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July 2010 (5 years ago)

New album releases: Korn III: Remember Who You Are - Korn; Euphoria - Enrique Iglesias; Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold; Teflon Don - Rick Ross
Clapton-Daltrey-Detroit Clapton-Daltrey-Detroit

Roger Daltrey wraps up his solo tour supporting Eric Clapton with two dates, the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Indianopolis on the 2nd and the DTE Energy Center in Detroit on the 3rd.

By Numbers Book By Numbers Book

On the 15th, Steve Grantley and Alan G. Parker's book The Who By Numbers: The Story of The Who Through Their Music is published by Helter Skelter.

Quadrophenia Fashion Quadrophenia Fashion

On the 16th, the press reports that designer Alex Mardikian has negotiated the largest lifestyle licensing deal in the history of rock with The Who. "Quadrophenia" is presented as a "lifestyle movement" defined by Alex as "clothing and accessories that make a statement, that revisit or flouish in the feelings of youth, that wear well and look hip, and that appeal to all age demographics."

July 2005 (10 years ago)

New album releases: Move Along - The All-American Rejects; Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 - Young Jeezy; TP.3 Reloaded - R. Kelly; Wanted - Bow Wow
The Who Live 8 The Who Live 8

On the 2nd, The Who perform at the Live 8 benefit in London which is broadcast around the world. Since bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Zak Starkey are both out on tour, their places are taken by Damon Minchella and Steve White who are given only one quick rehearsal with the band the day before. A planned four song set is cut down to only "Who Are You" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" after overruns by previous performers.

Twickenham Burn Twickenham Burn

On the 4th, a house of Pete Townshend's on Montpelier Row, purchased by him in 1986, is damaged by fire. His estranged wife Karen lives there but is in Italy at the time.

On the 5th, The Who see U.K. sales of their compilation album Then and Now spike after Live 8. Says Pete to the tabloid The Mirror: "Our sales went up 832 per cent over the weekend - that's because we sold one record on Saturday and 832 since." The Who also place third in The Mirror's readers poll as best act after Pink Floyd and Robbie Williams. Pete: "I'm delighted to come third. It's lovely to think we've still got fans who rated us above Madonna." The next day The Mirror reports that The Who, along with many other groups appearing at Live 8, have agreed to donate their increased profits to charity.

Petra Haden and the Sell Outs Petra Haden and the Sell Outs
Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

On the 8th, Petra Haden stages the live world premiere of her a capella verion of The Who Sell Out at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Aiding her in recreating her album vocals are an impromptu a capella group The Sell Outs.

Pete Townshend T in the Park Pete Townshend T in the Park
Photo: Clark Wainwright

On the 10th, Pete performs with a headlining Rachel Fuller at the T in the Park Festival in Balado by Kinross, Scotland.

On the 11th, Castle releases John Entwistle's solo albums Smash Your Head Against The Wall, Whistle Rymes, and Rigor Mortis Sets In as expanded CDs in the U.K.

On the 14th, The Parents Television Council (U.S.) asks the F.C.C. to levy a fine on ABC-TV stations for airing the "fuck" in The Who's live performance of "Who Are You" during their broadcast of the Live 8 Concert.

July 2000 (15 years ago)

New album releases: Parachutes - Coldplay; Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 - Jill Scott; Ronan - Ronan Keating; Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile - Everclear

On the last day of June, at the Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark, nine music fans are trampled and crushed to death during a Pearl Jam show. On the 1st, right before The Who's concert at the P.N.C. Bank Arts Center at Holmdel, New Jersey, Pete talks on the phone to Pearl Jam's singer Eddie Vedder, consoling him and giving him pointers about how to handle the tragedy, so eerily similar to the one in Cincinnati over twenty years before.

On the 2nd and 3rd, American Movie Classics holds A Trip Through Rock Music History featuring rock 'n roll movies hosted by Roger.

Also on the 2nd, Pete is interviewed in the New York Post, where he says he will not be putting Lifehouse on Broadway. He also says he avidly supports bootlegging. "I'd like to see it proliferate unchecked. If we don't, we may allow something wonderful to be nipped in the bud." At his website, Pete posts two downloadable MP3's of early demos of "Behind Blue Eyes."

The Who Jones Beach The Who Jones Beach
Photo: William Snyder

On the 3rd, The Who tour continues at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts followed by the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia on the 5th, at the E Center in Camden , New Jersey on the 7th, and finishing the first leg at the Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh, New York on the 9th.

On the 6th, in a message on his website, Pete says that John is "visibly cheering up as the prospect recedes of going to jail for tax evasion." On the 8th, he talks at length about what The Who's songs mean when they're sung by older men. He says he always wrote for teenagers from an older perspective and that the music was "about the adjustments we were all having to make as adults, not what our younger audience was going through as teenagers. It surprises me when serious music journalists seem to miss this." On the 11th, Pete asks for people to send him copies of bootleg recordings and pictures from the recent tour. He also says he has spoken to Bill Curbishley about "doing a Grateful Dead" and releasing rare Who recordings and video to fans.

On the 9th, in an interview in Newsday, Pete says the new tour "[is] the kind of thing that people do when they're retired, isn't it -- they go on a cruise with their golf clubs or something."

Morgan Organized CD Morgan Organized CD

On the 10th, Morgan's [Nicholls] CD Organized is released in the U.K. featuring Pete playing bass on one track and the entire album features a Hammond B3 organ once owned by Pete.

On the 15th, in an interview on the VH1 website, Roger says Pete broke his shoulder with a guitar during the fight they had in 1973. He also calls people on the Internet "insular" and "anti-social."

Thunder Live CD Thunder Live CD

On the 17th, Thunder releases their live CD They Think It's All Over...It Is Now containing a live cover of "Pinball Wizard" and on the 22nd, Elena Powell & The Glitter Folk release their CD Left Of The Moon with an acoustic cover of "Tattoo."

Shel Talmy Auction Shel Talmy Auction

On the 19th, Shel Talmy surprises everyone by putting the original three-track tapes he produced with The Who in 1965 on auction at The opening bid is $500,000 with a reserve price of $1 million. It fails to get any bids but begins the process that ultimately leads to the release of My Generation: Deluxe Edition, mixed from the tapes, in 2002.

July 1995 (20 years ago)

New album releases: Dreaming of You - Selena; Dangerous Minds Original Soundtrack; E. 1999 Eternal - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony; Miss Thang - Monica
1995 Ringo Starr All-Starr Band 1995 Ringo Starr All-Starr Band

On the 2nd, Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, begins its U.S. tour in St. Louis. The rest of the band is Billy Preston, Randy Bachman, Mark Farner, Felix Cavaliere, Mark Riveria and Ringo's son and future Who drummer Zak Starkey.

Clowns For Progress Clowns For Progress

On the 7th, The punk-revival band Clowns For Progress release a CD with a cover of "The Kids Are Alright."

The Who In Sweden The Who In Sweden

Ollie Lundin's picture and reminiscences book The Who in Sweden is published by Squeeze Books. Included with the book is a CD of Who covers by 60's Swedish bands.

Who's Coming? Australian tour bill Who's Coming? Australian tour bill

Roger and Simon Townshend travel to Australia to promote a continuation of his "A Celebration Of Pete Townshend" tour, now to be called the "Who's Coming?" tour. A five date tour is set for mid-October and tickets are sold before Roger discovers the tour would put him £200,000 in the red and cancels it.

On the 29th, Roger is a guest on the Australian TV show Hey Hey It's Saturday where he is presented with a plaque from Polydor Records celebrating the 30 years of The Who. After this he performs "Pinball Wizard" accompanied by Simon Townshend on guitar.

July 1990 (25 years ago)

New album releases: Flesh & Blood - Poison; We Are In Love - Harry Connick, Jr.; Cowboys From Hell - Pantera; In The Heart of the Young - Winger
Arachnophobia soundtrack Arachnophobia soundtrack

The soundtrack to Arachnophobia is released featuring a cover of "Boris The Spider" by The Pleasure Thieves.

On the 26th, Roger wins a $272,000 settlement after suing the Home Farm for killing up to half a million fish at his trout farm in East Sussex.

July 1985 (30 years ago)

New record releases: Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II - Billy Joel; Heart - Heart; Contact - The Pointer Sisters; Who's Zoomin' Who? - Aretha Franklin

On the 3rd, Pete is interviewed on ITV about Ian Dury's book of poetry he is publishing through Faber & Faber called Hard Lines 2.

Townshend, Charles, Dire Straits Townshend, Charles, Dire Straits

On the 4th, Pete joins Dire Straits at London's Wembley Arena for the Prince's Trust rock concert and performs "Solid Rock" with them during the encore. Afterwards he again meets Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

The Who Live Aid Backstage The Who Live Aid Backstage
Photo: Dave Hogan

On the 13th, The Who re-group on stage for the first time since their "Farewell Tour" three years before to perform at the Live Aid benefit. The benefit's organizer, Bob Geldof, blackmails The Who into reuniting, threatening to tell the press The Who would do nothing to help the starving children of Ethiopia if they refuse to perform. Roger tries to make a demand that Kenney Jones not be used as drummer but is overruled. The Who's participation is on and off up until the day of the concert. Geldof later says "it was rather like getting one man's four ex-wives together."

The Who Live Aid The Who Live Aid
Photo: John Hoffmann

Seventy-five thousand attend the concert and over 100 million worldwide watch on television the greatest rock acts Britain can muster. Well all except The Who as the satellite feed to both the U.K. and the U.S. goes down during their short act. The Who probably preferred the blackout as, after only 20 minutes of rehearsal, they give what they consider a lackluster performance of "My Generation", "Pinball Wizard", "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Love Reign O'er Me". John is particularly unhappy as his bass malfunctions and he has to retune halfway through "My Generation." Pete attempts an air kick and ends up falling on his posterior. Pete had written a new song, "After The Fire," for premiere at Live Aid but it is dropped as there wasn't time to rehearse it. It later appears on solo albums by both Roger and Pete but The Who do not get around to performing it until 1999.

Townshend, Geldof, McCartney Live Aid Townshend, Geldof, McCartney Live Aid

Later, at the end of Paul McCartney's set, Paul and Pete lift Bob Geldof onto their shoulders. At the end of the concert, The Who join all the other acts in singing the British Live Aid anthem, "Do They Know It's Christmas."

The Greater Manchester Council tries to persuade The Who to perform again for their anti-heroin campaign but they cannot be talked into it.

July 1980 (35 years ago)

New album releases: Back in Black - AC/DC; Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple - Deep Purple; Vienna - Ultravox; Crocodiles - Echo & The Bunnymen
July 5, 1980 ticket July 5, 1980 ticket

The Who's North American tour continues its Southern swing as The Who perform at the Dallas Reunion Arena on the 2nd. The 3rd finds them at the Erwin Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the 5th at The Summit in Houston. The opening act is Willie Nile.

Free Me picture sleeve Free Me picture sleeve

Also on the 5th, a single from the soundtrack to Roger's film McVicar is released. "Free Me" backed with "McVicar" peaks at #53 in the Billboard charts, #44 in Cash Box.

The Who 1980 Atlanta ticket The Who 1980 Atlanta ticket

On the 7th, The Who perform at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge the 9th at The Omni in Atlanta, the 10th at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee, the 11th at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, the 13th at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and the 14th at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The Who end their 1980 touring with an added date on the 16th at C.N.E. Stadium in Toronto with fellow acts Heart, the J. Geils Band and Nash the Slash. Hundreds suffer heat exhaustion during the daylong show.

On the 9th, it is reported that Pete wants to publish a book of erotic short stories. This is the first mention of the book that will emerge five years later as Horse's Neck.

On the 14th, Boxoffice magazine reports that The Who's manager Bill Curbishley has formed a new film company. One of his upcoming projects will be "The Hussars" starring Roger and directed by Nicholas Roeg (it never happens). The magazine also reports that McVicar is having trouble finding a U.S. distributor because it has been deemed too British for American audiences.

4Be2 picture sleeve 4Be2 picture sleeve

4" Be 2" release their single "Frustration" in the U.K. The b-side is a cover of "I Can't Explain." John Lydon's older brother Jimmy sings and the former Johnny Rotten reportedly produces the single and some claim he plays bass on the Who cover.

July 1975 (40 years ago)

New album releases: Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac; KC and the Sunshine Band - KC and the Sunshine Band; Sabotage - Black Sabbath; Metal Machine Music - Lou Reed
Ride A Rock Horse Ride A Rock Horse

On the 4th, Roger's second solo album Ride A Rock Horse is released in the U.K. on Polydor. The U.S. do not get their copy on MCA until the 26th. Rolling Stone and Listening Post give practically the only positive reviews in a raft of extremely negative notices. Nevertheless the album peaks at #14 in the U.K., the top position for a Roger solo LP there. The U.S. release peaks at #28.

On the 7th, Keith Moon has "Happy Birthday Ringo" written in the sky above Los Angeles in honor of his fellow drummer's 35th birthday. He then sends the bill to Ringo.

Crazy Like A Fox picture sleeve Crazy Like A Fox picture sleeve
Spanish picture sleeve

The third and last single from Keith's solo album Two Sides Of The Moon is released. As with the previous two, "Crazy Like a Fox" backed with the Beatles song "In My Life" fails to chart. Despite this, Keith begins work on his never-to-be-completed second solo album later this month in Los Angeles.

On the 19th, Kit Lambert is interviewed in New Musical Express and reveals publicly that he and Chris Stamp are no longer managers of The Who. He also adds that he is suing Robert Stigwood for credit on Tommy: The Movie and for alienating the affections of Chris Stamp.

July 1970 (45 years ago)

New album releases: Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival; John Barleycorn Must Die - Traffic; Absolutely Live - The Doors; Full House - Fairport Convention
Pete Townshend Chicago 1970 Pete Townshend Chicago 1970
Photo: Dan Fong

The Who's Summer North American tour continues at The Auditorium Theater in Chicago (1st). The next day The Who travel to Kansas City, Missouri to play at The Freedom Palace. Before the show, Keith buys his famous transparent drum kit. A heat wave causes power outages during that night's show.

From there, The Who travel to Minneapolis Auditorium (3rd), back to Chicago's Auditorium Theater (4th) and Cobo Arena, Detroit with supporting act The James Gang (5th).

On the 4th, New Musical Express prints an interview with John where he expresses his frustration at being ignored by the cameras whenever The Who play on TV. He also calls the mini-opera "A Quick One While He's Away" a "load of rubbish."

1970 Tanglewood Program 1970 Tanglewood Program

On the 7th, The Who headline at the Tanglewood Music Amphitheater in Lenox, Massachusetts (7th) with Jethro Tull and It's a Beautiful Day opening. It is one of The Who's very best performances and is projected on a 15' X 21' television screen on the lawn outside the venue. The show is videotaped and intended for use on a "Fillmore at Tanglewood" television special that never airs. "Heaven and Hell", "I Can't Explain" and "Water" are later released on the first video edition of 30 Years Of Maximum R&B and the surviving section of the concert on YouTube in 2014.

The Who fly back to London on the 9th.

Summertime Blues picture sleeve Summertime Blues picture sleeve
German picture sleeve

On the 10th, the single "Summertime Blues" backed with "Heaven and Hell" is released. The A-side comes from the album Live at Leeds while the B-side is a quickly recorded mono studio version of the Entwistle song done for the BBC with a new vocal slapped on. It reaches #38 in Britain and in the U.S. it makes #27 in the Billboard charts and #14 in the Cash Box charts.

Jazz and Pop Sept. 1970 Jazz and Pop Sept. 1970

Jazz & Pop carries an interview with Pete. He talks about how much he hated Woodstock and compares The Who to The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

On the 17th the BBC-2 religious program The Timeless Moment airs an interview with Pete filmed in late 1969 in which he discusses his belief in Meher Baba. Tommy cover artist Mike McInnerney and his wife Katie are also on the programme.

On the 18th, the soundtrack to Woodstock, featuring The Who's performance of "See Me Feel Me", hits the charts in Britain. It peaks at #35.

The Who Dunstable 1970 The Who Dunstable 1970

After all the U.S. touring, The Who do a one-off British show at the Civic Hall in Dunstable on the 25th. Pete wears a tie-dye version of his usually white boiler suit and destroys a Gibson SG at the end. The supporting acts were to have included Wishbone Ash but at Keith's insistence, they are replaced by Roger Ruskin-Spear and his Giant Kinetic Wardrobe.

July 1965 (50 years ago)

New records: "Like a Rolling Stone" - Bob Dylan; "Help!" - The Beatles; "California Girls" - The Beach Boys; "I Got You Babe" - Sonny & Cher

On the 1st, The Who are filmed performing live versions of "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" and "Shout and Shimmy" for Ready Steady GO! With great luck a kinescope of this show survives and "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" is later used in The Kids Are Alright and many other Who documentaries. The other song they perform that night, "Shout and Shimmy," has so far only appeared on the 1984 videotape Ready Steady Go! Volume 2.

On the 2nd, The Who start a busy month of shows at The Maple Ballroom in Northampton followed by The Gaiety Ballroom in Ramsey on the 3rd.

Melody Maker 3 July 1965 Melody Maker 3 July 1965

Also on the 3rd, "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" reaches its U.K. peak at #10. The same day Melody Maker interviews Pete under the headline "Well, What Is Pop Art?" Pete declares The Who's next single, "My Generation" will be "anti-middle-age, anti boss-class and anti-young-marrieds."

1965 Manor House ad 1965 Manor House ad

The 5th has The Who at the Assembly Rooms in Tunbridge Wells then The Manor House in London on the 7th, the opening of that club. Keith gets overheated and has to be carried out by roadies at the end of the set. Keith revives and The Who hurry off to the Olympia Ballroom in Reading (8th), the Locarno Ballroom in Basildon (9th), The Winter Gardens on the Isle of Wight (10th), the Birdcage Club in Southsea (11th), a rehearsal at the White Hart in Acton (12th), The Marquee Club in London (13th) recorded for broadcast on Radio Luxembourg's Ready Steady Radio! on the 18th, and the Locarno Ballroom in Stevenage (14th).

On the 15th, The Who set off for their first ever show in Wales at The Ritz Ballroom in Lianelli with opening act The Iveys (later known as Badfinger).

The Who First Album Completed The Who First Album Completed

In Beat Instrumental, John Emery reviews an acetate of nine new Who tracks played for him by producer Shel Talmy. The songs are intended for The Who's first album slated for release in the U.S. and France that autumn. Emery gives the titles to eight of the tracks, "I'm A Man," "Heatwave," I Don't Mind," "Lubie," "You're Gonna Know Me," "Please Please Please," "Leaving Here," and "Motoring." Only one, "You're Gonna Know Me," is a band original which leads Emery to remark, "one thing hit me slap in the face just looking at the titles -- the lack of originality in choice of material." Reacting quickly, Who manager Kit Lambert announces in Melody Maker on the 17th that "The Who are having serious doubts about the state of R&B. Now the LP will consist of hard pop. They've finished with 'Smokestack Lightnin'." He says The Who will record a new album of all Pete and Roger originals for release in early September.

July 1965 Torquay ad July 1965 Torquay ad

On the 16th, The Who play the 1965 Cheltenham Festival along with The Yardbirds, Shades of Blue and The Hellions followed by the Town Hall in Torquay on the 17th. Afterwards The Who take a week off from touring to go on holiday.

Anyway Anyhow Anywhere Dutch picture sleeve Anyway Anyhow Anywhere Dutch picture sleeve

Also on the 17th, "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" enters the Dutch charts where it will peak at #17. An even better reception appears on the 20th, as the single hits #3 on Radio London's Fab 40

1965 Who Lifelines 1965 Who Lifelines

On the 23rd, New Musical Express publishes a list of The Who's "life-lines". Keith is certainly keeping his plan to "stay young forever." Part of his plan is apparently fibbing about his age as his listing is a year short of his actual birthday.

On the 26th, BBC2 runs Workshop: In Search Of Constant Lambert that features a short clip of his son Kit watching The Who onstage at the Marquee Club the previous March.

Pontiac July 28 ad Pontiac July 28 ad

On the 27th, it's back to work as The Who pre-tape an appearance on Radio Luxembourg's Ready Steady Radio! at The Marquee followed by the Pontiac Club in Putney (28th) where the band's P.A. blows up after the first set. The Who's first live performance of "My Generation" may have taken place at this explosive set.

Richard Cole 1965 Richard Cole 1965
Richard Cole, left, driving The Who's van

Seeing they need help, Richard Cole applies for a position as a roadie for The Who on the 28th. His trial by fire working for them prepares for his future employment as Led Zeppelin's tour manager.

Karen Astley 1964 Karen Astley 1964
Karen Astley, left. Photo: Richard Barnes

The final two shows of the month are at the New Fender Club in Kenton (30th) and Wilton Hall in Bletchley (31st). At the Bletchley show a girl who likes John brings her friend Karen Astley to see The Who. Afterwards they go out for drinks with the band where Karen kisses Pete, beginning the relationship that will lead to marriage three years later.

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