Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sunday, June 20, 2010

RIP Neil


Monday, May 17, 2010

Good Day

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Devil in disguise, in a white Cadillac


Pete always makes the most hilarious, sharply ironic
observations about life.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pete talks about Tommy and The Isle of Wight

Part 1

Part2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Walkin' and Smokin' ... and Goofin'

Some of the the funniest moves I've ever seen, even from Pete.


What a cutie.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Love every minute of it!*

This is such a lovely, honest, intimate and gentle interview with Pete. Such a deep heart. And the one-to-one over-the-phone aspect of it makes it feel so personal to listen to, like you're right there. Very sweet and insightful, probably the best I've heard. It really tugs at my heart, right and left.



1) What a strange opener question. Pete's answer is interesting. I think they're talking about this image. I love his honesty and sweetness!


2)"it's the end ... of what I used to do." :( He sounds so sad here. :( But he sounds happy about the end of the effing videos and the huge effing football stadiums! Funny, honest Pete. "I find the world just too big" awwwww Melts my heart.

NOT very GOOD at the PIANO!?

NOOOo....WAY!


3) Awww... he freaked at the 150,000 people. GOD, I wish I hadn't missed this. Where the hell was I???? Awww!... "I don't want to cheat people".... :) A story called "Stella" ???
Oh, and he mentions Trilby's Piano. :) awwww....
"I'm not a fan of movies, I'm afraid... the composer's art is a higher art than the film director's art." I would tend to agree (not that I know anything!)
He never seems to enjoy anything! Awww... poor Pete.

4) my favorite part of this segment is hearing Pete say words like, "Alladin, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King" :D I dunno, it just cracks me up. Probably coz I'm an ex Disney cast member. "The characters keep bursting into song. You can't do that in movies anymore." He's so right about that! So FUNNY!

5) "felt like a bit of an imposter... didn't feel entirely comfortable." I love Pete's honesty. The cross-pollination of our music worlds is certainly cool though. Then Pete's using the inner recognition of the music and using it for the mod movement. He used it for a real purpose. "You can be ordinary ... but you can also be special... even if you're a very simple soul." Love that. Found himself by losing himself. There's a lot of the song, "I'm One" in this. Congregation of like-minded spirits. :)


6) "My Generation was a very, very skillful bit of songwriting." Indeed. :) I didn't realize Pete had to throw some Beach Boys in just to please Keith Moon. haha. So accomodating. :) "Young is what the heart is... what the soul is." Right, Pete. :) xoxo

*unlike Pete, who "hated every second of being in The Who".

Friday, December 25, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Too CUTE!



Clark Kent.... haha

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Who Are You (part two)



Here's a great find -- it's the vid of the song I posted on Sept 6 (below)
Incredible. I love this live rendition. I guess those of you who have Roger Daltrey's Celebration of the Music of Pete Townshend concert on video have seen this; I have the concert CD, but I've never seen this before until now. Love it! The entire concert is fantastic... but the video footage of this number (with the "master" himself) is just... perfectamundo! Complete with spinning cellos!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Who Are You?

video

Music is from Roger Daltrey's Celebration of the Music of Pete Townshend CD. Pete guests on this song. Who'da guessed?

Anyway, I highly recommend the CD (or DVD). It rocks! (as you can tell)

You won't find this on YouTube; I made it myself just for TOWHM. Hope you like it!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Hot off the 'Tube

more adorable Pete.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pete Heaven (for those suffering Pete withdrawal)

Part 1"...my magic organ..."

Part 2"don't TOUCH THAT!"

Part 3"poor me, poor me, poor me, poor me..."

Part 4"It looked like a SMUDGE!"

Part 5"They've been chewing up my furniture..."

Part 6"a bit panic-stricken"

Part 7"..Yes, we KNOW, Pete...."

Part 8"... he's dreaming up... some mad scheme..."

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

May 19

Looks like I'm the only one left living here. :-)

Here's a pic of Pete I love. It's my current computer monitor wallpaper. Looks great huge!


Happy Birthday, dear Pete.

Friday, April 24, 2009

"That's not what I said at all!"



I love this. First of all, that hand that reaches in at about 32 seconds and is then swiped away. And Pete's understanding the German and disputing what the reporter said. (She said that he said it would great if he and the whole band went on tour: "That's not what I said at all!")

Then how Pete apparently feels bad for telling the reporter "wanna translate that?" and so he lovingly pats her on the back in a conciliatory fashion. And finally how he gets sort of awkwardly bored and distracted-looking as the one reporter continues in German. LOL

So cute.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Pete talks of Tom Wright

Just found this YouTube, HOT OFF THE PRESS (i.e., I'm the FIRST VIEWER!)



I've got the book (RoadWork). Excellent. Lots of stories and pictures inside you'll not find elsewhere. My favorite is the story of Pete in a New Orleans bar. :-)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

** 1993 interview resurrected **

I've resurrected an old NPR interview with Pete, just because......

(wish I'd taken the time to post an old Rockline (holiday encore presentation) interview back in January when it was still live, but alas it's gone now (they only keep them up for 2 weeks)...... Anyway, maybe it'll resurface again one day; it was a really good one! We'll have to keep an eye (ear) out for it to be replayed again maybe next year.

I remember this NPR interview was good too (as I recall, it was a pretty substantial one).

NOTE: you need RealPlayer to listen to it ... which I don't even have installed on my computer right now! So ... I'll leave it to the rest of you.... to ...

ENJOY.

P.S. THE NEXT POST WILL BE THE 100th POST! (who wants the honor??)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Interview with an Alright Kid


From the Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog (of all places)....

A rare instance of a kid conducting an interview with Pete. We see a whole other side of Pete in his responses, dontcha think? I believe the boy is the son of a woman who once dated John Entwistle, so it's not just some random kid.

RENO, NV - February 23, 2007. Interview conducted by Olivier Curial, a 13-year old 7th Grade Student at Kingsbury Middle School, Lake Tahoe. Place of interview was back room of Pete Townshend tour bus after the Reno concert.....

P. Here we go!

O. So where were you born?

P. I was born…right where I live now…in a place called Isleworth…
read the rest here... [a more readable rendition]

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Have fun with this one

~~~~~~ Memories ~~~~~~

What is your favorite memory of that blogging experience? I loved it when all his labels turned German, then switched back to English. I think that happened twice.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Please Vote for Gary Stockton!!!

Gary is an amazing guitarist who deserves to win this contest called ,
"You Sing the Who."

The Prize is 4 tickets to see The Who in Washington,DC.

The deadline is October 23rd.
He is SOOOO close to winning!

It only takes a second to vote, so please do so by voting:


HERE!




GARY IS AHEAD BY ONE VOTE!!!!!!!!!
GO VOTE NOW!!!!!!!!!!

xxxxx

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Detroit show for charity (10/21/08)


Palace show blog post coming soon.....

:)

OK ... here it is. (sorry to be so lame as to direct you to my blog for this, but I really don't have anything further to add right now. Maybe when I get my photos back?? my worthless photos??)

Anyway... thanks for your patience!

(and the show was GRRRREAT!)

12/18/08 UPDATE: OK... I've finally gotten around to it. Here are some horrible pics. Nice Endless Wire background screens, eh?



Thursday, September 11, 2008

New Essay on My Recurring Pete Dreams



I suppose if I were to confess to anyone that I frequently dream of Pete Townshend, here would be the place. But don’t worry—it’s not that kind of dream. No sex, no drugs, not even rock and roll, really. He’s just a presence really—one who fills the room with peace, love, and a sense that everything is all right.

Sounds like Christ, eh? Is this what they mean when they call rock stars gods?
For years I have wondered...

After these Pete dreams—which tend to happen two or three times annually—I wake up feeling blissful. I wake up feeling loved. I wake up feeling as if some real connection has been made, and I wake up wanting to maintain that connection for the rest of my life.

But then, after a few minutes, the grim reality would set in: that I was alone, seemingly unloved, and Mr. Pete Townsend—the man with whom I felt so intimate in my dreams—had no idea who I was. And never had and never would. What a terrible feeling!
(I had similar dreams about a man named Tony Stacchi, with whom I went to high school, and upon whom I always had a secret crush. I haven’t seem him since high school But this is another story.)

Getting back to the Pete dreams: in 2004, I finally consulted a therapist. Not about my Pete dreams—believe me, those were the least of my “problems.” Those dreams were pleasant, and gentle, and if they left me momentarily mystified, well, I wasn’t going to complain. No, this therapist was helping me recover from childhood trauma. She was a saint, that woman—so compassionate and wise—and once I started to discuss my Buddhists, Pagan, Jungian, and Native American beliefs, she told me she also happened to specialize in dream therapy. “I don’t tell that to all my clients,” she said with the smile. “Not everyone is open to that.”

So I told her about Pete. I told her the love I felt from him, and with him, in my dreams. “He’s wonderful,” she said, “I love him, too.” (For a second I was jealous. Because I wanted to believe I loved his music and connected with his lyrics more than anyone else on the planet, thank you very much.)

But anyway, I told her that sometimes Pete and I sang together. Sometimes we sang his songs; mostly we sang songs that I had written, that I couldn’t remember when I woke. Sometimes he encouraged me, and told me I had a good voice. Sometimes he would hug me—not in a sexual way. More of a maternal/paternal embrace—something I have rarely experienced in this lifetime. I would close my eyes and just absorb this love.

My therapist listened with a beautiful smile. “Everything in a dream is a representation,” she said. “What do you think he represents?

Music, of course. Singing, playing guitar, writing incredible, magnificent songs. He represented self-expression, channeling anger, channeling pain. He was an artist who could transmute those negative energies of anger and sorrow into something beautiful, the way the Buddhas are said to do.
“He’s encouraging you to make music,” my therapist said.

I loved this interpretation. And it made perfect sense. All of my life I have wanted to be a musician, but my parents discouraged that from the start (another long story for another day). Basically they told me I couldn't sing for beans, and could I please turn that god-awful music down?

Now, in my dreams, I was getting encouragement from one of the people I admire most in the world. (And the creator of most of the 'god-awful' music I listened to as a child). How cool is that?

The pure, almost celestial warmth and happiness I felt in his presence was simply Music was calling me back, the way they say God calls you back, i suppose.

This goes back to the question above: Is this what people mean, then, when they call musicians “gods?” Because they have the capacity, through their words and music, to call us back to a better place? Because they make us feel less alone?

It would be fun to find the person who coined this term (God of Rock) and get his/her opinion. But I’d argue that, yes, that is the role people like Pete have served on the planet. But this is another big topic I suppose.

What I can say for certain is that, in my reality, in the Jungian context of my dreams, Pete absolutely serves as an archetype. He is Music, embodied, in a half human/half ethereal form.

Would he be flattered, or appalled, to know this? Only he can say....
(Part of me wants to believe that his appearances in my dreams are true visitations; that he has traveled astrally across oceans and continents to give me—sad, special, talented, weird me—a reassuring hug.)

Regardless of what this all means, I shall thank Pete, again and again, for this role he has played in my waking life, and in my sleeping life—the world of the subconscious, the world of gifts from beyond. It took several years, but I finally got the message:

Sing, girlfriend. Reclaim your original self. Let it be pure, and easy. Amen.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

THE WHO TOUR 2008

Hi everyone,

As you probably all know that THE WHO will be touring in the US in 2008. Tickets go on sale July 14th for WHO members in California. If you are east coast the boston show is going to be Oct. 24th. Hope to see you some of you in the east and the west enjoy the shows.

Peace,

AJ

(eyesite2theblind)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Relative Silence -- can someone help?

Is there some kind person who could forward me the text for Pete's Meher Baba - article to explain my silence ?

I'd be very interested to read it. I don't believe I've seen it elsewhere (I may be wrong -- possibly I just don't remember). Anyway, I missed this when it first came out, as I was in "another world" at that time :-). (This and about 50 mp3 links I'm sad to have missed! :-( )

I just really love the spiritual stuff.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday Pete

Saturday, April 12, 2008

"I'm not so much the brain as the minstrel"



I ran across this 1995 Maclean's article I'd never seen before:

Townshend and Tommy in Toronto

I love that last bit about sliding down the bannister!

:D

Friday, March 21, 2008

THE WHO ANIMATED

I thought this was very cool. This is my favorite video. I hope everybody is well. Have a happy holiday.

AJ