Neil Diamond Returns To Alma Mater And The High Schools Of Other Famous Musicians

by Noiz 31. October 2014 12:36

Neil Diamond Returns To Alma Mater And The High Schools Of Other Famous Musicians

Neil Diamond kicks off his 2015 North American tour on Feb. 27 in Allentown, Pennsylvania at the PPL Center.  During his 30-plus trek of the states and provinces, Diamond will perform at such venerated arenas as the Wells Fargo Center, TD Garden, Air Canada Centre, United Center, and the Hollywood Bowl.

Those are some serious concert venues.  Yet, the most serious stage Diamond has graced as of late doesn’t don a corporate name or is operated by Live Nation.  In early October, Diamond returned to his old high school in Brooklyn to perform a ten-song set.

“I wish I could say it was my dream to come back to high school, but it was my dream to get out of high school, but a long enough time has passed that now I feel good about coming back to my old haunts.” — Neil Diamond

Even though a lot of popular music is aimed at high school students, it’s hard to image some artists sitting in homeroom or doing history assignments.  While it may be difficult to picture a rock and roller suffering through American Lit class, many of them did actually attend high school.  Diamond’s homecoming got Clickitticket thinking about popular musicians and their old alma mater.  Below, are ten high schools (or their foreign equivalent) that educated, nurtured, and mentored legendary recording artists.

Erasmus Hall High School – Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond attended Erasmus Hall High School from 1954 to 1956.  The school opened as a private academy in 1786 and became a public school in 1896.  In 1994, Erasmus was divided into five small high schools each with a different area of study.  Interestingly, Barbra Streisand attended Erasmus around the same time as Diamond.  In 1978, Diamond and Streisand released “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.”  The duet went all the way to number one.
>>Other Famous Alumni: Clive Davis, Beverly Sills, and Al Davis

Beverly Hills High School – Lenny Kravitz
One of the most famous high schools in the U.S. is Beverly Hills High School, located on Moreno Drive and founded in 1927.  A bunch of famous people have attended this public facility including Jack Abramoff, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Carrie Fisher.  The school has produced more than a few famous musicians but the greatest of these is Lenny Kravitz.  He attended BHHS in the late 1970s and was accepted into the school’s prestigious music program.
>>Other Famous Alumni: Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, Betty White, and Monica Lewinsky

Convent of the Sacred Heart – Lady Gaga
You probably learned about Convent of the Sacred Heart in 2011 during Lady Gaga’s “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.”  A lot of the filming for that television special took place at the Catholic all-girl school located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  During her time at Sacred Heart, Gaga was very “studious” and starred in several musical productions.  Gaga also claims that she was a little “too eccentric” and “didn’t fit in.”  I’ll refrain from making cracks about Gaga wearing a meat dress to prom or entering a pep rally in an egg.
>>Other Famous Alumni: Elaine Stritch, Paris Hilton, and Caroline Kennedy

Forest Hills High School – Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel attended Forest Hills High School in Queens, a borough of New York City.  The school is notorious for being overcrowded and for its graduates going on to attend prominent colleges.  Simon and Garfunkel actually met when they were 11.  They began singing together when they were 13.  After graduating from Forest Hills, Simon went to Queens College and Garfunkel went to Columbia University.
>>Other Famous Alumni: Burt Bacharach, The Ramones, and Jerry Springer

Hibbing High School – Bob Dylan
Can you imagine Bob Dylan in high school?  I can’t either.  Of course, back then he was known by his real name, Robert Zimmerman.  Dylan’s old haunt is Hibbing High School in Hibbing, Minnesota.  The school is now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  Built in 1919, the school includes a 1,800-seat auditorium that’s patterned after New York City’s Capitol Theatre. 
>>Other Famous Alumni: Kevin McHale

President Theodore Roosevelt High School – Bruno Mars
You can’t get any more American than “President Theodore Roosevelt High School.”  The school is located in Honolulu, was founded in 1932, and currently educates more than 1,600 students.  In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Teddy High had an enrollee named Peter Hernandez.  After graduating, Hernandez changed his appellation to Bruno Mars.  The high school overlooks downtown Honolulu. 
>>Other Famous Alumni: Yvonne Elliman, Alfred Apaka,, and Larry Price

Rochester Adams High School – Madonna
Who knows how many high school girls were sent to detention after Madonna inspired them to wear underwear on the outside of their clothes.  So where did Madge get her diploma?  Her alma mater is Rochester Adams High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan.  Madonna did extremely well in her classes and was a member of the cheerleading squad.  In 2014, Adams High School (as it’s sometimes known) made national news when it refused to allow a uniformed army officer onto their campus to visit his daughter.
>>Other Famous Alumni: Drummer Tommy Clufetos, Jana Kramer, and Brad Keselowski

British/Irish Schools
Dartford Grammar School – Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards didn’t attend the same high school (or British equivalent) but they did attend the same primary school, Wentworth Primary School.  The two actually lost contact with one another for a while after Jagger passed his “eleven-plus” and enrolled in Dartford Grammar School.  The school is located in Kent and was founded in 1576.  Dartford now boasts an art venue named The Mick Jagger Centre.

Liverpool Institute High School for Boys – Paul McCartney & George Harrison
Paul McCartney and George Harrison met one another on a bus that was taking them to the Liverpool Institute High School for boys.  The school was founded in 1825.  The Liverpool Institute closed in 1985 but reopened eleven years later as The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts… thanks to the generosity of Sir Paul.  By the way, John Lennon went to the Quarry Bank High School (also in Liverpool) and Ringo Starr attended the Dingle Vale secondary modern school.

Mount Temple Comprehensive School
Mount Temple Comprehensive School is located in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland.  It was founded in 1972.  Its claim to fame is it’s the alma mater of U2.  All four members of the band attended this institution only back then Bono was called Paul Hewson and The Edge was called David Evans.  Other famous alumni include Dik Evans, The Edge’s brother, and Ali Stewart, Bono’s wife.

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Is Peyton Manning The Babe Ruth Of Football

by Noiz 29. October 2014 13:56

Is Peyton Manning The Babe Ruth Of Football?

On Oct. 19, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning broke the record for the most career touchdown passes by throwing number 509.  His finished the game with 510 career touchdown passes.  That’s two more than previous record holder Brett Favre.  It’s perhaps the most hallowed record in all of professional football.

What was lost that evening among the celebration, which included his teammates playing keep-a-way with the record setting ball, and is still overlooked, is the feasibility that Manning can throw 600 career touchdowns.  Yes, that’s right 600 TDs!

At the time of writing this article, Manning has thrown 22 touchdown passes on the season with his Broncos having nine games left on the schedule.   

In 2014, Manning is averaging three touchdowns a game.  His lowest one-game total is two (Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks).  It’s conceivable that Manning finishes the season with a career total of 540 touchdown passes.

That means Manning will only need to throw 30 touchdowns in each of the next two seasons to reach 600.  For his career, Manning is averaging 32.7 touchdowns a season.

To throw 600 touchdowns, Manning will need to play at 40 years of age and complete his 19th season in the NFL.  Who knows if he can play that long but at 38, and in his 17th season, he shows no signs of slowing down. 

He’s playing for a quality organization, an offensive line that keeps him upright, and has the opportunity to pad his stats against the Oakland Raiders twice a season.  It’s not asking too much for Manning to retire from the NFL with 600 or more touchdown passes.

Just last season, Manning marshaled the greatest offense of all-time and threw for a record 55 touchdowns.

If Manning does eclipse the 600 touchdown mark it will have to be one of the greatest feats in the history of professional football.

Think about it.  To reach that mark, a quarterback needs to average 50 touchdowns in 12 seasons or 30 touchdowns in 20 seasons. 

The ten retired quarterbacks with the most career touchdown passes played for an average of 18 seasons (at the time of writing this article Tom Brady and Drew Brees are tied for fourth-most with 377).  To reach 600 touchdown passes in 18 seasons you’ll need to average more than 33 touchdown passes a season.   

If you include Brady and Brees, then the top 12 career leaders in touchdown passes have thrown for 33 or more touchdowns in a season just 20 times.  Half of those times belong to Brady and Brees.

Even if Manning doesn’t throw another touchdown pass (which is highly unlikely), his current total of 513 is a gigantic number.  You might even say it’s “Ruthian.”  Six-hundred touchdowns is definitely “Ruthian.”

All these numbers have me asking is Peyton Manning the Babe Ruth of football?

First of all, let’s establish exactly what I mean when I compare Peyton Manning to Babe Ruth.  I’m not necessarily talking about statistics or championships.  I’m talking about transcending the game, being a larger than life figure, and becoming a legend.

Babe Ruth is still synonymous with baseball and the lone player everyone can name, even those that don’t follow or even like sports.  Babe Ruth is more than a ball player he’s Paul Bunyan.

It’s this part of Babe Ruth’s legacy that Peyton Manning mimics—a greatness that’s not built on titles and All-Star game appearances but on the ability to make a hard game appear easy to play.

Of course, there are a lot of differences between Ruth and Manning.  Ruth was slovenly and impetuous.  Manning is calculating and cerebral.

Ruth came from a rough part of Baltimore and was sent to a reform school when he was seven.  Manning is football royalty.  His father is college football hall of famer Archie Manning and his brother is New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

As a player, Ruth drank, ate, and whored.  He treated his body like Manning treats defensive backs.  Manning, on the other hand, is corporate, professional, and prepared.   He’s an extra coach on the field.  He’s a player who chides the scoreboard operator for having a bad night and thanks reporters when he leaves town.

Ruth’s ebullient smile and gregarious manner goes more with the play style of Brett Favre than Manning.  Ruth’s team success is analogous to what Tom Brady has achieved with the New England Patriots.  And Ruth’s roly-poly body reminds one of Johnny Unitas and his slight frame—in other words, neither one looked like a professional athlete.

In those areas, Ruth and Manning are as different as two legends can get.

Ruth’s fabled hitting prowess came when baseball needed him the most.  The Chicago White Sox had just thrown the World Series and the pastime was sporting a big black eye.  That was quickly forgotten when Ruth started hitting towering home runs—in 1920 Babe Ruth hit more home runs than all but one team.

The NFL has never experienced anything like the so called “Black Sox Scandal” of 1919.  The popularity of football is so great that it can endure almost any indignity.  Still, the NFL offseason usually provides one or two moments of extreme embarrassment.   

This past offseason was marred by Ray Rice and domestic violence.  Manning helped us forget the league’s violent tribulations when he threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers.  The toss put Manning into the record books and into the Valhalla of professional football.

When it comes to choosing a Babe Ruth analog, you might opt for the toughness of Jim Brown or the humanity of Walter Peyton.  Yet, professional football belongs to the signal callers not the running backs. 

With that being said, you might choose the coolness of Joe Montana or the leadership of Terry Bradshaw.  Both quarterbacks have four Super Bowl rings.  However, neither mastered the position like Peyton Manning.  Furthermore, Manning has passed their statistical marks in Ruthian style.

The NFL is all about the quarterback.  Offenses and rules keep making it easier for QBs to throw the ball.  So it’s not completely out of the question that Manning’s career touchdown mark, whatever it may be, will be surpassed (by the way, Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts has already thrown for 22 touchdown passes in eight games—in two and half season he’s amassed 68 TD completions).

Ruth’s homerun totals have been surpassed but not his stature.  Manning’s marks are not immortal, they will be eclipsed, but his contributions to the game will never wilt.  

It was said of Babe Ruth that the ball sounded different when it came off his bat.  It was a crack no one had ever heard of before.  While a touchdown pass makes little noise, the way Manning plays quarterback is certainly like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

Perhaps the greatest compliment paid to the greatest quarterback has come from football’s greatest coach…

"I mean, [Manning is] great, he's obviously a great quarterback.  The best quarterback I've coached against... Not to take anything away from the Montanas, Marinos and Elways or whoever is up there with those guys, but [Manning] is tough... He's good at everything.  He's good at everything.  I see no weaknesses in his game." — Bill Belichick

You might argue that it’s too early to compare Manning to Ruth, at least in the manner I’m laying out.  Yet, if Manning even approaches the 600-touchdown mark football fans will have to seriously discuss his status as the greatest football player of all-time.  If he does reach the 600 plateau how can you argue against him?

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Fleetwood Mac And Other Aging Rock Bands

by Noiz 21. October 2014 20:31

Fleetwood Mac And Other Aging Rock Bands

On Oct. 18, at the end of a Fleetwood Mac concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Mick Fleetwood proclaimed “The Mac Is Back.”

Despite the fact that Fleetwood Mac toured in 2013, Mick is one-hundred percent correct.  The band has been restored to its classic lineup thanks to the return of Christine McVie (nee Perfect). 

McVie left the group in 1998 partly due to an intense fear of flying.  That’s not the phobia to have if you’re a member of a band that performs all over the world.  She has since overcome her aversion to aviation and rejoined the band.

Are Fleetwood Mac concerts nothing but nostalgia?  Well, they haven’t released an album since 2003 (Say You Will) and only three since 1990 (Behind the Mask in 1990 and Time in 1995).  So yeah, you can say their concerts are all about the past.

Does anyone really care (minus rock snobs)?  Don’t we want Fleetwood Mac to play all of their hits, the ones they made famous in the 1970s?

You buy Fleetwood Mac tickets not to experience the vanguard of rock and roll but to return to the halcyon days when Rumours permanently resided on your turntable.

Another way of saying what I’ve been saying is Fleetwood Mac is old. 

How old are they?  And while we’re at it, how old are other classic rock bands? 

We all know they’re old but have any of us ever crunched the numbers?

Quick Note
For the purpose of this article, when I allude to a band’s beginning I’m referring to the year they released their first record (usually a single), not the year they formed or played their first gig.  Also, I only looked at bands that are either still around or have demonstrated that they can still tour (despite being down a man or two).  So The Beatles and Doors are out but Aerosmith and Pearl Jam are not.

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac began in 1967.  That means they are 47 years old or nearly four times as old as The Black Keys (who began in 2002). 

Fleetwood Mac will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2017.

Mick Fleetwood has been in the band the longest.  In fact, he’s the only original member left.  The classic lineup—Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks—has only been around since 1974.  That’s when Buckingham and Nicks joined.  Christine McVie came aboard in 1970.

So the classic lineup of Fleetwood Mac is older than Journey (1975), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976), Van Halen (1978), and The Pretenders (1979). 

It’s feasible that Fleetwood Mac will launch a 50th anniversary tour.  It’s a long shot if the band commemorates the same milestone for their classic lineup.  I say that because the classic lineup doesn’t turn 50 until 2024.

Since I mentioned 2024… that’s the year Justin Bieber and Harry Styles will exit their twenties; the debut albums of Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and Mandy Moore will turn 25; and Nelly will enjoy his 50th trip around the sun.

Surprisingly, the oldest member of Fleetwood Mac is Christine McVie.  She was born on July 12, 1943.  When the Fleetwood Mac tour concludes on March 31, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas, she’ll be 71.  That makes her three times older than Ed Sheeran, Hunter Hayes, and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction.

Rolling Stones
Of course, Fleetwood Mac isn’t the only band nearing the half-century mark.  The Rolling Stones turned 50 in 2013.  They celebrated the achievement with a three-leg, 30-concert tour of Europe and North America. 

The Rolling Stones released their first single in 1963.  That’s the same year Seal, George Michael, Whitney Houston, Bret Michaels and half of Metallica (James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich) were born.

I should tell you that the Stones mark their birthdate as July 21, 1962—their first gig.  Like I mentioned before, I’m counting from the release date of their first record which was June of 1963.  Either way, the band has been around for half a century.

The three remaining original members of the Stones—Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Charlie Watts—are in their seventies.  He’s no longer in the band, but bassist Bill Wyman, who joined the Stones before Watts did, was born on Oct. 24, 1936.  At the time of writing this article he was three days shy of his 78th birthday.

Ronnie Wood (born on June 1, 1947) joined the Stones in 1975 but didn’t become a full member until 1993.  That means Wood has been a bona fide member of the Stones longer than Weezer, Limp Bizkit, Wilco, The Black Eyed Peas, and Coldplay have been bands.

The Who
In 2015, The Who will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a jaunt around North America.  They actually eclipsed the big 5-0 in 2014. 

There are only two original Who members left, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.  When they conclude what they’re calling their final concert tour, both men will be in their seventies.

Both the Rolling Stones and The Who predate .mp3s by 30 years, iTunes by more than 35 years, and American Idol by nearly 40 years.  When The Stones and Who first started making music, television was still broadcasted in black and white, AM stations dominated terrestrial radio, and multi-track recording devices were in their infancy.

Other Classic Rockers
The Beach Boys experienced their 50th anniversary in 2011.  Three years later, the honor fell to The Kinks.  Three years from now, it’s Pink Floyd’s turn although it’s doubtful we’ll see them tour.  But, who knows, time does heal all wounds.

In 2019, Led Zeppelin and Santana will both turn 50.  The following year ZZ Top joins the half century club.  I’d expect celebratory tours from all three of those bands.

In 2022, the E Street Band turns 50.  Also reaching our numerical milestone that year will be the Eagles.

In 2023, Aerosmith will have been the “Bad Boys from Boston” for five decades.

Will we still be rocking in the future? 

In 2024, a decade from now, look for 50 candles on cakes belonging to KISS and AC/DC.  By then, both Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will be in their seventies.  Angus Young will be 69. 

The Next Generation
In 2015, U2 turns 35.  That’s not 50 but it’s still impressive especially since the band has all of its original members.

Other bands that began in the early 1980s and will soon reach the 35-year mark include R.E.M. (1981), Phish (1983), Metallica (1983), Bon Jovi (1983), and Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984).

The year 1991 begat Pearl Jam.  They’ll hit the quarter century mark in 2016.

For some reason, this band’s age is the most surprising.  That’s probably because their sound is so associated with youth and youthful ideas.  In 2015, Green Day will be 25 years old.  It’s hard to believe that America’s greatest punk band is nearly old enough to pay for their own health insurance.

Be prepared for 2061.  That’s the year One Direction turns 50.

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The Who And Their 50th Anniversary Timeline

by Noiz 17. October 2014 11:28

The Who And Their 50th Anniversary Timeline

It’s little sad.  Roger Daltrey calls The Who’s upcoming North American tour “the beginning of the long goodbye.”  Okay, maybe it’s not that sad.  The Who have had a pretty good run, and they’re definitely well beyond their prime.  Still, it pulls at the heart strings when one of the all-time greats hangs them up (or at least threatens to).

The Who are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a lengthy trip around the New World.  The first leg begins April 15 in Tampa, Florida and ends May 30 in Forest Hills, New York.  The second leg commences Sept. 14 in San Diego and concludes Nov. 4 in Philadelphia.  If you combine both legs, The Who will be performing 38 concerts.

The Who have recorded a new track, their first in eight years, called “Be Lucky.”  You can find the new song on the double-disc, greatest hits collection, The Who Hits 50!  The album contains 41 of the band’s most important singles as well as the aforementioned “Be Lucky.”  The opus drops Oct. 27, 2014.

The Who is celebrating a half century of existence with a tour and a greatest hits collection.  Clickitticket is celebrating the historic occasion with a timeline chronicling the band’s major achievements through the years.  We start in 1964…

In an effort to appeal to a mod audience, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon release “Zoot Suit” under the name The High Numbers.  The single bombs prompting the band to change their name to “The Who.”  They also acquired new management.

Notable Singles:
“Zoot Suit”

The Who destroys their instruments on the British television program Ready, Steady, Go.  They also become very popular on U.K. pirate radio stations.  Late in the year, the band fires Daltrey.  He’s rehired under the condition that The Who becomes a democracy.  Hitherto, Daltrey had led The Who with an iron fist.

Notable Singles:
“I Can’t Explain”
“My Generation”

My Generation

The Who sees their recording contract with British Decca/Brunswick come to an end and a new one with Polydor begin.  In the United States, they still remain with Decca.  Producer Kit Lambert introduces Townshend to a wide range of classical music thus inspiring him to write “I’m a Boy.”

Notable Singles:
“The Kids Are Alright”
“Happy Jack”
“I’m A Boy” 

Ready Steady Who (EP)
A Quick One

The Who plays the Monterey Pop Festival, appears on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and tours the United States as the opening act for the Herman’s Hermits and Eric Burdon and the Animals.

Notable Singles:
“Pictures of Lily”
“I Can See for Miles”

The Who Sell Out

Pete Townshend reads the works of Meher Baba for the first time.  Baba’s teachings inspire Townshend to compose the rock opera Tommy, which the band works on throughout most of 1968.  In December, The Who performs in The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.  The Who blew the roof off of the proverbial circus tent, but the Stones didn’t like their set and the project was shelved until 1996.

Notable Singles:
“Magic Bus”

Magic Bus: The Who On Tour (compilation)
Direct Hits (compilation)

Basking in the commercial and critical success of Tommy, The Who performs at Woodstock for $13,000.  They take the stage at 5am on Sunday and play most of their new rock opera.  As if planned, the sun rises as the band performs “See Me, Feel Me.”  The Who didn’t enjoy their Woodstock experience (especially the interruption by Abbie Hoffman).  They’re happier with their performance at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Notable Singles:
“Pinball Wizard”
“I’m Free”


The Who are now mentioned in the same breath as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.  They are also viewed as the best live act in rock music.  The band tours to support Tommy and becomes the first rock band to ever play at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House.

Notable Singles:
“The Seeker”
“Summertime Blues”
“See Me, Feel Me”

Live at Leeds (live)
Tommy (EP)

John Entwistle becomes the first member of The Who to release a solo album (Smash Your Head Against the Wall).  Meanwhile, Townshend begins working on a project called Lifehouse, which is meant to be a multi-media project about the artist and his audience.  It’s soon scrapped for being too complicated.  The project’s collapse causes Townshend to have a nervous breakdown. 

Notable Singles:
“Won’t Get Fooled Again”
“Behind Blue Eyes”

Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (compilation)
Who’s Next

The first part of the year is spent recuperating from a heavy touring schedule.  The rest of the year sees the band fighting.  Daltrey believes Townshend is getting pretentious and Townshend believes Daltrey is only in it for the money.  Also, a rift forms in the band over the effectiveness of their managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. 

Notable Singles:
“Baba O’Riley”
“Join Together”

The Who cut ties with Lambert and Stamp and hire Bill Curbishley as their new manager.  The band launches a tour in late October that’s plagued by technical problems and internal squabbles.  Daltrey knocks out Townshend and Townshend publically berates the band’s sound man. 

Moon passes out during a concert in the United States.  After a break, Townshend asks the audience if anyone can play the drums.  Fan Scot Halpin volunteers and the concert continues.  In Montreal, Townshend, Moon, and Entwistle are arrested for trashing a hotel room.

Notable Singles:
“Love Reign O’er Me”


The band works on a film version of Tommy.  Townshend and Entwistle supervise the soundtrack while Daltrey stars as “Tommy.”  Moon does little as he’s now living in Los Angeles. 

Notable Singles:
“The Real Me”
“Long Live Rock”

Odds & Sods (compilation)

Tommy (film) debuts in March.  The movie and its soundtrack are well received by both critics and fans.  In December, The Who plays to a record crowd of 78,000 at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Michigan.

“Squeeze Box”

The Who by Numbers
Tommy (soundtrack)

The Who enters the Guinness Book of Records for loudest concert— they manage to rock at over 120 dB.  After their tour ends, the band takes a break.  During this time Townshend meets Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols. The incident inspires Townshend to write the song “Who Are You.”

Notable Single:
“Slip Kid”

The Story of The Who (compilation)

The Who performs at the Gaumont State Cinema in Kilburn, London.  It’s their only performance of the year and one judged to be fairly poor.  Moon’s lack of fitness contributes to the poor gig and is the reason why 1977 transpires without a Who tour.

On Sept. 7, Keith Moon dies from a drug overdose.  In November, the band hires Kenney Jones as his replacement. 

Notable Singles:
“Who Are You”
“Trick of the Light”

Who Are You

The Who returns with concerts in England, France, West Germany, New Jersey, and New York City.  The band also celebrates the release of Quadrophenia (film).  The movie stars Sting.  The documentary The Kids Are Alright is also released. 

During the last month of the year, The Who becomes the third rock band (after The Beatles and The Band) to adorn the cover of Time magazine.  On Dec. 3, 11 people are crushed to death at a Who concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Notable Singles:
“Long Live Rock”

The Kids Are Alright (soundtrack)
Quadrophenia (soundtrack)

Daltrey stars in the film McVicar and works on the soundtrack.  From March through July, The Who embarks on their second tour without Keith Moon.

McVicar (soundtrack)

The Who tours England and Scotland.  Then on March 28 they appear on West German television (Rockpalast).

Notable Single:
“You Better You Bet”

Face Dances
Phases (compilation)
Hooligans (compilation)

Townshend overcomes his brief heroin addiction.  The band also launches a 40-date trek of North America that’s billed as their last.  Their opening act is The Clash.

Notable Singles:
“Eminence Front”

It’s Hard

Townshend tries to write material for a new Who album but is unable to come through.  He works on solo material instead. 

“It’s Hard”

Who’s Greatest Hits (compilation)
Rarities Volume I & Volume II (compilation)

Roger Daltrey releases his fifth studio album, Parting Should Be Painless.  It bombs.

“Twist and Shout”

Who’s Last (live)
The Singles

The Who reunites to perform at Live Aid at Wembley Stadium.

Who’s Missing (compilation)
The Who Collection (compilation)

Daltrey appears in the television series Buddy.

In July, a limited edition Pete Townshend Rickenbacker guitar goes on sale. 

Two’s Missing (compilation)

The Who is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Brit Awards.  They perform at the ceremony.  It’s the second-to-the-last gig Kenney Jones plays with the band.

Who’s Better, Who’s Best (compilation)
Won’t Get Fooled Again (EP)

The Who reunites to celebrate their 25th Anniversary.  Due to tinnitus, Townshend doesn’t play lead guitar, only acoustic.  Simon Phillips is tapped to play the drums.  While fans flock to see the Who, critics don’t like the fact that they’re backed by a cadre of musicians. 

The Who is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Join Together (live)

The Who records “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” for an Elton John and Bernie Taupin tribute album.   It’s the last studio recording by The Who to feature Entwistle.

Daltrey performs “I Want It All” at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.

Townshend releases the concept album Psychoderelict.  He also releases a book The Who’s Tommy about the Broadway version of his rock opera.

Daltrey celebrates his 50th birthday with a pair of concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Entwistle and Townshend also appear and all three join together during a performance of “Join Together.”

Thirty Years of Maximum R&B (compilation)

Entwistle appears with Ringo Starr's All Starr Band.

The Who performs Quadrophenia at Hyde Park in London for the Prince’s Trust.  The shows are well received and the three eventually hold a six-night stand at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  The concerts lead to a full-fledge concert tour.  It begins Oct. 13 in Portland, Oregon.

Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (live)
My Generation: The Very Best of the Who (compilation)

The Who continues their 1996 tour with a European leg and another jaunt around North America.

VH1 releases a list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  The Who places ninth.

The Who plays a series of one-off concerts as a five-piece band—Zak Starkey on drums and John Bundrick on keyboards.  Their Las Vegas show was broadcasted on television and the internet.  They also play Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit, the House of Blues in Chicago, and two charity shows at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Who (compilation)

The Who, again as a five-piece outfit, launch a four-leg, 38-show tour of North America and Europe.  Although not officially part of the tour, their outing begins with a charity concert in New York City.  It ends with a charity performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

BBC Sessions (live)
Blues to the Bush (live)

The Who are honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  In October, they play The Concert for New York City.

On June 27, on the eve of the band’s North American tour, John Entwistle is found dead at a Las Vegas hotel.  He died from a heart attack induced by cocaine.  Townshend and Daltrey decide the show must go on.  Fortunately, they are able to secure the talents of bassist Pino Palladino.  They rehearse for two days and began the tour on July 1 in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl.  The final Who concert of 2002 occurs Sept. 28 in Toronto.

The Ultimate Collection (compilation)

Townshend is placed on the sex offenders register for five years after admitting he used his credit card to visit a site that offered access to child pornography.  It’s later revealed that Townshend didn’t visit any child porn sites.

Live at the Royal Albert Hall (live)

The Who undertake a three-leg, 18-show tour which features their first ever performances in Japan and their first shows in Australia since 1968.  On their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Rolling Stone magazine ranks The Who at 29.

“Real Good Looking Boy”

Then and Now (compilation)
The 1st Singles Box (compilation)

The Who performs an acoustic set at a charity concert in New York City.  They also perform at Live 8.  On his blog, Townshend posts a novella, The Boy Who Heard Music.  The prose inspires the mini-opera “Wire & Glass.”  The band is inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.

Zak Starkey is invited to join The Who.  He declines so he can play for both The Who and Oasis.  On June 7, The Who begins a massive tour to support Endless Wire. 

Notable Singles:
“Wire & Glass”
“It’s Not Enough”

Endless Wire
Live from Toronto (live)
Wire & Glass (EP)

On Oct. 6, The Who concludes a 112-concert tour that began in 2006.  The Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who (documentary film) is released. 

View from a Backstage Pass (live)

The Who performs at the Teenage Cancer Trust Benefit concert in London, VH1 Rock Honors in Los Angeles, and Rock Band 2 launch party (also in L.A).  The Who kicks off a modest world tour on Oct. 21.  Their route includes stops in Japan.

Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who (soundtrack)

The Who continues the tour they started in 2008 with seven shows in Oceania and another appearance at the Teenage Cancer Trust Benefit.  The Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who receives a Grammy nomination.

Greatest Hits (compilation)

The Who rocks the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIV.  On March 30, The Who performs Quadrophenia at the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert.

Greatest Hits Live (live)
Greatest Hits & More (compilation)

The Who plays four songs at the Killing Cancer Benefit in London at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Icon (compilation)
Icon 2 (compilation)

The Who is the final act at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.  They also play 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief.  Their “Quadrophenia and More” tour begins Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Florida.

Live at Hull (live)
Pinball Wizard: The Collection (compilation)

The Who wraps up their “Quadrophenia and More” tour on July 8.  In October, Townshend tells the media that The Who will tour for one more time in 2015.

Kenny Jones plays with The Who in June at a charity concert.  Later in the year, The Who releases their itinerary for their “The Who Hits 50!” tour.  The sojourn gets underway in late November in Abu Dhabi.

“Be Lucky”

Quadrophenia: Live In London (live)
The Who Hits 50! (compilation)

The Who launches the “final” tour of their career on April 15.  It ends Nov. 4 in Philadelphia. 

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