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It's a drag scene at the moment. Everyone's playing the same stuff—James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. It's stalemate! So we're going right back to dig up some old numbers from the Dion-Everlys era. There was some good stuff out then that we could adapt to our style. And it's just the right time.

— Pete Townshend

Beat Instrumental - December 1965

Today in the Who's History

1964:

The band, advertised as “The High Numbers - The Who” perform at Leo's Cavern at the Olympia in Reading

1966:

The Who play in Halmstad

1967:

An acoustic version of “Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands” is recorded at De Lane Lea Studios in London.

1969:

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

1970:

Pete tells Disc and Music Echo that the Who's maxi-single is still in the works with the tracks “Water”, “Don't Know Myself”, “Postcard” and “Now I'm A Farmer”. He says the tracks are from an abortive LP The Who had recorded which also included “Naked Eye” and a studio version of “Heaven and Hell” superior to the one released as the B-side of “Summertime Blues”. He also talks about a new film for The Who and says the songs written for it are “The Note”, “We're Moving” and “The Two Of Us.” The article also says The Who are toying with the idea of putting out a double album with each member controlling a side and that they are looking for a studio large enough to hold the occasional concert.
The Who play in Sheffield

1973:

Filmmakers Richard Stanley and Chris Morphet arrive to film that day's Quadrophenia rehearsals at Shepperton. When Roger discovers that, after a run-through of half the show, the cameras have not been rolling, he explodes at the movie crew. A drunken Pete goes after Roger, poking him in the chest with his finger. Roger is held back, but Pete tells them to let Roger go. When they do, Pete hits Roger with his guitar. Roger responds with an uppercut, knocking Pete out. He accompanies Pete to the hospital. Rehearsal filming is canceled permanently. Also on this day Quadrophenia is played in its entirety on New York radio.

1974:

Zoo World magazine 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.

1975:

The Who play in London

1977:

The Who begin recording “New Song” at Ramport Studios.

1982:

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.

1989:

The Who perform at Wembley Arena in London. Additional dates are on the 23th, 26th and 27th.

2002:

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.”,
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