1979 – The Who play their first gig since the death of Keith Moon at Rainbow Theatre, with Kenny Jones on drums.
Simultainously: The Film Quadrophenia opens in London.
Quadrophenia is a double album released by The Who on October 19, 1973, the second of the group’s two full-scale rock operas. Its story involves social, musical, and psychological happenings from an English teenage perspective, set in London and Brighton in 1964 and 1965.
The name is a variation on the incorrect popular usage of the medical diagnostic term schizophrenia as multiple personality disorder to reflect the four distinct personalities of Jimmy, the opera’s protagonist–each said to represent the personality of one member of The Who. It was also tied in to the Quadraphonic sound schemes then being introduced.
Also appearing on May 2nd were Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield. Taken from the Out of Our Heads album, “The Last Time” was beginning its second week at number 9, and two months later, “Satisfaction” would hit the top 10 and become the biggest song of the year.