On this day in 1966 The Who returned to the annual 'National Jazz and Blues Festival', which had moved from its home the previous year in Richmond to Balloon Meadow at Windsor Racecourse. Once again the promoters put together an astonishing bill that also included The Small Faces, Spencer Davis, The Yardbirds, The Move and their major coup, the full debut of Cream (having only played one warm up gig the night before in Manchester). The band hadn't even settled on a name when some of the flyers
were printed up and they were just listed by the band member's names.
The Who performed on the Saturday night, topping the bill and playing a forty minute set between 10.40pm and 11.20pm. They followed The Yardbirds after just a five minute break (those were the days). Their performance was the culmination of a day that saw England win the World Cup with a victory over West Germany and so I imagine there was quite a bit of celebrating going on! Spurred on by their management team of Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, who enthusiastically threw smoke bombs on the stage during the performance, the band finished, characteristically, by destroying their equipment, leading to a bit of a mini riot in the already buoyant audience. Ticket prices for the whole day of The Who's show ranged from 10 shillings (50p today) to 'twelve and six' shillings (62p). I guess the latter would have been the equivalent to VIP tickets today!
On July 29 1971 The Who debuted their new 'Who's Next' stage show in the US at the Forest Hills Music Festival in New York. The band equalled ticket sales records at the venue previously set by Sinatra, The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkle. A second show was added on July 31 after the first sold out in 45 minutes. During the show Pete Townshend smashed two Gibsons, which spurred even John Entwistle to smash one of his beloved Thunderbirds.
A Saturday treat
A fantastic version of My Generation recorded in Sydney on July 28 2004 originally used on petetownshend.com and rescued from the ether....
'Pinball Wizard The Collection' was released on May 28
on Spectrum Audio label and has an eclectic, if not somewhat bizarre at times, tracklisting (some of which are live). It's a budget release aimed at getting the CD into areas where they wouldn't normally be stocked but judging by comments on Amazon, where the few reviews run from 1 star to 4 stars, it looks like there are a few mistakes in the notes and grumbles about sound quality.
The tracklisting runs as follows:
Run Run Run
I Can See For Miles
Armenia City In The Sky
Won't Get Fooled Again
Young Man Blues
Love Reign O'er Me
The Real Me
Who Are You
Another Tricky Day
It's Not Enough
You can order it here on Amazon.
The Who attack digital piracy
It has been reported that Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have joined with other industry figures in signing a letter to British prime minister David Cameron calling for action on illegal downloading. Others that have signed the letter include musicians Tinie Tempah, Robert Plant, Elton John, Brian May, Professor Green as well as Simon Cowell. The letter states that search engines must 'play their part in protecting consumers and creators from illegal sites' as well as saying that broadband companies and advertsiers must also play their part. The letter seems to be aimed mainly at Google who has been the subject of attack
from the BPI.
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of the BPI, said: "Once we’ve told Google 100,000 times that a particular site is illegal, we don’t think that site should be coming above iTunes and Spotify in the results." He added that if Google "have knowledge that a site is illegal… that site should be blocked. But they still list that site in their search results."
Google denies supporting piracy, saying it removes millions of links a month from its listings after requests from music publishers. Also speaking on Newsnight, Google's UK Policy Manager Theo Bertram said: "It's not for Google to go around the web judging what is or isn't legal, and I don't think people would want us to do that. When people tell us, that’s my content on that page, we remove it quickly, and we do almost two million of those every month."
The letter which was signed by The Who and published on the 24th also urges the governmet to implement anti-piracy laws passed in the 2010 Digital Economy Act more quickly. They are currently due to come into force in 2014. Under the new law, people caught illegally downloading could potentially have their internet cut off.
Love Reign O'er Me
In response to an email I received regarding the video from Japan posted yesterday, which asked for more, here's a song from the following night. Shot in Osaka on July 25 2004 and, keeping in line with the current Quadrophenia news trend, this is Love Reign O'er Me.
I did have the video of the press conference by Pete and Roger from yesterday on the site but it's been 'made private by the owner!' (I like the exclamation mark), who I can only assume is The Who. It was available to share and embed yesterday when I put it up but obviously they changed their mind. It is,however, still available to share and embed on youtube, which is strange. Anyway, if you want to watch it on youtube you can here.
North American Tour announced.
As expected The Who have announced a new US tour, beginning in Atlantic City on November 1. The tour will be split over two legs running through until the end of February 2013. General public tickets go on sale July 27, whilst pre sale tickets via www.thewho.com begins on July 20. The dates announced are:
Nov 1: Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
Nov 3: Orlando, FL Amway Center
Nov 5: Duluth, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Nov 8: Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
Nov 9: Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Nov 11: Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Arena
Nove 13: Washington, DC Verizon Center
Nov 14: Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Nove 16: Boston, MA TD Garden
Nov 20: Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Nov 21: Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
Nov 23: Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Nov 24: Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Nov 27: Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Nov 29: Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Dec 2: Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Dec 5: New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Dec 6: Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Dec 8: Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Dec 9: Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena (on sale 8/3)
Jan 28: Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Jan 30: Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
Feb 1: Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Feb 2: Reno, NV Reno Events Center
Feb 5: San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
Feb 6: Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena
Feb 8: Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Feb 12: Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Feb 14: Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Feb 16: Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Arena
Feb 17: Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
Feb 19: Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
Feb 21: Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Feb 22: Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
Feb 24: Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
Feb 26: Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Roger Daltrey receives honorary degree
Roger has been awarded an honorary degree by Middlesex University for his contribution to music and acting. Roger said: "If I had the power to give honours, the students would be getting extra honorary degrees from me. After having the privilege of working with them on my production of The Who's Tommy, I was amazed with their vision and creativity. I look forward to seeing more of their work, knowing that within the visual creative industries, the future is a bright one. For me to receive this degree is an honour indeed."
Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll added: "Roger Daltrey is one of the greatest musicians Britain has produced and he has been successful at everything he has turned his hand to." (photo: Press)
Tommy to form part of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival
It's been announced that The Who's Tommy will form part of the 2013 Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, and that the production will be directed by Des McAnuff. More details of tickets etc will be posted soon.
Quad at MSG
Meanwhile on July 16 1996 The band embarked upon a six night stint at Madison Square Garden with their new version of Quadrophenia, which they premiered at Hyde Park a few weeks earlier. The band played to over 85,810 fans over the six nights and the shows paved the way for full scale tours later in the year and in 1997. Here's some video from the Madison Square shows.
On July 12 1978 Keith Moon was interviewed on British TV for the last time when Nicky Horne visited him at Shepperton Studios, where he had been installed as Director of Promotion and Publicity. The interview was for the London news programme 'Thames at 6' .
New radio interview with Roger
Roger was interviewed by CBSFM last week and he speaks about his voice, the Olympics, CSI and Quadrophenia. You can read more and listen to the interview here.
Say It Ain't So Joe
On this day back in 1977 The Who began to make use of their investment in Shepperton Film Studios by commencing rehearsals for the 'Kid's Are Alright' movie.
Whilst there Roger took the opportunity to film a promotional video with John , Keith and Jimmy McCulloch in the band, for his latest solo single 'Say It Ain't So Joe'. The track was written by Murray Head and taken from the album 'One Of The Boys'.
I've been away in Dublin for the weekend, hence the lack of any daily updates, but I met a big Who fan, Mick Kenny, also known as Mik The Who, whilst I was there. Mick runs a weekly Saturday classic rock show on Dublin City FM and plays at least one Who track every week on his show. You can find Mick on Facebook under MikTheWho.
Exit Fender, stage left
On July 6th 2002 The Who finished the first leg of their US tour at the Gorge in George, Washington state. It is probably the most beautiful venue I've ever visited and I remember getting quite sunburnt. It's also a place where I almost got abandoned in the middle of nowhere, as the band left the venue forgetting to take me with them! Luckily there was some mobile phone service in the area and after a quick call to the road manager a car was sent back from the airport to pick me up. The flight home, back to LA, was almost as spectacular as the stage show with a huge electrical storm tossing the small plane all over the place. However, the act that night culminated in Pete smashing a guitar. It had come at the end of an emotional week and I think a mixture of relief and frustration was evident all round. I've been in the pit a couple of times when Pete has smashed one and over the years have seen him smash quite a few so you tend to develop a sixth sense as to when it's going to happen. This was one of those occasions and I managed to capture it on film. I haven't overdubbed the sound on this one yet but this is how it went out on pt.com that night.
Back in 1969 the Royal Albert Hall staged an ambitious series of concerts billed as the 'First London Gala Pop Festival'.
The week long festival started on June 29th with a gig by Led Zeppelin and finished on July 5 with two shows by The Who and Chuck Berry. Just down the road on the same day in Hyde Park The Rolling Stones were performing at their legendary gig. Other acts performing during the week included Fleetwood Mac, Amen Corner, Family and The Dubliners. True to form, when it came to the last night there was a dispute over billing between The Who and Chuck Berry. In the end it was decided that Chuck Berry would close the first show and The Who would headline the second show. Trouble flared during the early show when Berry's fans, mainly Teddy Boys, started throwing coins and cans at the stage during The Who's performance, cutting Roger Daltrey's forehead. Mc Jeff Dexter called for calm but to no avail. The Who's roadies hit back when a few fans took to the stage. During the second show the Teds tried to stop The Who from taking to the stage for their headline performance but the police were in attendance and ejected many of those intent on trouble. By the end of the set the audience were on their feet in appreciation of another fine performance by the band.
I recently received an email on the subject of the Pop Proms from an eye witness that tells a slightly different story to how the trouble started or, maybe, how it was intensified. Here's an excerpt " The RAH used to have a centre aisle and a crowd of teds had gathered there as well as at the sides (how funny seeing these old men at a concert we thought. Some of them must have been 30!). Pete had been trying to calm things down and they went into the next number. Anyway, one of those in the centre must have said too much. Rog swung his mike and you saw this guys head jerk back. Now from where I was sitting I can't say whether it hit him or not, but it did appear to.
What I do know is, that all hell broke loose. Roger was swinging a mike stand into the on rushing teds while members of the road crew were trying to pull him away. Teds and road crew fighting on stage. Bobby Pridden had collected all the mikes and stands to Pete's side of the stage and was sat on the floor in front of them with his knees under his chin. Second house was business as usual". Thanks to Dermot for those memories. I did post some video that was unearthed from the show and, if you missed it, you can see that here on the April 27 entry.
Quadrophenia - The Director's Interview
I recently spoke to Matt O'Casey, the Director of the Quadrophenia documentary which was shown on BBC TV last week. It was only a short Q&A and I had hoped to put it on the site last week but thing's got delayed. Anyway here it is now in pdf format. Thanks to Matt for his time and it was good to read that his first gig was The Who at the Lyceum in London performing Quadrophenia back in '73. It fits nicely with the interview I did with Pete back in November last year.
10 years ago today
The Who were playing the second night of the 2002 tour. It was, of course, supposed to be the fourth show but the first two were cancelled with John's death. I remember this show really well as it seemed different to the Hollywood Bowl show two nights earlier. Then it seemed, to me anyway, that pure adrenaline got the band (and crew) through an emotional rollercoaster for two hours whilst here it seemed that the reality had really kicked in and it was going to require more than that. Emotions were still running very high and it was a difficult time for everyone involved in the shows but I think at this gig both Pete and Roger found themselves with more freedom on stage and realised that they found themselves with a huge aural space that needed filling, if that makes sense. I think the sound did begin to change with Roger and Pete stepping forward to take on that challenge. If you read my piece on the lead up to the 2002 tour (here) you'll know that finishes at the end of the Hollywood Bowl show and I've had quite a few people ask me if I'd write some more about the tour and I will in the next few weeks. I do remember it for all sorts of reasons, some good, some not so good and some great! In the meantime I found this video I filmed at that second show at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View (eternal thanks to those of you out there that copied these videos). It's hard to imagine now how primitive the equipment was that I was using then compared to the state of the art stuff now. It was originally posted on Pete's website on this day 10 years ago. I've overdubbed the sound from the Encore series CD.
The Who My Generation July 3 2002.
The only High Numbers record to be released, 'Zoot Suit' and 'I'm The Face' came out on this day in 1964. Released on Fontana Records the disc was pressed in limited numbers, with only 1000 making it to the shops and is now one of the most sought after pieces of Who memorabilia.
Unlike its billing as 'The No 1 Hip Record in town' the record, unfortunately, failed to make any impression on the charts. It was. however, a momentous occasion in The Who's career and the following six months would be crucial to the bands progression. The single was reissued on Back Door Records, again in limited supplies, in 1980.
Roger Daltrey attends Peter Blake's 80th birthday party (corrected).
Well I messed that one up on the first attempt! A story and photograph on the Daily Mail website about Peter Blake's (and not Paul McCartney's) party at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday night. You can see the article here.
Facebook, Twitter and the like
I've had a lot of people ask if I can put Naked Eye on Facebook and Twitter etc. I've resisted because I quite like where Naked Eye sits at the moment. I think it's a place for fans, one to be sought out rather than a huge site where people can just click 'like' on whatever takes their fancy. Not that I'm opposed really to any of that but this way reminds me more of what I set out to do originally with the printed version of Naked Eye and I'm not sure I could represent that well on any social media sites. I also think that a Facebook page would be to the detriment of this site. Maybe that will change in future, who knows? I'm still amazed this site is still running after a year!
Back to July 2nd in Who history... A mixed day for me personally.
Back in 1989 I was in the States for the first time to see the band play at Meadowlands, the home of the New York Giants. The four sold out shows at the venue were the opening nights of the US leg of 'The Kids Are Alright' reunion tour (although they had played 'Tommy' at Radio City some night earlier). It was great to see The Who back and performing in a city that obviously loved them.
Fast forward to 2006 and The Who performed once again in London's Hyde Park, under the banner 'Hyde Park Calling'. It was the first London gig the band played after I had left Eel Pie. I had managed to see at least one show in London every time they had played in the capital since 1971 (excluding Kilburn, which I didn't know about until afterwards) and this was the first I had missed for over 35 years So a bittersweet day really. I did go and see the Roger Waters performance of 'Dark Side of The Moon' there the previous night, which was absolutely brilliant but part of me wishes that I'd gone back 24 hours later but it wasn't to be.
Back in 1969 Thunderclap Newman's wonderful 'Something In The Air' hit the top of the UK charts. The song, produced by Pete Townshend, stayed at No 1 for three weeks. Here's the band performing on Beat Club.
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
Another month has passed and it's almost a year since Naked Eye has been online. Thank you for all the wonderful emails and support. I do appreciate it.
Recorded this day in 1965 and transmitted the following day on 'Ready, Steady, Go!' As well as 'Anyway Anyhow Anywhere' The Who also played Shout and Shimmy. Nina Simone, who would later appear on Pete's Iron Man album, also guested on the show.