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October 2012 (5 years ago)

New music releases: "Locked Out of Heaven" - Bruno Mars; "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Taylor Swift; Red - Taylor Swift; "Don't You Worry Child" - Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin
Who Are You: An All-Star Tribute To The Who Who Are You: An All-Star Tribute To The Who

On the 2nd Who Are You: An All-Star Tribute To The Who, feturing covers by such interesting pairings as Mark Lindsay and Wayne Kramer, Dave Davies and Rat Scabies, and Peter Noon, Peter Banks and Ginger Baker, is released on CD and download.

On the 6th, Simon Townshend reports that he, Roger Daltrey, Phil Spalding, Jody Linscott, and Billy Nichols are being flown on a private jet to Nice to perform at a private 60th birthday party.

Who I Am book Who I Am book

On the 8th, Pete Townshend's long-awaited autobiography Who I Am is published in the U.S. Australian publication follows on the 9th and the U.K. on the 11th. Reviewers remark on how little fun Pete seems to have had being a famous rock star. Simon Garfield in The Guardian calls it "strangely joyless", Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone describes it as "a quest to explore his defects and contradictions" and Robert Christgau in The New York Times notes "he takes pains to examine his faults and tell stories that make him look bad."

Promoting the book takes up most of the month for Pete, being interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning (7th), The Today Show (8th), The View (8th), The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (8th), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (9th), Fox & Friends (10th), Morning Joe (11th) and The First Time on BBC Radio 6 (21st).

In addition, Pete is interviewed at the Stephen A Schwarzman Building, New York by Paul Holdengräber (8th), the Barnes & Noble in Union Square by Jann Wenner (9th), the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology by Wesley Stace (10th). the Berklee College of Music Bookstore in Boston by professor Ken Zambello (12th), and the Boiler House at the Old Truman Brewery in London by Jason Holmes (17th). Pete signs books at all but the first venue and also at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey (11th).

On the 15th, Roger does another corporate gig, performing with the SAS Band at the IFS World Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden.

On the 23rd, the Daily Mail reports that rare photos of The Who performing in Surrey in 1966 will be auctioned.

The Who: Opus Collection The Who: Opus Collection

On the 25th, The Who: Opus Collection is released at Starbucks stores. It will peak at #161 on the Billboard charts.

On the 29th, Murray Head releases his album My Back Pages featuring a cover of "Won't Get Fooled Again".

October 2007 (10 years ago)

New music releases: "Low" - Flo Rida feat. T-Pain; Long Road Out of Eden - The Eagles; Noël - Josh Groban; Carnival Ride - Carrie Underwood
Dan in Real Life OS Dan in Real Life OS

On the 2nd, the soundtrack for Dan in Real Life is released featuring Sondre Lerche covering "Let My Love Open The Door." On the same day, The Trolleyvox release their 2-CD set Your Secret Safe/Luzerne featuring a cover of "Our Love Was".

The Who Volkswagen Meet The Who Volkswagen Meet

On the 6th, The Who perform for a commercial gathering at the International Volkswagen Minibus Meeting in Hanover, Germany.

Christmas with The Smithereens Christmas with The Smithereens

On the 9th, The Smithereens release the CD Christmas with The Smithereens featuring a cover of "Christmas" from Tommy.

On the 18th, The Deansmen release their CD The Deansmen: A Century Half Full featuring an a cappella cover of "Pinball Wizard".

On the 23rd, Heart releases their CD/DVD Dreamboat Annie Live featuring a cover of "Love, Reign O'er Me."

Roger Daltrey Amazing Journey premiere Roger Daltrey Amazing Journey premiere

On the 30th, Roger attends the NY premier of Amazing Journey - The Story of The Who at the Paley Center. Pete cancels at the last minute due to the death of a friend. Roger is a guest on Morning Joe on MSNBC. On the same day, The Marquee Club, London, opens an art exhibit of Richard Evans' photos and art related to The Who.

On the 31st, Roger is a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

October 2002 (15 years ago)

New music releases: 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture - Eminem & Various Artists; Stripped - Christina Aguilera; Forty Licks - The Rolling Stones; It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook - Rod Stewart

On the 5th, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Pete Townshend has signed a global publishing deal with BMG. They will sub-publish his recent and new solo material, as well as much of the catalog of The Who and writers who sign with Pete's Eel Pie Publishing firm.

2002 Left for Live CD 2002 Left for Live CD

On the 7th, The John Entwistle Band's Left For Live is released in the U.K. re-mastered by Eastworld Records.

On the 12th, Pete writes a long diary entry on the future of The Who: "What is The Who? It is a brand name, and two old guys called Roger and Pete. I think I'm going to stick with the two old guys and let the brand name look after itself."

On the 13th, Pete reposts his diary entry "A Different Bomb" about his personal investigation into Internet child pornography. He had intended to take down the entry but, "I just heard that another young woman who Double-O had put into treatment for depression and anxiety related to sexual abuse at the age of 8, had started drinking again. Sometimes this all feels so bloody futile. But I am determined to do my bit."

On the 17th, The U2 guitarist The Edge is quoted approving of The Who continuing with Pete and Roger: "...if they really think it's still happening, then I'm certainly not gonna second-guess them."

Ultimate Collection UK CD Ultimate Collection UK CD

On the 21st, The Who: Ultimate Collection boxset is released in the U.K. It features a different cover from the U.S., plus five more songs than the U.S. and two CD-Rom videos. It peaks at #17.

Kurt Cobain Newsweek 2002 Kurt Cobain Newsweek 2002

Also on the 21st, an unsent letter from Kurt Cobain to his fans is published in Newsweek. The letter concludes "Hope I die before I become Pete Townshend."

On the 21st, Roger Daltrey attends the launch of Stella McCartney's "Absolut Stella" ad campaign at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. On the 23rd, he is interviewed on ITV's Today with Des and Mel.

John Entwistle memorial service

On the 24th, a memorial service for John is held at St. Martin In The Fields in London. Steve Luongo, John Hurt, Bill Curbishley and Matt Kent speak. Roger leads the church in "Boris The Spider."

On the 28th, Phish release the CD Live Phish 14: 10/31/95 Rosemont Horizon containing their live recording of Quadrophenia.

October 1997 (20 years ago)

New music releases: Talk On Corners - The Coors; Harlem World - Mase; Postcards from Heaven - The Lighthouse Family; Higher Ground - Barbra Streisand

On the 13th, the Ford Motor Company in the U.S. begins using The Who's original recording of "I Can't Explain" in a commercial for the Ford Taurus.

The group Of Montreal releases their CD-EP The Bird Who Ate The Rabbit's Flower featuring a cover of The Who's "Disguises."

The Who Concert File The Who Concert File

On the 22nd, The Who Concert File by 'Irish' Jack Lyons and Joe McMichael is published by Omnibus.

Hello! magazine 25 Oct 1997

On the 25th, John is profiled with pictures of his Gloucestershire mansion in Hello! Magazine.

Wizard's Convention - Vol. 2 Wizard's Convention - Vol. 2

On the 28th, Angel Air Records releases Eddie Hardin's CD Wizard's Convention - Vol. 2 with a guest appearance by John on bass on the track "Sultana".

October 1992 (25 years ago)

New music releases: "I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston; Love Deluxe - Sade; Automatic for the People - R.E.M.; Greatest Hits - Gloria Estefan
1992 Monterey Pop boxset 1992 Monterey Pop boxset

On the 9th, Rhino Records releases a 4-CD set of recordings from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. It contains all of The Who's performance.

Roger Daltrey and The Raw Poets Roger Daltrey and The Raw Poets

On the 10th, Roger attends the New York Music Awards. He comes on stage with The Raw Poets, a group he championed after agreeing to hear a demo tape of theirs after his limo hit the band's guitarist Fish on New York's 10th Avenue.

Sugar Copper Blue single Sugar Copper Blue single

Sugar, a band fronted by Husker Du's Bob Mould, releases a CD single containing a live cover of "Armenia City in the Sky."

On the 22nd, Roger attends the U.K. premiere of the film 1492: Conquest of Paradise in London.

On the 30th, Pete Townshend's 1972 album Who Came First is released on a newly-remastered CD by Rykodisc with additional tracks from the Meher Baba albums. Deluxe editions come with a booklet.

October 1987 (30 years ago)

New album releases: Faith - George Michael; Kick - INXS; The Best of UB40, Vol. 1 - UB40; A Very Special Christmas - Various Artists
Rolling Stone 20th Anniversary issue Rolling Stone 20th Anniversary issue

In Rolling Stone's 20th anniversary issue, Pete calls "Won't Get Fooled Again" "...the dumbest song I've ever written". In the next issue, Rolling Stone reports on rumors that The Who are planning to tour again.

Double O MayFair invitation Double O MayFair invitation

On the 20th, Pete's Double O Charity throws an upscale benefit ball at the Mayfair Hotel in London. Proceeds raised with the £100 tickets benefit treatment clinics and rehabilitation centers for drug addicts and alcoholics. The guests include Bill Wyman, Steve Winwood, Midge Ure, Simon Phillips, Mark Knopfler and most of the Townshend family. Pete and Dire Straits put on a one hour show for the 150 guests. Among the songs performed are "That's All Right, Mama," "Save It For Later," "No Face, No Name, No Number," "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands" and "Barefootin'."

On the 25th, Roger is seen on a British television programme sitting in a red Ferrari at the Auto Show at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre in London.

October 1982 (35 years ago)

New records: The Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume II - The Eagles; 1999 - Prince; Midnight Love - Marvin Gaye; 20 Greatest Hits - The Beatles

On the 2nd, a Milwaukee DJ for WQFM, Tim "The Rock 'n Roll Animal" U'ren ends his two-week stay on his radio station's outdoor ledge as Roger calls and says The Who will schedule a date in Milwaukee.

Roger Daltrey Rosemont Horizon 1982 Roger Daltrey Rosemont Horizon 1982
Photo: Philip Kamin

The Who continue their North American tour with performances at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota (2nd and 3rd) and the Rosemont Horizon (5th and 6th). The show of the 6th sees The Who's only live performance of "Cooks County," a song inspired by cutbacks in federal funding of a hospital that catered to the poor in nearby Chicago. T-Bone Burnett is the opening act.

Pete Townshend Louisville 1982 Pete Townshend Louisville 1982
Photo: Philip Kamin

From there, the tour continues to Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky (7th), CNE Stadium in Toronto (9th), The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey (10th), and Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York (12th and 13th). Joe Jackson opens on the 9th.

On the 11th, Pete is contacted in New York by Henry Mount-Charles of the prestigious publishing firm Faber & Faber. Henry says he is moving back to Ireland and would Pete like to take over his old job?

On the 12th, Pete is interviewed by the BBC while riding through New York. Pete expresses his disdain for playing Shea. "I don't like the look of it. I'll be glad to say goodbye to it. I'm saying bye-bye to it now. 'Bye-bye Shea Stadium, I'll never fucking see you again.' Who needs it? I never wanted to be a baseball player." The New York Post reports "Riot At Who Concert" and says 100 people are hurt and 13 are arrested at this show. The next night's show is professionally recorded and filmed and released on DVD in 2015. The opening acts are David Johansen and The Clash.

John Entwistle Maxene party 1982
Photo:Ron Galella

Afterwards Pete and John attend a Who Concert Party at the Parker Meridian Hotel in New York along with John's girlfriend Maxene.

On the 15th, the Associated Press reports that three soccer players at Bethel Park High School will not be reinstated after they were kicked off the team for missing a game to see The Who. "The $16 we spent on the tickets played a role in my decision, but so did the fact it was the Who. If it was some group that comes in regularly, it would have been one thing, but this is The Who's last tour. If I had the decision to make over again, I'd do the same thing."

Rolling Stone The Who The End Rolling Stone The Who The End

THE WHO - THE END is the cover of Rolling Stone. Kurt Loder interviews the members. Pete and Roger say The Who will cease touring but will continue producing records. John tells Loder he sees no point in making more records if The Who won't tour. Pete and Roger later say they were surprised by John's remarks, claiming he never expressed these sentiments directly to them.

Athena picture disc Athena picture disc

"Athena" is released in Britain as a 12" picture disc backed with "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "A Man Is A Man."

The Who: Maximum RnB 1st edition The Who: Maximum RnB 1st edition

Richard Barnes' first version of The Who: Maximum R&B is published. It includes a flexidisc with Pete's demos of "My Generation" and "Pinball Wizard."

Pete Townshend What's It All About Pete Townshend What's It All About

The U.S. Presbyterian Church puts out a "What's It All About" promo 45 featuring a Pete Townshend interview.

The Who ticket Seattle 1982 The Who ticket Seattle 1982

And on the tour rumbles with The Who playing the University of Northern Iowa Uni-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa (15th), Colorado University's Folsom Field in Boulder (17th), and the Kingdome in Seattle (20th). Novo Combo opens on the 15th and Jethro Tull and John Cougar open on the 17th.

New York magazine 10-18-82 New York magazine 10-18-82

The New York magazine issue of the 18th has a long article by Pete Hamill with an interview with Pete and a history of The Who.

On the 21st, MTV airs their Farewell To The Who special. On the same night at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon, Roger has to leave the concert in the middle of the show due to a sore throat. He returns to the stage after a short break.

John Entwistle Oakland 1982 John Entwistle Oakland 1982
Photo: Philip Kamin

The Who then head down to Alameda County Stadium in Oakland, California on the 23rd then the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena on the 25th. T-Bone Burnett and The Clash open at the Stadium show. On the day between, Roger rents a yacht for a Who press party on San Francisco Bay. During the five-hour tour, Pete and Roger remain at opposite ends of the boat, grousing to the press about what the other said to Rolling Stone.

After the concert of the 25th, The Who drop "Athena" and "A Man Is A Man" from the song lineup. Bobby Pridden receives an "Employee Of The Month" award during the show. The San Diego concert on the 27th is professionally recorded and videotaped. John Cougar and Loverboy open.

On the 29th, The Who hold a press conference at the 20th Century Fox lot in Hollywood. Fox CEO Alan Herschfield announces that The Who's final concert in Toronto will be available live on pay-per-view in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and South America. At the conference Pete declares that there will be no more Who tours "of this scale" although there may be a tour of Europe. Roger says there will be no more tours although there may be individual shows. John says he is completely opposed to stopping touring.

The Who then finish out the month performing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (29th) and Arizona State University in Tempe (31st). T-Bone Burnett and The Clash open on the 29th, John Cougar and Loverboy on the 31st.

October 1977 (40 years ago)

New records: Elvis In Concert - Elvis Presley; Love Songs - The Beatles; Street Survivors - Lynyrd Skynyrd; Alive II - Kiss
Avenging Annie US single Avenging Annie US single

On the 1st, another single from Roger's solo album One Of The Boys, "Avenging Annie" backed with "The Prisoner," hits the U.S. charts. It peaks at #88 in Billboard, #87 in Cash Box.

On the 3rd, Pete is interviewed on a pre-recorded segment of Capitol Radio's Your Mother Wouldn't Like It. He says he gets ten offers a week to produce punk-rock bands. He also declares The Who have reached the end of what they can do.

The U.S. TV show Midnight Special airs the video of Roger performing "Say It Ain't So, Joe" with John and Keith shot in August.

The Story of Tommy book The Story of Tommy book

Pete Townshend and Richard Barnes' book The Story Of Tommy is published by Eel Pie Publishing. The book focuses on the two-and-a-half year old film but also contains a wealth of information about the genesis of the rock opera. On the 15th, Pete goes on BBC Radio One's Rock On to promote it.

Recording continues throughout the month on the new Who album. "Who Are You" and "Sister Disco" are recorded at Ramport and Goring Studios, London, "Love Is Coming Down" is begun on the 18th at Ramport and "New Song" begins on the 24th and continues on the 27th.

Also on the 27th, tension between Roger and producer Glyn Johns comes to a head. According to fellow producer Jon Astley, "Roger leaned over the desk while Glyn was sitting there and he said 'Can I hear a bit more bass?'' Glyn stopped the machine and said 'What?' and Roger said 'I just want to hear a bit more bass in the mix.' Glyn said 'We're listening to all this f***ing work that they've done, and you want to hear a bit more bass?' At that point, things exploded. It was unbelievable. They both stormed out, and then I heard this kerfuffle in the corridor and Glyn came back in the control room with tears in his eyes, holding his nose and saying 'That's it. I'm going home.' Roger had nutted him and driven off in his Ferrari." Jon Astley is promoted to full producer. Johns returns to work with The Who five years later.

Pete Townshend Rolling Stone cover 1977 Pete Townshend Rolling Stone cover 1977

Rolling Stone publishes a long article by Pete about what has been happening to him over the past two years, specifically about the divorce of The Who from their managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. It also contains the story of the "millions screaming" dream that will appear in several subsequent Townshend works.

On the 31st, Pete is interviewed in his Twickenham home for the BBC-TV programme Tonight. He declares stories of his smashing guitars to be "lies, all lies!" and describes himself as "a desperate old fart now; not boring though!" The interview is later used in the movie The Kids Are Alright.

October 1972 (45 years ago)

New records: "Crocodile Rock" - Elton John; "Superstition" - Stevie Wonder; I'm Still In Love With You - Al Green; Caravanserai - Santana

On the 3rd, Roger's first daughter Rosie Lea is born at Pembury Hospital in Kent.

The Who race car presser The Who race car presser

On the 5th, Keith and Pete attend a press party at the Europa Hotel in London to announce that The Who have sponsored a race car in the RAC Daily Mirror Rally of Great Britain. They are photographed on the hood of the car pouring champagne for two bikini-clad models. John misses out on the festivities as he is in the U.S. on a three-week promotional jaunt for his new solo album Whistle Rymes.

On the 13th, sessions begin at Olympic Studios, London for the soundtrack of the movie That'll Be The Day. Pete and Keith play on the soundtrack along with Billy Fury, Ron Wood, Graham Bond, and John Hawken. Tracks ultimately released on the double LP include "A Thousand Stars," "That's All Right, Mama," "Get Yourself Together," "What Did I Say" and a cover of The Who's "Long Live Rock."

Lou Reizner, who produced the above sessions, also completes the recording of the London Symphony Orchestra's version of Tommy during this month.

Moon Shadow Labelle Moon Shadow Labelle

LaBelle releases their album Moon Shadow that opens with a Kit Lambert-produced R&B cover of "Won't Get Fooled Again."

On the 18th, Melody Maker reports that John, who has recently returned from the U.S., has formed a new solo band called Ro Ro and is playing unannounced university dates in the U.K. before going into the studio to record his third solo album. The actual name of the group is Rigor Mortis. With John on bass, the group consists of Alan Ross (guitar), Grahame Deakin (drums), Andy Sneddon (second bass) and Michael Ship (keyboards).

On the 23rd, Atlanta's underground newspaper The Great Speckled Bird carries a negative review of a multi-media production of Tommy at Georgia State University.

Keith Moon in That'll Be The Day Keith Moon in That'll Be The Day

On the 25th, Keith reports to the set of That'll Be The Day at Warners Holiday Camp where he is playing drummer J. D. Clover in the rock 'n' roll movie set in the late 1950s. He is on set through the 27th there and at the Lakeside Inn in Wootton Bridge on the Isle of Wight.

On the 28th, The United States Council For World Affairs adopts "Join Together" as its anthem.

October 1967 (50 years ago)

New records: A Christmas Album - Barbra Streisand; "Tighten Up" - Archie Bell & The Drells; "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)" - John Fred & His Playboy Band; "Woman, Woman" - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

On the 2nd, mono master copies are made for "I Can See For Miles," "Armenia (City in the Sky)," "Early Morning Cold Taxi" and "Girl's Eyes." This mono mix of "I Can See For Miles" restores the opening power chord missing from the U.S. mix.

On the 4th, Pete writes in his diary: "After wasting a lot of precious time, I think it's time for a real shake up."

The Who begin the month rehearsing a new stage act at London's Saville Theatre. Starting on the 6th, the new set gets its out-of-town tryout on a three-day trek to Scotland. The 6th sees them at the Ballerina Ballroom in Nairn, the 7th at The Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen and the 8th at the Kinema Ballroom in Dunfermline.

The Who tape 10 Oct 1967 The Who tape 10 Oct 1967

On the 10th, The Who go into De Lane Lea Studios, London to record for BBC Radio One's show Top Gear (no connection to the later popular auto TV programme). It is the first time the BBC allow any musical act to record for them outside the BBC's own studios. Alternate versions of "Pictures Of Lily" (Pete on organ), "I Can See For Miles," (with heavy bass overdub), "Relax," "Our Love Was," "I Can't Reach You," "A Quick One While He's Away," and "Someone's Coming" are recorded along with new tracks "Summertime Blues" and "My Way." Also recorded are five jingles, two for Top Gear and three for Radio One using altered lyrics to "Happy Jack," "Boris The Spider" and "My Generation."

On the 11th, "Heinz Baked Beans," "Odorono," a more complete version of the "Top Gear" promo song and several linking commercials are recorded at De Lane Lea. "Tattoo" is recorded on the 12th.

Rolling Stone first issue Rolling Stone first issue

There is a brief mention of The Who in the first issue of Rolling Stone now on hipper newsstands.

On the 13th, Keith appears for the group on the debut show of IBC's New Releases. He introduces a segment filmed in Scotland the week before showing The Who cavorting around a stream. The film is accompanied by the new Who single "I Can See For Miles."

Ear-shattering Who worth waiting for Ear-shattering Who worth waiting for

On the 14th, "I Can See For Miles" backed with "Someone's Coming" is released in Britain. Derek Johnson in New Musical Express calls it "less tuneful" than The Who's previous hits. Chris Welch in Melody Maker says: "In a town without end, with a moon that never sets, there is a fire burning. It is the fire of The Who, once thought diminished or dying, but obviously glowing with that renewed heat. Forget Happy Jack sitting in sand on the Isle of Man, this marathon epic of swearing cymbals and cursing guitars marks the return of The Who as a major freakout force. Recorded in America, it's a Pete Townshend composition filled with Townshend mystery and menace, and delivered by the emphatic Mr. Roger Daltrey. Nobody could deceive him because there is magic in his eyes and he can see for miles. And The Who are going to see their way back into the charts." Record Mirror says: "A first-rate Pete Townsend number...the idea is that the bloke can see for miles and know exactly when his girl is short on faithfulness. Tremendously tough guitar figures and powering percussion, but topped by a fairly soft vocal line. Great harmonies on the repetitive title theme. Flip: Rather more routine, I thought, but interesting." And Tony Palmer raves in The Observer: "The Who have a sensational new record out this week, 'I Can See For Miles'. It has all the rowdy exuberance that one always hopes their music will contain. Somehow their last few records, such as 'Pictures of Lily' and 'Happy Jack', have been just too clever, too self-consciously articulate. But now the Who's instinctive violence has broken loose with brilliant effect. Peter Townshend and his men have made as yet no great contribution to the development of pop music. They ignore the mystic east, seem not to have heard of the flower-gazing junkies of San Francisco, don't write meaningful words, have private lives that are totally devoid of public tittle-tattle. Yet to me they are the Sir William Walton of pop music - masters of the royal fireworks, giants of the occasional and the ceremonial...their music has a natural pageantry, a rich and gaudy display of shouting and stamping. They do what everyone else has been doing for years, but much better. A pounding ostinato bass is used to batter quite a simple lyrical motif into an endless stream of chordal frenzies; the lead guitar, meanwhile, screams away with a falling counterpoint of relentless fury, whilst Keith Moon, astride his 14 drums, gives a breathtaking demonstration of free rhythmic drumming. Each bar is subdivided into what sound like totally arbitrary divisions, which are thus continually unpredictable and always disturbing. It is positively Bartokian in its elemental excitement and, like the song itself, has the appearance, at least, of spontaneous outburst. All these elements are fused in a devastating ending. The singer, Roger Daltrey, has made his last appeal; the lead guitar is wailing like the entire Highland Pipe Band; the drummer is quiet; the music is screwed up a quarter-tone, and, all of a sudden, the bass guitar followed quickly by the drummer and singer comes roaring in at full tilt with the same ostinato bass that began the piece. It is a master stroke. Of its kind, the record is matchless."

Also on the 14th, Melody Maker runs an interview with Pete where he lauds U.S. audiences for the positive reception they gave The Who. Another article lists Keith among the "magnificent seven" of drummers.

The Who Twice a Fortnight 1967 The Who Twice a Fortnight 1967

On the 15th, The Who tape an appearance on the BBC1 TV show Twice A Fortnight miming to "I Can See For Miles" and "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands." Director Tony Palmer chooses to shoot the band using constant, rapid zooming shots. This motion sickness-inducing performance airs on the 21st and is shown in the U.S. on American Bandstand on December 30th.

alternate Roger Daltrey Baked Beans alternate Roger Daltrey Baked Beans
Photo: David Montgomery

Sometime during the month, David Montgomery takes the photos for The Who Sell Out at 11b Edith Grove, Chelsea. John misses the session in which he is to sit in a bathtub filled with baked beans, so Roger has to take his place. The beans are freezing cold but Roger is game.

On the 16th, mono masters are made of "Tattoo," "Odorono" and "Rael (1&2)." The ending is chopped off "Odorono", not to surface again until the 1995 The Who Sell Out reissue.

On the 20th, vocals for John "Speedy" Keen's "Armenia City In The Sky" and Pete's "Jaguar" are recorded at IBC Studio A, London. Keen and Daltrey handle the vocals on the former (with much studio effect work) and Pete and Keith sing "Jaguar."

On the 21st, The Who head to Manchester to play the New Century Hall. The mini-opera "Rael," introduced to the set at the beginning of the month, is dropped after this show, never to be revived. Pete: "We played it on stage in Manchester and Scotland and everyone just looked at us with their mouths open - the complication was too much."

Pete Townshend Saville Theatre late 1967 Pete Townshend Saville Theatre late 1967
Photo: Tom Wright

On the 22nd, The Who play two shows at the Saville Theatre in London preceded by Vanilla Fudge and Studio Six. Before the show Pete is interviewed on camera about illicit drugs by Australian director Peter Clifton. During the show, Pete plays a double-necked guitar and Keith wears a jester's outfit.

On the 24th, an acoustic version of "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands" as well as all the interstitial bridges from the album are recorded at De Lane Lea Studios in London. Also recorded this month is John's song "Silas Stingy" with Pete on organ at Kingsway Studio, London. With the exception of one track, this completes the recording of The Who Sell Out that had taken over five months.

On the 25th, The Who pre-record a mime job to "I Can See For Miles" for the BBC's Top of the Pops.

On the 26th, mono mixes of "Jaguar" and "Rael" are prepared for the upcoming album. It is at this point that the "Part 2" section of "Rael" is chopped off, not to return until the 1994 30 Years of Maximum R&B boxset.

Who all ready to hit you with new ideas Who all ready to hit you with new ideas

On the 27th, Keith Altham reports in New Musical Express on a chaotic meeting at a recording studio attended by The Who and manager Kit Lambert. Pete describes The Who's singles prior to "I Can See For Miles" as "too flimsy, too poignant, too prissy. We wanted to do something that would be unexpected. Something that would demand something of the public."

The Who Traffic 1967 program The Who Traffic 1967 program

The Who start the 28th making their last appearance on BBC radio's Saturday Club. They follow it by beginning a package tour of the U.K. with supporting acts Traffic, The Herd, The Marmalade and The Tremeloes. The Who play twelve songs during their first set at City Hall in Sheffield but, after the first show runs long, The Who's second set is cut short when the stage manager orders them offstage after three songs. Pete goes ballistic, smashing two speakers and The Herd's lighting gear. Roger tries to stop him and they begin to scuffle. When the stage manager tries to break it up, Pete grabs him by the throat and drags him offstage where he continues smashing things backstage.

The Who 30 Oct 1967 ticket The Who 30 Oct 1967 ticket

Obviously word does not get around as the next night the stage manager at the Coventry Theatre drops the curtain on The Who's second set in the middle of their performance and pipes in the National Anthem. Pete again loses it, smashing his guitar, knocking over the amps, kicking out the footlights then hurling an amp at the head of the stage manager. A third night on the 30th at the City Hall in Newcastle is completed without interruption.

Also on the 30th, the quite different stereo mix of The Who Sell Out is created at De Lane Lea Studios in London. That evening Nederland 2 airs Vjoew featuring an interview with Pete conducted by John Peel. Pete plays an acetate of "Armenia City In The Sky," showing the artwork for the album and discussing the thematic advertising link.

October 1962 (55 years ago)

New records: "Love Me Do" - The Beatles; "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley; "Big Girls Don't Cry" - The Four Seasons; "The Lonely Bull" - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

During the month of the Cuban Missle Crisis, art school student Pete becomes friends with students that are members of the Young Communist Party and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Although Pete doesn't officialy join, he will champion their ideals in interviews and absorb their bleak view that his generation will die young in a nuclear war.

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The Who Maximum As and Bs

The Who Maximum A's and B's
5-CD set on sale October 27.

The Who Isle of Wight 2004 DVD

The Who Live at the Isle of Wight 2004
Blu-Ray/2-CD set on sale October 2.

The Who On The Who book

The Who On The Who edited by Sean Egan. A large collection of uncut interviews with The Who.

The Who In The City book

The Who In The City by Ian Snowball. In depth look at The Who's history and locations within the City of London.

Keith Moon graphic novel

Who Are You? The Life & Death of Keith Moon by Jim McCarthy and Marc Olivent. The life of Keith in graphic novel form.

Keith Moon No Substitute book

There Is No Substitute: A Tribute To Keith Moon by Ian Snowball. The art and style of The Who's irreplacable drummer.
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John Atkins,
Richard Barnes,
Kevin Berger,
Chris Charlesworth,
Alan Clayson,
Tony Fletcher,
Ed Hanel,
Gary Herman,
Joe Giorgianni,
Bruce Kawakami,
Matt Kent,
Max Ker-Seymer,
Karen Kimber,
Olle Lundin,
"Irish Jack" Lyons,
Dave Marsh,
Alan McKendree,
Joe McMichael,
Andrew Motion,
Andy Neill,
Scott Smith,
Christian Suchatzki,
John Swenson,
George Tremlett,
Richie Unterberger,
Dave van Staveren,
Mark Ian Wilkerson,
Stephen Wolter and all
the others who did
the original research
and provided the aid
that led to this page.

A note about photographs:
None of the photographs used
on this site are by
purchase agreement with
the original photographer.
I try to credit when I can
discover the name of the
original photographer but, in
most cases, sources in
newspapers, old copies of
Creem Magazine, and even some
Who books, do not credit
photographers. If you are the
photographer or represent the
photographer and you do not
want your photograph posted,
please get in touch a
nd I will remove it immediately.
This is a wholly non-profit site
(if you could see my bank account,
you'd know it's quite the opposite!)
established to provide an historical
overview of The Who.