New dates for The Who premiered their 90-minute rock opera Tommy at a concert in Dolton, England. The unannounced debut was followed by an official premiere in London two weeks later.
In 1979, The Rolling Stones played two concerts for the blind in Oshawa, Ontario. The shows were done in lieu of a jail sentence for guitarist Keith Richards, who’d been convicted two years earlier in Toronto of heroin possession. A Stones fan from Quebec City, Rita Bedard, convinced the judge to allow the band to play the shows instead of jailing Richards. Richards referred to Bedard, who’s legally blind, as “my Blind Angel,” and although he forgot her real name over the years, had his staff track her down in 1994 to invite her to a Stones concert in Toronto.