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Our next single is really pop-art. I wrote it with that intention. Not only is the number pop-art, the lyrics are young and rebellious. It's anti-middle-age, anti boss-class and anti young marrieds.

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Melody Maker July 3, 1965

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1963
The Detours play at the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1964
The Who start a 16-week residency playing Tuesday nights at The Marquee Club, London. The Marquee Club started out on Oxford Street in 1958 as one of London's greatest jazz clubs but by 1964, when it was forced to move to a new location on Wardour Street, it was better known for the new electric R&B played by Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and The Moody Blues. The Who took over the dead night of Tuesday and on the first night only 30 people show up even with Kit and Chris giving out free whisky. To build attendance they start plastering Soho with a striking new poster. The opening act their first night is The Sneakers.

1964
The Who play in London

1965
The Who play the Town Hall in Stourbridge

1965
The Who play in Stourbridge

1966
The Who play The Pavilion in Worthing

1966
The Who play in Worthing

1967
The Who play The Swinging Gate in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After the show The Who go to local booking agent Linda Wren's home for Thanksgiving dinner.

1967
The Who play in Ft. Wayne

1972
The all-star recording of Tommy by the London Symphony orchestra is released in the U.K.

1973
A short letter from Pete appears in Melody Maker. He apologizes to the fans about the poor facilities at London's Lyceum and says that next year The Who will play in larger venues with cheaper seats. Letters from fans follow his.

1975
The Who play The Omni in Atlanta

1975
The Who play in Atlanta

1998
Roger appears on The Late Show with David Letterman in New York singing "My Generation. "",


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