October 2009 (5 years ago)
New album releases: She Wolf - Shakira; I Told You I Was Freaky - Flight of the Conchords; Crazy Love - Michael Bublé; Vancouver - Matthew Good
On the 2nd, Roger Daltrey performs "I Can See For Miles" on the U.S. talk show Ellen!
On the 6th, Roger previews his upcoming tour with a performance at An Evening For Kids benefit with Simon Townshend and the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart at a private residence in Pacific Palisades, California.
Roger's "Use It Or Lose It" tour officially opens at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on the 10th where he sings "Happy Birthday" to Simon. Eddie Vedder pops in for the show at the Showbox SoDO in Seattle on the 12th, as the two perform "Better Man", "The Real Me" and "Bargain". These dates are followed by concerts at the San Manuel Indian Casino in Highland, California (15th), the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles (17th), Humphrey's in San Diego (18th), the Paramount Theatre in Denver (20th), the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma (22nd), the Hard Rock Café in Biloxi, Mississippi (24th), the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville (25th), the Durham PAC in Durham, North Carolina (28th), the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (30th), and the Horseshoe Southern in Elizabeth, Indiana (31st). In addition, Roger and his band perform at a private function at Treasure Island in San Francisco on the 14th for the Oracle Corporation's "OpenWorld" conference, also appearing with the CEO at the conference's opening presser.
The Last Rock 'N' Roll Band with Honest John Plain and Casino Steel release a cover of "I'm A Boy".
On the 21st, Roger takes a break from the tour to be the guest lecturer at the University of Central Oklahoma's Academy of Contemporary Music.
On the 27th, Pete Townshend is interviewed on BBC Radio 4 about the influence of the early English composer Henry Purcell on his music. Former Who manager Kit Lambert introduced him to the composer's music and Pete says that from the song "The Kids Are Alright" on "there has always been a Purcellian presence."
October 2004 (10 years ago)
New album releases: Futures - Jimmy Eat World; Falling Out - Peter Bjorn and John; From a Basement on the Hill - Elliott Smith; Has Been - William Shatner
On the 7th, the one biography so far to take Roger as its main subject, Roger Daltrey: The Biography by Tim Ewbank and Stafford Hildred, is published in the U.K.
On the 10th, the group Hawk Nelson portray The Who performing "My Generation" on the 60's-oriented television series American Dreams. It is something of a dream itself as it shows The Who performing in the studios of American Bandstand, an event that never took place.
On the 12th, The Rolling Stones Rock 'n' Roll Circus, featuring a performance by The Who and a newly recorded interview with Pete, is released on DVD.
Hillary Duff releases a CD single in Japan featuring a cover of "My Generation."
On the 19th, The Queers, now with a new lineup, re-record their cover of "The Kids Are Alright" for a new release Summer Hits No. 1.
October 1999 (15 years ago)
New album releases: Total Abandon: Australia '99 - Deep Purple; The Grass Is Blue - Dolly Parton; Black on Both Sides - Mos Def; Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater
Pete continues working with actor Peter Gallagher in New York on a possible Broadway production of Psychoderelict. During this stay he begins work on a film treatment called The Boy Who Heard Music.
Rolling Stone asks various rockers where they will be on the coming New Year's Eve. Roger's reply: "Probably on the toilet."
On the 11th, BBC2 Radio begins broadcasting an 8-week series called Rave On With Roger Daltrey where Roger plays his favorites rock & roll songs.
On the 12th, Little Demon with the Yucatan Grave Robbers release their CD Sacred Monster featuring a cover of "Squeeze Box."
On the 18th, Roger tells Reuters that The Who are presently working on their first studio album since It's Hard. He says Pete is writing some tracks while he, Roger, is writing with Gerald McMahon. On the next day John Entwistle confirms the new album report on the Wall Of Sound website.
On the 29th, The Who returns as a five-piece unit, the first time since Live Aid fourteen years before, when they play iBash for the Pixelon Corporation in Las Vegas. Pete is on loud electric guitar as songs long unplayed, such as "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere," are revived. The show is later released for home video as The Vegas Job. None of this helps Pixelon. Within a year the Pixelon Corporation goes out of business after its founder is discovered to be a fugitive wanted for bilking elderly investors of $1 million during the 1980s.
On the same day, Pete opens his website PeteTownshend.com and announces an upcoming Lifehouse 6-CD boxset and planned Lifehouse concert.
On the 30th and 31st, The Who go acoustic for two concerts at the Bridge School benefit at Shoreline Auditorium in Mountain View, California. The 31st show is performed in the afternoon so Pete can take his son Joseph trick-or-treating for Halloween.
October 1994 (20 years ago)
New album releases: Korn - Korn; Stoner Witch - The Melvins; Question the Answers - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones; Awake - Dream Theater
On the 7th Roger and John return to play the last of two dates for the "Daltrey Sings Townshend" tour. The one on the 7th is at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California followed by Palm Springs on the 13th.
Pete is also the lead interview in this month's Guitar World. He declares rock music "very, very important and very, very ridiculous."
On the 24th, the first Internet resource for Who knowledge, The Hypertext Who, is established by Wes Biggs at the University of Southern California.
October 1989 (25 years ago)
New album releases: Freedom - Neil Young; The Iceberg - Ice-T; Can't Fight Fate - Taylor Dayne; Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails
On the 3rd, The Who gather for a photo-op outside the Hard Rock Cafeacute; in London. Pete smashes a guitar for the cameras.
The Who bring their 25th Anniversary extravaganza to England for four performances at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on the 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th. The latter two dates are added after the first two dates sell out.
During rehearsals, Pete is filmed singing his newly released second single from his musical The Iron Man by German television. "I Won't Run Anymore" backed with "A Fool Says..." does not reach the charts.
The Scorpions release their best-of LP The Best Of Rockers 'n' Ballads with a bonus cut cover of "I Can't Explain."
Rolling Stone magazine announces their picks for the Top 100 Albums of the Eighties. No Who record places but Pete's solo album Empty Glass hits at #57.
On the 23rd, The Who begin four more nights at Wembley Arena in London. Additional dates are on the 24th, 26th and 27th. On the night of the 26th, Roger's voice gives out toward the end and he is forced to leave the stage. Pete wraps it up singing "Behind Blue Eyes" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" all on his lonesome.
On the 28th, Pete appears with Eric Clapton on the BBC-TV talk show Saturday Matters where they discuss their respective careers and perform the Muddy Waters' song "Standin' Around Cryin'."
On Halloween, The Who perform the first of two nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London featuring an all-star performance of Tommy.
October 1984 (30 years ago)
New Album releases: Let It Be - The Replacements; Make It Big - Wham!; Too Tough To Die - The Ramones; The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall - The Fall
On the 1st, Barry Gibb's solo album Now Voyager is released with backup vocals by Roger on the song "Fine Line."
On the 2nd, John is a contestant on the BBC-TV show Pop Quiz.
On the 8th, Pete begins a drive to battle his nemesis of the early 1980's, heroin. He gives an interview to The Times called "My crusade to beat the drug menace." On the next day Pete addresses a meeting of Young Conservatives at the Tory Party conference, pushing the Thatcher government to consider funding treatment centers for those addicted to heroin.
On the 23rd, Pete stages and performs at an anti-heroin benefit concert at The Moonlight in Hampstead. Making their live debut at this show is a new band called The Stone Roses. Their drummer, Alan 'Reni' Wren, also sits in for Pete's set.
While all this is going on, Pete also begins bringing the business of The Who to a close. "Roger Searle, Mick Double and Alan Smith of ML Executives, formed by our road crew after the Tommy movie windfall, wanted to take over the company, and we needed to establish a fair value. It was extremely difficult. It turned out that not only did we have to find a way to give this company and all its assets to our road crew, we also had to sack them and pay them a severance. The final closure was a sober moment."
October 1979 (35 years ago)
New album releases: Damn the Torpedoes - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Tusk - Fleetwood Mac; I'm The Man - Joe Jackson; The Specials - The Specials
Roger's third movie, the horror flick The Legacy, opens in the U.S.
The Quadrophenia soundtrack is released in the U.K. on the 5th, in the U.S. on the 6th. It features new remixes of half the original album, three new Who songs and a side of favorite Mod songs of the early 1960s. It peaks at #23 in Britain, #46 in the U.S.
Also on the 5th, The Kids Are Alright soundtrack album is certified platinum by the RIAA in the U.S.
On the 30th, Roger and Kenney Jones attend a party for the opening of the film Quadrophenia at the Mudd Club in New York.
October 1974 (40 years ago)
New album releases: Natty Dread - Bob Marley and the Wailers; Veedon Fleece - Van Morrison; Just a Boy - Leo Sayer; Explores Your Mind - Al Green
At the beginning of the month, fifteen tracks from Keith Moon's solo LP are sent to MCA including the unfinished "Hot Rod Queen," "I Don't Suppose," "Sleeping My Life Away," "Lies" and "Back To Life."
On the 4th, Odds and Sods is released in Britain and on the 12th in the U.S. The reviewer in Records and Recordings states that only The Beatles could put out an album of outtakes as good as Odds and Sods while Roy Carr in New Musical Express calls Odds and Sods better than most bands' final products and Steve Simels in Stereo Review says Odds and Sods is more satisfying than Quadrophenia. The album reaches #10 in the U.K. and #15 in the U.S. The British version features the song titles on the back in Braille and is the last Who release on former Who managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp's Track Records label.
The 5th is declared to be "Who Day" on the BBC as Radio 1 broadcasts the first of four 20 minute long weekly interviews with each band member called Who's Who and BBC2-TV's shows selections from The Who's 18 May concert at Charlton on 2nd House. In addition, Pete is on this week's cover to the Radio Times. This show also features an interview with Pete conducted by Melvin Bragg that is later used in the movie The Kids Are Alright.
On the 9th, John becomes the second member of The Who to turn 30. On this day he begins two weeks of intermittent recording at Wessex Studios, Highbury New Park, North London for his contribution to the comical concept album Flash Fearless versus the Zorg Women, Parts 5 & 6. Meanwhile John and his solo band The Ox, streamlined to four members, rehearse at Shepperton Studios. Equipment and rehearsals will end up costing John £20,000.
On the 10th, Keith goes to friend Oliver Reed's estate where they are photographed dressed in clown costumes. It is Reed's intention to go to the polling station at Coldharbour Village dressed as a clown and Keith joins in.
On the 11th, Herbert London of the National Review reviews a large party given in New York by The Who on the occasion of their 10th anniversary.
What's It All About? a U.S. radio single on spiritual themes, issues one with interviews with Roger and Pete.
On the 24th, Zoo World interviews Keith as he records his solo album.
That night, Stardust, the sequel to the movie That'll Be The Day, featuring Keith as drummer J.D. Clover, premiers at the ABC on Shaftesbury Avenue in London. On the 30th, That'll Be The Day has its U.S. premiere at the Beverly Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, California
October 1969 (45 years ago)
Arthur (Or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire) - The Kinks; In The Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson; Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin; From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis - Elvis Presley
On the 1st, part two of The Who's Concertgebouw show is broadcast on AVRO radio.
On the 8th, Charles E. Fager in Christian Century magazine calls Tommy "a thoroughly religious work."
The Who begin their second Tommy tour of North America at the Commonwealth Armory in Boston, Massachusetts on the 10th. The Flock and Pacem open and the show is M.C.'d by local DJ J.J. Jackson.
The following night The Who returns to The Grande Ballroom in Dearborn, Michigan with local band Alice Cooper and The Sky opening. The Who and Cooper bond as Keith comes out during the latter's set to join drummer Neal Smith during his solo on "The Ballad of Dwight Frye." The next night is another show at The Grande Ballroom with support by All The Lonely People and The Amboy Dukes. Dukes' guitarist Ted Nugent later claims Keith made fun of him backstage for his refusal to take drugs.
The Who head over the border to play the CNE Coliseum in Toronto on the 14th, followed by the Capitol Theatre in Ottawa. M.R.Q. supports. A terrible sound system plagues the show. Pete: "We regret having to play in this garbage can, for your sake more than ours." Nevertheless, the show is recorded for possible release as a Who live album but is not released commercially until the Tommy 2013 Deluxe Edition.
"I'm Free" peaks at #18 in the German charts and #17 in the Netherlands' Muziek Express charts.
In Hit Parader magazine, John and Keith talk about their favorite non-Who records - two by The Beatles and one by The Beach Boys. Meanwhile in Circus is the article "Pete Townshend: deaf, dumb, blind and straight." It reports a Pete press conference where he denounced the use of drugs.
The tour continues at Holy Cross College Gymnasium in Worcester, Massachusetts on the 17th (Ascension supports) followed by the New York State University Gymnasium in Stoneybrook, New York on the 18th (The Flock supports). The 19th finds them at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. Pete tells the audience that the show is being recorded, as are all the shows on the tour, for a live album release in November.
On the 20th, The Who begin a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show. After the first night, Bill Graham throws a party for The Who at Max's Kansas City. Led Zeppelin, who were in the audience for the show, also attend. These shows, running through the 25th, are The Who's last at either of the Fillmores.
On the 26th, the classical music reviewer for The New York Times, Clive Barnes, discusses The Who and rock operas in an article. Barnes, who attended one of the recent Fillmore East shows, says the band played their music too loud but, nevertheless, dubs Tommy "an enormous success" and predicts that a new kind of opera could arise from it.
That night The Who play one last venue before vacation at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh. The James Gang is the supporting act.
After this night, The Who split up for separate vacations in the U.S. Pete flies down to Florida with roadie "Wiggy" Wolff to spend time at his old friend Tom Wright's father's farm. One night "at three in the morning drunk out of my brain," Pete writes The Who's next single "The Seeker."
On the 27th, a documentary film called Shadows Of Bliss is broadcast on BBC-2 TV's Horizon series. The program deals with recent discoveries about sub-atomic particles and features music by Pete and Terry Ralph Knight.
On Halloween, the tour resumes at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The opening act is The Kinks. The next day, Pete writes the following to a friend: "Ray [Davies] told me something that I wasn't aware of which explains a lot. He said the Kinks were banned from touring the States over some Union hassle or Tex hassle in 64. Wow, man, it's set them back but after seeing them and hearing them and hearing their album [Arthur] I just know they are going to get it together. they seem much more together and perhaps the prospect of discovering a new and sincere audience over here will affect them the way it affected us. At the show I mentioned the Kinks a couple of times and got such warm reactions I ended up dedicating our opera to them and theirs and got a standing ovation for doing it. I'm sure a lot of our fans are their fans."
October 1964 (50 years ago)
New single releases: "Time Is On My Side" - The Rolling Stones; "Leader of the Pack" - The Shangri-Las; "All Day and All of the Night" - The Kinks; "Baby Love" - The Supremes
Catch The High Numbers this month at the Shandon Hall Dance Club in Romford, Essex (2nd), the Corn Exchange in Rochester, Kent (5th), the Railway Hotel at the Harrow & Wealdstone train stop (6th), The Mine at Carpenders Park Station (7th), the Olympia Ballroom in Reading (10th), Wolsey Hall in Chestnut (11th), the Trade Union Hall in Watford (13th), the Town Hall in Greenwich (14th), back to the Trade Union Hall in Watford (18th), back to the Corn Exchange (19th), back to the Railway Hotel (20th), Leo's Cavern at the Olympia in Reading (24th, billed as "The High Numbers - The Who," and 27th), the Town Hall in Greenwich (28th) and the Ricky-Tick Club in Windsor, Berkshire (30th).
Early in the month, The High Numbers audition for EMI at Studio 3 of The Beatles' hangout, Abbey Road. They record several cover tunes including "Smokestack Lightning." The tape is released as instrumentals only on a bootleg in the 2000's.
On the 10th, Fabulous magazine runs an article on the High Numbers written by June Southworth. John's last name is given as Allison who "plays rhythm guitar. "That night journalist Virginia Reading accompanies Who manager Kit Lambert to the gig to witness Pete's guitar smashing and misses it while she is shmoozing with Kit in the adjoining bar! Pete later recalls this incident in the film The Kids Are Alright, saying Kit came up to him saying, "Pete, we missed it! Do another! I'll pay for it."
On the 14th, Pete's song "It Was You", written as a class assignment in art college, is sold to Dick James Publishing with Eula Parker and Barry Gray receiving 25 percent each and a credit for co-authorship on future releases. Pete's father Cliff signs for him. The songwriter's address is given as 30 Disraeli Road, Ealing WS.
On the 22nd, Lambert receives a letter of rejection of The High Numbers from EMI. The rejection letter is later included with the Live At Leeds album. Since the reason the group is rejected is their lack of original material, Kit and Chris set up Pete with a Vortexion reel-to-reel recorder and tell him to get writing.
From this time on almost all Pete songs will be written and presented as completed demos, a style of presentation then unknown in England. His first pieces with the new system are a dance song called "You Don't Have To Jerk" and a male chauvinist/hot-rod song (meant to appeal to both Roger and Keith) named "Call Me Lightning."
On Halloween night the band performs at the Waterfront Club at the Cliff Hotel in Woolston, Southampton, Hampshire. It is the last show they play where they will be promoted as "The High Numbers."
October 1944 (70 years ago)
Hot new songs: "You Always Hurt The One You Love"; "I'll Walk Alone"; "A Hot Time in the Town of Berlin"
On the 9th, John Alec Entwistle is born at Hammersmith Hospital in Acton.
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