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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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The Kids are Alright
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1963
The Detours play at the Town Hall in Acton

1965
The Who play the Palais Wimbledon in London

1965
The Who play in Wimbledon

1966
The Who go into IBC Studios to work on the space filler number Pete has written for the new album. A collection of song snippets pushed together to tell a story of a husband returning home to confront and forgive his cheating wife, "A Quick One While He's Away " will become known as the "mini-opera, " will provide a new title for the album and may have inspired The Beatles' "A Day In The Life. " While they are working that afternoon a visitor drops by. Jimi Hendrix and his manager Chas Chandler come in to ask for some equipment advice for the band they are putting together. Keith immediately greets Jimi's arrival with the cry of "who let that savage in here? " Pete remembers Jimi as being strangely dressed with wild hair. Nevertheless, Pete shows Jimi The Who's equipment and Jimi tells Chandler to get him at least one of each.
The Who play the Spa Royal Hall in Bridlington

1966
The Who play in Bridlington

1967
The Who play the second of two nights at The Village Theatre in New York City. The Vagrants, with guitarist Leslie West, and The Rich Kids open for them.

1968
The Who play the University in Southampton with support by the Freddie Mack Show, the Savoy Brown Blues Band, Chris Shakespeare and the Globe

1970
The Who fail to play the Fillmore North in Newcastle after Roger gets fogged in on the motorway. Pete, John and Keith announce the postponement from the stage.

1971
The Who play the second of two nights at the Convention Center in Miami Beach

1983
The Who's re-release of their 1966 EP Ready Steady Who! hits the charts in Britain. It peaks at #58.

1988
Who's Better, Who's Best is released in U.S. as a CD and a double vinyl album. It features a different cover from the rest of the world and some different mixes. Despite the promotion, the album does not reach Billboard's Top 200 LP chart.

2002
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert from 1992 is released on DVD and Left For Live: Deluxe Edition is released by Koch Records in the U.S.


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