On this day in:
1963 - The Detours performed at The White Hart Hotel in Acton, West London.
1965 - The Who made their debut on the influential TV show 'Top of The Pops'. The band were featured in the 'Tip for the Top' slot miming to 'I Can't Explain'. The show was filmed in Manchester and went out live between 7.30 - 8.00 pm.
1966 - The band performed in central London's Leicester Square at The Cavern.
1971 - Keith Moon appeared at an all-star jam session at Bumpers Club in London.
1975 - John Entwistle's OX performed at Constitution Hall in Washington DC.
1976 - The Who's 'By Numbers' tour of the States continued with a show at Madison Square Garden. The show was put back a day to help Keith to recover from collapsing at the tour's opening show in Boston two days earlier. Here's some music from the show:
1981 - The band play their third show at Wembley Arena on their 'Face Dances' tour.
2000 - Roger Daltrey performs at the last stop on the Australian tour for the Ultimate Rock Symphony. The show takes place in Melbourne.
2001 - Roger performed a benefit show in Vail, Colorado at he Dobson Ice Arena in support of the Christopher Reeve Foundation and the US Disabled Ski Team. Some sites list this show as March 16 and there is a doubt as to which date is accurate...if you were there let me know!
2007 - The Nassau Coliseum is treated to The Who's 'Endless Wire' show.
2010 - Roger's tour with Eric Clapton continued at the Bank Atlantic Arena in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
2012 - Roger's 'Tommy' tour continued to tread the boards in Italy with a show at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova.
2013 - The Who announce a charity performance of 'Quadrophenia' at Wembley Arena on July 8 2013.
OTHER CURRENT NEWS
SENSATION: The Story of Tommy
Is released today (March 11) on DVD and Bluray.
New 'Tommy' guitar transcription book.
Thanks to Chas Johnson for pointing this one out. Alfred Music has produced a new guitar transcription book for 'Tommy', similar (including the use of wrong era photos) to their recent 'Quadrophenia' one. You can buy it on the Alfred Music website for $22.99.
Roger to perform again with Wilko
Roger and Wilko will perform again in London on March 20 in aid of 'Pancreatic Cancer UK'. The show, put together by Suggs of Madness, takes place at the lovely Porchester Hall and also includes Jools Holland on the bill.
Tickets for 'An Evening with Suggs and Friends' are on sale now with tickets starting at £150. You can buy them here.
Some quirky Who bits and pieces
Just came across this shop selling some cool items of Whoness. If you fancy a Maximum R&B or Quadrophenia 'Onesie' or bathrobe or a lovely Quadrophenia sleeping bag then visit The Creative Quirk
The Express reveals Roger's fondness for model railways...
That bastion of good taste the Express newspaper reports on Roger's recent interview on the Chris Evan's show and his interest in model railways. You can read it here. There's a separate piece on Kent Online (not me...) about Roger's support for a model railway museum in Ashford.
Roger's TCT wish list
In the latest Q Magazine (see below) Roger gives his wish list of bands he'd like to see perform at the annual Royal Albert Hall TCT shows. "I've tried to get the Stones for years. Imagine the Rolling Stones at the Royal Albert Hall, where they can be the Stones they were in 1963, a great British blues band...", he continues "After that, Led Zeppelin with Jason Bonham. That's still not out the window. Pink Floyd of course. Then you get down to the U2s."
Carrie Pratt is running a fan site dedicated to Pete at www.petetownshend.net and it's full of fascinating news stories and historical facts. Well worth a visit.
Has reached me that another member of The Who family passed away last night. Bill Harrison, who worked with the band for many years in different capacities and In the latter years he was the guardian of the band's archive. He was a very nice man who was always ready to help with any queries and he will be missed by all those that knew him. In 1979 he appeared on TV, alongside Del Hegerty (who was a singer in Darts), talking about The Who's equipment.
Roger to work on memoir of the band?
It's being reported by the Times that Roger has confirmed that the band will record a new album this summer and that he is also to begin working on the band's memoir. More news if I can get it.
Roger interviewed in Q Magazine
Roger is interviewed in this months Q magazine where he talks about a whole raft of things, including the 1982 US tour and the pressure Pete was under (there's a report about that here). Visit the Q magazine website for some more nuggets of info.
Roger on the Chris Evans show UPDATED
Roger appears on tomorrow morning's (28 Feb) Chris Evans show on BBC Radio 2. Show starts at 6.30 am though! A clip of it is on the BBC website now, with Roger talking about Pete's guitar smashing antics. There's also another clip here where Roger talks about getting thrown out of the band.
The Guardian and Telegraph review Roger and Wilko's show
Another good review and photo by my friend Brian Rasic on the Guardian's website. The Telegraph also carries a great review with another photo from Brian. There is also some video, posted on youtube by 'SeeGigFilGigPost' of 'Some Kind Of Hero', embedded below.
...in today's Standard newspaper. Click on the image to see a bigger, readable version. I haven't managed to get hold of a set list yet so if anyone wants to send me one I'll post it up.
April release date in the US for 'Going Back Home'
Roger's album with Wilko is now scheduled for release in the US on April 8. It is still scheduled for release in the UK on March 24.
Getty Images celebrate The Who at 50
Getty Images has produced a 'look back' file of The Who's career on their website and I'm pleased to say one of my shots from the o2 is included. You can check out the photos here (please remember the images are copyrighted)
The Who In The Studio
Who fan and friend from way back in the early Naked Eye days Benn Kempster has launched a new website looking at the band's studio work. It's being regularly updated and worth a visit - the address is www.thewhointhestudio.com
Doug Sandom in the Express
There's a nice article about Doug Sandom in The Express newspaper in which Doug reminisces about his days with The Detours and, briefly, The Who. I can highly recommended it and you can read it here.
Roger and Wilko in The Sun
Another interview with Roger and Wilko about their forthcoming album and show on the Sun's website (unfortunately you have to pay Rupert Murdoch to read it all, so I don't know what the interview says...). Nice photo though.
Something else to spend your money on!
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons 20th Century Fox have announced the release of 5 inch models of some of the 'Simpsonised' guest stars that have appeared on the show. The first set came out in February and the next wave, which includes yellow models of Roger, Pete and John, will be released in April!!!! Will post more details when I get them.
Roger and Wilko in The Telegraph
There's a good interview with Roger and Wilko in today's (Feb 19) Telegraph (together with the great image above).
Tommy in New York
The MusicalFare Theatre, which is based on the campus of Daemen College, Amhurst, NY begins a production of 'Tommy' tonight which runs until March 30. The website reads "The seminal rock-opera of our time, THE WHO'S TOMMY is the classic story of the 'deaf, dumb and blind kid' who becomes a media sensation. The first WNY production in nearly two decades, THE WHO'S TOMMY will feature incredible design elements, exhilarating choreography and the iconic score by The Who, which features Top 40 hits such as 'Pinball Wizard', 'See Me, Feel Me' and 'I'm Free'. It's an event-musical that you will not want to miss!" At $40 a ticket it may be worth the trip out to Amhurst.
One of the rarer pieces of film that has sat gathering dust in some collections has surfaced on youtube. It's footage from a show called Die Jurgen Nachtwandler - London under 21, which was filmed on various dates in 1967. Part of the footage which has been put on youtube (it's not the best quality but good enough) shows Pete demoing 'Glittering Girl' to the band's management and then the band running through the track at the Saville Theatre. Posted on youtube by 'lowgens02''
Roger on the Dan Rather show
It looks like Roger appeared on the Dan Rather Show last night as part of a 'Grammy Winners' Big Interview special. It aired at 8pm ET on AXS TV. You can catch a clip of the interview with Roger on youtube.
The Florida Orchestra
The Tampa Bay Times reports that one evening of its 2014-2015 season will be given over to the music of The Who. It states "A single singer will tackle both the Rolling Stones and the Who as a part of the orchestra's rock series. Brody Dolyniuk of Las Vegas rock band Yellow Brick Road will sing Mick Jagger for the music of the Rolling Stones on Oct. 17, and Roger Daltrey for the music of the Who, May 8, 2015. He should have no trouble stretching, though. A few years back, he joined the orchestra to sing Queen."
Some video of Pete...
...at 'Questors' (see below) has been posted on youtube.
Pete at 'Questors'
I was lucky enough to get a ticket to Pete's talk at 'Questors' in Ealing yesterday and what an entertaining 65 minutes it was. Around 300 people gathered in the small theatre to hear Pete talk with director and writer Tony Palmer about his past and future. Palmer of course has history with the band, having worked with them on the TV show 'Twice A Fortnight' and he travelled with them on some of their 68 tour of the States. Part of their perfomance at Peoria on March 10 1968 ended up as part of his 'All My Loving' series. The conversation took Pete back to his early days in the area including his time at college, through to 'Tommy', 'Endless Wire' and all stops in between. There was a particularly funny story about 'Bucket T' (with an acapella rendition...) and its popularity in Sweden! It was an honest, touching and funny account of a rich 50 year hsitory. Pete was very generous in his praise of Keith, John and Roger. He confirmed Roger's statement earlier this month about having songs ready to go for a new album but said that their schedules meant it was unlikely that they would go in the studio before the end of the year. At the end of the talk there was a short Q&A with the audience. A lovely way to spend a Sunday evening.
A nice little item
Saw this on ebay and if you have $70 to spare it looks very nice. It's a 1/4 scale model of Keith Moon's 'Pictures of Lily' kit!
I Keep It To Myself
A promo CD of 'I Keep It To Myself' from Roger and Wilko's upcoming album has been released. I'm sure it'll be turning up for sale in the usual places soon so keep your eyes open for it.
"It really takes me back..."
I managed to get a lovely quote from Roger about his new album with Wilko Johnson. I think it sums up the ethos of the album, "It really takes me back to that sound that first grabbed my ears and made me love rock music. It's great fun."
A 'Tommy' tribute
American tribute band Who Are You will be performing a two and a half hour tribute to The Who, including a performance of 'Tommy' this Saturday (Feb 15). The show will take place at the Memorial Hall Theatre in Greenfield, Mass. Tickets are $20 and the proceeds are going to a very good cause, to help replace the theatre's very old film screen! You can read more about the show here.
50 years of The Who... in Australia
If you're in Towradgi, New South Wales this June pop along to Waves, where there will be a tribute to The Who's 50th anniversary. On June 21 three Austrailian singers will celebrate the band's 50th by paying tribute to The Who's extensive back catalogue. You can get more info and tickets here.
I Keep It To Myself
Thanks to Whitefang for alerting me to this video from Roger and Wilko's forthcoming album. Originally posted on youtube by 'Rock Legends'.
Roger and Wilko Q&A
Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson will take part in a Q&A in London on February 27. If you're a registered user on the Times newspaper website you can buy tickets here or register to buy. You can also enter to win a pair of tickets via Universal Music here.
Going Back Home
'Going Back Home' the joint album by Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson is now scheduled for release on March 24 (according to Amazon). The album is released on the Chess label and features 11 tracks. Asking price is £9.99 and you can pre-order on Amazon (UK) here. Trackilisting is: Going Back Home, Ice On the Motorway, I Keep It To Myself, Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window, Turned 21, Keep On Loving You, Some Kind Of Hero, Sneaking Suspicion, Keep It Out Of Sight, Everyone's Carrying A Gun and All Through The City.
One for the connoisseur
Thanks to my friend Ross for sending this on to me, it's for those of you who just have to collect everything. A new clear vinyl boot called 'The 1969 Soundboard Tapes'. Looks very nice and combines tracks from McDonough Gymnasium in Washington, recorded on November 2 1969 (tracks 1-6) and the New York State University show in Long Island on October 18 1969 (tracks 7-11). Of course the McDonough stuff has been out before but the university show from Stony Brook is new to me (which doesn't of course mean it hasn't come out before I hasten to add). I haven't heard it yet and am searching to get a copy but apparently it has some good banter from Pete before track 7. The tracklisting is: Heaven and Hell, I Can't Explain, Fortune Teller, Summertime Blues, Shakin' All Over, Overture, It's A Boy, My Generation, 1921, Amazing Journey, Sparks (listed as having some 'tape flaws').
Front Row with Roger and Wilko
If you missed yesterday's broadcast of the BBC's 'Front Row' radio show, which included an interview with Roger and Wilko talking about their joint venture, you can listen now on the BBC iPlayer. Unfortunately I think it's only available to UK residents. There's a little bit of Roger at the start of the programme but the main piece starts at 14:04 mins and runs for about seven minutes. It includes a snippett of the track 'Keep It Out of Sight' and it sounds rather good. The album 'Going Back Home' is released on Monday March 10. You can listen to 'Front Row' on iPlayer here.
More MOJO Whoness
As well as carrying the interview with Roger and Wilko this months MOJO also has a piece marking the 50th anniversary of the zenith of the Mod movement. It interviews DJ, and all round nice guy, Jeff Dexter where he talks about booking The Who 'when they were rubbish'. It also has a short piece from Roger wtalking about the Mod days and the influence of their managers at that time - "Pete Meaden told us there was this new thing called Mod with short hair. It was like, What?! Short hair?! We'd only just grown ours. So it was straight down the barber's. We'd been this scruffy beatnik, Teddy Boyish mess of fashion and out we came looking really sharp."
There is also an exhibition opening in April celebrating 50 years of Mod, going under the title of Modstock. It runs from April 17 - 20 at The Venue, 229 Great Portland Street in London. For more info visit the website here.
The Two Puddings
A friend of mine mentioned this book to me today and whilst it doesn't have any great in depth Who content (the band did play at the venue and are mentioned) it may be one for the general 60s aficionado. The Two Puddings was a notorious pub in London's Stratford, the scene of the Who's triumphant show at the 2012 Olympics. Stratford then though was very different and the pub was known locally as the 'Butchers Shop' because of the amount of blood that was spilled between its walls. It did, however, host some gigs by some of the capital's brightest bands, including The Who in 1966. Sounds like it's worth a read if you're into London social history. 'Tales from the Two Puddings' is by Eddie Johnson, who ran the pub for many, many years and is published by Fifty First State Press.
Tommy goes to the Isle of Man
There's a performance of Tommy going on at the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas on the Isle of Man at the moment that's getting good reviews. The IOM Today website says 'The Who's Tommy is not to be missed'. On first glance at that review I thought they had made a mistake and were talking about 'Quadrophenia' judging by the photo they used but it's definitely 'Tommy'. It only runs until February 8 so better get your skates on if you want to see it.
Sensation : The Story of TOMMY
On the subject of Tommy, the documentary 'Sensation : The Story of TOMMY' is being released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 11. Apparently, if you pre-order the deluxe blu-ray bundle here (£31.99) before February 20 you'll get the Blu-ray, t shirt and even get your name printed on an exclusive poster along with the others who do the same.
Classic Rock previews the 'Fifty Years of The Who' photo exhibition
The March edition of Classic Rock (with Bad Company on the cover) has a double page spread devoted to the Colin Jones exhibition at the Proud Gallery in London, as mentioned below. Jones gives a couple of insights on life on the road with the band and explains why he didn't go on the road with them on their first US tour. Thinking back to those early days the photographer concludes "They were great times and I got access to The Who that you just wouldn't get today."
Exhibition at Proud Gallery in Camden of Who photos
An exhibition of photos from Photographer Colin Jones goes on display to the public from tomorrow at the Proud Gallery in Camden. Under the title 'Fifty Years of The Who' the exhibition runs from Feb 6 until March 23. The opening night invite states that "this unique exhibition sheds new light on one of Britain's most iconic and most influencial bands." If in London why not go along and have a peek.
The Who Before The Who
A bit of news I would have posted last month if Naked Eye was still up and running was that you can now buy a kindle copy of 'The Who before The Who' by Doug Sandom. Doug of course was the drummer with the Detours a couple of years before they turned into The Who. The foreword is provided by Pete Townshend, who writes "Doug Sandom's work with our band gave me the confidence to drive the band as a writer and creativer thinker..." You can read more and download the Kindle edition at Amazon.
Roger and Wilko in MOJO - UPDATED
The March edition of MOJO is out now and it carries an interview with Roger and Wilko Johnson which, according to the cover, deals with 'Life, Death and their new LP'. The interview, which toook place at the band's management office, Trinifold, is really good and Roger is on good form. Apparently at one stage Michael Caine arrives to interview Roger for a new documentary on the 60s. There's also an insert where Roger Looks at The Who at 50 (which uses one of my photos from the o2 of Roger and Pete). In it Roger states again that the band will 'definitely' (be) touring in 2015 and that it will be the last ever one. "Not the last shows, but the last tour, as all the schlepping is a killer at our age."
Standard Lamps confirmed as support for the Roger and Wilko show
Standard Lamps have been confirmed as the support band for Roger's show at Shepherd's Bush with Wilko Johnson. You can see and hear what they're like here.
Roger hints at new Who album.
Roger has spoken to NME about the upcoming Teenage Cancer Trust shows and during the interview he mentioned that he's been working with Pete on new material. Although the heading says they will make a new album this year Roger doesn't actually mention that in the article. You can read the article on nme here. Roger also told The Sun that he'll attempt to get an Oasis reunion in aid of the TCT some time in the future.
The main gist of the interviews Roger gave was to announce this years Teenage Cancer Trust concerts which take part, as always, at The Royal Albert Hall in March. Tickets are already on sale but yet again it's a great line up and you can get more info on the line up and where to buy tickets at the TCT website.
Roger also spoke to The Independent about the TCT gigs and health in general. You can read that one here.
Roger has spoken about his album with Wilko Johnson on the BBC's 'Front Row' show, which will be broadcast in full on the Radio 4 show on February 7. There's a three minute clip of the interview on the BBC website.