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Today in the Who's History

1966:

The Who play in Gothenburg

1967:

The Who play the New Century Hall in Manchester. The mini-opera “Rael,” introduced to the set at the beginning of the month, is dropped after this show, never to be revived.

1969:

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

1972:

Pete's album Who Came First hits the British charts. Although it has Pete on the cover and is marketed as a solo album, it is more a compilation of the privately released Meher Baba albums. For instance, the single released from the album, “Forever's No Time At All” (backed with “This Song Is Green”) features a lead vocal by Billy Nicholls. The album reaches #30 in the British charts. The single does not chart.

1974:

Roger is interviewed for the last of a four-part interview program with The Who for BBC Radio 1.

1975:

The Who play in London

1976:

The Who play in Toronto

1978:

The Jam's single “Down In The Tube Station At Midnight” enters the British charts. On the flip side is a cover of “So Sad About Us” and the picture sleeve carries a tribute to Keith.

1982:

MTV airs their Farewell To The Who special. On the same night Roger has to leave the concert in the middle of the show due to a sore throat. He returns to the stage after a short break.

1982:

The Who play in Portland

1988:

Goldmine reports that MCA and PolyGram had wanted to release The Who's first three albums on CD a year earlier but The Who asked for more money than either record label thought they were worth. They also report that a Who box set is in the works. The project gets as far as a preliminary compilation tape before the project is cancelled.

2002:

The Who: Ultimate Collection boxset is released in the U.K. It features a different cover from the U.S., plus five more songs than the U.S. and two CD-Rom videos. It peaks at #17.
Also, an unsent letter to fans from Kurt Cobain is published in Newsweek. The letter concludes “Hope I die before I become Pete Townshend.”
Roger Daltrey attends the launch of Stella McCartney's “Absolut Stella” ad campaign at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.
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A lot of people in pop have taken acid and all of them have softened up and lost a lot of drive and basic ambition. Life can only be seen by being involved in real life, and not a lot of nebulous and ethereal ideas. Love is an aggressive and possessive thing - it's not just 'Forgive thy neighbour and be nice to everyone.

— Pete Townshend

Melody Maker - 12/30/1967