January 2013 (5 years ago)
New music releases: "Wagon Wheel" - Darius Rucker; "Suit & Tie" - Justin Timberlake; "Sure Be Cool If You Did" - Blake Shelton; "Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)" - Mr Probz
On the 15th, Pete Townshend, on behalf of The Who, presents six brand new Laser Pico sailing dinghies to representatives of Antigua’s National Sailing Academy. The dinghies are fully rigged with sails branded with The Who logo.
On the 24th, Roger Daltrey joins with Steven Tyler to perform at the Raise Your Voice benefit in Los Angeles. The event is in honor of Dr. Steven Zeitels whose techniques gave new life to both singers' voices.
On the 25th, Pete receives the Les Paul Award at the 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards held in Anaheim, California. On hand to perform Pete's music are Eric Burdon, Tenacious D, Phil Chen, Julia Fordham, David Pack, Narada Michael Walden and Tal Wilenfeld. Pete performs "Let My Love Open the Door" with Eric Burdon.
On the 28th, the second leg of The Who's live production of Quadrophenia begins at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The second show of the month is at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on the 30th.
On the 29th, Pete and Roger are interviewed on both BBC One Breakfast and in The Sun.
On the 30th, before the Staples Center show, Pete has a book signing for his autobiography at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
January 2008 (10 years ago)
New music releases: "With You" - Chris Brown; "American Boy" - Estelle ft. Kanye West; "Pocketful of Sunshine" - Natasha Bedingfield; "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis
On the 17th, Pete Townshend makes a surprise appearance at a gig by the group The Eels at London's St. James Church. The show features a reading from group leader Mark Everett of his new book Things the Grandchildren Should Know. Everett invites Pete up to give the last reading.
On the 22nd, the third title in the Wheels on the Bus series, The Wheels on the Bus: Mango's Big Dog Parade, is released on DVD. Roger Daltrey again voices and sings as Argon the dragon bus driver.
On the 23rd, Keith Moon: Final 24 premiers on the Biography Channel. It features re-creations of the last 24 hours of the drummer's life.
January 2003 (15 years ago)
New music releases: Worship Together: I Could Sing of Your Love Forever - Various Artists; "Forever and for Always" - Shania Twain; Grammy Nominees 2003 - Various Artists; "She's My Kind of Rain" - Tim McGraw
On the 3rd, Pete Townshend is nominated for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
Also on the 3rd, Playboy (February issue) publishes a fictional short story about The Who by Jim Shepard. It is "told" by John Entwistle and concerns the history of The Who. The story is later published in his Shepard's collection Love and Hydrogen.
On the 11th, the Daily Mail reports that "Operation Ore," a U.S.-led investigation of a website that provided child pornography images in addition to adult pornographic images, has given police a list of over seven thousand names of credit card holders whose cards had made payments to the operators of the website. This list, forwarded to Scotland Yard by U.S. law enforcement and quickly finding its way to the press, contains the name of a well-known British rock star.
That afternoon, Pete holds a press conference admitting that he is the rock star, says he is not a paedophile, has been a long-time campaigner against child pornography on the Internet, never downloaded any images, and gives the police full access to investigate the charges. The police seize Pete's computers and he is questioned but not charged with a crime.
A "trial by media" ensues. Pete's statement is simplified and falsified into a claim that he downloaded child pornography for "research," and his guilt is widely assumed. Pete's friends and fans who know that Pete had been discussing the dangers of child pornography on the Internet for the past decade begin a fight to clear his name (and subsequently succeed).
On the 14th, .com for Murder, a thriller with Roger Daltrey as an architect, is released straight to video.
On the 20th, a radio ad begins airing in the U.K. with Roger urging pensioners to help young people. It uses a few seconds of "My Generation."
On the 28th, Sotheby’s announces that John Entwistle's entire collection of guitars and memorabilia will be sold at auction.
Also on the 28th, Presier Records releases the classical music CD Famous Opera Melodies: Woodwinds Sing Opera featuring a 7-minute Tommy medley performed by Davide Formisano and Phillip Moll.
January 1998 (20 years ago)
New music releases: Wide Open Spaces - Dixie Chicks; You're Still The One - Shania Twain; Moon Safari - Air; The Wedding Singer/Original Soundtrack - Various Artists
On the 28th, Roger's solo albums Ride a Rock Horse and One of the Boys have their first CD release.
January 1993 (25 years ago)
New music releases: So Close - Dina Carroll; 12 Inches of Snow - Snow; "Comforter" - Shai; "I'm Every Woman" - Whitney Houston
On the 15th, Roger is a guest on Howard Stern's radio show in New York. The following day Roger appears at the Paramount Theatre Benefit Concert for the CityKids Foundation of New York.
On the 26th, Pete and his art school friend Richard Barnes attend a wake for the recently deceased Meher Baba disciple Delia De Leon. Afterwards they retire to Pete's studio barge to work on the script for the Psychoderelict play.
January 1988 (30 years ago)
New music releases: Tell It to My Heart - Taylor Dayne; Blow Up Your Video - AC/DC; Tear Down These Walls - Billy Ocean; Skyscraper - David Lee Roth
The Roger-starring 1983 production of The Beggar's Opera finally receives a home video release in the U.S.
January 1983 (35 years ago)
New records: Pyromania - Def Leppard; "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson; Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics; Cuts Like A Knife - Bryan Adams
Rolling Stone reports that The Who's 1982 tour was the year's most financially successful, garnering $23 million in 39 shows.
Pete is, in his own words, "desperately attempting to come up with a concept for the projected Who album that year." The idea he eventually devises is called "Siege" and revolves around the idea "that each of us is a soul under siege." He demos "Prelude, The Right To Write" and completes the track "Cat Snatch" at Eel Pie Studios, London. Both later appear on Another Scoop. Also recorded is "All Lovers Are Deranged," later released on Scoop 3.
January 1978 (40 years ago)
New records: Ten Years of Gold - Kenny Rogers; Double Live Gonzo! - Ted Nugent; Infinity - Journey; Waylon & Willie = Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
On the 1st, Keith Moon and his girlfriend Annette attend the London premiere of Saturday Night Fever. Keith makes headlines when he plants a kiss on fellow attendee Joyce McKinney, then infamous for allegedly kidnapping her Mormon boyfriend.
On the 5th, the film crew for The Kids Are Alright travel to Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire for two days shooting at John Entwistle's manor house. The shooting turns out to be literal as John blasts some gold record awards (supposedly for Roger's solo albums although John later told Alan McKendree they were unclaimed Connie Francis album awards) with a double-barreled shotgun and a machine gun. Much more material is put in the camera over the two days, but little makes it into the finished film.
On the 7th, Keith Moon is reported to be a member of the cast of Graham Chapman's film The Odd Job. Keith has flown out to Barbados to entertain Chapman and his fellow members of Monty Python's Flying Circus as they write the script for their new movie Life of Brian. Keith is written into the script as a "fire-and-brimstone preacher." Commitments to the recording of the Who Are You album will keep him from either movie.
Roger, however, does make it to the movies, taking a small role in his first fiction film not directed by Ken Russell, The Legacy, which begins shooting on the 16th.
On the 21st, Billboard magazine puts the budget for The Kids Are Alright movie at $4 million.
January 1973 (45 years ago)
New records: Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite - Elvis Presley; Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player - Elton John; Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ - Bruce Springsteen; Aerosmith - Aerosmith
On the 3rd, The Who tape an appearance on Russell Harty Plus at London Weekend Television Studios. After The Who mime (with live vocals) their way through their new single "Relay," Pete "accidentally" tips over his speaker stack and the fun begins as Keith and Pete, with some help from Roger and John, quickly take over the interview. Host Harty later says he learned that "if your body should become a battleground, it is better to lie back and enjoy it." Clips from this show help enliven the movie The Kids Are Alright while "Relay" later appears on the Who's Better Who's Best laserdisc and VCD.
On the 10th, Keith appears in Chertsey Court were he pleads guilty to possessing a firearm without a license. The firearm in question is an antique shotgun that Keith says was left at his house by the former owners. He is fined £15, which he offers to pay with his American Express card.
On the 13th, Pete drags Eric Clapton back into the limelight with two shows at The Rainbow Theatre in London. Pete had discovered Clapton's heroin addiction the previous August and devises a scheme with Clapton's girlfriend's father, Lord Harlech, to force Clapton to work so he can escape his narcotic-induced seclusion. The concerts are staged as part of the celebration of Britain joining the Common Market. Eric and Pete are joined on stage by Ron Wood, Steve Winwood, Jim Karstein, Jim Capaldi and Rick Grech. Clapton is late but manages to make it through both shows that are recorded by Glyn Johns and later released on the album Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert.
On the 15th, Keith flies to Paris to accept the Grand Príx de l'Académy du Disque Français for Pete. The award is for both the Tommy album and a stage production.
Roger, having recorded an album for Leo Sayer at the studio he has built on his estate, begins recording his first solo album there. Sayer writes the songs for the album with his partner Dave Courtney.
On the 17th, the group Ellis have their album produced by Roger, Riding on the Crest of a Slump, released in the U.S.
On the 19th, Keith is a guest on BBC Radio One's Roundtable. For some reason known only to him, he reads from the book Eating In Africa.
On the 23rd, Keith has another guest spot, this time as a drummer on songwriter Dave Clarke's album Pale Horse recorded under the pseudonym "Dave Carlsen." Recruited at The Speakeasy, Keith plays on "Death On A Pale Horse" and another track that doesn't make the finished album. The session ends abruptly after Keith gets in an argument with the studio manager.
On the 26th, John and his new solo band Rigor Mortis release the single "Made In Japan" backed with "Hound Dog" in the U.K. The launch party is held in a Japanese steak house in Soho. The single fails to chart.
On the 29th, The Who tape their appearance on BBC-2's TV programme The Old Grey Whistle Test. The show opens with a mimed version of "Relay" with live vocals that runs noticeably longer than the released single. Later they play the as yet unreleased "Long Live Rock." Pete and Roger trade vocals and a high kick from Pete lands him on his back. The audio from the show is released in 2000 on the CD BBC Sessions and "Relay" appears on the DVD The Old Grey Whistle Test, Vol. 2.
January 1968 (50 years ago)
New records: The Graduate - Simon & Garfunkel/David Grusin; "Love is Blue" - Paul Mauriat; "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" - Otis Redding; "Sunshine of Your Love" - Cream
On the 4th, The Who head into CBS Studios, London to record Pete's new composition "Faith In Something Bigger." It is the first of Pete's songs inspired by his recent reading of The God-Man, a book about the Indian mystic Meher Baba. The song is intended for the next album but remains unreleased for almost seven years. On the 5th, comes a track that sees vinyl much sooner. John's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," inspired by Keith's erratic personality, is recorded at IBC Studios, London. John later says this song and others he wrote during this period were for a Who children's album planned by manager Kit Lambert.
On the 6th, The Who Sell Out first appears on Billboard's album charts. It had been released in America right after Christmas 1967. U.S. reviewers give it high marks, but the same cannot be said for the music director at New York's WMCA who bans the album calling it "disgusting." He decries the album cover as too offensive to be shown to children. The Who Sell Out peaks at #48.
Also on the 6th, The Who head out for some club dates in the U.K. with an appearance at the Civic Hall in Nantwich, Cheshire. The 8th sees them at the Silver Blades Ice Rink in Bristol. Twelve months before, The Who had sold out the Locarno Ballroom next door. This time, however, their British popularity has sunk to such a degree that the much smaller ice rink is only two-thirds full. Other dates on this tour are the Brave New World Club in Southsea, Portsmouth (9th), the Assembly Hall in Worthing (11th), the Royal Ballroom in Tottenham (12th) and the Dreamland Ballroom in Margate (13th).
Also on the 13th, "Glow Girl" is recorded at IBC Studios. Written during a near-disastrous plane trip during the previous summer's Herman's Hermits tour, the song is intended as The Who's next single. However, as with "Faith In Something Bigger," it will also remain unreleased for the next seven years. Its closing line, "It's a girl, Mrs. Walker, it's a girl," will appear sooner after a sex change.
And again on the 13th, Pete is also a guest on Jonathan King's ITV programme Good Evening.
Five days later, The Who begin a 36-hour, five-stop flight from London to Sydney, Australia. Arriving horribly jet-lagged at Mascot Airport in Sydney, The Who are immediately herded into a press conference. With Australia's conservative press raising a stink about long-haired foreigners coming to take money out of Australia's depressed economy, reporters pepper the group with hostile questions. The silent, dazed Who can do little to defend themselves before they are shuttled off for another flight to Brisbane. Joining The Who for the tour are The Small Faces (with drummer Kenney Jones) and Paul Jones, ex-member of Manfred Mann and star of the new musical film Privilege.
The first show of the tour is at Festival Hall in Brisbane, Queensland. The performances go over well with the audience but are belittled in the next day's press ("The Who were guilty of playing down to the yokels").
On the same day, back in England, New Musical Express reports that "Glow Girl" will be The Who's next single. Pete mentions "Little Billy," written for the American Cancer Society and, probably referencing "Faith In Something Bigger," says he wants The Who to "preach" on their next album.
On the 21st, The Who get a day off. Roger, Keith and John try water-skiing. Later Keith is given a rental car and, according to Australian tour manager Ron Blackmore, drives it into the lobby of the Park Royal Motel, hands the keys to the bellboy and tells him to park it.
Sydney Stadium is the next stop on the 22nd and 23rd. The groups play on a revolving stage but the weight of the equipment breaks the mechanism and the view is obscured for two-thirds of the audience. The next night The Who and Small Faces are accused of using foul language on stage and the press demands a police investigation.
During this period Pete and Small Face Ronnie Lane hang out together and discuss mysticism and their mutual interest in the teachings of Meher Baba.
On the 24th, the tour flies to Essendon Airport in Melbourne, Victoria. A press conference gathers in the VIP lounge. Reporters badger the two groups demanding to know what drugs they had smuggled into the country and what they were high on now. When one reporter gets in Pete's face, Pete punches him.
The audiences are more receptive when The Who play Festival Hall in Melbourne on the 24th and 25th and Pete gets something more from the visit than bad press. A groupie he meets there with a "spiritual presence" inspires him to write a new song called "She's A Sensation," which will make it to Tommy as just "Sensation." Keith isn't so lucky as he and Small Face Steve Marriott barely avoid a beating at the hands of local youths hanging around their hotel.
On the 27th, The Who plays Centennial Hall in Adelaide, South Australia, the last date of the tour on the continent. However, they are not to escape Australia so easily. A 7am flight to Melbourne (after a night of partying) turns nasty when an air hostess, serving drinks to passengers, refuses to serve the groups. When they demand to know why, she reports them to the pilot and by the time they reach Melbourne, there are two lines of police to escort the group off to a VIP lounge. The pilot of their connecting flight to Sydney refuses to take them onboard and the tour ends up on a chartered plane accompanied by two Department of Civil Aviation officers who keep an eye on them all the way to Sydney. From there they fly to Auckland, New Zealand arriving sixteen hours after they left Adelaide.
The next day's Australian press has a field day shouting good riddance to long-haired English rubbish. According to Steve Marriott, as soon as they disembark, Pete grabs a news photographer's camera and smashes it to the ground. Pete quickly announces that he will never set foot in Australia again, a promise he keeps for the next thirty-six years.
At the same time, news breaks in England that Roger's wife Jacqueline is suing him for divorce. Until that time, the public did not know Roger had been married for the last five years or had a four-year old son.
Two shows follow at the Town Hall in Auckland on the 29th. Neither The Who nor The Small Faces can be heard because of the ancient P.A. system used by the hall. Between shows the bands return to their hotel and come close to abandoning the tour with only the thought that they have three more shows left getting the groups to return.
On the 30th, they fly to Wellington with one day off before their next show. Steve Marriott celebrates his 21st birthday with a party and, when a record player he is given by EMI begins to malfunction, out the hotel window it goes. Soon, with more than a little help from Keith and Who roadie "Wiggy" Wolff, the entire contents of the hotel room are flying out the window to smash in the street below. For now, they all escape by telling the arriving police that someone must have broken in and wrecked the room.
The last show of the tour is at the Town Hall in Wellington on the 31st. After the show, Marriott receives a new, high-powered stereo to replace the one "vandals" had destroyed the day before. By 3am he has it cranked up full blast. Keith drops by to admire the work the hotel has done rebuilding the room, grabs an ashtray and sends it flying through the French windows. Once again, Steve, Keith and Wiggy start shoving the TV set through the window and smashing everything in the room. This time the hotel manager catches them in the act. The three miscreants have to pay 781 New Zealand dollars then and there or go to court. Wiggy responds by picking up an antique chair, throwing it through the window, and announcing "Fuck it, let's make it a grand!"
Also on the 31st, Go-Set magazine prints Pete's answers to 30 questions. Asked if marijuana should be legalized, he answers no. The former heavy pot-smoker may have changed his mind under the influence of Meher Baba who bans his followers from using L.S.D. or marijuana.
Across the Pacific, Rolling Stone magazine votes The Who the Best Band Of 1967.
January 1963 (55 years ago)
New records: "Please Please Me" - The Beatles; The Ventures Play Telstar, The Lonely Bull and Others - The Ventures; (Moving) - Peter, Paul & Mary; "The End of the World" - Skeeter Davis
Business begins to pick up for The Detours. On the 4th, they play the Grand Ballroom in Kent (returning on the 18th and 22nd), the Fox & Goose Hotel in Ealing on the 11th and a "New Year's Rave" on the 19th at the CAV Sports Ground, Northolt, West London.
Sometime late in the month Roger kicks lead singer Colin Dawson out of the Detours. His replacement is Gabriel "Gabby" Connolly, a singer specializing in country-and-western!
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