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August 2009 (5 years ago)

New album releases: "Humbug" - Arctic Monkeys; "Aim and Ignite" - .fun; "Before the Frost/Until the Freeze" = The Black Crowes

On the 3rd, Roger Daltrey is interviewed in Billboard. He announces that he will soon be touring with a new solo band made up of keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, drummer Scott Devours and guitarist and musical director Frank Simes. The tour, in reference to Roger's voice, will be called the Use It Or Lose It tour.

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On the 11th, Pete Townshend writes a love letter to the people at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth in their quarterly journal, praising them for their work on the stage version of Quadrophenia. "All the time I have been working there I have had the pleasure of seeing young people rolling in and out on educational programmes, all of them glancing sideways at what is going on in TR2 where actors only a few years older than they are singing and dancing like young gods."

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On the 18th, Rhino Records releases the CD boxset Woodstock – 40 Years On: Back To Yasgur's Farm. It contains the first official releases of "Amazing Journey" and the complete "We're Not Gonna Take It" from that performance.

On the 25th, Pete pens an entry at thewho.com announcing that he is working on a new musical to be called Floss. The story is: "Walter, a straight-cut pub rock musician, is able to retire when one of his songs becomes the TV anthem of a big car company. He becomes a house-husband while his wife Floss devotes herself to a riding stables and stud. When he tries to return to music after a fifteen year hiatus, he finds that what he hears and what he composes evoke the ecologically rooted, apocalyptic mindset of his generation. Shaken by this and torn by personal difficulties, he and Floss become estranged. A series of dramatic events in a hospital emergency ward bring them both to their senses.". Pete claims some of the songs will be on a new Who album coming out in 2010 and the entire work will premiere in concert in 2011. To date, Floss has not yet appeared in any form.

Also on the 25th, Roger Daltrey in interviewed on BBC Radio 5. He says The Who would have failed if they had competed on The X Factor.

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Photo: Richard Simpson

On the 31stThe Daily Mail prints paparazzi photos of Pete riding a 50cc Vespa around his neighborhood, then parking it in his home.







August 2004 (10 years ago)

New album releases: "M.I.A.M.I." - Pitbull; "Soviet Kitsch" - Regina Spektor; "The Revolution Starts Now" - Steve Earle
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Photo: Matthew Thayer

Finished in Australia, The Who jump to mid-Pacific for shows at the Balsidell Arena in Honolulu on the 3rd and the A&B Amphitheatre in Maui on the 4th.







On the 6th, Tooga featuring Pit Bailey release a dance version of "Behind Blue Eyes."

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From sunny Hawaii, The Who next hit the U.S. West Coast playing the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on the 7th. The Greg Kihn Band opens. Two days later, the band returns to the Hollywood Bowl.

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On the 10th, A new DVD edition of The Who Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 is released featuring a 5.1 sound mix and a Pete Townshend interview on the show. It is also shown at select theaters across the U.S.

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Also on the 10th, Rachel Fuller's CD Cigarettes & Housework is released. Pete plays acoustic and electric guitar on the CD and one song co-written by Townshend and Fuller, "Jigsaw," is included as a bonus on CD's sold at Barnes & Noble bookstores.

On the 31st, Pete writes the poem "Homage to Picasso."



August 1999 (15 years ago)

New album releases: "Westlife" - Westlife; "Christina Aguilera" - Christina Aguilera; "Forget About It" - Alison Krauss; "The Austin Sessions" - Kris Kristofferson; "Forever" - Puff Daddy; "Fly" - The Dixie Chicks

On the 1st, Allan Brown writes a long catcall of Pete's upcoming radio play of Lifehouse in The Times under the headline "Pete Townshend sure plays a mean crystal ball."

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The John Entwistle Band continues their North American tour performing at Freedom Fest in Columbus, Ohio (1st), Sub-Culture in Grand Rapids, Michigan (2nd), the Adams County Fair Ground in Brighton, Colorado (7th), the Hi-Tone Cafe in Memphis, Tennessee (12th), Itchycoo Park in Manchester, Tennessee (13th), Leelanau Sands Casino in Sutton's Bay, Michigan (14th), The Black Cat in Washington, D.C (17th), and finishing at The Turning Point in Piermont, New York (18th). The Itchycoo Park set is later released on DVD as The John Entwistle Band Live.

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On the 4th, the compilation CD NYC Ska Mob & Friends is released with a ska version of "Rough Boys" called "Rude Boys" by The Stubborn All-Stars.

On the 12th, the press reports that Pete will be one of the star's participating in U2's Bono's NetAid event to ease Third World debt. Pete later cancels.

On the 27th, Pete and Roger meet to discuss what they are going to play as The Who at the Nov. 13th House of Blues show.



August 1994 (20 years ago)

New album releases: "Definitely Maybe" - Oasis; "Usher" - Usher; "Sleeps With Angels" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse; "Grace" - Jeff Buckley; "Stoned & Dethroned" - The Jesus and Mary Chain; "The Holy Bible" - The Manic Street Preachers

MCA Records planned to release The Who's complete 1969 Woodstock set on CD this month but Pete refuses permission.

On the 2nd, Roger and John perform "You Better You Bet" on The Tonight Show with Simon Townshend and Zak Starkey.

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On the 5th Roger's "A Celebration of the Music of Pete Townshend" tour continues with a performance at the Fox Theater in Detroit followed by the Kings Wood Music Theatre in Toronto (7th), the Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, New York (9th), the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Ohio (13th), the Poplar Creek Music Theater in Chicago (23rd) and the Great Woods Amphitheater in Mansfield, Massachusetts (28th). John plays bass on the our along with Pete's brother Simon on guitar and Zak Starkey on drums.

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On the 9th, S.W.A.T. releases its CD Deep Inside A Cop's Mind with a Who cover entitled "We Can See For Miles."

On the 11th, Roger is on the Howard Stern radio show.

On the 13th, Pete attends an event at Club USA in New York.

ICE magazine reports that a new bootleg copy of The Who's 1968 Fillmore East performance entitled Shakin' All Over is making the bootleg rounds. It is reported as coming from the master two-track tape.

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Q Magazine runs interviews with Pete, Roger and John about select tracks on the new 30 Years Of Maximum R&B boxet. Record Magazine also features the boxset as a cover story.

Starting on the 15th, PBS stations in the U.S. begin airing a specially edited version of the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B video containing new interviews with Keith Richard, Bryan Adams and Chris Barron of The Spin Doctors.

On the 18th, Roger does a call-in interview on WBCN-FM Boston.

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Back in Europe, Pete races the 1957-built yacht Pazienza in the classics rallies.





August 1989 (25 years ago)

New album releases: "Steel Wheels" - The Rolling Stones; "Brain Drain" - The Ramones
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Photo: Neal Preston

The Who 25th Anniversary North American tour begins the month taking a break while they try to find out why Roger is having intense pain when he sings. Roger: "I had something wrong with me from birth on the inside that all of a sudden had come to life. It was called a hemangioma, which is a bunch of varicose veins in my guts. I'm okay now; I had it all cut out. On that tour when I started singing and all the blood would go down because you start pumping your diaphragm, the thing would blow up like a balloon. It stopped me eating. I lost so much weight. God, I was ill on that tour."

With no quick fix available, Roger decides to tough it out and the tour resumes at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on the 5th followed by a three-night stand at Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia on the 7th, 8th and 9th, then Busch Stadium in St. Louis on the 11th and Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado on the 13th.

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On the 11th, William Ruhlmann blasts The Who in Goldmine Magazine calling them "Rock's Recycling Kings".

On the 16th, Pete joins the list of injured players during The Who's show at the Tacomadome in Tacoma, Washington. A loose tremolo bar impales Pete's hand in mid-windmill during the conclusion of "Won't Get Fooled Again", driving the bar through the webbing between the fourth and fifth fingers. He is rushed to hospital where he gets stitched up. The rest of the band continues with the encore absent their pierced axeman.

Pete, now wearing a hand brace, returns with The Who at the next show on the 18th at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. There is another show at this venue on the 19th followed by a trip down to San Diego, California to play Jack Murphy Stadium on the 22nd.

All-Star Tommy 1989 All-Star Tommy 1989
Photo: Steve Gurnitz

On the 24th, The Who participate in their second all-star version of Tommy at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Elton John plays the Pinball Wizard, Phil Collins is Uncle Ernie, Billy Idol is Cousin Kevin, Steve Winwood is the Hawker and Patti Labelle is the Acid Queen. Front row seats go for a ticket price of $1500. All but $50 of that (all but $25 of the cheaper seats) goes to charity. The show is simulcast on pay-per-view, later shown as a special on the U.S. Fox Network and released as the video Who/Live featuring the rock opera Tommy.


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For those wanting a cheaper show in Los Angeles, The Who play the Coliseum on the 26th, then travel up the California coast to play two shows at Oakland Coliseum on the 29th and 30th. During the latter concert Pete presents a check for $10,000 to hard-of-hearing fellow musician Kathy Peck for her non-profit organization Hearing Education Awareness for Rockers.

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In an interview in Rolling Stone Terence Trent D'Arby lists Pete's music as one of his main inspirations.





August 1984 (30 years ago)

New album releases: "Red Hot Chili Peppers" - The Red Hot Chili Peppers; "Some Great Reward" - Depeche Mode; "Dreamtime" - The Cult; "Phantoms" - The Fixx

On the 11th, John joins Bruce Springsteen on stage at the end of Springsteen's show at the Meadowlands in Rutherford, New Jersey to end the show with "Twist and Shout".

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Photo: Tom Wargack

On the 12th, Roger and his wife Heather attend the London premiere of David Mamet's play American Buffalo.

Pete records "Elephants" on a Tascam cassette portstudio. It is later released on Scoop 3. He also records "Why D'you Stand So Close To That Man Last Night?" which is later released on his website.




August 1979 (35 years ago)

New album releases: "Fear of Music" - Talking Heads; "Off The Wall" - Michael Jackson; "In Through The Out Door" - Led Zeppelin; "Slow Train Coming" - Bob Dylan; "Into The Music" - Van Morrison
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Roger spends this month at shooting his new feature film McVicar, while using his private helicopter to wisk him to Shepperton Studios for rehearsals with The Who.

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On the 16th, the movie version of Quadrophenia goes into general release. Arriving just as the retro-Mod movement is reaching its peak in the U.K., Quadrophenia the movie becomes a cult favorite and provides a collection of iconic scenes that will have influence in Britain thirty-five years later. Sting begins his acting career with this movie and a host of future British movie and television actors such as Ray Winstone, Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash and Philip Davis get their start here.

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Two days later The Who Roar In headlining an all-day concert at Wembley Stadium in London. The other acts at the day-long show are AC/DC, Nils Lofgren and, oddly enough, The Stranglers, the punk band that had been in a back-and-forth sniping war with Pete in Melody Maker two years earlier. The Who's show is less exciting than it could be as the Greater London Council forces them to turn their volume down and even limits their laser show.




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On the 24th, drummer and future new age musician James Asher releases the single "Peppermint Lump" backed with "Breakfast In Naples" under the name Angie. The single features Pete on guitar and backing vocals. He is also pictured on the front and back of the single's picture sleeve. The single fails to chart. James Asher is at this time drumming on the solo album Pete is recording.






August 1974 (40 years ago)

New album releases: "Can't Get Enough" - Barry White; "Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen" - Emerson, Lake & Palmer; "AWB" - Average White Band; "Not Fragile" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Pete decides to accompany Eric Clapton on his comeback concert tour of the United States to provide support for the still shaky musician. That bastion of sobriety, Keith Moon, also tags along. The two join Eric onstage at The Omni in Atlanta on the 1st for performances of "Layla," "Baby Don't You Do It" and "Little Queenie." After the show, Keith's new girlfriend Annette Walter-Lax witnesses her first hotel room destruction as Keith remodels a room at the Omni Hotel.

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Photo: Skeet

On the 2nd Pete accompanies Eric at the Greensboro, North Carolina Coliseum for "Willie And The Hand Jive" and "Get Ready". Keith joins them for "Layla," "Badge" and "Little Queenie." Then on the 4th they all appear at the Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida and are joined by Joe Walsh. Clapton, Townshend and Walsh perform "Layla" and "Little Queenie" and Keith comes out to sing "I Can't Explain."

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After this show, Pete returns to London and Keith and Annette go to the Beverly Wilshire as part of Keith's plan to become a tax exile. Although the British press assume that Keith is another tax exile, Keith says the real reason is that all his friends have now moved to California.

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On the 2nd, Billy Nicholls' LP Love Songs, with an engineering credit for Pete on "Helpless Helpless," is released in the U.K.

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Dave Marsh writes a long ruminative piece on the ten years of The Who for Creem magazine.

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Photo: Peter Butler

Keith, now back in California, agrees to appear in a UCLA film student's movie for $1,400 in cocaine and a television. He plays a mad professor for a few seconds in the short comedy Sonic Boom. Director Eric Louzil shoots his scenes at the Burbank Court House.





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On the 19th, the Harry Nilsson album Pussy Cats, produced by John Lennon and featuring drumming by Keith on some tracks, is released in the U.S. It peaks at #60. The U.K. edition is released on the 30th but does not chart.

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On the 21st, principal photography for Tommy is completed with sequences shot on Hayling Island and Southsea Beach near the Lifeboat Café. Final cost for the movie: $3.5 million.

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On the 23rd, Keith celebrates his 28th birthday at a party at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. Attending are Rod Stewart, Linda Blair, Linda Lovelace, Brian Wilson (barefoot and wearing a bathrobe) and 1500 others. MCA Records gives Keith the suit Robert Redford wore in the movie The Sting. The Stampeders perform, joined at one point by Keith, Jesse Ed Davis, Harry Nillson, Nikki Barclay and Patti Quatro who perform terrible renditions of "Don't Worry Baby" and "Good Golly Miss Molly" before the hotel management pulls the plug to everyone's relief.

On the 29th, Pete is interviewed by Melvyn Bragg at BBC Television Centre, London. The interview later airs with the television showing of the recent Charlton concert and is used throughout the movie The Kids Are Alright.

On the same day Keith flies back to London for further dubbing work on Tommy.



August 1969 (45 years ago)

New album releases: "Stand Up" - Jethro Tull; "The Stooges" - The Stooges; "Barbajagal" - Donovan; "Blind Faith" - Blind Faith; "Green River" - Creedence Clearwater Revival; "Santana" - Santana
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On the 2nd, Keith denies to Record Mirror that he plans to leave The Who.

That settled, the Who continue to squeeze in some British play dates before returning to the U.S. On the 2nd, they play the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne followed by the Cosmopolitan Ballroom in Carlisle (2rd), The Pavilion in Bath (4th) and Assembly Hall in Worthing (7th).

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Photo: Robert Ellis

On the 9th, The Who play their first outdoor show in the U.K. since 1966 at the Plumpton Racecourse in Lewes, Sussex as part of the 9th National Jazz Pop Ballads & Blues Festival. Yes, King Crimson and Roy Harper are among the opening acts. Keith sits in with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band playing drums as "The Lone Arranger." Melody Maker in their review of the festival calls The Who "the most exciting rock band in the world."

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On the 10th, The Who fly back to New York and on the 12th, open for Jefferson Airplane at the Tanglewood Music Shed in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. B.B. King plays before The Who. This is the first rock concert held at the summer home of the Boston Symphony.

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On the 16th, Thunderclap Newman's "Something In The Air," produced by Pete and with him on bass, hits the U.S. charts. It peaks at #37 in Billboard and #45 in Cash Box.

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On the same day The Who arrive by helicopter in Woodstock, New York for the Woodstock Festival. It is at this point that they are informed that the festival has been moved to Bethel, New York some forty miles away. The Who, along with Pete's wife Karen and infant daughter Emma and Roger's future wife Heather, set off by car. Pete: ""people coming up to me - 'You're going to Woodstock? You're crazy. Turn back, go home, there's millions of people there, the food's poisonous and the water...' Well, I immediately got into an incredible state and I rejected everyone. I wouldn't talk to anyone. And I was telling really nice people like Richie Havens to fuck off and things like that. And it just got to a point where when we finally did get out of the helicopter and the helicopter never arrived and we eventually got in a queue of cars it took about six hours to get there. Well, we got there and then we waited another ten hours in the mud; the first cup of coffee I had had acid in it. I could fucking taste it." Now that they are in a really bad mood, the promoters tell the band that, since Woodstock is now a "free festival", they do not have the money on hand to pay them but can write them a check. The Who will have none of it leading to a fourteen-hour standoff as The Who refuse to take the stage. Finally a bank manager is flown in by helicopter with money, the standoff ends, and The Who take the stage at 4AM. Pete lets out some of his fury by kicking Michael Wadleigh, on stage filming the acts as part of his documentary Woodstock. The Who then run quickly through "Heaven and Hell" and "I Can't Explain" before launching into Tommy. All the fury and tension come out through their instruments as The Who blaze through the rock opera in a spectacular performance captured by Wadleigh's cameras.

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Photo: Henry Diltz

At the conclusion of "Pinball Wizard", radical firebrand Abbie Hoffman runs out and grabs Pete's microphone to announce, "I think this is all a pile of shit while John Sinclair rots in prison!", referring to the manager of the Detroit rock band MC5 who got ten years in prison for possession of two marijuana joints. The Who are friends with the MC5 but Pete is in no mood for interruptions. "Fuck off my fucking stage!", he yells, and pokes Hoffman in the back of the head with his guitar neck causing Hoffman to retire from the microphone. Pete in 1970: "Quite honestly, I mean knock for knock, everything Abbie Hoffman said was very fair. Because I did hit him, he must have felt it for a couple of months after." Audio exists of the incident but, for some unknown reason, it is either not filmed or the film has been lost. A search of the outtakes in 1976 by Jeff Stein and Woodstock editor Thelma Schoonmaker found no trace of it.

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Photo: Jim Marshall

The sun comes up just as The Who reach "See Me Feel Me" and it is the first time the members of the band see the size of the crowd, a half million people stretching off to the horizon. Finally realizing the importance of the event, The Who put their all into the finale. After they play the new long version of "My Generation", Pete tosses his guitar into the crowd as the band walks off. The Who's roadies run out into the audience and quickly retrieve the guitar. Footage of The Who's performance at Woodstock is included in the movies Woodstock and The Kids Are Alright.




On the 18th, Tommy becomes The Who's first album to be certified gold in the U.S. by the RIAA.

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Five days after Woodstock, on the 22nd, The Who are back in England performing at the Music Hall in Shrewsbury. Afterwards Keith begins an early celebration of his 23rd birthday and ends up breaking his foot after falling down the stairs.

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The Who were to have played at the Grays Festival Marquee in the Brentwood Road, Grays, Essex on the 23rd but they show up only to apologize for having to cancel because of Keith's busted foot.

On the 23rd, "I'm Free" hits its peak on the Billboard charts at #23, holding that position the next week.


With a new supply of high-powered painkillers, Keith accompanies The Who to Hamburg, Germany on the 26th for two days of recording a Beat Club television special about the new rock opera, miming to the record over chroma-keyed pinball tables and stills from the Tommy booklet. Pete is also interviewed in English at some depth about the meaning of Tommy.

Also on the 26th, a pre-recorded interview with Pete airs on the Nederland 1 programme Televizer.

On the 28th, Who manager Kit Lambert phones Ronald Foulk who is putting on the upcoming 2nd Isle of Wight Festival. Having heard that Bob Dylan is getting £35,000 to perform, Lambert ups The Who's fee from £450 to £5000. A compromise is reached at £900 with £200 expenses.

On the 29th, The Who play the Pavilion in Bournemouth to see if the drugged Keith can still play well enough to earn that Isle of Wight fee.

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Photo: Brian McCreeth

Having learned their lesson at Woodstock, The Who helicopter in to the Isle of Wight on the 30th, play their set plus Tommy, and leave. Their daytime performance is filmed by French television. Bob Dylan, despite his own sizable fee, uses The Who's PA for his concert.







August 1964 (50 years ago)

New single releases: "You Really Got Me" - The Kinks; "Oh Pretty Woman" - Roy Orbison; "Where Did Our Love Go?" - The Supremes; "You Never Can Tell" - Chuck Berry; "High Priced Woman" - John Lee Hooker
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The High Numbers, in their first full month with that name, kick off at the Trade Union Hall in Watford, then head to the seaside for an all-nighter at The Florida Rooms in Brighton on the 2nd with The Clique. On the 4th they are back at the Railway Hotel at the Harrow & Wealdstone train stop and The Scene Club in London's Soho on the 5th. The 6th sees them at the White Hart in Southall although when they are seen, they're late, and lose £3 of their £9 price for tardiness. After that is a pricey £30 gig at the All Saints Hall in Whetstone on the 8th.

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Also on the 8th, Boyfriend magazine does a one-page feature on The High Numbers, naming the members as Roger Daltry (ex-sheet-metal worker), Peter Townsend (ex-art student), John Allison (ex-tax officer) and Keith Moon (ex-trainee salesman). Keith says his ambition is "to be free and do nothing!"

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On the 9th, The High Numbers open for Gerry & The Pacemakers at the Hippodrome in Brighton. This is the first of a series of bookings supplied by Arthur Howes that provide the band exposure as they warm up the stage for better-known acts. Howes may have almost immediately regretted supplying the gigs after he enlists the High Numbers to not only play a set of their own but also to provide backup for singer Valerie McCullam. Moon develops a loathing for the singer and buys a toy cymbal to make a loud "plink" at inappropriate points in her act.

On the 11th, The High Numbers return to the Railway Hotel for their first filmed recording. Kit Lambert shoots forty minutes of 16mm film of the band performing before dancing Mods. Apparently there was trouble that evening down at Roger's house. Right before the show, Roger's father-in-law drags Roger outside and hits him. Roger dons sunglasses for the shoot to cover up the black eye. Footage from the shoot first appears edited into 1965's "I Can't Explain" video, the audio is released in the 1980's on a bootleg called Dance to Keep From Crying and two songs, "I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying" and "Ooh Poo Pah Doo", appear with sound and video in the 2007 movie Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who.

The next night the Numbers are at The Mine, Carpenders Park Station in South Oxhey near Watford and from there go to The Scene Club for a late show. On the 15th, the band takes to the river for a summer dance on a riverboat departing from Charing Cross Pier. The dance is sponsored by Hoover, the vacuum cleaner company. Joining them on the cruise is the South Beats containing member Alan Oates who will become The Who's assistant road manager the next year.

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On the 16th, The High Numbers follow The Kinks, then super-hot with their new song "You Really Got Me", and open for The Beatles, all during one Sunday night at the Blackpool Opera House. It is one of only two times that the band plays the same venue as the Liverpudlian Four. More than one writer has suggested that John Lennon takes the idea of using feedback at the beginning of that November's Beatles single "I Feel Fine" from watching Pete's feedback-laden performance on this night.

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The High Numbers manage to make an impression despite the strong competition thanks not only to their performance but also to new professional stage lighting designed for them by Mike Shaw. When The High Numbers leave the stage, their Marshall stacks are removed and replaced with the Beatles' equipment. John Entwistle later remembers the Beatles' amps as half the size of what The High Numbers are already using. After the show the Numbers get a taste of Beatlemania as hysterical Beatle fans attack them as they leave the show, desperate for any souvenir of any band, ripping off pieces of their clothing and unknowingly ending up with Who collectibles.

On the 18th, the High Numbers return to the Railway Hotel followed on the 19th by a night at The Scene Club.

On the 20th, the band travels to Studio 3 at the BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane to record their television debut for the BBC-2 show The Beat Room, broadcast on the 24th. The High Numbers perform Bo Diddley's "Bring It to Jerome" and The Miracles' "I Gotta Dance to Keep from Crying". Later that night they play the Majestic Ballroom in Luton.

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On the 22nd, Mirabelle answers questions about the meaning of "Face" in "I'm The Face" and gives a little backstory on The High Numbers in their latest issue.

Also on the 22nd Roger becomes the first member of the band to become a father as his son Simon is born at the Downs, Wimbledon. The proud father celebrates that night by singing with his band at the Trade Union Hall in Watford.

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Other dates for this month have the High Numbers 4th billed behind Dusty Springfield at the Hippodrome in Brighton (23rd), returing to the Railway Hotel (25th) then the Scene Club (26th) and finishing the month back in Blackpool at the Queen's Theatre supporting The Kinks and The Searchers (30th).





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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 case, 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 and 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.