June 2011 (5 years ago)
New album releases: 4 - Beyoncé; Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil; Bon Iver, Bon Iver - Bon Iver; When The Sun Goes Down - Selena Gomez & The Scene
On the 1st, Pete Townshend checks in with the fans on thewho.com: "I am shut away in my home studio at the moment working to restore the demos of Quadrophenia. Bob Pridden is doing surround-sound mixes of selected tracks...You are going to love it. I hope so, because I am missing this summer shunshine to get it completed on time."
On the 14th, Pete's 1972/73 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop sells for £30,750 at auction at Christie's.
On the 15th, Roger Daltrey is interviewed in a CNBC Europe profile on publisher Richard Desmond.
On the 23rd and 27th, Roger is interviewed on rollingstone.com "I've been suffering for quite a few of the previous tours. I never understood that if you sweat as much as I used to every night, you drain your body of salts. So I got very, very, seriously ill. I got to the stage where I was almost hospitalized with serious problems."
Roger is again interviewed by The Telegraph on the 30th where he admits he joined the Countryside Alliance but quit when it became dominated by the single agenda of allowing fox hunting.
June 2006 (10 years ago)
New album releases: Loose - Nelly Furtado; Decemberunderground - AFI; One-X - Three Days Grace; Cars: The Soundtrack - Various Artists
The 1st is the first day of rehearsals for The Who's new set at Bray Studios in Windsor. According to keyboardist John Bundrick, 8 or 9 songs are rehearsed after lunch and a long nostalgic reunion. Rehearsals continue through the 5th.
On the 7th, The Who sneak their new show into Knebworth House in Herfordshire to perform at "Hedgestock", a day long private festival for hedge fund managers. $3.4 million is lifted from their pockets for the Teenage Cancer Trust before the mortgage collapse takes the rest.
Also on the 7th, The Gangster Rabbi releases his album Jewish Pirate featuring a truncated cover of "A Quick One While He's Away" called "Ivor The Engine Driver".
On the 8th, BBC Radio 2 premiers "Mirror Door", from the new Wire and Glass EP.
On the 10th, the short-lived video service thewholive.tv is launched by Pete. It will carry live video of The Who in performance during many dates on their European tour.
On the 13th, 6200 people watch the webcast of In The Attic showing The Who rehearsing at Bray Studios. In addition Pete and his girlfriend Rachel Fuller perform "Sunrise".
On the 17th, Pete and Roger return to Leeds University, first for the unveiling of a Civic Trust plaque commemorating their 14 Feb. 1970 performance that became the Live at Leeds album. Afterwards The Who open their world tour in performance at the same refectory where they had played 36 years before. The Wire and Glass mini-opera gets its live premiere as well as the new song "Mike Post Theme." The audience in the packed auditorium swelters in the June heat. Spitfire Films shoots the show in HD but it remains unreleased.
The U.K. leg of the tour continues at Brighton Centre on the 18th, the O2 Wireless Festival in Leeds on the 25th and the Ashton Gate Football Stadium in Bristol on the 28th.
On the 30th, The Who jump the channel to perform at the Werchter Festival in Werchter, Belgium.
June 2001 (15 years ago)
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.
June 1996 (20 years ago)
New album releases: Secrets - Toni Braxton; Load - Metallica; Keith Sweat - Keith Sweat; Odelay - Beck
Geoffrey Giuliano's unauthorized biography of Pete, Behind Blue Eyes: A Life Of Pete Townshend is published in the U.K.
Listening To You: The Who At The Isle Of Wight, Murray Lerner's movie of The Who's concert at the 3rd Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, is released in Europe and Japan on videotape and laserdisc.
On the 18th, Those Darn Accordions! release their album No Strings Attached with a cover of "Baba O'Riley" and Fastbacks releases its album New Mansions In Sound with a cover of Keith Moon's "Girl's Eyes." Eddie Vedder sings backup on the latter and can be heard offering the engineer 100 dollars if he'll please erase his vocal and let him try again.
On the 25th, John's 1986 solo album The Rock gets its first release on an actual record company label, Griffin, in the U.S.
Pete, Roger and John begin rehearsals for the upcoming live version of Quadrophenia. Those rehearsals come to an abrupt end on the 28th after Gary Glitter spins a microphone stand and accidentally slams one of the prongs on the base right into Roger's eye, smashing the bones of his eye socket. Incredibly, Roger agrees to go on the next day despite the severe injury. Pete, interviewed by the press before the show, is brimming with admiration for Roger for not cancelling.
Billed under their separate names, Pete, Roger and John perform the entirety of Quadrophenia live at the Masters of Music festival at Hyde Park on the 29th. It is the first time the work has been played live in its entirety since the first night of The Who's 1973 U.K. tour. Phil Daniels of the movie version narrates, Gary Glitter plays the Godfather, Ade Edmundson is the Bell Boy, Trevor McDonald reads the news and Stephen Fry is the hotel manager.
Pete plays only acoustic guitar and piano leaving the electric guitar parts to Dave Gilmour. Zak Starkey takes the drummer's seat for the first time for the group that will soon revert to the name The Who. Roger wears a Mod eyepatch to cover his injury. Quadrophenia is preceded by performances by Alanis Morrisette and Bob Dylan and followed by Eric Clapton. Highlights from the show are later broadcast on HBO in the U.S. The entire event raises money for the Prince's Trust charity. Before the show all the performers meet backstage with Prince Charles.
On the 30th, Pete performs a 30-minute set at a private party at Thunder Drive in London. Paul Keating comes up to sing "Pinball Wizard" and Joe Walsh joins in for "My Generation."
June 1991 (25 years ago)
New album releases: Unforgettable...With Love - Natalie Cole; Luck of the Draw - Bonnie Raitt; Slave To The Grind - Skid Row; Warm Your Heart - Aaron Neville
On the 12th, Pete receives the Living Legend Award at the 3rd (and last) International Rock Awards at London's Docklands Arena.
Roger sings the Led Zeppelin song "Rock and Roll" on a charity single released as McEnroe & Cash with The Full Metal Rackets. It is done for Rock Aid Armenia.
On the 18th, Keith Moon receives a plaque on the Rock Walk in Hollywood.
June 1986 (30 years ago)
New record releases: True Blue - Madonna; Invisible Touch - Genesis; Back in the High Life - Steve Winwood; Storms of Life - Randy Travis
Bono of U2 asks Pete to perform on a tour of the United States benefitting Amnesty International. The "A Conspiracy Of Hope" tour has its first show on the 4th. Pete lands in New York for rehearsals but has to fly back to England immediately when he receives news that his father has become seriously ill. He has to cancel his participation in the tour.
Roger's solo single "The Pride You Hide" backed with "Under A Raging Moon," both from his Under A Raging Moon LP, is released in the U.S. It does not make the charts.
The Kids Are Alright is released on video in England in the European shortened version. Monterey Pop is also released on video in the U.K. by Virgin on the 20th.
The Prince's Trust holds its 10th Anniversary concert at Wembley Arena. Pete was supposed to be one of the performers but again is forced to cancel to be at his father's bedside.
A British newspaper reports that Roger is considering immigrating to Australia. He tells the paper he thinks England is "going down the tubes" and feels his children will have better opportunities Down Under. Despite his remarks, he does not move.
Roger is also interviewed naked by a clothed Noel Edmonds while they are both in a bathtub on the British TV programme The Noel Edmonds Show. Roger says he misses The Who and Pete and that Bob Geldof had to use all his persuasive powers to get The Who reunited for Live Aid.
On the 11th, Roger and John travel to New York to cheer Richard Branson on to victory in the Pride Of Britain Boat Race. Afterwards, they attend a Virgin Records party at the Water Club in New York.
John then travels to the North American Music Merchandisers exhibition in Chicago to promote the new "buzzard" bass he has designed. He is interviewed by MTV on the exhibition floor, saying that he is currently writing a book about mythical rock star ancestors. While attending he jams with Eddie Van Halen and also a New York-based band, Rat Race Choir. Apparently John enjoys playing with the group as they end up forming the basis of his solo touring band from this point on.
Near the end of the month, Pete's father Cliff Townshend dies of cancer at the age of 69.
June 1981 (35 years ago)
New album releases: Share Your Love - Kenny Rogers; Breakin' Away - Al Jarreau; Duran Duran - Duran Duran; The One That You Love - Air Supply
On the 6th, The Jam release the single "Funeral Pyre." The b-side is a cover of The Who's "Disguises" in a version modeled after Pete's demo.
On the 8th, Pete joins Springsteen on stage during the encore of Bruce's set in Birmingham, England. He adds guitar to "Born To Run" (with Pete playing lead), a Mitch Ryder medley, "Shake" and "Sweet Soul Music."
On the 9th, Pete takes Bruce to see the up-and-coming Irish band U2 at the Hammersmith Palais in London.
On the 14th, John is a guest on the Robert Klein Radio Show.
Pete begins two months of work on his second solo album for Atlantic Records. During this month he goes into Oceanic Studios and records a rehearsal version of "It's In Ya" with John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Peter Hope-Evans, Tony Butler, Mark Brzezcki and Jody Linscott that is later released on Scoop 3. Around this time there is an incident with Rabbit getting violent while drunk. He is fired from The Who, missing the 1982 album and tour.
Sometime during this summer Roger sets up a professional trout farm.
On the 27th, The Who's "Don't Let Go The Coat" backed with "You" hits the U.S. charts. It peaks at #84 in Billboard, #77 in Cash Box.
June 1976 (40 years ago)
New album releases: A Night On The Town - Rod Stewart; Chicago X - Chicago; Rock 'n Roll Music - The Beatles; Spitfire - Jefferson Starship
On the 5th, The Who continue their "Who Put The Boot In Tour" performing at the Celtic Football Ground in Glasgow, Scotland. 35,000 attend and over £100,000 are donated to charity.
That afternoon in the backstage area of the parking lot, Keith fulfills the request of the 11-year old who won the organ from the Tommy film by smashing it with a sledgehammer.
A week later on the 12th, The Who hold their final concert of this U.K. mini-tour at the Swansea Football Ground in Swansea, Wales. The concert is officially recorded by producer Glyn Johns but left unreleased until 1994 with "Dreaming From The Waist" on the 30 Years of Maximum R&B boxset. Additional tracks, but not the entire concert, have since been released on various Who compilations. This is Keith's last concert before a paying audience in the United Kingdom. After the show, he flies back to his Los Angeles home.
The Who are named as the first recipients of the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre Silver Clef Award for their charity donations.
June 1971 (45 years ago)
New album releases: Blue - Joni Mitchell; Golden Bisquits - Three Dog Night; Stephen Stills 2 - Stephen Stills; Tarkus - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
The Who finish the recording of the Who's Next album at Olympic Studios in Barnes. Six takes of "Bargain" are recorded on the 5th, "Getting In Tune," "Time Waits For No Man" (later retitled "When I Was A Boy") and completion of the 1970 recording "Naked Eye" on the 7th, "Song Is Over" and another take of "Bargain" on the 18th, yet another take of "Bargain" on the 19th and the final mixing of "Let's See Action" on the 20th.
On the 11th Beach Boy Dennis Wilson puts his hand through a window severing tendons. Needing a drummer for their November 1971 tour and knowing how keen Keith is on it, The Beach Boys offer him the temporary assignment. Preparations for the forthcoming Who's Next tour keeps Keith from his dream job.
On the 17th, the first tracks from the recent sessions are released. "Won't Get Fooled Again" in a version edited down to 3:55 backed with "I Don't Even Know Myself" is released in the U.S. The A-side states under the song title "From the Motion Picture 'Lifehouse'." It peaks at #15 on the Billboard charts and #9 on the Cash Box charts. The European release follows on the 25th where it reaches #9 in the British charts. The B-side is retitled "Don't Know Myself." Nick Logan in Melody Maker calls the A-side "The Who at their most aggressive, riffy and it's reminiscent in parts of the Stones - particularly in the way the guitars mesh and snarl their answer to the title line. An excellent performance."
On the 26th, Keith introduces Sha Na Na's headlining set at the Reading Festival.
June 1966 (50 years ago)
New records: "Paperback Writer" - The Beatles; "Lil' Red Riding Hood" - Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs; "Sunny" - Bobby Hebb; "Black Is Black" - Los Bravos
The Who fly into Arlanda Airport, Stockholm on the 1st. Pete is interviewed for a Swedish magazine at the airport. He tells them he is currently working on a musical called "Summer City".
On the evening of the 2nd, The Who appear at the Grona Lund Stadium in Stockholm before 11,000 fans. Along with their usual fare, they essay a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Uptight."
On the afternoon of the 3rd, The Who arrive at a TV studio in Stockholm to appear on the Popside program for Sverige Television. Coming onstage busting through a Union Jack paper hoop, they mime performances of "Daddy Rolling Stone," "It's Not True," "Bald Headed Woman," "The Kids Are Alright," "Substitute" and "My Generation" while standing on a ramp. The show is directed by Peter Goldmann, later to direct the promotional films for The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane." It airs on Swedish television on the 5th.
Somehow The Who squeeze in shows at two different venues after the television taping: The Liljekonvaljeholmen in Uppsala and the Kungsparken in Kungsor.
Back in the U.K., Steve Marriott of The Small Faces is interviewed in the Melody Maker of the 4th. On the subject of The Who he says, "A gas. I can't really understand their personal basis - the friendship basis - but I don't want to understand. Their music is great and always will be."
On the 4th, another two venues, The Berget in Soderhamn and the Hogbo Bruk in Sandviken and on the 5th another two, The Traffen in Nykoping and Idrottshuset in Orebro. Between shows, The Who stop at the home of Gunnel Larsson in Vrena to watch themselves on TV.
At the show in Orebro the police panic and pull the plug on The Who when the audience rushes the stage. Pete threatens the police and stagehands to get the power back on but after a part of the set the police cut The Who's power off permanently. John has a rare display of temper and rams his bass guitar through his amp so hard it takes two roadies to get it out.
On the 6th, these troublemakers head on to Denmark flying into Copenhagen. That night Keith and John go drinking at the Carousel Club and sit in for a set with The Tremeloes.
On the 7th, The Who play the Tivoli Hit House followed by a later show at Fyens Forum in Odense. At a press conference before the show at the Tivoli, John shows he is still in a bad mood. He says he hates Danish beer, Danish cigarettes and every Who song but one — "Substitute." On the 8th, The Who return to London.
On the 11th, Billboard lists "Substitute" as #2 in the Netherlands and #6 in South Africa. They stay in those positions on the next week's charts.
Clint Warwick, bassist for The Moody Blues, leaves the group retiring from show business. John applies for but fails to get the open spot that goes to Rod Clarke from Les Garcons.
Chris Stamp interviews Pete at his Wardour Street flat, filming it for Dick Clark's Where The Action Is. Part of this film appears in The Kids Are Alright where Pete speaks of the need for "power and volume."
On the 14th, The Who record preliminary versions of two new Pete compositions "Disguises" and a song from Pete's first rock opera Quads, "I'm A Boy." "Disguises" is rush mixed to be used the next day on the last episode of BBC-TV's A Whole Scene Going. Pete wears a handlebar mustache and John plays a tuba named "Gladys."
On the 15th, "Substitute" peaks at #13 on the German charts.
Bills have to be paid and guitars smashed so The Who start playing the English venues again. The 16th sees them at Hull University followed by the City Hall in Perth (17th), and the Market Hall in Carlisle (18th).
On the 18th, Record Mirror reports on a double bill of The Who and The Merseys at Shea Stadium for July 9th. The Who won't actually make it to Shea for another 16 years.
On the 20th, The Who return to the stage at the Gaytower Ballroom in Birmingham followed by the Winter Gardens in Malvern (21st). The latter show is filmed in color by CBS-TV for an hour-long special on British teenagers. The footage has yet to re-surface.
Following that is The Who's first performance at the Refectory at the University at Leeds (23rd) as part of a University Rag Ball along with The Alan Price Set, The Swingin' Blue Jeans and a John Mayall's Bluesbreakers that had just lost guitarist Eric Clapton to the new group Cream.
More college dates afterwards: the University of Salisbury (24th), the College Of Further Education in Chichester (25th), then the Britannia Pier Theatre in Great Yarmouth (26th). The Who were to have been a regular act on Sundays in Great Yarmouth but they were fired after this show when Keith throws his drumsticks into the audience and hits someone in the eye.
On the 25th, Billboard reports that "Substitute" is at #4 in Australia.
On the 27th, Pete and co-manager Chris Stamp fly to New York City, the first trip by any member of The Who to America. Shortly after his arrival, Pete attends a luncheon for Herman's Hermits who are beginning their 1966 U.S. tour. A reporter from Datebook magazine gets an interview from an irritable Pete while he is photographed by Linda Eastman."I don't know why I'm here, at somebody else's luncheon...Two of your lousy record companies haven't been able to get us a hit in America. Without a hit record, we can't get a visa to perform." When a girl recognizes him and asks if Keith is there because her brother wanted Keith's drumsticks, Pete snarls "He's not here. And if he were, I'm quite sure he wouldn't give you his drumsticks."
Afterwards he and Stamp attend a meeting with attorney Allen Klein on a yacht in the Hudson River. Klein is then partnered with Andrew Loog Oldham, manager of The Rolling Stones, who is also on the yacht during the meeting, but remains on the other side of the craft, feigning lack of interest. Klein wants to propose a scheme to get The Who out of their current difficulties over the lawsuit with their former producer Shel Talmy that has stymied their efforts to move to the Reaction label in the U.K. and the Atco label in the U.S. Klein leads Pete to understand that the Talmy troubles will end only if he fires Lambert and Stamp and lets Klein and Loog-Oldham run The Who. Pete instead gives Stamp authority to represent him in the negotiations and leaves to make a gig on the 29th at the University of Sheffield. Klein pays for Pete's first class ticket back home.
While in New York, Stamp, with the help of Klein, makes a deal with Decca Records for The Who to return to the label. The Who get a £17,000 advance, 10% royalties from their U.S. releases and the ability to act as free agents in the rest of the world. The lawsuit by Talmy remains unsettled but is now confined to the United Kingdom. Klein somehow ends up with a piece of Pete's song publishing rights, a fact Pete doesn't discover until eleven years later.
Despite the first class accommodations, Pete arrives in London with jet lag that forces him to pull over to the side of the M1 and take a nap. That night's Who concert is cancelled. Support group Tony Rivers and The Castaways fill in.
June 1956 (60 years ago)
New records: "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" - Doris Day; "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" - Jerry Lee Lewis; "My Prayer" - The Platters; "Rip It Up"/"Ready Teddy" - Little Richard
Eleven-year old Pete spends the summer on the Isle of Man where his dad is playing with The Squadronaires at the Palace Ballroom.
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