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 I like playing heavy metal - I just can't stand listening to it...the same way some people like the smell of their own farts but don't like smelling anyone else's!

— John Entwistle

New Musical Express 1981

Today in the Who's History


The Detours play at the Town Hall in Acton


The Who play the Palais Wimbledon in London


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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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The Concert Guide

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