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November 2011 (5 years ago)

New album releases: Take Me Home - One Direction; Take Care - Drake; Under the Mistletoe - Justin Bieber; Here and Now - Nickleback

Roger Daltrey was to have performed Tommy with his touring band in Saskatoon on the 1st and Winnipeg on the 2nd but both are cancelled for "unforseen circumstances".

On the 2nd, Pete Townshend appears on Late With Jools Holland performing "I'm One" with Jools.

Pete Townshend - Later... with Jools Holland 2011 by IvorTheEngineDriver

On the 3rd, Roger is in Los Angeles doing publicity for the Quadrophenia: Director's Cut release.

Roger Daltrey and Robert Plant at opening of Townshend-Daltrey Cancer Center Roger Daltrey and Robert Plant at opening of Townshend-Daltrey Cancer Center
Photo: Jae C. Hong

On the 4th, Roger Daltrey and Robert Plant join to open the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The ward, the first of its kind in the United States, is inspired by the similar wards Teenage Cancer Trust had opened in the U.K. and marks the beginning of The Who's personal push to bring cancer care to teenagers and young adults in the U.S.

On the 5th, Roger and his solo band perform at a private party in Los Angeles raising money for the new ward. Plant and Dave Grohl also play. Howie Mandel leads the festivities.

Pete Townshend Bush Hall 2011 Pete Townshend Bush Hall 2011
Photo: Anthony D'Angio

On the 9th, Pete plays an intimate show for invited guests at Bush Hall in London and talks about how it felt to make the soon to be re-released Quadrophenia. "It felt to me like it was the end. The reason I've spent so much time working on this new edition is because it's an epochal record, the last great album by The Who."

The Who at Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2011 The Who at Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2011

That evening, he and Roger accept the Classic Album award for Quadrophenia at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour at The Roundhouse in London.

The Who with Jeremy Clarkson 2011 The Who with Jeremy Clarkson 2011

On the 11th, Pete and Roger are photographed with Who fan Jeremy Clarkson alongside the Lotus Evora designed by Roger for an auction benefiting the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Quadrophenia Super Deluxe Quadrophenia Super Deluxe

On the 14th (U.K.) and 15th (U.S.) Quadrophenia (Deluxe Edition) and Quadrophenia (Super Deluxe Edition) are released. The latter includes a 5.1 remix of part of the album, the first time in a surround format as Pete had intended the original album to be released in 1973.

On the 17th, Roger comes out in defense of Cliff Richard after the U.K. radio station Absolute Radio 60s bans his work as a publicity stunt.

On the 18th, Pete prints an interview on his site where he gives the music he listens to: "Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Martha Wainwright, Willy Mason, Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Alison Krauss, Bach, Mark Mothersbaugh, Keith Jarrett - all kinds of stuff."

Pete Townshend Prince's Trust 2011 Pete Townshend Prince's Trust 2011
Photo: Gareth Cattermole

On the 23rd, Pete headlines the 35th anniversary show of The Prince's Trust at the Royal Albert Hall. He performs five songs on acoustic guitar.

On the 29th, Bonafide releases a cover of "I Can't Explain" as a single. The Catalan girl group Macedònia releases their album Els nens dels altres featuring a cover of "I'm A Boy".

November 2006 (10 years ago)

New album releases: Daughtry - Daughtry; Konvicted - Akon; Enjoy The Ride - Sugarland; Kingdom Come - Jay-Z

On the 1st, Pete is interviewed on Rockline Radio about Endless Wire. On the 3rd, he and his partner Rachel Fuller stop into a Los Angeles Barnes and Noble to promote her new album.

Wire and Glass film Wire and Glass film

On the 4th, Wire & Glass, the animated film directed by Aubrey Powell that plays behind The Who during their live performances, gets its television premiere on VH1 Classics cable channel in the U.S.

The Who Hollywood Bowl 2006 The Who Hollywood Bowl 2006
Photo: Lori Shepler

That night and the 5th, The Who perform at the Hollywood Bowl.

In The Attic Los Angeles 2006 In The Attic Los Angeles 2006
Photo: William Snyder

On the 7th, Pete and his partner Rachel Fuller have another Attic Jam at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles. Guest performers are Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, and the actress Minnie Driver.

Pete Townshend on tour 2006 Pete Townshend on tour 2006
Photo: William Snyder

The Who's North American Endless Wire tour continues on the 8th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California followed by the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs, California (11th), the Delta Center in Salt Lake City (13th), the Pepsi Center in Denver (14th), the American Airlines Center in Dallas (17th), the Toyota Center in Houston (18th), the Bank Atlantic Center in Miami, The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia (22nd), Borgata Casino in Atlantic City (24th), the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia (25th) and the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut (28th).

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On the 10th, Endless Wire receives Gold Record status from the BPI.

On the 14th, Pete announces that his long-running website will be folded into a new website involving both himself and Roger called

On the 18th, Endless Wire hits its U.S. peak at #7 on the Billboard charts. It also peaks at #2 on Billboard Rock Albums chart.

On the 23rd, CBS-TV airs the episode "Living Legend" of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation guest starring Roger.

On the 27th, Yan Vagh releases the album U and Eye featuring a cover of "Pinball Wizard".

In The Attic Joe's Pub 2006 In The Attic Joe's Pub 2006

On the 29th, Pete and Rachel hold another In The Attic session at Joe's Pub in New York City. Sean Lennon performs and Jimmy Fallon hosts the show.

On the 30th, The Third of Never releases their album Moodring with a cover of "Let My Love Open The Door" with guest keyboards by The Who's own John "Rabbit" Bundrick.

November 2001 (15 years ago)

New album releases: Weathered - Creed; Scarecrow - Garth Brooks; Cocky - Kid Rock; Missundaztood - Pink

Pete offers more demos on his website for your listening pleasure. On the 1st, it's "Shout" from his rehearsals for his 1995 concert with Paul Simon, on the 8th the guitar instrumental "Drumming," on the 15th the demo for "Crashing By Design" from White City and on the 19th a Psychoderelict outtake "I Wish I Was As Good As I Look."

Goddess In The Doorway Goddess In The Doorway

On the 6th, Mick Jagger releases his solo album Goddess In The Doorway featuring Pete playing guitar on the songs "Joy" and "Gun."

On the 7th, Pete receives the BMI President's Award.

John Entwistle Japan 2001 John Entwistle Japan 2001
Photo courtesy: Godfrey Townsend

On the 9th through the 14th, John Entwistle finishes up his touring with A Walk Down Abbey Road with a few Japanese dates. On the 9th and 10th he performs at Koseinenkin Hall in Tokyo, on the 12th at Koseinenkin Hall in Osaka and on the 14th, at Shimim Kaikan Hall in Nagoya.

On the 12th, Di-Rect release their CD Discover featuring a cover of "My Generation".

Keith Moon: A Personal Portrait Keith Moon: A Personal Portrait

During the month, Dougal Butler's Keith Moon: A Personal Portrait picture and reminiscence book is published.

On the 23rd, Pete releases 2 double CD's on his website of his solo shows in La Jolla, California, June 22 and 23, 2001.

On the 27th, The Concert For New York double CD is released. It peaks at #27 on the U.S. Billboard charts.

November 1996 (20 years ago)

New album releases: Spice - The Spice Girls; Space Jam (Original Soundtrack) - Various Artists; Tango - Julio Iglesias; Evita (Original Soundtrack) - Various Artists

On the 1st, My Generation: The Very Best of The Who is awarded Silver status by the BPI.

The Who Chicago ticket 1996 The Who Chicago ticket 1996

The Who meanwhile continue the first leg of their North American Quadrophenia tour with performances at the United Center in Chicago (1st), The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan (3rd) and the E.J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio (4th). The video feed to the main projection screen at the Dayton, Ohio show of the 4th is recorded on videotape and is used for most of the Quadrophenia disc of 2005's Tommy and Quadrophenia Live With Special Guests DVD. The tour continues on to The Gund Arena, Cleveland (6th), The Civic Arena, Pittsburgh (8th), the Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo (9th), the USAir Arena, Washington, D.C. (11th), The Centrum in Worchester (12th and 14th), the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale (15th), the Core States Center in Philadelphia (17th), the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany (18th), and finishing this leg at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

On the 3rd, John grouses to the Detroit Free Press about the current version of "The Who": "This Broadway kind of thing wasn't the Who...If I want to play loud, growling music, I have to use my own band."

John Entwistle Boston signing 1996 John Entwistle Boston signing 1996

On the 16th, John Entwistle holds a signing of his art work at a gallery in Boston.

Thunderfingers CD Thunderfingers CD

On the 18th, Thunderfingers: The Best Of John Entwistle is released by Rhino Records in the U.S.

1996 By Numbers Who Are You

Also on the 18th come new issues of The Who By Numbers and Who Are You. Both feature bonus tracks; The Who By Numbers' coming from The Who's June 12, 1976 show at Swansea Football Ground.

On the 19th, Guided by Voices releases their EP Plantations of Pale Pink with a track called "The Who vs. Porky Pig".

When Pete returns to the U.K. after the Quadrophenia tour he moves into The Wick in Twickenham, his current residence.

November 1991 (25 years ago)

New album releases: Achtung Baby - U2; Dangerous - Michael Jackson; Shepherd Moons - Enya; We Can't Dance - Genesis

On the 7th, Pete's commemoration for Bill Graham, the American rock promoter who died in a helicopter accident the previous month, is published in Rolling Stone.

Two Rooms CD Two Rooms CD

On the 9th, Two Rooms, The Elton John-Bernie Taupin tribute album featuring The Who's cover of "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" enters the U.S. charts. It reaches #18 there.

Des McAnuff, assigned to put together a musical version of Tommy, begins meetings with Pete Townshend at the Royalton Hotel in New York. In the two months since he badly injured his wrist, Pete has been questioning his relatives about his past and he will weave some of his family revelations into the musical.

November 1986 (30 years ago)

New album releases: Live/1975-85 - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; License To Ill - The Beastie Boys; Strong Persuader - Robert Cray; Notorious - Duran Duran
The Who Us Fan Club notice The Who Us Fan Club notice

It began as a notice on the back cover of the Happy Jack album. Nineteen years later the U.S. Who Fan Club officially closes on the 5th.

Pete's signature appears in an ad by OXFAM calling for a fast to raise concern about world hunger.

November 1981 (35 years ago)

New album releases: Greatest Hits - Queen; Memories - Barbra Streisand; For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC; Business As Usual - Men At Work

Pete puts himself into a hypnotherapy clinic for five days in an effort to overcome his drug and alcohol addictions. Also during this month, a doctor prescribes the anti-anxiety drug Ativan. Pete becomes addicted to that as well.

In reaction to MCA's Who compilation album Hooligans, Ira Robbins lists his idea of an ideal Who compilation album in Trouser Press.

Too Late the Hero UK LP Too Late the Hero UK LP

On the 23rd, John's solo album Too Late The Hero is released in the U.K.. It does not chart there.

November 1976 (40 years ago)

New album releases: James Taylor's Greatest Hits - James Taylor; The Best of The Doobie Brothers - The Doobie Brothers; A Star Is Born (Original Soundtrack) - Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson; The Pretender - Jackson Browne
Ronnie Lane and Pete Townshend session Ronnie Lane and Pete Townshend session
Photo: Russ Schlagbaum

On the 1st, recording begins on the Pete Townshend/Ronnie Lane joint album, then titled "April Fools," at Olympic Studios. The first block of sessions runs through the 15th. Also during this month, sessions for Roger's third solo album One Of The Boys begin at Ramport Studios. The sessions last intermittently until March.

On the 4th, Top Of The Pops airs The Who's performance of "Substitute" from Charlton since the song is back in the charts.

On the 5th, the soundtrack for All This And World War II, containing Keith Moon's recording of "When I'm Sixty-Four," is released in the U.K. It peaks at #23.

Keith Moon as Rommel Keith Moon as Rommel

On the 11th, the disastrous movie of All This And World War II has its world premiere in Los Angeles. Keith Moon attends, dressed appropriately as Field Marshal Rommel.

On the 20th, the "Substitute" re-issue hits its U.K. chart peak at #7.

November 1971 (45 years ago)

New album releases: Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin; Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. II - Bob Dylan; Fragile - Yes; Madman Across The Water - Elton John
Peter Rudge Peter Rudge

Around this time Peter Rudge takes over the Who's management for their U.S. tours and other projects from the increasingly remote Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp.

The Who at 1971 Rainbow Opening The Who at 1971 Rainbow Opening
Photo: Claude Gassian

On the 4th, The Who open the new Rainbow Theatre in London. A chorus line of dancers precedes the show and Keith goes into the audience to yell for The Who to come on. Pete wears a silver lamé boiler suit with the Rainbow Theatre logo on the back. At the end of the show the chorus line comes back out and The Who join them for a few high kicks. Quiver is the opening act. The Who also play at the Rainbow on the 5th and 6th. On the 5th, ITV's Today programme shows The Who from the night before performing "See Me Feel Me."

On the 6th in Melody Maker, Pete writes another defense of The Who's higher ticket prices but apparently runs out of patience and sarcastically proclaims he only pretends to believe what he says and is just trying to rip off his fans.

The Who Are Back! The Who Are Back!

On the 9th, The Who are off to Green's Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland. They agreed to play another date here after riots erupted over sold-out tickets to their last show there.

Rolling Stone prints a lengthy review of Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy written by Pete and also a note about a small college production of Tommy that was denied the right to tour by Track Music.

On the 12th, "Baba O'Riley" peasks at #11 on Netherland's Hilversum Top 30.

Great Blind Degree LP Great Blind Degree LP

On the 13th, Richie Havens' LP The Great Blind Degree hits the U.S. charts. It features a track called "Tommy," a cover of a small snippet from the rock opera.

Record producer Lou Reizner approaches Pete with the idea of releasing a fully orchestrated version of Tommy. Pete gives his blessing, forgetting that his manager Kit Lambert had dearly wanted to orchestrate the opera. Kit is deeply hurt when he finds out which drives another wedge between Pete and Kit.

On the 18th, The Who fly to New York to rehearse for their second U.S. tour of 1971.

On the 20th, Billboard reports that "Won't Get Fooled Again" has peaked at #10 in Poland.

Also on the 20th, The Who sponsor a Mini Cooper S in the Daily Mirror Rally of Great Britain. Models posed at the starting gate wear Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy t-shirts. The car breaks down in Scotland.

The Who Charlotte ad 1971 The Who Charlotte ad 1971

That night, The Who open the tour at the Charlotte (North Carolina) Coliseum. They are the first rock act to sell out this venue. Keith greets the crowd, "It's nice to see so many people in Charlotte. I didn't know there WAS this many people in Charlotte!" The pre-recorded tapes mess up and Pete almost drags Bobby Pridden over the amplifiers.

The Who Tuscaloosa ad 1971 The Who Tuscaloosa ad 1971

After Charlotte, The Who head on to the University of Alabama Memorial Coliseum in Tuscaloosa on the 22nd followed by the Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta on the 23rd.

On the 24th, Pete pays his first visit to the Meher Baba Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and spends the night in the Lantern Cabin where Baba himself stayed.

The Who Miami Beach ad 1971 The Who Miami Beach ad 1971

On the 25th, the tour continues with two nights at the Convention Center in Miami Beach (25th and 26th).


On the 26th, Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy is released by Track in the U.K. Kit Lambert had delayed the release trying to change the song selection but failed as too many copies had already been pressed. The album peaks at #9 in the charts.

Also on the 26th, Billboard reports that Who's Next has hit #2 in France and Belgium, #3 in Denmark and #6 in Norway. Meanwhile "Won't Get Fooled Again" is #1 in Malaysia.

The tour heads on to the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis (28th). Keith has enough energy after the show to renovate his hotel room. Total cost (to The Who): $1400.

The Who at a Warehouse ad The Who at a Warehouse ad

The month winds up with two nights at The Warehouse in New Orleans (29th and 30th). The first night at The Warehouse is later booted as Gutter Punks At A Warehouse. While in New Orleans manager Chris Stamp brings in rock critic Nik Cohn to work on the script for a Who movie. Pete suggests the title "Rock Is Dead, Long Live Rock" about the history and personalities of The Who. Nik accompanies the band on tour and interviews them for the script.

November 1966 (50 years ago)

New records: "Mellow Yellow" - Donovan; "Sugar Town" - Nancy Sinatra; "(I Know) I'm Losing You" - The Temptations; "That's Life" - Frank Sinatra

Prior to the 5th, The Who record an acoustic version of "Happy Jack" (not released until 1995) and various sections of Pete's mini-opera "A Quick One While He's Away".

Who to change labels! Who to change labels!

On the 5th, Record Mirror announces the formation of Track Records and says The Who will be the first act released on that label. They also say that The Who's new album will be titled "Jigsaw Puzzle."

The Who Cologne poster 1966 The Who Cologne poster 1966

The Who fly back to Germany to play three more dates of their German tour. The 5th sees them at the Messehalle in Saarbrüken, the 6th at the Kongresshalle in Cologne and the 7th at the Rheinhalle in Düsseldorf. The band flies immediately back to London after the last show.

On the 8th, The Who go into CBS Studios in London and record at least two takes of the backing track for their next single "Happy Jack". John and Keith then go to Regent Sound and record John's new composition, "I've Been Away," during a half-hour session while Roger and Pete are off at a pub. On the 10th, Roger records his vocals for "Happy Jack". It is at this time that Keith Moon is forced to lie on the floor of the studio so he won't add his off-key vocalising to the backing track. Keith impishly pops up just as the song concludes, causing Pete to proclaim "I saw ya!" that remains on the release version.

Ready Steady Who EP Ready Steady Who EP

Two 45's come out on the 11th. The official one is The Who's first U.K. EP Ready Steady WHO that was supposed to be live tracks from The Who's recent television special but, for legal reasons, have studio tracks substituted. It goes all the way to #1 on the U.K. EP charts but isn't released in the U.S.

La La La Lies Brunswick label La La La Lies Brunswick label

On the same day, Brunswick releases the last of its "spoiler" singles, "La La La Lies" backed with "The Good's Gone." It reaches #17 in Sweden but fails to chart in the U.K.

The Who Duke of York's Barracks 1966 The Who Duke of York's Barracks 1966
Photo: Tony Gale

On the 12th, The Who are filmed holding an impromptu outdoor 5-song concert at the Duke of York's Barracks in the Kings Road for the NBC-TV (U.S.) show Today. The session stars at 7am and continues to 10:30am. The Today show airs the film on the 15th.

Also on the 12th, Kit Lambert in Record Mirror says that The Who's next album and single will not be the first releases on Track Records because of "certain difficulties" and will be released on Reaction instead. On the same day Billboard reports that "I'm a Boy" has hit #4 in Norway.

The Who in Switzerland 1966 The Who in Switzerland 1966

With the recording of the new album and single finished, The Who fly to Switzerland to play in the snow, spending four days in Neuschnee, Grindelwald having publicity photos snapped. While there Keith buys a steam engine.

A Who fan club newsletter of this time gives a track listing for "Jigsaw Puzzle," probably as the album stood prior to the writing and recording of "A Quick One While He's Away." It is "I'm A Boy" (the version that ultimately ends up on Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy), "Run Run Run", "Don't Look Away", "Circles", "I Need You", "Showbiz Sonata" (later retitled "Cobwebs and Strange"), "In The City", "Boris The Spider", "Whiskey Man", "See My Way", "Heat Wave" and "Barbara Ann".

The Coachmen The Coachmen

The Coachmen, a band from Lincoln, Nebraska, release a 45 with an A-side cover of "My Generation."

On the 17th, Record Mirror reviews The Who's new album: "The Who's new LP is better than their last, although to be fair, their style has changed. The trend-setting 'pop art' sound of the 'My Generation' era has given way to a more subtle, almost Beach Boys approach, well vocally anyway. Some of the tracks are very unusual - like the drum showcase 'Cobwebs and Strange' written of course by Keith, while John's two songs 'Boris the Spider' and 'Whiskey Man' indicate that he has a bigger hand in the Who's individuality than one might think. Best track is the 'Quick One' saga, which sounds like 'Pet Sounds' LP squeezed into a long song. You get the idea that musically, the four members of the Who just don't agree, but are competent enough to knuckle under efficiently on one of the others' songs."

The Who return to the U.K. only to head up the road to Scotland with a tour starting at the City Hall of Perth (18th), followed by the Market Hall in Carlisle (19th). Pete's Rickenbacker is stolen after the latter show but is later recovered.

Meanwhile Melody Maker runs an interview with Keith and John on the 19th entitled "Who - finally reaching the sounds they all search for."

I'm a Boy French EP I'm a Boy French EP

On the 22nd, Billboard reports that two new Who EP's were released this week in France, The Kids Are Alright on Decca and I'm a Boy on Polydor.

On the 24th, Disc & Music Echo has the headline "Who refuse new disc TV plugs". The Who say they will not be doing television appearances supporting their new single for fear of "TV over-exposure". In the same issue is a short Pete interview where he says his chief ambitions are to run a "good recording studio" and "write operettas and musicals."

Also on the 24th, Billboard puts The Napoleonic Wars mis-titled cover "I Can't Explain It" in their "Predicted to reach the HOT 100 Chart". It doesn't. They also report that "I'm a Boy" is at #8 in Denmark.

The Who in Worthing ad 1966 The Who in Worthing ad 1966

The month finishes with performances at The Pavilion in Worthing (24th), Spa Royal Hall in Bridlington (26th) and the Winter Gardens in Malvern (29th).

November 1961 (55 years ago)

New records: "Can't Help Falling in Love" - Elvis Presley; "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" - The Tokens; "Peppermint Twist" - Joey Dee and The Starlighters; "Stranger On The Shore" - Mr. Bill Acker
Teen Keith Moon Teen Keith Moon

On the 5th, Guy Fawkes Night, Keith and Gerry Evens of The Escorts go to a bonfire party on an old dump behind Evans' house in Queensbury. "Of course, he was the guy who ran through the bonfire," recalled Gerry, "and he was the guy who let off all the bangers behind the girls. And the next week, all my neighbours said, 'Who's that little bloke? He's a complete nutcase, did you see what he did?'"

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