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In fond memory of Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman

March 30, 2016

In fond memory of Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman

We are sad to announce that Andy "Thunderclap" Newman has passed away this week. Andy was the keyboard player of the 1960's band Thunderclap Newman. Pete Townshend put the band together to record for The Who's label Track Records in late 1968, and produced their critically acclaimed album Hollywood ...

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Who Cares and Teen Cancer America launch new lounge at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC

March 21, 2016

Who Cares and Teen Cancer America launch new lounge at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey attended the launch of The Lounge at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City on Friday, March 18. The space designed for teen and young adult patients was made possible by a generous donation of $1 million by The Who’s charity Who Cares, in collab...

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The Who hit New York!

March 5, 2016

The Who hit New York!

The final leg of the Who Hits 50 tour got off to an excellent start last week, as Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey capped off a successful opening week with a riveting concert in New York City Thursday night, followed by a rare U.S. TV appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Friday. Chec...

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Pete records new acoustic songs in a studio near Detroit!

February 28, 2016

Pete records new acoustic songs in a studio near Detroit!

Pete Townshend booked into The 45 Factory in Waterford, Michigan on Friday night to cut a few tracks for an acoustic project that he is working on. The 45 Factory is a vintage inspired recording studio located 20 Miles North of Detroit, where The Who kicked off their US leg of the tour the following...

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Electronica - the electronic music of Pete Townshend

February 17, 2016

Electronica - the electronic music of Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend is a pioneer of electronic music. His work with synthesisers dates back to 1971, and he has used them to create amazing soundscapes, and to help build a rhythmic frame for some of his most famous compositions. His love of experimenting with forward thinking technologies stems from les...

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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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Pete Townshend - an extended interview by Mark Blake

December 30, 2014

Pete Townshend - an extended interview by Mark Blake

To research his excellent new book PRETEND YOU’RE IN A WAR: THE WHO & THE SIXTIES, author Mark Blake interviewed nearly 100 key characters from Who history, including ex-bandmates, schoolmates, producers, girlfriends, roadies, and friends of the band and their management team. Mark left no stone...

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The Who wrap up UK leg of tour early

December 17, 2014

The Who wrap up UK leg of tour early

The final two shows in London that were scheduled for Dec 17 and 18  have been postponed to March 22 and 23, due to Roger Daltrey suffering from a throat infection. The final show in Cardiff on Monday was nearly cancelled too, but the band went ahead with the performance as scheduled. The final...

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Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia

December 1, 2014

Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia

Pete Townshend has created a new orchestral version of one of The Who’s landmark albums – ‘Quadrophenia’. The new incarnation of this classic rock opera is the latest chapter in Townshend’s lifelong mission to break the three-minute mould of the traditional pop song and take rock music to a higher...

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Play it Loud: The Story of the Marshall Amp

November 29, 2014

Play it Loud: The Story of the Marshall Amp

Pete Townshend is featured in an excellent new documentary on the history of the Marshall amplifier that aired last night on BBC4. The film tells the story of the "Father of Loud" Jim Marshall, who started out in a shop in West London near where Pete grew up, and went on to pioneer the legendary sou...

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The Who play Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after race concert

November 24, 2014

The Who play Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after race concert

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey kicked off The Who Hits 50 anniversary tour last night when they performed to a sell out crowd of 60,000 at the Formula 1 after-race show in du Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The concert closed out a star studded weekend of music that include...

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The Who honoured with blue plaque at Goldhawk Club

November 16, 2014

The Who honoured with blue plaque at Goldhawk Club

A special Blue Plaque in honour of The Who was unveiled by the Heritage Foundation today at the legendary Shepherd's Bush Club on Goldhawk Road in Shepherd's Bush London. At weekends on club nights in the '60s it was known as the Goldhawk Social Club. Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle...

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New interview with Irish Jack

November 7, 2014

New interview with Irish Jack

On the 16th of November this year, a blue plaque for The Who will be placed at the Goldhawk Club in Shepherd's Bush, London. To kick off the celebrations for that event, Irish Jack took time out on his 71st birthday today to answer a few of our questions about the early days of the Goldhawk Club. ...

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Orchestrated Quadrophenia!

November 4, 2014

Orchestrated Quadrophenia!

Pete Townshend recently attended a studio session with the London Oriana Choir at Air Studios in London, where work is underway to record an orchestral version of Quadrophenia slated to be released some time in 2015. The orchestration work was done by Pete’s partner Rachel Fuller, with assistance by...

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The Who announce North American tour

October 10, 2014

The Who announce North American tour

The Who have announced the 2015 North American dates for The Who Hits 50 anniversary tour that kicks off in Ireland and the UK next month. Pre-sale tickets go on sale tomorrow morning (Oct 11) at 10AM local time, and the general public sale starts next Friday (Oct 17) at 10AM local time. For more...

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New track by The Who, Be Lucky!

September 25, 2014

New track by The Who, Be Lucky!

Pete Townshend has written a new single for The Who, called Be Lucky. The song was recorded this summer at British Grove Studios in London and Yellow Fish Studios in Brighton, and will be released on the upcoming The Who Hits 50 2-CD collection, and as a single. All proceeds for the song download wi...

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New book on the early days of The Who hits the bookshelves this week

September 14, 2014

New book on the early days of The Who hits the bookshelves this week

Pete Townshend was once asked how he prepared himself for The Who’s violent live performances. His answer? ‘Pretend you’re in a war.’ For a band equally prone to furious infighting, this could have served as a motto. Between 1964 and 1969 The Who released some of the most dramatic, confrontational a...

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The Who to perform on Stand Up to Cancer charity event airing Sept 5

August 20, 2014

The Who to perform on Stand Up to Cancer charity event airing Sept 5

The Who will be performing on September 2nd at a special charity event in London to help raise money for cancer research. They will join top recording artists and celebrities from film and television in the Stand Up To Cancer telethon that will air September 5th. Multiple North American broadcast ...

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The Who are looking for archival recordings

August 15, 2014

The Who are looking for archival recordings

The Who are reaching out to fans and collectors around the world, in the hopes of finding rare and lost recordings and other memorabilia to include in a retrospective that will celebrate the band's 50th anniversary. Pete chatted about this in a recent interview that was featured on a promotional vi...

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The Who planning new Mods and Rockers TV series

July 30, 2014

Plans may be underway for a new TV series called Mods and Rockers that is about London’s music scene in the 1960’s. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who and the band’s manager Bill Curbishley are rumored to be in talks to handle the music and co-produce with UK director Simon West. According...

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10 year anniversary of Pete’s final guitar smash

July 24, 2014

10 year anniversary of Pete’s final guitar smash

On July 24, 2004, The Who closed the Yokohama show with an explosive performance of a medley from Tommy, which came to a crashing end when Pete obliterated his guitar. This would be Pete’s last guitar smash (to date), which he did to celebrate not only The Who’s first visit to Japan, but also as a s...

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New 1980’s solo gigography page is up

July 7, 2014

New 1980’s solo gigography page is up

A new history page for Pete Townshend's solo gigs and special guest appearances in the 1980’s is now up in the Gigography section! Lots of great content for all the shows, including setlists, photos, videos, and band lineups. Check it out now at http://petetownshend.net/gigography/solo-1980s!

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The Who announce 50th anniversary UK tour

June 30, 2014

The Who announce 50th anniversary UK tour

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey held a press conference today (June 30) at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London, to announce The Who's UK tour that will kick off in Dublin on November 26 and wrap up in London on December 18. The tour, which will likely extend to North America in 2015, is a celebratio...

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New interviews with creative team of Quadrophenia musical

June 26, 2014

New interviews with creative team of Quadrophenia musical

This summer marks the 5th anniversary of the stage production of Quadrophenia, which toured the UK between May and October 2009. To celebrate, we wanted to take a peek behind the scenes with members of the creative team to find out more about the making of the musical. We are proud to present brand...

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The Who perform with Kenney Jones at Rock n Horsepower charity

June 16, 2014

The Who perform with Kenney Jones at Rock n Horsepower charity

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey reunited with their friend and old band mate Kenney Jones to help raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. Kenney was diagnosed with the disease last year. The Rock n Horsepower benefit concert was held at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst Green on June...

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The Who release Quadrophenia: Live in London

June 9, 2014

The Who release Quadrophenia: Live in London

The Who completed their critically acclaimed tour of Quadrophenia on July 8, 2013 at the Wembley Arena with a benefit show to support the Double O charity. This concert is billed as “Quadrophenia: Live in London” and hits the stores this week in multiple video and audio formats, with various packagi...

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Happy birthday to Pete Townshend!

May 19, 2014

Happy birthday to Pete Townshend!

Best wishes to Pete on his 69th birthday!

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Pete and Roger to reunite with Kenney Jones for charity concert

May 12, 2014

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will be performing at the Rock n Horsepower charity concert that Kenney Jones is hosting in aid of Prostate cancer. Kenney was diagnosed with the disease in 2013. The show will take place at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club on June 14, 2014. According to Kenney’s post on ...

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New Pete Townshend Gigography is up

April 14, 2014

New Pete Townshend Gigography is up

A new Gigography section with history pages of Pete’s concerts has been added to this website! We will focus mainly on Pete’s solo concerts and appearances, starting with the 70’s and adding more sections over time. Next up will be a page for Pete’s shows from the 80’s. The Who 2012-2013 Quadrophen...

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New song by Pete for The Americans TV show

April 4, 2014

Pete Townshend has written a new song “It Must Be Done” for the TV series “The Americans”. It is scheduled to be broadcast in an episode that airs April 30 on FX. Pete collaborated on the song with the shows composer, Nathan Barr. The song appears in a dramatic scene described as "sex and murder". ...

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New Simon Townshend album and tour

April 2, 2014

New Simon Townshend album and tour

Pete Townshend’s brother Simon is kicking off a tour of the US next week, following the release of his new album “Denial” that hit the stores this week. The tour launches in Vienna, VA on April 9, with dates scheduled across America through May 4. Simon will be playing a solo acoustic set of songs ...

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Pete quote displayed at Donald Pass art exhibit

March 15, 2014

Pete quote displayed at Donald Pass art exhibit

There is a new exhibition of the work of late visionary artist Donald Pass on display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore through February 22, 2015. The show feature’s the artist’s incredible ethereal spirit paintings, and includes quotes from Pete Townshend and other admirers of his w...

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The Who fan websites document a rich history

March 1, 2014

As The Who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, we wanted to call attention to the dedicated work of Who fans and historians who have diligently documented the rich history of our favorite band over the years. The following websites are excellent resources that detail all aspects of The Who’s...

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New history page about the Lifehouse Method

February 13, 2014

New history page about the Lifehouse Method

In 2007, Pete Townshend launched the Lifehouse Method, which was a software system designed to generate unique pieces of music processed from various personal data that a user input into the website interface. The concept of this project grew out of Pete’s 1971 Lifehouse story, which provided the in...

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Lambert & Stamp documentary premiers at Sundance

January 29, 2014

Lambert & Stamp documentary premiers at Sundance

Pete is featured in the Lambert & Stamp documentary that was World premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20. The documentary is also scheduled for the Sundance London Film and Music Festival on April 25. Tickets are on sale now at sundance-london.com/event/lambert-stamp. Produced a...

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Pete to speak at Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival

January 10, 2014

Pete to speak at Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival

Pete is returning to his home town in West London to give a talk at the Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival on Sunday, February 16. His lecture will take place at the Questers Theatre in Ealing, not far from the neighborhood where Pete grew up. According to the festival website: “Rock’n’Roll l...

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Pete discusses John Fahey on new DVD release

January 2, 2014

Pete discusses John Fahey on new DVD release

Pete Townshend is one of the featured artists in the documentary In Search of Blind Joe Death, The Saga of John Fahey, which is now available on DVD. Pete’s unedited 30 minute interview is included in the bonus section of the DVD. Here are a few excerpts from Pete's discussion. “When I first heard...

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History page about IN THE ATTIC is up!

December 16, 2013

History page about IN THE ATTIC is up!

IN THE ATTIC was a musical chat internet show that was webcast live and streamed weekly on Towser TV, a 24 hour web channel that was hosted on petetownshend.com. The show was co-hosted by Pete’s partner Rachel Fuller and her songwriting friend Mikey Cuthbert, and featured Pete and his brother Simon ...

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Pete featured in article on history of Marshall Stacks

December 5, 2013

Pete featured in article on history of Marshall Stacks

Premier Guitar has posted an article about the history of the Marshall Amplifier, and how Pete Townshend contributed to the design of the famous Marshall JTM45/100 amp stacks that helped revolutionize the sound of rock and roll back in the 60’s. Photo: ALAMY Here are a few excerpts.  To read ...

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Pete appears in Peter Blake special on BBC

November 26, 2013

Pete appears in Peter Blake special on BBC

Pete contributed to the BBC documentary "Under Milk Wood in Pictures: Peter Blake Does Dylan", which aired November 25 on BBC One. The film chronicles the making of Peter Blake's groundbreaking art work that was inspired by the Dylan Thomas play, which will be on display at the National Museum of Wa...

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New interview with Pete on BBC Radio 6

November 13, 2013

New interview with Pete on BBC Radio 6

Pete sat down with Matt Everitt at his studio in Richmond to chat about the new Tommy box set, a 50th Anniversary tour with The Who in 2015, and his upcoming solo project. The interview aired on BBC Radio 6 this morning, and is available online for 7 days on the BBC website. UPDATE: The full interv...

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Pete Townshend speaks of Meher Baba - a new history page!

November 9, 2013

Pete Townshend speaks of Meher Baba - a new history page!

The teachings of Indian spiritual master Meher Baba were a heavy influence on Pete Townshend during his peak creative period as a composer in the late 60’s and throughout the 70’s, inspiring such masterworks as Tommy, Baba O’Riley, Drowned, and many other of Pete’s greatest compositions. We have pu...

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Trailer and interview for new Tommy documentary

October 24, 2013

Here is a short preview of "Sensation: The Story of The Who's Tommy", a new documentary which airs October 25, 26 and 28 on BBC4, and an extended version for the US will air November 9 on BBC America. A DVD will be released in March 2014. Lawrence Ball conducted a 30 minute interview with Martin ...

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Pete attends launch event for new Tommy box set and documentary

October 23, 2013

Pete attends launch event for new Tommy box set and documentary

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey hit the red carpet at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith yesterday to talk to the press about the upcoming Tommy (Super Deluxe edition) box set that will be released on November 11, and to view a screening of “Sensation – The Story Of The Who’s Tommy”, a brand new ...

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Pete picks up a couple more BMI awards for CSI

October 17, 2013

Pete picks up a couple more BMI awards for CSI

Pete Townshend was presented with BMI TV Music awards for CSI and CSI: NY at the 2013 BMI London Awards that were held on October 15, 2013.  Congratulations Pete! This brings Pete’s total BMI TV Music awards for CSI up to 17.  Here is a list of his wins since 2001.   2013: 2 awards ...

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Rockers on Broadway to honor Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff

October 4, 2013

Rockers on Broadway to honor Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff

ROCKERS ON BROADWAY will celebrate 20 years with a charity concert at SoHo’s le Poisson Rouge on Bleeker Street, NYC on November 11. The show will be presented by the PATH Fund (Performing Artists That Help), and will benefit the ASCAP Foundation’s Children Will Listen program, The Broadway Dreams F...

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Pete in Menorca sailboat regata

September 3, 2013

Pete in Menorca sailboat regata

Pete participated in the Panerai Trophy classic yachts race over the weekend in Menorca, a beautiful Island off the coast of Spain. Pete’s sailboat EVA – an 8 metre Fife from 1906 – received a cup for coming in third in her class (small Gaffers) over three races. The 12 metre KELPIE (designed by Alf...

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Who I Am is now available in paperback

August 31, 2013

Who I Am is now available in paperback

Pete Townshend’s critically acclaimed best selling autobiography ‘Who I Am’ is now out in paperback, sporting different covers for the UK and US publications.  The US edition includes a new afterword written by Pete! The afterword is available to view as part of the preview on the Barnes and No...

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Pete discusses One Direction controversy

August 15, 2013

There has been a fair amount of discussion across the social media sites regarding the new single by One Direction entitled "Best Song Ever".  The opening chords of the song sound very much like Baba O'Riley, and the band has been criticized for copying The Who's classic hit. Pete Townshend ha...

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Pete guests on new Roy Harper album

July 28, 2013

Pete guests on new Roy Harper album

Pete is one of the featured guest artists on legendary folk artist Roy Harper’s upcoming album entitled Man & Myth, which is scheduled to be released on September 23.  Pete has added lead guitar to a track called Cloud Cuckooland. Roy Harper was recently interviewed by MOJO magazine’s Edit...

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Kids from Livewire Youth Music visit Pete in Liverpool

July 16, 2013

Kids from Livewire Youth Music visit Pete in Liverpool

A group of members from the Livewire Youth Music charity in Saltash, Cornwall had the opportunity of a lifetime a couple weeks ago, when they were invited to attend a performance of Quadrophenia and go backstage to meet Pete.  According to an article in This is Somerset, Pete has been backing L...

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Quadrophenia tour ends with Double O benefit show

July 9, 2013

Quadrophenia tour ends with Double O benefit show

The Who wrapped up their European tour last night at Wembley Arena with a show to benefit Pete’s Double O charity, in support of Refuge, an organization for women and children against domestic violence.  To learn more and to donate to Refuge, please visit refuge.org.uk.The Quadrophenia tour was...

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Pete chats about TubeTraps

June 30, 2013

For those of you who have gone to a recent Who show, you may have wondered about the big black tubes that are arranged around the stage.  These contraptions are called “TubeTraps”, which are used to trap bass frequencies and help to improve sound acoustics. For more information, please visit t...

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Happy birthday to The Iron Man!

June 27, 2013

Happy birthday to The Iron Man!

The studio album of The Iron Man: The Musical by Pete Townshend was released 24 years ago on June 27, 1989. The musical project is based on a children's book written by Ted Hughes, and was later turned into a full blown stage production, which debuted at the Young Vic Theatre in London's West End in...

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New Irish Jack story about Dublin!

June 19, 2013

New Irish Jack story about Dublin!

Irish Jack has very kindly contributed a fabulous story to petetownshend.net to help celebrate the recent Who performance in Dublin. The story is featured on the Dublin concert page. As always, Jack demonstrates a real flair for combining personal anecdotes about his long time friendship with Pete T...

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The Who Quadrophenia European tour kicks off!

June 11, 2013

The Who Quadrophenia European tour kicks off!

The European leg of the Quadrophenia tour got off to a great start this week with a couple of shows in Ireland before the band head up to Scotland, followed by shows in London and around the UK. The Who continue to be in top form following their critically acclaimed tour of the US earlier in the yea...

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Interview on BBC World News

June 7, 2013

Interview on BBC World News

To help promote the Quadrophenia European tour that kicks off on June 8, there will be a 30 minute program on the BBC World News featuring an interview with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey that will be broadcast on June 8 (1:30 & 8:30 GMT) and June 9 (14:30 & 20:30 GMT).  This will be ...

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Twentieth anniversary of Psychoderelict!

June 4, 2013

Twentieth anniversary of Psychoderelict!

Psychoderelict was released in the UK twenty years ago on June 4, 1993, with a US release date of June 15. To celebrate, we have posted a new history page in the Musicals section of the site! To read all about Pete’s groundbreaking production, go to the Psychoderelict page.

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Opening night of Tommy at the Stratford Festival

May 30, 2013

Opening night of Tommy at the Stratford Festival

After weeks of preview performances, the Des McAnuff production of Tommy officially opens tonight at the Avon Theatre in Stratford Ontario. It will run through the summer, with the final performance on October 19. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Stratford Festival websi...

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Pete's interview with Giant FM on video

May 23, 2013

Pete's interview with Giant FM on video

Pete Townshend recently sat down backstage at the Stratford Festival with Mike Tyler, the afternoon drive guy on Giant FM, for a chat about the Stratford production of Tommy, The Who's 50th anniversary plans, Pete's new book, and more. Here is a video of that conversation.

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Happy birthday Pete!

May 18, 2013

Happy birthday Pete!

Many happy returns!  We all love ya!!!

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New interviews in Toronto Star and CBC

May 16, 2013

Pete has been busy this past week on his visit to Ontario to help promote the Stratford Festival production of Tommy.  He was interviewed on Giant FM earlier in the week, and this morning he appeared on Q on CBC radio. To listen to the full uncut interview with Pete, please visit the CBC Radio ...

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Pete joins Tommy cast for the curtain call last night!

May 15, 2013

Pete joins Tommy cast for the curtain call last night!

The previews of Tommy at the Stratford Festival in Ontario have been a huge success so far, and the audience was treated to an extra special moment as Pete joined the cast onstage to take a bow Wednesday night. Pete has been in town to help promote the show, which officially opens on May 30.  ...

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New Quadrophenia stage productions page is up!

May 8, 2013

New Quadrophenia stage productions page is up!

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the UK stage production of Quadrophenia, which opened on May 9, 2009 at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth. To celebrate this event, we have posted a Quadrophenia stage productions page in the Musicals section of this site.  Many thanks to Tom Critchley for dona...

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Previews of Tommy musical kick off at Stratford Festival

May 5, 2013

The revived musical stage production of Tommy began previews at the Stratford Festival yesterday, and is scheduled to run May 30 through October 19.  Opening night came a day after Des McAnuff received Canada’s highest civilian honour, when he was invested into the Order of Canada for a lifeti...

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Samaritan Mag covers Pete’s charity history

April 16, 2013

Samaritan Mag covers Pete’s charity history

There is an excellent new article in Samaritan Mag that outlines Pete's philanthropy work, including details of the Double O, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Who Cares charities, along with a variety of other causes that Pete has supported over the years. There is also an interview with Pete, who discusse...

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Tommy musical comes to Stratford Festival in Ontario

April 5, 2013

Tommy musical comes to Stratford Festival in Ontario

Des McAnuff, the Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival, will be reuniting with his original 1993 Tony award winning team to bring Tommy to the festival in Ontario this spring. The musical will be staged at the Avon Theatre May 4 to October 19, opening on May 30. Tickets and information are av...

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New interviews with MSN and LeParisien

April 4, 2013

New interviews with MSN and LeParisien

Promotion for Pete’s book continues with a couple of new articles. There is a great interview with Pete up on entertainment.ca.msn website that was conducted at the end of the recent US tour. Pete chats about a wide range of topics, including the Quadrophenia tour, his song writing techniques, remot...

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Pete in May issue of Uncut magazine

March 28, 2013

Pete in May issue of Uncut magazine

Pete is featured on the cover of the May issue of Uncut. There is a six page article where Pete chats about the wild early days of the Who, including their performances at the Marquee Club in London. Uncut has a short blurb about it up on their site here. To purchase the magazine, please visit uncu...

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Behind the scene details of the Quad Tour

March 21, 2013

Behind the scene details of the Quad Tour

If you have ever wondered about what goes on with the technical wizardry that is required to put on a big rock concert, there is a terrific new article in Lighting and Sound America that takes an in-depth look at producing the Quadrophenia tour. Included in the fascinating discussion are the technic...

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New interview with Pete on Spinner

March 11, 2013

During the US tour, Pete was interviewed by Karen Bliss for Spinner. There are some good quotes as he talks about his autobiography, and answers questions about his life story.  The full interview is posted on the spinner.com website. Here are a few quick ones from the interview. “I had grown...

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The Who end North American tour with benefit show

March 1, 2013

The Who end North American tour with benefit show

After wrapping up their North American Quadrophenia tour in Providence, The Who gave one last performance at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC on Feb 28, where they topped the bill for the Who Cares concert to benefit Teenage Cancer America. Also on the bill was Elvis Costello & The Im...

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Pete chats about Ireland tour

February 11, 2013

Pete discussed the upcoming Ireland concerts with the Irish promoters at MCD Productions while backstage at a recent concert in the US. The Who will open their European tour in Dublin on June 8, followed by a show in Belfast on June 10.

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Philly book event serialized on Huff Post

February 4, 2013

The Huffington Post blog kicked off a 4 part feature that includes a serialized video of Pete's appearance at the Philadelphia Free Library that took place on October 10, 2012.  The blog entries include a nice write up from Pete regarding his experience of doing these book events. "I enjoyed t...

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Pete and Roger on BBC Breakfast

January 30, 2013

Pete and Roger were featured on BBC1 Breakfast on January 29, following the announcement of the Who's upcoming European tour of Quadrophenia. The segment was also shown on BBC World News on PBS. To watch a video of their interview, please visit the BBC website.

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Pete received Les Paul award at 2013 NAMM Show

January 27, 2013

Pete received Les Paul award at 2013 NAMM Show

Pete was presented with the Les Paul award at the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio that was held at the 2013 NAMM Show on January 25th at the Hilton Anaheim. Speakers included John Sebastian (who was the emcee of the show) and Martin Lewis (producer of the Secret Policemans Ball).  Mick J...

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Grammy Museum book signing Jan 30

January 24, 2013

Members of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will have the opportunity to attend a book signing that is scheduled to take place in the afternoon before the Who perform at the Staples Center. The following information was sent out to members of the museum. Book Signing: Pete Townshend, Who I AmWedne...

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Pete receives top honors in Guitar World poll

January 18, 2013

Pete receives top honors in Guitar World poll

Pete has been entered into the Guitar World Hall of Fame as the winner of the 2012 readers Poll. He is featured on the cover of the Feb 13 issue of Guitar World, which includes an in-depth look at Pete’s work from 1969 to 1973. Congratulations Pete! The Who are also featured on the cover of the Jan...

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Pete donates sailing dinghies to Antigua’s NSAA

January 15, 2013

Pete donates sailing dinghies to Antigua’s NSAA

Pete made a very generous personal donation to the National Sailing Academy of Antigua last Friday, when he presented the charity with six Laser Pico sailing dinghies. Pete was approached by a volunteer from the organization when he was on holiday, and agreed to help out the NSAA, whose sole purpose...

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The Who rock the 12-12-12 Sandy Relief concert!

December 13, 2012

The Who were in top form and gave a high energy performance at the Concert for Sandy Relief benefit show last night at the Madison Square Garden in NYC. The band’s half hour set was a definite highlight during an evening that was chock full of legendary artists giving their best in support for a v...

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Sad week in Whoville

November 28, 2012

Sad week in Whoville

The Who family has lost three important friends this week, with the passing of Chris Stamp, Mike Shaw and Frank Barselona. Pete has posted lovely tributes for each up on thewho.com website. http://thewho.com/story/pete-townshend-remembers-chris-stamp/http://thewho.com/story/pete-townshend-remember...

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Indigo book event in Toronto

November 23, 2012

Indigo book event in Toronto

Pete attended a book event to promote his autobiography ‘Who I Am’ yesterday at the Indigo bookstore in Toronto, where he chatted for nearly an hour with broadcaster Alan Cross before signing books for fans. There is a nice article about the event up on the Digital Journal website. please vis...

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Late Show with David Letterman appearance

November 20, 2012

Late Show with David Letterman appearance

Pete made an appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman” last night to plug his book. Pete has appeared on Letterman’s show a number of times over the years, dating back to 1985. As with previous shows, the banter between Pete and David was very humorous and fun to watch. To view the entire epis...

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The Who to play Concert For Sandy Relief

November 15, 2012

The Who to play Concert For Sandy Relief

The Who are scheduled to play a Robin Hood Relief Fund benefit concert that will support the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  The show will take place at the Madison Square Garden on 12-12-12, and will feature a stellar lineup of artists that include Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel,...

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Book signing event in Toronto on Nov 22

November 15, 2012

Pete will be appearing at the Indigo Manulife Centre in Toronto on Thursday, November 22. The following details have been posted on the Indigo website. Indigo Exclusive: In Conversation with Pete Townshend About this event: Jump on the Magic Bus! Join us as rock legend Pete Townshend – songwrite...

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Live interview on NPR Talk of the Nation

November 13, 2012

Live interview on NPR Talk of the Nation

Pete appeared in a live radio interview with Jacki Lyden on NPR's Talk of the Nation on November 12, where fans were able to call in and talk to Pete.  The audio stream and transcript of the show are available on the WBAA website. "Well, I've tried to avoid catharsis in my songwriting. I've t...

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NPC event for Teen Cancer America program

November 12, 2012

NPC event for Teen Cancer America program

Pete and Roger appeared at a National Press Club event in Washington DC this afternoon, to discuss their charity "Who Cares" which supports Teen Cancer America.  Roger gave an impassioned speech, which was followed by a Q&A session with Pete and Roger.  To help support the Teen Cancer...

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The Who's Quadrophenia tour kicks off!

November 5, 2012

The Who's Quadrophenia tour kicks off!

The Who’s Quadrophenia tour got off to a great start with their opening shows in Florida last weekend. The new stage production of their famous 1973 rock opera has received a great response from all of those in attendance. Fans were especially pleased to see Pete giving a spirited high energy perfor...

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WHO I AM media blitz!

October 15, 2012

WHO I AM media blitz!

There has been a whirlwind of press and media activity over the past week for the book launch of Pete's autobiography 'Who I Am'.  To view a comprehensive collection of book events, radio and television appearances, interviews, photos, videos and reviews, please visit the 'Who I Am' book ...

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Pete's book hits the press

October 4, 2012

Pete's book hits the press

There have been a lot of articles and reviews leading up to the launch of 'Who I Am', which will be released on Monday Oct 8 in the US.  Here are a few good ones to check out. Rolling Stone has a 10 page spread that includes extensive excerpts and a nice review that gives the book 4 and 1/2 st...

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Who I Am book signing and TV events scheduled for October

September 15, 2012

Who I Am book signing and TV events scheduled for October

Pete will be attending a few book signing events on the East Coast to help promote the launch of his autobiography Who I Am, which will be released by HarperCollins on October 8, 2012.    A Q&A and book reading is also scheduled at the library events in New York and Philadelphia.&nbs...

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Pete to receive the prestigious Les Paul award in January

September 13, 2012

Pete is scheduled to receive the Les Paul Award at the 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards.  The ceremony will be held on the second day of the 2013 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Hilton on January 25. The Les Paul award recognizes people that have made a significant impac...

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Pete to appear in John Fahey documentary in Autumn 2012

September 13, 2012

Pete to appear in John Fahey documentary in Autumn 2012

Pete will be participating in the documentary 'In Search of Blind Joe Death - The Saga of John Fahey' - a film about the life of composer, guitarist, author, and provocateur John Fahey. The documentary is slated for an Autumn 2012 release, and will be a featured film at the Vancouver International ...

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Quadrophenia film gets the Criterion treatment

September 13, 2012

Quadrophenia film gets the Criterion treatment

The 1979 Quadrophenia film has received a stunning restoration courtesy of The Criterion Collection, which has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray in the US. The package includes a beautifully cleaned up digital transfer, a new 5.1 surround mix that was supervised by Bob Pridden, and loads of extr...

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