February 2012 (5 years ago)
New music releases: "Some Nights" - .fun; "Demons" - Imagine Dragons; "What Makes You Beautiful" - One Direction; "Little Talks" - Of Monsters & Men
On the 10th, Pete Townshend announces he has joined a campaign to save one of West London's last remaining eel pie and mash shops. A. Cooke on the Goldhawk Road in White City was used as a filming location for the movie Quadrophenia. "I realise change is inevitable, but to think of Shepherd's Bush without Cooke's is inconceivable." The protest comes to nothing and A. Cooke closes July 2015.
Also on the 10th, Dean Guitars introduces The John Entwistle Signature Spider bass guitar, complete with spider-web inlays and a strikingly unique angular design.
On the 12th, former Skids frontman Richard Jobson announces that he intends to direct a sequel to the movie Quadrophenia. Jimmy will go the guru route during the 1960s, then return to London and become "the king of advertising" being offered Margaret Thatcher as a client. The title was to be "Won't Get Fooled Again" and, for better or worse, it never sees the light of a projector.
On the 13th, Roger Daltrey is sorry to announce that a planned tour of Australia with his solo Tommy performance must be cancelled.
On the 29th, Roger joins Simon Townshend onstage at Simon's show in Shoreham to sing a selection of Who songs.
February 2007 (10 years ago)
New music releases: Infinity On High - Fall Out Boy; Shock Value - Timbaland; Headstrong - Ashley Tisdale; Portable Sounds - tobyMac
On the 1st, Roger Daltrey tells Virgin Radio his favorite drink is Kombucha tea.
On the 3rd, Rolling Stone reports that The Who have cancelled a planned South American tour after a Buenos Aires promoter could not provide a sufficient stage.
On the 8th, Pete Townshend and Roger perform a four-song acoustic set in London at a lunchtime press conference to mark the announcement of the band's European tour. Held at the Hospital venue in Covent Garden, the duo perform "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Behind Blue Eyes" "Mike Post Theme" and "Tea & Theater". Commenting on the tour, Pete says, "What holds Roger and I together is the music, and what we realize is that the audience put us there. When they vote us off, we'll go."
On the 9th, the world premiere of the official stage musical of Quadrophenia is performed by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff. Director Tom Critchley, writer Jeff Young and musical director John O'Hara adapted the album under Pete's guidance. The musical contains no dialogue and fleshes out the story by including "Substitute" and "I Can't Explain" in the score.
On the 12th, Pete and his future wife Rachel Fuller release their album Attic Jam exclusively on iTunes. That evening they hold the Launch of Attic Jam The Album Party at the Pigalle Club on the corner of Piccadilly Circus in London. Pete plays "Drowned" and "The Acid Queen". Rachel performs with Jerry Hall. Also performing are Rose Hill Drive and The Kooks.
On the 20th, Southern Culture On The Skids releases their album Countrypolitan Favorites featuring a cover of "Happy Jack".
On the 21st, Pete and Rachel hold an In The Attic show at the 160-seat Joe's Pub in New York's East Village. Pete plays a five-song acoustic set, but the highlight of the night has Pete duetting with Lou Reed on versions of the Velvet Underground classics "I'm Waiting For The Man," "White Light/White Heat" and "Pale Blue Eyes."
On the 22nd, Lea Salonga releases her album Lea Salonga - Inspired featuring a cover of "Who Are You".
The second North American leg of the Endless Wire tour begins on the 23rd with a concert at the Events Center in Reno, Nevada. This is followed by shows at the SaveMart Center in Fresno, California (25th), Long Beach Arena (26th) and the US Airways Arena in Phoenix (28th).
On the 25th, Pete begins blogging selections from his unfinished autobiography Pete Townshend - (who he?). Some parts of it will not make it into the official release Who I Am.
Also on the 25th, Pete is interviewed in the Arizona Republic. He denounces YouTube as "copyright thieves".
February 2002 (15 years ago)
New album releases: Come Away With Me - Norah Jones; Ultimate Manilow - Barry Manilow; J To the L-O!: The Remixes - Jennifer Lopez; Under Rug Swept - Alanis Morissette
On the 7th, The Who plus guests perform for the Teenage Cancer Trust at Royal Albert Hall with supporting act The Electric Soft Parade. Pete puts in a lackluster performance telling the audience several times that he's bored.
The following night at the same venue Pete is a bit more alert but a trifle unsteady. At one point he falls offstage. This show will be the last in John Entwistle's 37-year career with The Who.
Also on the 8th, Roger Daltrey tells The Sun that he had Mike Myers audition to play Keith Moon. Myers' publicist later denies it.
On the 9th, Roger is still on stage at the Royal Albert Hall but not with The Who. He joins Paul Weller's band to sing "I Can See For Miles."
On the 13th, Pete answers questions from fans in The Independent. He says "I don't want to go into the studio with The Who. Roger does."
On the 17th, Pete quietly updates a diary entry to say that the plan to turn Quadrophenia into an onstage musical "has ground to a halt."
On the 18th, Pete Townshend: Music From Lifehouse DVDd: Music From Lifehouse, a video of his 2000 concert at Sadler's Wells, is released on DVD and VHS in the U.K. The U.S. release follows on the 26th. It is also available as a lower-res online download.
On the 23rd, Gordon Giltrap releases a two-CD best-of called Collection featuring John on bass on "Who Knows Where Tomorrow Goes."
On the same day, Oasis release their CD single "Little By Little" containing their cover of "My Generation".
February 1997 (20 years ago)
New album releases: Baduizm - Erykah Badu; Unchained Melody: The Early Years - LeAnn Rimes; Secret Samadhi - Live; Tru 2 da Game - TRU
On the 2nd, Pete holds a party at "LA 2" in London to celebrate the London staging of the musical Tommy getting 8 Olivier Award nominations. Pete plays a 75-minute set. John is also there but doesn't perform. Roger is then in Los Angeles working on the Showtime sitcom Rude Awakenings.
On the 7th, a British Airways Concorde jet carrying Pete and Elton John from London to New York makes an emergency landing in Halifax after the craft develops engine trouble. Pete says it was the second time he'd been on the supersonic jet when it developed engine trouble and he won't be flying it again.
Newspapers report that Roger will be in the cast of a movie called "The Fifth Freedom" opposite Jurgen Prochnow shooting in April in The Netherlands. The movie, if shot, is never released.
On the 14th, Glenn Tipton's CD Baptizm By Fire CD is released. John plays bass on the song "The Healer." Until a CD of the sessions is released in 2006, this is the only result of a planned group, Tipton, Entwistle and [Cozy] Powell.
On the 16th, The Laurence Olivier Awards are handed out. Tommy wins for Outstanding Musical Production, Des McAnuff for Best Director, Chris Parry for Best Lighting Designer and Tim Hatley for Best Set Designer.
On the 21st, Roger appears as Colonel Rickman in the first of a two-part show on the Fox sci-fi series Sliders.
On the same day the video Message To Love: The Isle Of Wight Festival, featuring The Who's performances of "Young Man Blues" and "Naked Eye," is finally released in the U.S.
February 1992 (25 years ago)
New album releases: Ooooooohhh.... On the TLC Tip - TLC; Classic Queen - Queen; Wayne's World/Original Soundtrack - Various Artists; Seminole Wind - John Anderson
Mr. Big releases their single "To Be With You". In the U.K., the B-side is a live cover of "Baba O'Riley".
A home videotape of The Chieftains - An Irish Evening featuring Roger is released in the U.S. The European release follows on March 3.
February 1987 (30 years ago)
New album releases: Exposure - Exposé; Jody Watley - Jody Watley; All in the Name of Love - Atlantic Starr; Life as We Know It - R.E.O. Speedwagon
On the 8th, The John Entwistle Band performs at the Musikmesse, a huge trade show, in Frankfurt, Germany.
On the 24th, Roger and his wife Heather attend the 30th annual Grammy Awards show at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
February 1982 (35 years ago)
New album releases: Mountain Music - Alabama; The Concert In Central Park - Simon & Garfunkel; Bobbie Sue - The Oak Ridge Boys; Seasons of the Heart - John Denver
On Valentine's Day, having beaten back his addiction to alcohol and drugs, Pete checks himself out of Meg Patterson's clinic and returns to London.Shortly afterwards Pete meets with Roger, John and Kenney who are already preparing to record a new album, rehearsing twice a week at producer Glyn Johns' home and using Andy Fairweather-Low as a stand-in for their absent guitarist. Pete is impressed with how good they sound but admits he only has two songs ready (probably "Theresa" now called "Athena" and "Popular" re-written as "It's Hard"). Hesitant to write more after The Who's lukewarm reaction to his Face Dances demos, Pete tries to find a common topic in which his bandmates are interested to make the basis of a new batch of songs. Not surprisingly, they find they have little in common except for a vague concern about the Reagan administration's escalation of the nuclear arms race and Margaret Thatcher's promotion of it. Pete sets off to write a politically-themed album addressing nuclear conflict, decreased spending on social services and other topical concerns.
On the 24th, MTV begins the "I Want My MTV" ad campaign featuring Pete, among others, declaring the phrase.
February 1977 (40 years ago)
New album releases: Rumours - Fleetwood Mac; Love At The Greek - Neil Diamond; Unpredictable - Natalie Cole; Songs From The Wood - Jethro Tull
On the 5th, Roger appears on the BBC television programme Jim'll Fix It. What Jim'll fix is a young boy's desire to meet "Tommy."
On the 11th, The Steve Gibbons Band LP Rollin' On is released in the U.K. on Roger's Goldhawke label. Pete is the engineer. A note thanks John and David Langston.
The Story Of The Who is released in Japan.
Tony Klinger, director of videos for Roger's new solo album One Of The Boys, presents Who manager Bill Curbishley with a proposal for a film about the Who called "Kids Are Alright." Curbishley says he will present it to the band. He does tell Klinger that a young Who fan named Jeff Stein has been searching for old film and video of The Who but fails to mention that Stein has already received Pete's permission to make a documentary about The Who almost exactly the same as Klinger's and has already shown the band a ten-minute test reel.
On the 25th, Keith Moon checks himself into Cedars-Sinai Hospital to dry out for three days.
February 1972 (45 years ago)
New album releases: Harvest - Neil Young; Greatest Hits - Blood, Sweat & Tears; Eat a Peach - The Allman Brothers Band; Cherish - David Cassidy
On the 10th, The Who assemble at a studio in Blackfairs for Tony McGrath to shoot a recreation of their 1966 photo for a new cover article in The Observer. Keith is late in arriving from a Disc and Music Echo party at Hatchett's Club in Piccadilly where he and John accepted The Who's award for Best Live Band. John can be seen restraining Keith who has tried to attack the hapless photographer. The issue is released 19 March.
On the 12th, New Musical Express prints the article: "Daltrey: tea in the country with the Who singer." Roger says football is replacing rock as the major youth interest.
"I Can't Explain" is released in Sweden as a single backed with "Baba O'Riley."
On the 22nd, a production of Tommy opens at The Aquarius Theater in Hollywood. It is the first staging to seek and receive Pete's approval. The musical runs through March 26.
February 1967 (50 years ago)
New records: "There's A Kind Of A Hush" - Herman's Hermits; "Happy Together" - The Turtles; "Penny Lane"/"Strawberry Fields Forever" - The Beatles; "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" - Aretha Franklin
On the 1st, The Who appear on Scene on Granada television. Also on the show is politician Quintin Hogg who had represented Shel Talmy in the previous year's lawsuit.
On the 1st, Swedish Television airs part one of a Popside special showing The Who recording "Bucket T." On the 5th, "Bucket T" backed with "So Sad About Us" is released in Sweden and the popularity of the Popside program sends the single to #1. It is The Who's biggest hit in that country. "Bucket T" is also released as a single backed with "Run Run Run" in Norway and Denmark.
Meanwhile The Who hit the ballrooms and other venues of England. The 2nd sees them at the Locarno Ballroom in Coventry, the 4th at The Birdcage in Portsmouth and the 5th at The Waterfront in Southampton.
On the 4th, in Melody Maker, John now has his chance to do blind ratings of singles. Without knowing the artists he rates new records by Donovan, Petula Clark and Herman's Hermits. On the same day New Musical Express prints the article: "Who are mellower fellows now". It's an interview with Keith.
Also on the 4th, Billboard notes The Rovin' Kind's cover of "My Generation" as a new release it picks for the Top 100 (it does not chart).
The next day (5th), the tabloid News Of The World runs an exposé called "Pop Stars and Drugs - Facts That Will Shock You." The article claims that The Moody Blues hosted parties at which Pete and Ginger Baker openly took LSD. Mick Jagger, also named in the article, says he will bring a libel suit against the newspaper.
On the 7th, "La La La Lies" enters Sweden's Kvällstoppen sales chart, peaking at #17.
On the 10th, Roger not only misses The Who's show at the Gaiety Ballroom in Grimsby but also part of the ballroom's glass ceiling falling on the band during their set. On the 11th, the reunited band plays the Royal Links Pavillion in Cromer with The Money Spiders and Alex Wilson's Sect opening.
On the 12th, at The Who's performance of the Starlite Ballroom in Greenford, Who soundman Bob Pridden is approached by Peter Butler looking for work with the band. He will later be redubbed "Dougal" by Pete after the dog puppet on The Magic Roundabout and become Keith's "minder" and majordomo until the mid-1970's.
That same evening the police, at the instigation of News Of The World, raid Keith Richard's home. He and Mick Jagger are arrested under the Dangerous Drugs Act. Throughtout the raid, Richard's stereo is playing The Who's A Quick One LP.
On the 13th is the publication of the first half of an interview with Pete in International Times. The second half is published on the 27th. In it he discusses the art of auto-destruction and his ability to make social comments through pop songs.
Who manager Chris Stamp moves The Who's New York business office into the same building housing Premier Talent on the 17th. The head of the agency, Frank Barsalona, had turned down The Who the year before, mistakenly thinking they were the clients of lawyer Allen Klein. Stamp takes advantage of Barsalona's absence on vacation to get his partner, Dick Freedberg to sign The Who. Barsalona, on his return, finds local disc jockey Murray The K desperate to book his lead client, Mitch Ryder, for his upcoming Easter extravaganza. Barsalona, hoping to either get rid of Murray or find a booking for this British band with which he is now saddled, demands he take The Who as well. Murray agrees to the price.
On the 18th, Billboard reports that "Happy Jack" has hit #4 on the Norway charts.
On the 23rd, The Who begin a tour of Italy performing at the Palazzetto dello Sport in Turin. This is followed by two shows on the 24th at the Palazzetto dello Sport in Bologna. On the 25th, they proceed to the Palalido in Milan for two shows and end at a music fest with eight other acts at the Palazzo dello Sport in Rome where the second show is cancelled due to poor ticket sales. A 10:30pm show at The Piper Club in Rome is squeezed in. The opening act through the tour is the English expatriate group The Primitives. The Who will not return to Italy for over five years.
On the 25th, Melody Maker reports that The Who will make their first trip to the United States on March 23rd to play the Murray The K shows in New York.The Who's return to the U.K. on the 27th and rehearsals at the Saville Theatre in London are shot by a German television crew for the documentary Die jungen Nachtwandler - London Unter 21. Just before this they film Pete in his Wardour Street apartment performing his new song "Glittering Girl" for Who managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp.
February 1957 (60 years ago)
New records: "Johnny Angel" - Shelly Fabares; "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" - Connie Francis; "Slow Twistin'" - Chubby Checker: "Dream Away" - Roy Orbison
On the 6th, Bill Haley and His Comets bring their rock 'n' roll sound to the Dominion in London for a four-night stand. Cliff Townshend accompanies his 11-year old son Pete to one of these shows.
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