Here is a picture that captures the essence of rock ‘n’ roll:
And that spirit lives on!
The Who Hits 50!
The Who is back – and heading out on the road – for its upcoming 50th- anniversary tour, but guitarist Pete Townsend promises the band will play more than just the greatest hits…an effort to be more than a dinosaur band…
“Trying to stay young,” the guitarist for the legendary British rock group said in a news release announcing The Who Hits 50! North American tour, beginning April 15, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. “Not wearing socks. Growing a great big Woodcutter’s beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions. We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we’re lucky to be alive and still touring.”
On Oct. 27, the group will release a career-spanning compilation called “The Who Hits 50!” which includes “Be Lucky”, the first new Who song in eight years.
Here is that new Who tune, “Be Lucky!”
The Who has had a wildly successful career of course, and they certainly know how to put on an aggressive, energetic live show, so this should be more than just an exercise in nostalgia…
Who Is Pete!
Pete Townshend is the legendary lead guitarist and principal songwriter for The Who, one of the most influential rock-and-roll bands of all time. He is one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Pete decided it was time to share his life story – in a fascinating memoir that covers his professional and personal life in equal measure…
In this 560-page memoir, Townshend tells his side of The Who story, including the tragic death of Who fans in Cincinnati before a concert, the death of drummer Keith Moon, and many stories of his personal torment…
The reviews of the book were really great – here is one example:
“Mr. Townshend’s self-portrait is raw and unsparing…as intimate and as painful as a therapy session, while chronicling the history of the band as it took shape in the Mod scene in 1960s London and became the very embodiment of adolescent rebellion and loud, anarchic rock ‘n’ roll.” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)
Townshend has written some of rock’s greatest songs, like “Who Are You”, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and of course the rock opera “Tommy”…you can read more about Pete – and hear from him as well, by going to his website:
The book is never dull as Townshend recounts moments in his life that impacted how he wrote the songs, and how difficult it was for him to accept fame…he spends just as much time on his post-Who life, since Townshend also had a great solo career as well…
Slit Skirts Live!
Townshend’s first solo album “Empty Glass” included several big hits, including “Let My Love Open The Door” and “A Little Is Enough”.
His next album, “All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes” included “Slit Skirts”, and here is a live Pete Townshend performance from the Prince`s Trust Rock Gala in 1982, with Phil Collins on drums.
What is fascinating to learn from the book is that Phil Collins offered to join The Who on tour after Keith Moon died…
Read the book and get ready for The who, coming to your town in 2015!
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