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I can't stand rap....people who can't sing do can sing rebellion as well as talk it....Hitler would have been in a rap band.

— John Entwistle

MTV Week in Rock - 1989

Today in the Who's History


The Detours play at the Grand Ballroom in Kent. Admission four shillings.


The Detours' first performance at the Railway Hotel in Greenford, in a club that is a Mod hangout run by Pete's friend and fellow Art School student Richard Barnes.


The Who play the Town Hall in High Wycombe


Pete tells Disc magazine that his new opera will feature orchestration.
The Who play the University in Manchester


The Who play the second of two nights at The Warehouse in New Orleans.


The Who play the Cobo Arena in Detroit. This show is later bootlegged as Rough Action.


MCA releases Magic Bus/The Who Sings My Generation and A Quick One (Happy Jack)/The Who Sell Out as double LP's in the U.S. A Quick One/Sell Out reaches #185 on the Billboard charts and a rather poorly mastered copy of “Heatwave “, which was not included on the 1967 Happy Jack album, makes its official U.S. debut on that album.


The Who play the Indiana University Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana


The Who open their 1979 North American Tour at the Masonic Temple Auditorium in Detroit, a small venue for this now very popular band to please The Who's loyal Detroit following who were disappointed that they were initially scheduled to perform only at Detroit's cavernous Silver Dome. “I Can See For Miles “ is reintroduced to the live set for the first time since 1967 and the encore begins with a medley of “Dancing In The Street “ and Pete's “Dance It Away. “,


The Who play the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama


Who's Missing is issued in the U.S. Among the collection of B-sides and European-only tracks is the first releases of “Leaving Here, “ “Lubie (Come Back Home), “ and a 1971 live version of “Bargain. “ Pete pens the liner notes ending “listening to Who's Missing I realize that many of us will always be - missing The Who. “ The album peaks at #116 in the U.S. charts.


Pete is interviewed on Front Row (BBC Radio 4) and Nightwaves (BBC Radio 3).
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