The Year in Who: 2012

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Sun Jan 13 02:44:50 UTC 2013

What a year!

January - Extended CD's of Who's Missing and Two's Missing arrive from Japan...Roger interviewed in BBC Ken Russell documentary...Simon tours the U.K....Pete sells his songs to Spirit Music; they promise to promote his back catalog...the Entwistle's 2nd wife appears on "Pawn Stars".

February - Pete defends threatened London eel shop...Richard Jobson provides plot of Quadrophenia2; Jimmy as ad executive...Dean Guitars makes run of John Entwistle Spider Signature Basses...Roger cancels Australian tour...Roger joins Simon during the latter's gig at Shoreham

March - Pete appears on Melvyn Bragg's "Class and Culture"...Roger on Alan Titchmarsh's show...Roger narrates BBC2 radio documentary on Wilson Pickett...Roger tours "Tommy" in Italy, then Paris, then back to Italy...Roger appears for a few seconds as a hookah-smoking caterpillar on ABC's "Once Upon a Time"...scandal as news of Royal Albert Hall trustees touting Teenage Cancer Trust concert tickets...lost Keith Moon comedy recording found in producer's vault...Roger performs at Royal Albert Hall, next night performs "Get Back" with McCartney, Ronnie Wood and Paul torrent site closes

April - John Entwistle's 1964 Thunderbird is up for sale...Anonymous hacks Chinese Gov't websites; makes them play "Baba O'Riley"...Jim Marshall of Marshall Amps dies...UK Olympics organizers want Keith Moon to perform; Bill Curbishley suggests a seance...Pete releases a trailer video for his upcoming autobio...Record Store Day: Quadrophenia Demos 2 10" vinyl in U.S., both sets in U.K...A Japanese CD of The Who At Budokan is announced and cancelled...McCartney picks "Happy Jack" as his favorite Who song.

May - Chris Welch releases the book "Treasures of The Who" in U.K....Roger performs on The Jimmy Kimmel Show...Tommy original mix released on SACD in Japan...Pete gives his first public performance in a year with a surprise appearance at the Governor General's Awards in Ottawa...Roger takes "Tommy" live to Japan..Keith Moon's purple Rolls Royce up for sale...CD compilation "Pinball Wizard: The Collection" released in U.K....The cast of Glee release a cover of "Pinball Wizard"...Roger attends the Chelsea Flower Show, then the Queen's Jubilee Arts Celebration.

June - Press reports The Who will close the 2012 London Olympics...Japan releases Quadrophenia (original mix) and The Who Sell Out (mono and stereo) on SACD...Pete and Jeff Beck perform part of Quadrophenia with orchestra accompaniment arranged by Rachel Fuller at Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of "London on Film" festival...Flash Fearless musical, under the title Captain Crash, has its New York premiere 37 years after the album...The Who officially announce their North American tour of Quadrophenia..."Quadrophenia: Can You See The Real Me?" documentary premieres on BBC.

July - Roger attends the Peter Blake tribute at Royal Albert Hall..."Dougal" Butler reissues his book "Full Moon"...Roger receives an honorary degree at Hendon...Pete and Roger hold a press conference for the upcoming tour; Pete describes Mick Jagger's penis as "huge and extremely tasty" as Roger laughs...the Providence, Rhode Island venue where the Who concert was cancelled in 1979, offers to trade the old tickets for tickets to the 2013 show...Honda's summer clearance event ad features "Let My Love Open the Door"...Pete is one of many musicians that sign a petition asking Google to stop helping searchers find illegal music downloads...British Olympic cycling champion Bradley Wiggins cites John Entwistle as an inspiration...the Quadrophenia documentary is shown one night only in movie theaters across the U.S....the London Olympics open with a countdown film using "Baba O'Riley"; a snippet of "My Generation" with old Who footage is used in the opening
 ceremony...Roger attends McCartney's summer house party...the next day he's at the U.K. Creative Industries Reception at the Royal Academy of Arts.

August - Roger joins Eddie Vedder during his solo acoustic performance at the Hammersmith Apollo...Criterion releases a blu-ray of Quadrophenia: The Movie remixed into 5.1 sound plus a French documentary showing The Who performing at the Marquee Club in Spring 1965...Roger attends Steven Berkoff's 75th birthday party at the Ivy Club...The Kaiser Chiefs perform "Pinball Wizard: during the Olympics closing ceremony...The Who close the 2012 London Olympics with a 6 minute medley of hits; NBC gets slammed for delaying The Who's performance until after midnight following the premiere of a short-lived sitcom...U.S. book signings for Pete are announced...Roger attends the London event for TNT's new "Dallas" reboot...Spirit Music reveals they have talked to Pete about using his music for a multimedia event on pop history...BandMerch signs The Who for long-term global merchandise deal.

September - Simon pens an article on performing at the Olympics for the Sunday Express...Roger performs at a private event at the Oracle Club in the Bahamas...Simon begins solo performances in the U.S...Bob Costas blasts his network NBC for dropping The Who's Olympic performance for "a monkey in a lab coat"...Keith Moon's personal contact card directory is put up for auction...John Basil's novel "Let Me Wear Your Coat" about a teen Who fan is published...Mojo publishes 1st review of Pete's autobio Who I Am; calls it "the most self-denigrating rock bio ever"...Exceprts from Pete's book are released in a special edition of the Sunday Times...Attention is focused on Pete calling Mick Jagger "the only man I ever wanted to have sex with"...His explanation for his 2003 trouble over child pornography is also analysed and found acceptable.

October - Pete is all over American television; CBS Sunday Morning, The View, The Today Show, The Daily Show, Jimmy Fallon, Morning Joe, Fox News and remotely on local news shows across the country...Who I Am is published as a book and a downloadable audio file read entirely by the U.K. Pete appears on the Andrew Marr Show and Front Row on BBC Radio of Who I Am are mixed with the NY Times calling it "as intimate and painful as a therapy session"...Pete is interviewed and does a small performance at the NY Public Library...Who Are You: An All-Star Tribute To The Who CD is released...Pete is interviewed by Jon Landau at a NY Barnes & Noble, a booksigning follows...more interviews and booksignings in Philadelphia, Boston and New Jersey...Roger performs with the SAS Band in Gothenburg, Sweden...Pete flies back to London for another interview and booksigning...Pete is on "The First Time" on BBC Radio 6...Who I Am hits #3 on the NY Times
 non-fiction best sellers...rare photos of The Who in Surrey in 1966 are put up for auction...The Who's Olympic set is issued in the U.K. on blue 12" vinyl...The Who Live in Texas '75 is officially released on DVD...The Who's music is played throughout the baseball World Series telecast...The Who begin rehearsals for the Quadrophenia tour...Anne-Marie Klein's series of books "Behind Blue Eyes" are published.

November - The Who's Quadrophenia tour opens in Sunrise, FL...John and Keith perform via archival film...notably absent is long-time Who keyboardist Rabbit Bundrick...Pete has volume troubles and walks off during the encore the first night...the technical challenges make the first shows shaky but audiences are still thrilled as the tour heads up the Eastern U.S....Simon comes out for pictures and autographs before shows...Guns 'N Roses cover "The Seeker" while performing in Las Vegas...Pete and Roger address the National Press Club in Washington announcing the launch of Teen Cancer America; also speaking is teen cancer survivor and spokesperson Sarah Sterner...Pete stops by NPR for an interview...the "iron maiden" from Tommy: The Movie is auctioned by Christie's...The Who receive rave reviews in the press for their performance at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn...The Who are announced as participants at a benefit concert for superstorm Sandy victims...The
 Who Live At Hull 1970 is released as a stand-alone CD...Pete on David Letterman's The Late Show...within days of each other friends of the Who Mike Shaw, Chris Stamp, Larry Hagman and Frank Barcelona die...Pete talk and booksigning in Toronto...Baron Rojo releases a CD of Tommy with Spanish lyrics.

December - BBC Radio 4 airs a documentary on the night in 1973 an audience member took over for Keith Moon...A snippet of The Who's show in Nashville is shown during the Grammy Nomination Awards ceremony...Johnny Depp joins Alice Cooper on stage and plays "My Generation"...the Brazilian press reports rumors that The Who will play South America in 2013...The Who play a half-hour set at 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden; the coverage is dominated by remarks about Roger's bare Cary Elwes announces he will direct a movie about the life of Kit Lambert...a massive and expensive box set of The Who's Studio Albums is released.
-Brian in Atlanta
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