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:


GO VOTE NOW!!!!!!!!!!


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


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.




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!


Friday, March 21, 2008


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


Thursday, March 20, 2008

"The Ballet is Coming..."

Typical. :-)

That's why we love him.

OK... that wasn't enough, was it .... so how about a "twofer"!
(Since it's been so long since we've had fresh postage here)

(This was too good to keep to myself.)

Did anyone here attend Woodstock '98? What was that little inside joke the band were doubled-over laughing at? Something about Nietzsche? (did I spell that right? ;-))

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Pete's Responses to fans on The Who site


How is everyone?

What are your thoughts, comments, concerns, and gripes on Pete's response to the fans questions on The Who site.


Sunday, January 13, 2008

So where is everyone now?

Happy New Year everyone!

Just wanted to check in and say hi. Would you believe I still haven't found an extra $50 to join Pete's blog site? It's one of my new year's resolutions. That, and visit the dentist.

I hate not knowing what Pete is up to. I find him very grounding--know what I mean? I can't quite describe what he grounds me to....perhaps simply to my teenage self, who liked to smoke pot and feel Pete's chords surging through my blood stream :)

Anyway, if there is any spectacular news that non-members might like to hear (ie The Man shows up at Joe's Pub again), could you let us know on this site? Or is that non-ethical?

Love and glad tidings to all.


Saturday, January 5, 2008

The End of an Era

News is that Rachel has closed her blog. Sad news indeed, let's all keep in touch, invite our friends to meet here, as well as at Rachel's new forum, and remember always to-

Blog on!