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Pete Townshend posts heartfelt tribute to David Bowie

January 12, 2016

Pete Townshend posts heartfelt tribute to David Bowie

Pete Townshend has issued a lovely statement about his longtime friend David Bowie. In his blog posted on thewho.com yesterday, Pete said “For those who were his fans he was a charismatic and exotic creature and still gloriously beautiful even as he approached 70. But face to face he was funny, clev...

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Check out our new 1990’s solo gigography page!

December 11, 2015

Check out our new 1990’s solo gigography page!

A new history page for Pete Townshend’s solo gigs from the 1990’s is now up in the Gigography section! The article features photos, videos, setlists, and band lineups of the Psychoderelict shows from 1993, his solo acoustic tour with Jon Carin in 1996, the shows he performed with his band in 1998, a...

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Classic Quadrophenia premieres on PBS

November 27, 2015

Classic Quadrophenia premieres on PBS

Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia Live From The Royal Albert Hall premieres on PBS stations beginning November 28, 2015! Check your local PBS TV schedule listings to find out when it is playing in your city. For more information about the show, please visit our Classic Quadrophenia concert page...

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Music of the spheres - the orchestral music of Pete Townshend

November 14, 2015

Music of the spheres - the orchestral music of Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend has often described hearing incredible orchestral music in his head as a young child that he refers to as the “music of the spheres”.  These early experiences with celestial music have helped inspire one of the greatest composers of our time.Pete’s most famous contributions to th...

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Pete Townshend discusses using Audient consoles in his recording studio

November 9, 2015

Pete Townshend discusses using Audient consoles in his recording studio

Pete Townshend has given a glowing endorsement for Audient consoles in a video that was shot in one of his small home studios. He talks about his recording process using the compact 16-channel Audient ASP4816 recording mixer/console. Check it out! As soon as I got a mixer, which was around just b...

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Listen to Travelator Part 2 by Pete Townshend and Jean-Michel Jarre!

October 16, 2015

Listen to Travelator Part 2 by Pete Townshend and Jean-Michel Jarre!

Here is a sneak peak at Travelator Part 2, the brand new song by Jean-Michel Jarre and Pete Townshend that is featured on Jarre’s new album Electronica 1: The Time Machine. The album was released in the UK and on iTunes and Spotify today, and will hit stores as an import in the US on October 23. C...

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The Who in Hyde Park special theatre event this week!

October 6, 2015

The Who in Hyde Park special theatre event this week!

Be sure to catch The Who’s Hyde Park concert on the big screen, when it hits theatres for a special worldwide cinema event on October 7 & 8! The show took place in June, when The Who headlined the British Summer Time festival to a sold out crowd of 65,000 fans. It was the highlight of the summe...

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The Who reschedule North American tour dates

September 30, 2015

The Who reschedule North American tour dates

The Who have announced the new concert dates for the postponed North American fall shows of The Who Hits 50 tour. The new schedule spreads the shows out over 2 legs in early 2016, with the first leg starting in Detroit on Feb 27 and ending March 29 in Denver, then picking up the second leg in April ...

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Pete sends message to fans at iHeartRadio concert - watch the video!

September 19, 2015

The Who were scheduled to perform at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 18, but had to cancel their appearance and postpone the North American leg of The Who Hits 50 tour due to Roger Daltrey's illness. Pete Townshend sent a heartfelt video to apologize to all the fans for missing the ...

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Best wishes to Roger Daltrey - get well soon!

September 18, 2015

Best wishes to Roger Daltrey - get well soon!

The Who have announced that they are postponing the autumn North American dates of The Who Hits 50 tour to next spring 2016. Roger Daltrey is recovering from viral meningitis, and has been ordered to take time off to fully heal.In a press statement, Roger wrote “We are very sorry to disappoint our f...

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Pete records new song with Jean-Michel Jarre!

August 31, 2015

Pete records new song with Jean-Michel Jarre!

Pete Townshend has collaborated with French composer and legendary electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre on a new song titled “Travelator (Part 2)", which will be released on Jarre’s star studded new album “Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine” on October 16. The song will also be included on ...

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Classic Quadrophenia World premier a huge success!

July 8, 2015

Classic Quadrophenia World premier a huge success!

Pete Townshend premiered his Classic Quadrophenia to a sold out audience at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday night.  The wonderful new orchestral rendition of The Who’s 1973 rock opera was performed by a steller cast of vocalists – including opera star Alfie Boe, Pete Townshend, Phil D...

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The Who’s summer tour – short but sweet!

July 5, 2015

The Who’s summer tour – short but sweet!

The Who wrapped up their 2 week European leg of The Who Hits 50 tour on a high note Thursday night with a rousing show at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. This show capped off a whirlwind tour of Belfast, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, and huge sold out festivals at Hyde Park and Glastonbury in England. A g...

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Chameleon – a brand new song co-written by Pete and Ronnie Lane’s wife Kate!

June 17, 2015

Chameleon – a brand new song co-written by Pete and Ronnie Lane’s wife Kate!

Pete Townshend plays guitar and sings with Des Horsfall on 'Chameleon', a brand new song that will be released on Horsfall’s upcoming album 'The Bastard’s Tin'. Pete composed the music around the lyrics that Kate Lane wrote for her husband, Ronnie Lane. It's a stunningly beautiful song with an infec...

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Classic Quad is released - new Pete interview!

June 10, 2015

Classic Quad is released - new Pete interview!

Pete Townshend released Classic Quadrophenia on Deutsche Grammaphon this week. The deluxe edition includes the complete CD and a 44 minute DVD featuring an exclusive on-camera interview with Pete Townshend and Rachel Fuller, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, and the new music vide...

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Pete and Rachel discuss Classic Quadrophenia at NY Barnes & Noble

May 31, 2015

Pete and Rachel discuss Classic Quadrophenia at NY Barnes & Noble

Pete Townshend and Rachel Fuller made an in-store appearance at the Union Square Barnes & Noble book store in New York on May 29th, where they talked to rock journalist and editor Alan Light about their work on Classic Quadrophenia. They took questions from the audience, and later signed the C...

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Pete Townshend receives award at MusiCares benefit show in NY!

May 29, 2015

Pete Townshend receives award at MusiCares benefit show in NY!

Pete Townshend received the Stevie Ray Vaughan award at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at the Best Buy Theatre in New York last night. He was honored for his ongoing charity work in supporting programs to help recovering addicts, including his dedication to the MusiCares MAP Fund...

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Pete and Roger sign SG guitar for charity auction!

May 28, 2015

Pete and Roger sign SG guitar for charity auction!

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey signed a custom Epiphone SG-Special guitar before The Who concert on Tuesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The guitar, which was donated by the Barclays Center, is beautifully airbrushed with the "The Who Hits 50!" tour artwork by LiQuid Fx, and is up...

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Pete and Rachel interview and CD signing at NY Barnes & Noble!

May 26, 2015

Pete and Rachel interview and CD signing at NY Barnes & Noble!

Pete Townshend and Rachel Fuller will be making a special appearance at the Union Square Barnes & Noble book store in New York City on Friday, May 29 at 7PM, to discuss their work on the upcoming CD release of Classic Quadrophenia and to sign CD inserts. They will be talking with Alan Light, the...

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Happy 70th birthday Pete!!!

May 19, 2015

Happy 70th birthday Pete!!!

Thank you for over 50 years of amazing music, and for providing a soundtrack and voice for our generation! I listened and I heard music in a word And words when you played your guitar The noise that I was hearing was a million people cheering And a child flew past me riding in a star Many h...

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Brand new tracks released on Truancy: The Very Best of Pete Townshend

May 18, 2015

Brand new tracks released on Truancy: The Very Best of Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend is releasing Truancy: The Very Best of Pete Townshend, a 17-track solo compilation that contains a couple of brand new songs, Guantanamo and How Can I Help You! The CD will be available on June 29th in the UK, and June 30th in the US. Pre-order today from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.u...

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Pete Townshend and friends perform charity show for TCA in Chicago

May 15, 2015

Pete Townshend and friends perform charity show for TCA in Chicago

Pete Townshend teamed up with Eddie Vedder, Joe Walsh, Joan Jett, Rick Nielsen and Simon Townshend last night for a fantastic evening of music at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago to benefit Teen Cancer America. Roger Daltrey helped to MC the show and sign posters, and the Who’s touring band provided ...

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Pete Townshend records new tracks in Nashville!

May 14, 2015

Pete Townshend records new tracks in Nashville!

Pete Townshend made good use of his break from The Who tour last week, following the postponement of 3 shows after Roger Daltrey was told by his doctor to rest his voice for a few days before picking up again in Nashville. Pete booked some time in the Welcome to 1979 recording studio in Nashville, a...

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New video trailer for Classic Quadrophenia!

May 6, 2015

New video trailer for Classic Quadrophenia!

The official trailer for Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia has been released by Deutsche Grammophon. The video features interviews with Pete along with orchestrator Rachel Fuller, opera singer Alfi Boe, and conductor Robert Ziegler. Phil Daniels, who starred as Jimmy in the Quadrophenia movie, a...

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Pete Townshend and Eddie Vedder to perform at TCA charity event!

April 13, 2015

Pete Townshend and Eddie Vedder to perform at TCA charity event!

Pete Townshend and Eddie Vedder will be performing together at a concert to benefit Teen Cancer America. The show will take place on May 14 at the relatively intimate 4,400 seat Rosemont Theatre in Chicago, the day after The Who perform at the Allstate Arena. Pete and Eddie will be accompanied by ...

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Lambert & Stamp film opens in US

April 3, 2015

Lambert & Stamp film opens in US

Lambert & Stamp, the critically acclaimed documentary about Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, The Who’s management team who were instrumental in the bands rise to the top in the 60’s, opens today at select theatres in New York and Los Angeles. These will be the first public showings since the film pr...

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The Who hits London!

March 31, 2015

The Who hits London!

The Who returned to their hometown of London to perform the last shows of the UK leg of The Who Hits 50 tour that were postponed from December. They put on a great series of concerts with 2 shows at the O2 Arena, capped off with their annual gig at the Royal Albert Hall in support of Teenage Cancer ...

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Attic Jam and Barnes & Noble concert pages are up!

March 5, 2015

Attic Jam and Barnes & Noble concert pages are up!

Pete Townshend and Rachel Fuller performed at a series of intimate Attic Jam concerts from 2005 to 2008, starting in London at the Bedford Arms and Oceanic Studios, then later at small clubs in the US on Pete's days off during The Who tours. The shows were a spin off from the popular In The Attic we...

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Pete Townshend solo catalogue is now available in digital formats

February 24, 2015

Pete Townshend solo catalogue is now available in digital formats

Pete Townshend's solo catalogue has been released this week in digital formats, and is now available for download and streaming from various digital distributors, including  iTunes and Spotify. Later in the year, the albums will be remastered and released on CD. The reissue programme is still i...

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MusiCares benefit concert to honor Pete Townshend

February 6, 2015

MusiCares benefit concert to honor Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend will be honored at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at the Best Buy Theatre in New York on May 28, 2015. He will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his ongoing charity work in supporting programs to help recovering addicts, including his dedication to the MusiC...

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