melody Maker prints a recent photo of Roger receiving an award from a charity organization for handicapped children.
On the 17th, John discusses most of The Who's singles and albums with Roy Carr in New Musical Express. The article shows John browsing through record stores and buying a copy of the Brunswick My Generation LP.
July 1971 (45 years ago)
New album releases: Master of Reality - Black Sabbath; The Allman Brothers Band Live at The Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band; Shaft/Original Soundtrack - Isaac Hayes; Every Good Boy Deserves Favour - The Moody Blues
The Who's "unpublicized" tour of the U.K. resumes at the Assembly Rooms in Worthing on the 1st. Other shows of this tour are at City Hall in Sheffield (3rd), De Montfort Hall in Leicester (4th - 2300 attend), The Pavilion in Bath (8th), the Civic Hall in Dunstable (10th), the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne (12th) and the Town Hall in Watford (15th).
On the 3rd, Melody Maker reports on the appearance of a new Who bootleg in the U.S., Who Unreleased. Seven of the ten tracks are British Who releases that had not yet come out in the States.
On the way to the Leicester show on the 4th, The Who are discussing Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey when they spy concrete "monoliths" in a slag heap. These monoliths had been placed there to keep the slagheap from shifting. The Who run out to a monolith and pretend to be apes "discovering" it while photographer Ethan Russell, who had accompanied them to the show, shoots pictures. One of the pictures shows The Who walking away from the monolith after apparently urinating on it (with the exception of Pete, the urine is actually water poured down the monolith from film cans). It later becomes the cover of the Who's Next album. The back cover photo is taken backstage just before the Leicester gig.
On the 7th, The Who mime a performance of "Won't Get Fooled Again" for Top of the Pops. It airs on the 15th.
Rolling Stone prints an interview with Pete. He explains the collapse of Lifehouse and the possibility of it being resurrected as a movie called "Joad."
On the 14th, Keith Moon holds a Who's Next listening party for the press and friends at his home Tara, a bizarre multi-pyramid-shaped structure that he had recently purchased for £65,000. The album is blasted out while The Who lounge on the lawn and the press snap away. During the party Pete is confronted by writers for the underground paper International Times about the meaning of the song "Won't Get Fooled Again" which they think is a betrayal of the youth Revolution. The party ends with a fireworks display.
On the 17th, Chris Charlesworth interviews Pete about the collapse of Lifehouse for Melody Maker. "Christ almighty," Pete proclaims, "we thought, here we are being told we are musical geniuses and all we are is a bunch of scumbags...we've never felt we were a good musical band. We've always been like a gimmicky band...[Tommy] was mainly a brilliant example of the ad man visualizing that Kit, in conjunction with myself, was so good at...I don't think Kit really understood the fact that the group wanted to improve its sound, as well as other things." Charlesworth also reviews the Dunstable show and says The Who are still the "most exciting live band in existence."
The same day Roger discusses the possibility of playing Tommy in a film in Record Mirror and in New Musical Express Pete talks about the replacement of Kit Lambert with Glyn Johns as co-producer for Who's Next. Billboard magazine prints a full-page ad that features Keith in drag It promotes "Won't Get Fooled Again" and their upcoming U.S. tour.
On the 19th, Roger marries his second wife, 24-year old American model Heather Taylor, at the Battle Registry Office in East Sussex. On the same day, Keith sits in on a session with Paul McCartney's brother's band The Scaffold, playing drums on their song "Do The Albert."
On the 29th, the first U.S. tour of 1971 begins at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York. It rains so hard that The Who have to perform with rubber mats on their shoes to stave off electrocution. The show kicks off with "Love Ain't For Keeping" and includes other new songs, "Pure and Easy," "My Wife," "Bargain," "Behind Blue Eyes," and "Won't Get Fooled Again." Not only does Pete smash two guitars, but John also smashes his Gibson Thunderbird bass. The opening act is Labelle. Tragedy partly overshadows the show as 22-year old usher George Byington is stabbed to death by a gatecrasher. Fan Ira Zadikow shoots part of this show in 8mm.
On the 30th Pete is interviewed in The Times. He discusses Mick Jagger's fascination with The Who, his desire for a film project, and how tired he is of Tommy.
On the 31st, The Who make a second stand at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. The rains have stopped, but due to them, the stage is overrun with cockroaches. Fortunately Pete is there with his Doc Martens and makes quick work of them.
Also on the 31st, Henry Mancini's album Mancini Concert hits the U.S. charts. It features a cover of "Overture (from Tommy)."
July 1966 (50 years ago)
New records: "Summer In The City" - The Lovin' Spoonful; "Sunshine Superman" - Donovan; "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" - Napoleon XIV; "Land of 1000 Dances" - Wilson Pickett
Having missed the last show of June for a motorway sleepover, Pete misses the first show of July, as does the rest of the band. They are scheduled to play a "Beat Dance" at the Winter Garden in Eastbourne on the 1st but instead send a Robert Stigwood employee to read a telegram saying engine failure on their plane is to blame for their absence. Everyone gets a refund although there is no way to give one to three girls who won an evening with Keith in a competition.
The Who finally make live appearances again starting at the Marine Club in Ramsgate (4th), the Locarno Ballroom in Streatham (7th), the Top Rank Ballroom in Cardiff (8th) and the Technical College in Westminister (9th). This last show is filmed by the CBC and snippets of four songs and backstage interviews are later broadcast on their show Take 30 From London. This program still exists but has not yet been commercially released.
More legal news. On the 4th, the Daily News reports that Orbit Music Co. has brought an injunction against The Who performing for anyone but them based on a contract Pete and The Who's managers signed in November 1964. On the 8th, New Musical Express reports the incorrect information that The Who's contract has been sold to Andrew Loog Oldham by Allen Klein who has bought the contract from Shel Talmy.
Also on the 8th, "Substitute" peaks at #2 in The Netherlands' Muziek Parade and #6 in Muziek Expres while "A Legal Matter" peaks at #21 and #22 respectively in the same charts.
The Who get to take a few days off as Keith becomes a papa. Amanda Moon is born to the secretly-married drummer and his wife Kim on the 12th. Keith, however, fails to bring his wife home from the hospital because he is on a three-day LSD trip.
Parental leave is over on the 14th as The Who play Liberal Hall in Yeovil, the Starlite Ballroom in Greenford (15th), the Civic Hall in Barnsley (16th), the Locarno Ballroom in Bristol (21st), the Central Pier in Morecambe (22nd), Spa Royal Hall in Bridlington (23rd), Queen's Ballroom in Wolverhampton (25th), Flamingo Ballroom in Redruth, Cornwall (27th), Queen's Hall in Barnstaple (28th) and the Tiles Club in London (29th). Some known supporting acts are Pythagoras Square and Fourth and a Fifth (15th), The Mandrakes (with Robert Palmer) and the 21st Century (23rd) and The Blue Aces (29th). For the show of the 21st, Keith brings house bricks onstage to use in the demolishing of his drum kit.
TRO, Pete's U.S. song publisher, gets word that some U.S. radio stations have begun playing "The Kids Are Alright" from the recent Decca LP The Who Sings My Generation. They pressure Decca to release the album track as a single and Billboard reports the release of "The Kids Are Alright"/"A Legal Matter" on the 16th. The single will peak at #85 in Cash Box and #106 in Billboard.
And now that U.S. Decca has re-established its contract with The Who, they send out a request for promotional material to publicize the new single. Manager Chris Stamp sets up The Who next to the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park and shoots silent, black-and-white footage of them miming to the song. The edited footage with studio sound added is then sent to the U.S. intended for use on music TV programs but it is not known whether it actually airs.
Around the same time, Chris Stamp also shoots film of The Who running in London's trendy Carnaby Street.
Also on the 16th, Billboard reports that "Substitute" has peaked at #3 in New Zealand.
On the 29th, The Merseys release a single in Britain of "So Sad About Us," written for them by Pete who also produces (although Kit Lambert is listed as producer on the label). The B-side, "Love Will Continue," features John on French horn. It fails to chart.
On the 30th, Beach Boys fan Keith gives his public assessment of their new album Pet Sounds to New Musical Express: "I think Pet Sounds illustrates the way one man's mind works, that of Brian Wilson. There's nothing revolutionary in the album, I don't think. Perhaps the only revolution is in the group itself, the way they've changed with the album. They are not so much a vocal group these days. Vocals, as such, have almost disappeared with this album."
Later that evening The Who play the 6th annual National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor. The crowd is both drenched by a howling rainstorm and disappointed by the non-appearance of the scheduled Yardbirds. Despite this, The Who manage to rev up the crowd with a tremendously destructive show probably inspired by having their act partially stolen by The Move earlier in the day (they smashed television sets). Pete performs all this destruction while dressed in a tuxedo. Melody Maker later reports that The Who's act inspired a small number in the audience to perform some offstage destruction.
On the 31st, it's back into the IBC's Studio A for two days of recording and mixing of the A and B side of the new single, "I'm A Boy"/"In The City" plus a new recording of "Disguises." Manager Kit Lambert produces while Paul Clay engineers.
July 1956 (60 years ago)
New records: "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog" - Elvis Presley; "My Prayer" - The Platters; "Canadian Sunset" - Eddie Haywood and Hugo Winterhalter; "The Flying Saucer" - Buchanan and Goodman
On the 28th, Cliff Townshend takes his son Pete to a showing of a movie featuring the rock 'n roll music of Bill Haley and His Comets at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas. Pete remembers the movie as being Rock Around The Clock although, given the date, it is almost certainly Blackboard Jungle. In any case, swing band member Cliff declares the music "not bad" but young Pete finds the new style "amazing."
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