The Story of The Who - 1971


The Who appear intermittently at London’s Young Vic Theatre during preparations for Pete’s aborted Lifehouse project.


The Who record the Lifehouse songs in New York with Kit Lambert, but the sessions are abandoned, along with the Lifehouse concept. Deeply frustrated, desperately overworked and at odds with Lambert, Pete suffers his first nervous breakdown.

April 26

Final Lifehouse concert which is recorded on the Rolling Stones Mobile and later released (in part) on the Deluxe Edition of Who’s Next in 2001.


The Who re-record most of the Lifehouse songs at Olympic Studios in Barnes with Glyn Johns producing. The songs will now make up an album to be titled Who’s Next and at seven unpublicised UK college gigs The Who preview material from the forthcoming LP.

25 June

‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ released. It reaches number nine in the UK charts and number 10 in the US.

19 July

Roger marries long standing girlfriend Heather Taylor.


Who’s Next released to rave reviews. It becomes the only Who album ever to reach number one in the UK, but stalls at four in the US. Despite the circumstances under which it was recorded, Who’s Next is now widely regarded as one of the greatest rock albums ever made.

29 July

The Who open their biggest US tour to date with two shows at the New York Forest Hills Tennis stadium. With no little justification, they are now unofficially dubbed ‘The World’s Greatest Live Rock’n’Roll Band’.

18 September

The Who top the bill at London’s Oval Cricket Ground in front of 35,000 fans, at a day- long concert to raise funds for Bangla Desh.


The Who tour the UK.   4-6 November The Who play three nights at the newly opened London Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park.


Yet another long US arena tour.