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 I like playing heavy metal - I just can't stand listening to it...the same way some people like the smell of their own farts but don't like smelling anyone else's!

— John Entwistle

New Musical Express 1981

Today in the Who's History

1964:

EMI sends Kit Labert a letter of rejection for The High Numbers. 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.”,

1965:

The Who appear on the BBC Light Programme Saturday Club performing live-in-studio versions of Pete's new songs “The Good's Gone,” “My Generation,” and “La La La Lies."
They also appear to play in Milford Haven

1966:

The Who play in Simrishamn and in in Höör

1967:

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 two-necked guitar and Keith wears a jester's outfit.

1969:

The Who continue a six-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York accompanied by the Joshua Light Show.

1970:

The Who play in Stockton

1973:

The box office opens for The Who's first British tour in over two years. Twenty thousand line up at London Lyceum for nine thousand tickets.

1976:

The Who return to England except for Keith who returns to Los Angeles. Pete Townshend: “(we) had no new album, nothing happening, no feeling of existing, and everytime we picked up a paper, there were snivelling little brats [the punk rockers] knocking us.”

1982:

The BBC2-TV program Newsnight airs footage of The Who's concert at Shea Stadium during a report.

1983:

Roger gives an interview to the Times (London) to promote his appearance in The Beggar's Opera on BBC TV. His remarks indicate that he still believes The Who will record a follow-up album to It's Hard.

1990:

Pete appears on the Showtime program Coast To Coast hosted by Herbie Hancock. Pete, Hancock and Pat Metheny perform “I Put A Spell On You” and “Magic Bus” and with Simply Red, “It's Only Love.”

1996:

The Who play in Inglewood

1997:

The Who Concert File by 'Irish' Jack Lyons and Joe McMichael is published by Omnibus.
For more information be sure to visit
www.thewhothismonth.com
and
The Concert Guide

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