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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th September 1970 Rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix dies in London.
18th September 1962 Footballer John Fashanu was born in Kensington.
18th September 1946 Actor Nicholas Clay was born in Streatham.
18th September 1922 Brass Band composer Ray Steadman-Allen was born in Clapton.
18th September 1809 The Royal Opera House opened for the first time.
The Who's Railway Hotel
The first gig The Who ever played was in The Railway Hotel here.
Location: Railway Approach, Wealdstone, Middlesex
Description: The old Railway Hotel that used to stand on this site was a real old rock 'n roll pub/hotel.
It was here that an R&B club was run by Richard Barnes and where Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp first saw The Who starring Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. This is the site of The Who's first ever gig.
It was also here that Pete Townshend cracked his guitar neck on the low ceiling and so began The Whos notorious auto-destruction. You can see a photo of The Railway Tavern on the inside sleeve of Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy.
Carlo Little, drummer with the Rolling Stones many gigs with his own band here. It was also here that he first met Ronnie Wood.
The derelict hotel was destroyed by arsonists on 28 Feb 2000.
Tagged in this Tour: The Who in London
Tagged in this Tour: 5/09