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May 2012 (5 years ago)

New music releases: Blown Away - Carrie Underwood; Strange Clouds - B.O.B.; Born & Raised - John Mayer; MTV Unplugged - Juanes

On the 3rd, Roger Daltrey is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show. Roger admits The Who are "having a very long sabbatical" but at least gets to discuss the Teenage Cancer Trust and perform both "Young Man Blues" and "The Real Me".

Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend

On the 5th, Pete Townshend makes a one-off Canadian appearance, performing at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards honoring his fellow creator of The Who's Tommy, Des McAnuff. Pete performs "Pinball Wizard".






Treasures of The Who Treasures of The Who

On the 10th, Chris Welch's book Treasures of The Who is published in the U.K.

Roger Daltrey Chelsea Flower Show Roger Daltrey Chelsea Flower Show
Photo: Stuart Wilson

On the 21st, Roger joins Ringo Starr and Sir Cliff Richard at an exclusive preview of the Chelsea Flower Show. Roger presented the Homebase Teenage Cancer Trust Garden as a patron of the charity.

On the 22nd, the cast of the TV show Glee release their CD Glee Season Three featuring a cover of "Pinball Wizard" using the Elton John arrangement.





Roger Daltrey Royal Academy of Arts Roger Daltrey Royal Academy of Arts

On the 23rd, Roger attends the star-packed Celebration of Arts event at the Royal Academy of Arts. The Queen is there along with leading lights in Britain's musical, acting and fashion fields.









Pinball Wizards - The Collection Pinball Wizards - The Collection

On the 28th, Spectrum Audio UK releases The Who compilation Pinball Wizards - The Collection in the U.K.



On the 30th, The Who Sell Out (mono & stereo mixes) and Quadrophenia (original mix) are relased on SACD in Japan.



May 2007 (10 years ago)

New music releases: Minutes To Midnight - Linkin Park; It Won't Be Soon Before Long - Maroon 5; Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna; Call Me Irresponsible - Michael Bublé
Tom Wright Roadwork Tom Wright Roadwork

On the 1st, Tom Wright's memoir Roadwork: Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out is published giving many details on his involvement with Pete and The Who.


View From a Backstage Pass View From a Backstage Pass

On the 2nd, the 2CD live compilation View From a Backstage Pass is sold with membership in the new TheWho.com website that also opens on this date.


On the 3rd, Roger plays "Mick Keating" in the Season 4 opener, "Once Upon a Time on the Westway", of ITV's The Last Detective.


Roger Daltrey Glasgow Teenage Cancer Ward

On the 11th, Roger attends the launching of Scotland's first hospital unit for teenage cancer sufferers in Glasgow.

The Who in Madrid 2007 ad The Who in Madrid 2007 ad

On the 16th, The Who launch a tour of Europe at the Atlantico Pavilion in Lisbon, Portugal. The next night they are at the Sport Palace in Madrid and on the 19th they can be seen at the Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao, Spain.









On the 17th, Willie Nile releases his CD Live at the Turning Point featuring a cover of "Substitute".

Also on the 19th, Roger says in his usual direct way that The Who will not be taking part in a planned Wembley concert to raise awareness of global warming: "Bollocks to that! The last thing the planet needs is another rock concert!" He also declines participation in another planned event, the Concert for Diana. "Not unless [her sons] are real Who fans, which I very much doubt."

The European Who tour comes to England on the 22nd with a show at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, followed by the Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield on the 23rd, and the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on the 25th.

The other Who dates for the month are the Hull City AFC in Hull on the 26th and the Peel Bay Festival on the Isle of Man on the 30th.

On the 29th, Pete is on his girlfriend Rachel Fuller's webcast In The Attic where he performs an acoustic rendition of "I Can't Reach You".



May 2002 (15 years ago)

New album releases: The Eminem Show - Eminem; Juslisen - Musiq; We Invented The Remix - P. Diddy and The Bad Boy Family; MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 - Lauryn Hill
Chasing the Wind: A Quadrophenia Anthology Chasing the Wind: A Quadrophenia Anthology

On the 1st, Gary Wharton puts out the book Chasing the Wind: A Quadrophenia Anthology, a guide to the film, the cast and the production of the 1979 cult classic.






On the 14th, Poison releases their CD Hollyweird featuring a cover of "Squeeze Box." On the same day Xero/G releases their CD Are You Weightless with a cover of "Baba O'Riley." Another cover of "Squeeze Box," this one by the country band McBride & The Ride, comes out on their CD Amarillo Sky.

Scooped Scooped

On the 21st, Redline Entertainment releases a two-CD compilation of the three Pete Townshend Scoop LP's called Scooped.








May 1997 (20 years ago)

New album releases: Middle of Nowhere - Hanson; God's Property - Kirk Franklin & God's Property; I'm Bout It / Original Soundtrack - Various Artists; Hourglass - James Taylor

The Who continue their multi-media presentation of Quadrophenia in Europe starting at the Stadthalle in Vienna on the 1st. At Pete's suggestion, his longtime girlfriend, U.S. journalist Lisa Marsh flies over for a last visit.

On the 2nd, Roger Daltrey comes back from the continent to run a game-fishing tourney at his farm to raise money for Raleigh International, a youth development charity.

The Who 1997 Wembley ad The Who 1997 Wembley ad

He then flies back to Germany to sing with The Who at the Olympiahalle in Munich (4th), the Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart (5th), the Festhalle in Frankfurt (6th), the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund (9th), the Forest National Stadium in Brussels (10th), the Ahoy Hallen in Rotterdam (11th), two nights at the Zenith Arena in Paris (13th and 14th), the Hallenstadion in Zurich (16th) and ending at Wembley Arena in London (18th). Further planned dates in Mannheim and Milan are canceled.








On the 18th, Pete runs into his future wife Rachel Fuller for the first time since last October. He begins his pursuit.

On the 19th, Pete Townshend records "Prelude 970519" that later appears on Scoop 3.

1997 Face Dances Its Hard 1997 Face Dances Its Hard

On the 20th, remixed and remastered CD's of Face Dances and It's Hard are released. They are sold for a reduced price and feature almost no liner notes.








May 1992 (25 years ago)

New album releases: Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus; Entre a mi mundo - Selena; I Still Believe In You - Vince Gill; Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads - Jimmy Buffett
Nightfall of Diamonds Nightfall of Diamonds

On the 15th, Tom Constanten releases the CD Nightfall of Diamonds containing a cover of "Boris the Spider".









Pete resumes work on his solo album Psychoderelict.

On the 16th, U.S. TV airs the special American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special featuring an all-star jam with Bo Diddley. John Entwistle is the featured bass player

Who Are You Gold CD Who Are You Gold CD

Who Are You is released on Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs gold CD with an alternate version of "Guitar And Pen" and new liner notes written by Pete.









May 1987 (30 years ago)

New album releases: Girls, Girls, Girls - Mötley Crüe; Richard Marx - Richard Marx; Beverly Hills Cop II / Original Soundtrack - Various Artists; Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me - The Cure
The Who Are Back 1987 The Who Are Back 1987

The press reports that The Who are planning live shows in Britain in 1988 to commemorate their 25th anniversary. Roger also tells the press he has had meetings with Pete and John to discuss the possibility of a new Who LP.



On the 30th, Pete binds the first draft of the script for his new musical The Iron Man.



May 1982 (35 years ago)

New album releases: Time Pieces: The Best of Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton; 12 Greatest Hits, Volume II - Neil Diamond; Rio - Duran Duran; Combat Rock - The Clash

Starting the week of the 10th, the Westwood One sydicated radio network plays a series called Rock and Roll Never Forgets about Keith Moon.

Face Dances Part Two Face Dances Part Two

On the 21st a single from Pete's forthcoming album All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes is released. "Face Dances (Part Two)" backed with the non-album track "Man Watching" fails to chart in either Britain or the U.S despite extensive play of the video on MTV.








Rolling Stone Sober Pete Townshend Rolling Stone Sober Pete Townshend

Pete appears on the cover of Rolling Stone. Inside is a long interview with Kurt Loder in which Pete tells all about his recent descent into drug addiction, his electroacupuncture cure, the failure of Face Dances and how the next Who album may be their last.








May 1977 (40 years ago)

New album releases: Barry Manilow Live - Barry Manilow; Book of Dreams - The Steve Miller Band; Little Queen - Heart; Cat Scratch Fever - Ted Nugent

On the 11th, Who manager Bill Curbishley presents a contract to producer Sydney Rose and director Tony Klinger to make a documentary about The Who. Unbeknownst to the two signers, the contract is part of an unsuccessful backdoor attempt to remove Jeff Stein as director of the already planned film. Tony eventually joins Sydney as co-producer.

New Musical Express reports that Johnny Thunders of the Heartbreakers has been asked to star with The Who in a Chris Stamp-directed film called "My Generation". Thunders has been asked to play a 1963 beach-fighting Mod. The film is never made.

One of the Boys LP cover One of the Boys LP cover

On the 20th, Roger releases his third solo album One Of The Boys in Britain. He goes on a promotional swing for the LP, appearing on Capital Radio's Your Mother Wouldn't Like It on the 4th and Radio 1's Rock On on the 7th. Unfortunately, the album does not chart as well as the previous one, stalling at #45.

On the 25th, in honour of Paul Weller's birthday, he, The Jam and staffers at New Musical Express try but fail to track down Pete in Twickenham and Richmond. The magazine also reports that Pete has written 50 songs for the upcoming Who album.

On the 28th, part 15 of Tony Palmer's history of popular music All You Need Is Love airs with several Who clips and scenes of Keith recording "Do Me Good" for a follow-up solo LP. What he manages to record ultimately turns up as bonus tracks on CD reissues of Two Sides Of The Moon starting in the late 1990's.

On the 30th, official production of Who fan Jeff Stein's movie of the band, The Kids Are Alright, begins. He had proposed the movie to Pete two years before. The first weeks of production are spent in New York scouring archives for rare Who film.



May 1972 (45 years ago)

New album releases: Honky Chateau - Elton John; Exile On Main Street - The Rolling Stones; Colors of the Day - Judy Collins; Roberta Flack featuring Donny Hathaway - Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

On the 2nd, Pete records his demo for "Long Live Rock" at his home in Twickenham.

Tommy Part One LP Tommy Part One LP

On the 13th, Tommy (Part One), a budget re-release of disc one of the Tommy LP, hits store shelves in Britain. Those who have heard the original and buy this one find "Eyesight To The Blind" now features an alternate vocal.


Pete Townshend 1972 demo reel Pete Townshend 1972 demo reel

After six months off from performing together, The Who reunite on the 19th for the first documented session of the Who's Next follow-up album at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, England. Glyn Johns again handles the production for the LP, provisionally titled "Rock Is Dead - Long Live Rock". In addition to the tracks recorded, Pete also presents the demos "Get Inside," "Women's Liberation" (known on bootlegs as "Riot In The Female Jail") and "Why Can't You See I'm Easy."







"Join Together With The Band" is recorded on the 22nd. Coming in at around seven minutes and ending with a long, blistering electric guitar performance by Pete, the track will have its title and it length shortened for later single release. "Relay," recorded on the 26th, is also shortened for later single release.

While recording in the studio, both John and Pete spend their off time working on their own solo projects; John mixing his second LP Whistle Rymes at Nova Sound Recording Studios in Marble Arch and Pete remixing demos and tracks from the Meher Baba devotional albums for his LP Who Came First at Olympic Studios.

This month or the next Pete plays percussion on "Car Radio" and guitar on "Tonight's Number" as part of the soundtrack to actor and fellow Meher Baba devotee Alexis Kanner's film Mahoney's Last Stand.



May 1967 (50 years ago)

New records: "Windy" - The Association; "Little Bit of Soul" - The Music Explosion; "Soul Finger" - The Bar-Kays; "A Whiter Shade of Pale" - Procul Harum
The In Sound LP The In Sound LP

During the week of the 1st, the U.S. Army radio program The In Sound broadcasts a short interview with Pete. The program is later mentioned in a "commercial" on The Who Sell Out.



The Who Masshallen in Norrkoping 1967 The Who Masshallen in Norrkoping 1967

The Who continue their Scandinavian tour playing the Njardhallen in Oslo (2nd), the Lorensbergsparken Cirkus in Gothenburg, Sweden (3rd), the Masshallen in Norrkoping and the Rigoletto in Jonkoping, Sweden, both on the 4th, the Sporthallen in Eskilstuna (5th), the Kungliga Tennishallen in Stockholm (6th), and the Sommarlust in Kristianstad and the MFF-Stadion in Malmo, both on the 7th.



The Who Sporthallen in Eskilstuna 1967 The Who Sporthallen in Eskilstuna 1967

At the Eskilstuna The Who are forced to perform on a small stage meters above the heads of the audience. Pete cuts the set to five songs in protest. The performance in Malmo sparks a "fan-crush" as attendees rush the stage during the opening song "Substitute," only to be shoved back by police. At least 20 fans have to be carried out, some unconscious. The Who will not return to Sweden for five years.

On the 3rd, The Who's manager Kit Lambert sends a telegram to the Monterey Pop Festival organizers telling them The Who have agreed to perform there in exchange for six 1st-class plane tickets. The Who, along with Jimi Hendrix, had been recommended for the festival by Paul McCartney during a U.S. visit the month before.

The Who fly back to London from their Scandinavian tour on the 8th. During the period right after their return, they record Keith's song "Girl's Eyes" at Sound Techniques, Ltd. In Kensington and Dave "Cy" Langston's song "Early Morning Cold Taxi" at CBS Studios in London. The latter song is credited to Langston/Daltrey as they were then trying to form a songwriting partnership.

Biba's Boutique Who ad Biba's Boutique Who ad

On the 12th, Coca-Cola London registers receipt of two spots from MRM Productions. They are filmed commercials to be used in promoting a tie-in between Coca-Cola and Biba's Boutique in Piccadilly. The music for both spots is performed by The Who and is not officially released by the band until the mid-1990's as "Things Go Better With Coke" and "Coke After Coke".

On the 13th, "Pictures of Lily" enters Sweden's Tio i Topp charts where it will peak at #3. It is not as popular on the Kvällstoppen charts where it premiers on the 23rd and peaks at #11.

Bag ONails Club 1967 Bag ONails Club 1967

On the 15th, Paul McCartney is hanging out with Keith Moon and Eric Burdon at the Bag O'Nails club in London. The young American photographer of The Who's March visit to New York, Linda Eastman, is there and Paul meets her for the first time. Two years later they will be married. Since Keith and Linda had met two months before, could Keith have been the one who pointed her out to Paul?

On the 17th, Pete records an interview for the BBC overseas radio programme Dateline London then The Who pre-tape a Top Of The Pops insert miming to "Pictures Of Lily." From there they travel to Stevenage to play the Locarno Ballroom. Backstage, John expresses his opinion of a "well-known pop singer" by punching his picture on the wall. He breaks his finger. Despite the injury, The Who manage to honor a commitment to play the next night at the Locarno Ballroom in Bristol.

Lily Isnt Pornographic Lily Isnt Pornographic

"Lily isn't pornographic, say Who" is the headline in Melody Maker on the 20th. Pete defends The Who's new single "Pictures of Lily." Also in this issue is an interview with Keith called "The economy-size, family-pack Who - for U.S. consumption."

Texas town Happy Jack Texas town Happy Jack

On the 20th, The Who travel to Brussels where they mime to "Happy Jack" on the set of a "Texas town" for the RTB Network of Belgium. It will air on the 30th on RTB's program Vibrato. Later on the evening of the 20th, The Who are one of the acts at the Third Annual Wolu Festival.

Also on the 20th, "Pictures of Lily" hits its U.K. chart peak at #4.

On the 21st, the footage of The Who in studio recording "Pictures of Lily" is broadcast in France on ORTF's program Bouton Rouge.

The Who do get in a curtailed recording session starting on the 23rd through the 28th. John, despite his injury, does manage to record the horn parts for "Someone's Coming" and The Who record the "Great Shakes" commercial with Keith promoting the homemade milkshake concoction. On the 24th, they record a fast-paced studio recording of "Summertime Blues" that is not released until 2009. It has been surmised that the recording was intended for the A-side of a single.

Smoke Generator order Smoke Generator order

They may bypass the mirrors but on the 25th, The Who's management pour on the smoke for the upcoming U.S. tour. They purchase "1 Case containing 1 Gross Y.2. Smoke Generators" from Brock's Crystal Palace Fireworks, Ltd.

On the 26th, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band begins to appear on British record store shelves, marking the start of the era of "album rock." Until this point, bands were judged on the quality of their singles played on the radio. Albums were seen as bonuses for committed fans.

Pete Townshend Oxford Pembroke May Ball Pete Townshend Oxford Pembroke May Ball

On the 27th The Who play one of their weirdest dates, the Oxford Pembroke College May Ball. They are expected to play dance music but most of the prom goers spend the evening with their hands over their ears as first Cream and then The Who attack them with a sonic assault. Pete's guitar is stolen after the show.

On the 28th, The Who go to CBS Studios, London and record backing tracks for "I Can See For Miles," "Armenia City In The Sky" and "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand." However, further recording is cancelled after Keith ruptures his stomach wall and has to be carted off by ambulance. His hernia effectively scuttles the attempt to finish the "Who's Lily?" album in time for a summer release.

The next day The Who drive off to Scotland minus their usual drummer. A friend of Roger's, Julian Covey of The Machine, sits in as they perform that night at the Locarno Ballroom in Glasgow. It is believed that this date is one of the few that featured a live performance of Pete's new rock opera "Rael."



May 1962 (55 years ago)

New records: "Palisades Park" - Freddie Cannon; "That's Old Fashioned (That's The Way Love Should Be)" - The Everly Brothers; "Theme from Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)" - Richard Chamberlain; "Twist and Shout" - The Isley Brothers

On the 5th, Benny Spellman's "Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)" enters the U.S. charts. The B-side, "Fortune Teller" will be a staple of The Who's live act 1968-1970.



May 1957 (60 years ago)

New records: "Love Letters in the Sand" - Pat Boone; "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" - Jerry Lee Lewis; "That'll Be the Day" - The Crickets; "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself a Letter" - Billy Williams
Keith Moon mid 1950s class photo Keith Moon mid 1950s class photo

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