Sunday, September 30, 2007

"We were never friends!" (m-my t-t-translation....)

(fresh as a daisy!)

Wir waren niemals Freunde!

Nov. 3, 2006


Surviving members of The Who: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

It's been 24 years since there's been a new album by the legendary rock band The Who, a band that used to destroy their instruments onstage and who created a new yardstick with their rock opera, Tommy. In this Stern interview, Pete Townshend sums up his life.

Mr. Townshend, who's your favorite musical artist these days?
Joni Mitchell, her album Travellogue, that's the record with the orchestra songs.

Why do you think it was easier in the 60s to become a rock star?
There were no rules, apart from those of our parents. We were unknowns, but we had our dreams. We lived in a denial caused by the trauma of war that our parents had suffered through. We borrowed the blues, classical music, country, western, 50s pop, and created our own style of music. It wasn't so much about being young, as it was about separating ourselves from the views of our parents.

What's been the high point in your life?
Completing my book, The Boy Who Heard Music. That led to my composing the music for the album, Wire and Glass (EP, published July 2006 as a teaser for the forthcoming Who album). As soon as I finished the book, I knew that I'd found something that would inspire me for a second life with The Who. It wasn't necessarily something that I'd wanted, but it was clear to me that this was a second chance.

And your low point?
The death of John Entwistle (bassist for the Who, died 2002). And the death of two adults who had been sexually abused in their childhood. I wanted to help them, in that I wanted to pay for their therapy.

Is there a song you wish you'd written?
"Three Steps to Heaven" by Eddie Cochran. If I had to choose just one song, then it would be, "People are All the Same" by The Sugababes.

Does it bother you that your audience doesn't want to hear anything but old classic Who songs?
That's not true! They listen to everything as long we play the classics too. But for 24 years we didn't have any new songs. Now we play 8 or 9 new songs at our shows, and people are happy.

You're 61 years old. What would you still like to do?
Write my autobiography -- hopefully before I turn 64, so that I can publish it when I'm 65. Other than that, I'd like to expand my knowledge of German. And have all the important sailing certificates (?) under my belt. I'm an experienced seeman, but my qualifications are modest. And I'd like to be a granddad one day.

If you could have given yourself some advice 20 years ago, how would it have sounded?
You're doing everything great, Pete! Don't worry about anything. Twenty years ago I had just released my solo album, White City. Aside from that, I was working on writing the stage musical, Iron Man, by Ted Hughes. I worked on many different things which were all fun for me. But in spite of all this, I was still somehow unfulfilled. It had to do with needing to bring my therapy to an end. When I finally completed it, I was satisfied. I still sometimes go for therapy, when I feel the need for it.

Are you and Roger Daltrey still friends -- or more like business partners?
We were never friends! But we've been creative partners for many years. Today we're closer than ever before, because we only have each other. (Who drummer K.M died in 1978, bassist John Entwistle in 2002)

How will people remember The Who 50 years from now?
People will remember My Generation. The way we destroyed guitars and hotel rooms. But our music will also be remembered seriously. We had social relevance. But we weren't responsible for this, our audience was.

Interview: Hannes Roß / translated by Lucy D.

Sidebar: The Who's last studio album "It's Hard" appeared in 1982. It was an appropriate name for the album, which came at the end of the career of a legendary but uninspired rockband. This new album, Endless Wire (released Nov. 3, 2006) hints once again at their great success.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Oh Baby

Mikey and Rene are expecting a Baby!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

November 5th

Check out the new Who website......looks like November 5th will be a big day!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Pete's 1989 appearance on Letterman (A Friend is a Friend) (in dedication to all blogger friends, including Suesjoy)

Really cool interview from 1989, though it would probably embarrass Pete today! God, it's funny! (but not surprising)

Townshend on Letterman (1989)

If anyone can figure out how to embed this video into the blog, let me know! I tried, and all I get is a blank screen with a play button that does nothing.

Letterman mentions that Pete was on his show "about 4 or 5 years ago" as well. Has anyone seen that one?! I'd love to. I've seen some later shows, which were also a riot.

Pete: you're a riot. (He may find it very difficult to have fun, but he sure knows how to give fun to others!) Thanks, Pete.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

CS-T 1982 article final bit

OK, I posted the last bit. It's hardly worth looking, but just...

Go see.

Chicago Sun-Times Oct. 3-4, 1982 article

Sorry I didn't get the last pic of Roger scanned... too much trouble! (just picture it!)

Sunday, September 16, 2007

A day at the guitar festival

Hi Everyone,Just wanted to let you guys know I went to a guitar show and had 2 clinics to better my guitar playing. While I was there I got to jam onstage with Stu Hamm. We played 2 WHO songs pinball wizard and cant explain. I sang in front of about 100 people and Stu and I rocked the house. He is a phenominal bass player. I just wanted to share with you guys because we played some WHO songs

Just when I thought I had seen it all...

I found this cool Pete picture online today by accident. I thought I had seen every PT photo under the sun and this has eluded me until now. I think it is quite thought provoking, kinda like the guitar finally broke him, for once, and I really like it. I thought others might want to right click on it and save it... perhaps yes, perhaps no. Either way, there you have it.

ROCK ON, my Who friends!


Perhaps this would make an excellent jacket or cover photo for the autobio, whenever it comes out? I don't know who created this but I am inrtuiged by it...

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Rolling Stone Photo so cute!!!

Don't forget, everyone, to visit Rachel's Ebay store where she is selling some of Pete's personally owned items for charity!!! Very cool and this is one of the things I love about being so 'in touch' with R&P online, getting info like this first hand. How special are we as fans???


Monday, September 10, 2007

Chicago Sun-Times October 3-4, 1982

Well, here it is! But....

1) why did I think it was the Chicago Tribune? Bad memory, I guess.

2) sorry so late (you don't know what I had to go through to get these scanned today!) (a lot of spousal arm-twisting! ;-))

3) sorry so illegible and inadequately large (esp. from part II, Oct. 4) (get out your magnifying glasses!)

4) sorry the last page (p. 62) is missing. I found it in my stack AFTER all the scanning had finally been completed. I'll just fill it in the old-fashioned way later... (check back). Actually it's really short, so have hope! But you'll be missing out on another pic of Roger.

5) Re: correcting #3 and #4, see #2... so don't hope for too much! But a big thanks to my husband anyway, for being so patient with me (it only took a month!) (I should be happy I got this much! ;-)) (I don't think I have the strength for more arm-twisting).

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This was actually a color page (above) ... pinkish and very garish.

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Love that Pete pic up top, in stripes. :-)

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sorry about the right side being lopped off a bit up there! bad photocopying job on my part, I guess!

OK, now it gets really small....... so sorry. (It's a great article!)

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why's there such a big gap up there? bad scan job, I guess!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket but where's page 62?? (watch this space!!) (literally!) (OK, go ahead... you can blink)

OK... here's the final bit. For what it's worth ... (I'm a completist...)

[p. 62] Chicago Sun-Times, Wednesday, October 6, 1982 (cont'd from p. 45)

... It's a healthy sign that he was a little mad, with a little chip ... on his shoulder. Even on the last tour, the Who still care.

OPENING FOR THE WHO was T-Bone Burnett, whose set waged a largely unsuccessful battle against tinny sound, audience indifference, and the other problems that so often plague warm-up acts at the arena-rock level.

Although Burnett, best-known through his association with Bob Dylan and the Alpha Band, is one of the most intriguing songwriters on the contemporary scene, the wit, melodicism and taut dynamism of his material were largely lost within the cavernous Horizon.

Coming across best were propulsive Tex-Mex rockers such as "Like a Boomerang" and "Hold on Tight," powered by the guitar work of ex-David Bowie sideman Mick Ronson. [profile pic of Roger at the Rosement Horizon in a light colored suit jacket holding mic to mouth in his usual up-ended elbow fashion]

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Touched by Pete's being touched!

Touching. Moving. Sweet. Cool! Jazzy! Fun. (Great song, Gary)

This reinforces my confidence that Pete will one day open up another blog...

He's got to be one of the most caring people out there ... he has so much feeling for others that it's really touching (almost brings a tear to my eye....)

(Now -- if Pete by some chance sees this, maybe he'll be touched AGAIN ... and respond in some way, which will touch us BACK! And it can keep going and going...)

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Class Project

Good morning everyone, I have a favor to ask of all of you. For my class project I am doing a report on how music has shaped our lives. I would like to know the following:

Your first concert:
Your first who concert:
Your first album you bought or cd:

Your answers will be put into my project with no names. With bloggers from around the world around here there should be some great stories. I am not looking for just one word answers but some details of why it was so good and why you bought that album. If you do not want to paticipate I understand. I am looking for as much info as I can. The project is due in October so i will probably ask more questions if you dont mind. Thank you to everyone who will participate and thank you for the warm welcome on this blog.

Rock on

Aaron Jr

Friday, September 7, 2007

Townshend planning music fest 2008

Pete Townshend is going to be trying his hand at festival planning and promotion sometime in 2008..."Pete Townshend and girlfriend Rachel Fuller plan to expand their In The Attic webcasts and club shows into a full scale live and Internet festival next year. Fuller announced the couple's plans on her official website and explained that, 'Next summer, me and Pete will hopefully be organizing a Woodstock-style festival called 'Atticfest.' It will be held over the course of a weekend and will either be held at a venue in the U.K. or U.S.'"Atticfest? I would have much preferred some sort of variation on "palooza" but hey, what can you do. I guess you can start with touting your band as "real" classic rock while others are simply punk. That's always a good idea. Pete Townshend to launch live and internet festival [The Rock Radio]

Thursday, September 6, 2007


Aaron Sr (EPCISGOD) and our already famous Aaron Jr (aka Pete Townshend Jr) as our newest team member bloggers. They will be working together on blog entries, as you can see by the excellent one they posted just below. Shall we give their first effort a big hand??

Blog on!

Hi Everyone

Aaron jr and I are very happy to contribute to this blog. We have been long time fans of The Who well one has Jr has not been around that long even though he is a seasoned WHO concert veteran racking up 6 shows in 5 years. Anyways he found this website and maybe some of you will be interested on getting Pete into hall of fame for his solo work . Well we look forward keyboarding with all of you.

I Must Confess I Don't Know What a "Tag" Is

.....this reveals more and more of my cyber-ignorance, but I was just "tagged" on my other blogsite by TWWHM, and I don't know what that means.
Oddly, when I was in college my friends and I used the verb "to tag" in place of the f-word :)

I see some references in an earlier post to a list of "rules" about tagging online. Perhaps someone could share that with me? I'd hate to miss out on any action :)

Yours, Lee

New Who web site

Neo? - ah, yes, who is The One..Who Heard Music

I give credit to Tink's comment from the prior post...where she asks:

(p.s. the unknown mysterious identity of our wonderful blog host is driving me nutso. I could only gather a few clues from the recent post. However, remain grateful for the effort to build the blog!) ;o)

Perhaps not Neo but Morpheous?

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Oh where, oh where, did Pete go, oh where, oh where

I miss Pete...where's he at? I see he was tagged too on Rach's blog.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


Well I've been tagged by Atomic Elroy. For punishment should I drag him back to post blog entries?? Or haunt GinaB (his referral source) instead?? Well here goes, first the rules, then the *thing*:

1) Post rules before you give your facts 2) List 8 random facts about yourself 3) At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them 4) Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they've been tagged then the facts:

1) I've played rhythm guitar in various bands over the years.

2) The lead guitarist from my first band went on to European superstardom.

3) I once learned the recorder parts for Stairway to Heaven sitting on a bathroom floor with another musician, in the club, on the night of a gig. It was two hours before the gig started, the only private place we had to learn the parts, the first and only time we ever played the song live, and the first and only time I ever played the recorder on any song ever.

4) The longest act I ever worked with lasted over 10 years.

5) The shortest act I ever worked with lasted under 10 days.

6) I once met John Kennedy, Jr, and at another time Ted Kennedy, Jr.

7) All my exs live in Texas.

8) Well, two do.



Ted Maloney



Dave from Pennsylvania


Lee Harrington

Tag you're it!