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The Rolling Stones deliver in first concert on ’50 Years and Counting’ mini-tour (video)

by on Nov.28, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

The Rolling Stones deliver in first concert on ’50 Years and Counting’ mini-tour (video)

The Rolling Stones will be back onstage tonight in London for the second of two shows at the O2 Arena, with special guests Eric Clapton and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine. They will also be joined one again by former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, who performed with them on Sunday night. At the kickoff of the '50 Years and Counting' mini-tour, the legends of rock delivered a 23-song set. Check out some of the best video of the show below.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts played on a stage shaped like their lips and tongue logo at the first of their five '50 And Counting' shows, with the lower lip made into a catwalk loop. The band were joined by former bassist Bill Wyman making his first appearance with the band since 1990 on 'It's Only Rock N' Roll (But I Like It) and 'Honkey Tonk Women,' and ex guitarist Mick Taylor on 'Midnight Rambler,' joining them for the first time since 1981.

Video testimonials from the likes of Pete Townshend, Elton John, Iggy Pop and Nick Cave kicked things off, with the set starting with 'I Wanna Be Your Man.' Mary J Blige made a guest appearance on 'Gimme Shelter,' then Jeff Beck hit the stage for a cover of St Louis Jimmy Oden’s track 'I’m Going Down.'The set also featured both new tracks 'One More Shot' and 'Doom And Gloom.'

The Stones encore consisted of 'Sympathy For The Devil,' 'You Can’t Always Get What You Want' and 'Jumpin’ Jack Flash,' with the London Youth Choir assisting on 'You Can't Always...'.

After the Stones play the O2 Arena tonight, they will make their way to the U.S. for gigs at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on December 8th and at Newark's Prudential Center on December 13th and 15th.

Setlist from Nov. 25th:

I Wanna Be Your Man
Get Off of My Cloud
It’s All Over Now
Paint It Black
Gimme Shelter
Wild Horses
All Down the Line
I’m Going Down
Out of Control
One More Shot
Doom and Gloom
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
Honky Tonk Women
Before They Make Me Run
Midnight Rambler
Miss You
Start Me Up
Tumbling Dice
Brown Sugar

Sympathy for the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Jumpin’ Jack Flash


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Pete Townshend announces book signing tour behind upcoming autobiography ‘Who I Am’

by on Sep.16, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS

Pete Townshend announces book signing tour behind upcoming autobiography ‘Who I Am’

The Who's Pete Townshend will release his autobiography, 'Who I Am,' on October 8th, and has slated a book signing tour of a few east coast U.S. cities. Townshend will participate in a Q&A session at the New York Public Library and make appearances at book stores in New York City; Boston; and Ridgewood, New Jersey; as well as a stop at a library in Philadelphia.

The 544-page 'Who I Am' will be available in hardcover, as an eBook and as an audio book. A description of the book issued from Harper Collins publishing company reveals that Townshend "wanted The Who to be called The Hair...smashed his first guitar onstage, in 1964, by accident...followed Keith Moon off a hotel balcony into a pool and nearly died...did too much cocaine and nearly died...drank too much and nearly died [and] detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died."

Pete Townshend says: “This book is not a vanity for me. It is an essential rite of passage. I know I am good at what I do as a performer and composer, but since my early teens I have been happiest when writing. Writing is my principal daily occupation. Rock 'n' Roll is a tough career, however cynically or comically it is portrayed by its detractors. I am lucky to be alive and to have such a crazy story to tell, full of wild adventures and creative machinations. I am happy that I am able to write my book myself, in my own 'voice' that many readers will be hearing for the first time. I am delighted to be working again with my agent Ed Victor, and happy to be published by Harper Collins, a company whose editors and list I have always greatly admired. I am not my favourite subject, that will always be art and music, but whenever I write about my life and work I learn something. So the year ahead spent writing will also trigger the last vital bit of 'growing up' required by the now pensionable fellow who once wrote I hope I die before I get old. I want to write a book that is enjoyable to read, but above all, I want it to be honest.” Pre-order the book now at:

Here is Townshend's U.S. book tour:

Oct. 8 - New York, NY - New York Public Library (Live from the NYPL Series)
Oct. 9 - New York, NY - Barnes & Noble (Union Square)
Oct. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Free Library of Philadelphia (Montgomery Auditorium)
Oct. 11 - Ridgewood, NJ - Bookends
Oct. 12 - Boston, MA - Barnes & Noble (Prudential Center)

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The Who’s Pete Townshend to receive Les Paul Award during 2013 NAMM show

by on Sep.10, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

The Who’s Pete Townshend to receive Les Paul Award during 2013 NAMM show

The Who's Pete Townshend will receive the Les Paul Award at the 28th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, scheduled to take place on January 25th in Anaheim, California. Townshend will be presented with the prize by Paul's son, Russ, on behalf of the award's sponsor, the Les Paul Foundation. The award is presented annually to honor individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Previous honorees include Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Sting, Al Kooper and Stevie Wonder.

Les Paul Foundation executive Michael Braunstein says in a statement, "Following in Les' footsteps, Pete Townshend personifies both guitar wizardry and technical prowess in both studio and live music performance. He is a true original and a natural choice for the Les Paul Award honor."

One of the most influential rock bands of all time, The Who set the gold standard for rock and roll. Starting in the mid-1960s, Pete Townshend was at the helm, larger than life on stage and living out the angst of a generation in his music. Classics like My Generation, The Kids Are Alright, I Can See for Miles, Pinball Wizard, and Won’t Get Fooled Again spoke from the heart for a youthful audience trying to make sense of the world. Townshend wrapped these powerful songs with incendiary guitar technique and band arrangements that spanned from elegant to bombastic, usually both simultaneously.

Townshend is responsible for having written over 100 songs and rock operas in the band’s important catalog. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. He resides in West London, where he was raised, and is currently on a world tour with The Who performing their groundbreaking rock opera, Quadrophenia, for its 40th Anniversary.

The TEC Awards will be held on the second night of the NAMM Show and is expected to attract more than 1,000 audio and music professionals from around the world. Proceeds of the ceremony provide scholarships for students of the audio arts and sciences, and support programs promoting safe hearing in the music environment, an issue of special importance to Townshend.

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“The Who Live In Texas ’75″ out on DVD from Eagle Rock Entertainment October 9th (video)

by on Aug.29, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

“The Who Live In Texas ’75″ out on DVD from Eagle Rock Entertainment October 9th (video)

Eagle Rock Entertainment is thrilled to present one of the greatest live bands in rock’n’roll history: The Who Live In Texas ’75 on DVD October 9 [Pre-book Order September 14, MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $12.99 Digital Video].

Pete Townshend. Roger Daltrey. Keith Moon. John Entwistle. Filmed in Houston, Texas 11/20/75, it was right at the start of a massive tour of the US to promote The Who By Numbers, their seventh album in their 10th year of existence. With Dolby Digital Stereo sound, this 117-minute 25-song bomb blast - previously only available as a muddled bootleg - has been pridefully restored to its rightful visual and sonic superiority by longtime Who collaborator Jon Astley.

Filmed only five years after what arguably is the greatest live album in rock, Live At Leeds, The Who Live In Texas ’75, lives up to and in some ways actually surpasses its predecessor’s greatness. The Who, at that particular point in time, had achieved an unerring almost magical mystical chemistry. Between the windmilling antics of guitarist Townshend, the mic wire lasso of lead singer Daltrey, the crazed bombastic danger of drummer Moon (1946-1978) and, of course, their secret weapon, genius bassist John Entwistle (1944-2002), this was a truly revolutionary band who changed all the hard rock rules. Even the punks, in the anti-rock star era of the late ‘70s, loved The Who.

The extensive Tommy section…the savage recreations of early hits such as “My Generation” (with its iconic “hope I die before I get old” line delivered in all its lusty nihilistic truth)…the celebrated cover of EDDIE COCHRAN’s 'Summertime Blues'…plus 'Baba O’Riley” and 'Won’t Get Fooled Again' make this a Who fan’s delight.

The Who Live In Texas ’75 tracklisting:
'I Can’t Explain'
'Squeeze Box'
'Baba O’Riley'
'Boris The Spider'
'However Much I Booze'
'Dreaming From The Waist'
'Behind Blue Eyes'
'Amazing Journey'
'Acid Queen'
'Fiddle About'
'Pinball Wizard'
'I’m Free'
'Tommy’s Holiday Camp'
'We’re Not Going To Take It' / 'See Me, Feel Me' / 'Listening To You'
'Summertime Blues'
'My Generation'
'Join Together'
'Naked Eye'
'Won’t Get Fooled Again'
'Magic Bus'
'My Generation Blues'

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The Who News: North American tour announced, Tickets from cancelled 1979 Providence gig to be honored, band will close Summer Olympic Ceremonies, daltrey gets honorary degree

by on Jul.20, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

The Who News: North American tour announced, Tickets from cancelled 1979 Providence gig to be honored, band will close Summer Olympic Ceremonies, daltrey gets honorary degree

The Who have announced a major North American arena tour where they’ll perform their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its entirety, along with other Who classics. Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals).

The AEG-promoted 36-date tour, the band’s first North American tour in four years, kicks off November 1 in Sunrise, FL with an initial six-week run. The Who will return in late January with more dates starting January 28th in Anaheim, CA. Tickets for the tour will be available at

The Who North American Tour dates:
Nov. 1 - Sunrise, FL - BankAtlantic Center
Nov. 3 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
Nov. 5 - Duluth, GA - The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Nov. 8 - Greenville, SC - Bi-Lo Center
Nov. 9 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
Nov. 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Arena
Nov. 13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
Nov. 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
Nov. 16 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Nov. 20 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Nov. 21 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
Nov. 23 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
Nov. 24 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
Nov. 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Nov. 29 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
Dec. 2 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Dec. 5 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Dec. 6 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Dec. 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Dec. 9 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena

Leg #2
Jan. 28 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
Jan. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center
Feb. 1 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
Feb. 2 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center
Feb. 5 San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center
Feb. 6 - Glendale, AZ - Arena
Feb. 8 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Feb. 12 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Feb. 14 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Feb. 16 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Arena
Feb. 17 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
Feb. 19 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
Feb. 21 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
Feb. 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
Feb. 24 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
Feb. 26 - Providence, RI - Dunkin’ Donuts Center

If you have a ticket from The Who's 1979 concert in Providence that was cancelled, it can officially be redeemed for entrance to this year's tour stop in what is now know as the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The gig in 1979 was canceled by then-Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci citing safety concerns after a tragic stampede before a show in Cincinnati, Ohio that killed 11 people. The band hasn't been to Providence since. reported that General Manager Lawrence Lepore said the venue will honor tickets from the canceled 1979 show. Lepore said many ticketholders got refunds for the canceled show in 1979, but others may have held on to their tickets as memorabilia. "Somewhere, someplace, someone's got it stashed," he said. "The question is, are they willing to give that up? If they are, we're willing to take it." He first made the offer on WPRO-AM, which then asked listeners to call if they still had a 1979 ticket. No one did. The highest price ticket at the 1979 show was $14, Lepore said. Tickets for February's show range from $57.50 to $127.50.

Lepore said 1979 ticketholders can call his office to make the exchange. Any 1979 tickets redeemed will be donated to help raise money for the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.

Before kicking off the big tour, The Who will take part in the London Olympics closing ceremony on August 12th.

Specific details about the multi-artist, multimedia extravaganza haven't been released, but during the online press event this past Wednesday (July 18) to announce the tour, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend talked about what they had planned for the Olympic gig.

Daltrey said The Who will be among the artists performing as a representation of "the arts that have come out of Britain," and that he had come up with a selection of music his band will play as part of the ceremony's finale, adding that he was "extremely proud of it."

Townshend stated, "I suppose you might call it a medley, but it's not quite that. It's a very carefully structured, thematic piece...And it works incredibly well."

The U.K.'s Middlesex University hnored Daltrey on Tuesday (July 17) with an honorary degreee. He was acknowledged for his achievements in music and acting. A number of graduating Middlesex students collaborated with Daltrey last year on designing visuals used during the rocker's solo 'Tommy' tour.

Daltrey commented on the honor, "If I had the power to give honors, the students would be getting extra honorary degrees from me. After having the privilege of working with them on my production of The Who's Tommy, I was amazed with their vision and creativity. I look forward to seeing more of their work, knowing that within the visual creative industries, the future is a bright one. For me to receive this degree is an honor indeed."

The school's vice chancellor, Michael Driscoll, praised Daltrey as "one of the greatest musicians Britain has produced. He has been successful at everything he has turned his hand to."

Congrats Roger!

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