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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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