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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: amazon.com

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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‘Who Are You: An All Star Tribute To The Who’ to be released October 2nd

by on Sep.14, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS

‘Who Are You: An All Star Tribute To The Who’ to be released October 2nd

Cleopatra Records has set an October 2 release date for "Who Are You: An All Star Tribute To The Who". As THE WHO approaches a nearly 50-year career, artists in genres from classic to progressive rock, and from punk to country, collaborate on a stunning celebration of the band’s remarkable catalogue.

THE WHO has sold over 100 million records, had 27 Top 40 hits, 17 Top 10 albums, and have been certified gold (18 times), platinum (12 times) and multi-platinum (5 times). They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, and have been described as one of the greatest rock bands in history by Rolling Stone, the Grammy Foundation, VH1, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Artists from CHEAP TRICK and RUSH to PEARL JAM have counted THE WHO as a primary influence. With such weight put on this legendary band’s musical output, the contributors to "Who Are You" have brought every ounce of creativity, attitude, and reverence to the collection.

"Who Are You" track listing:
1. Eminence Front
- John Wetton (ASIA)
- K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST)
- Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER/BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION)

2. Baba O'Riley
- Nektar
- Jerry Goodman (MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA)

3. I Can See For Miles
- Mark Lindsay (PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS)
- Wayne Kramer (MC5)

4. Love Reign O'er Me
- Joe Elliot (DEF LEPPARD)
- Rick Wakeman (YES)
- Huw Lloyd-Langton (HAWKWIND)
- Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE/ROD STEWART/BLUE MURDER/OZZY OSBOURNE/KING KOBRA)

5. My Generation
- Knox (THE VIBRATORS)
- Dave Davies (THE KINKS)
- Rat Scabies (THE DAMNED)

6. The Kids Are Alright
- THE RAVEONETTES

7. Won't Get Fooled Again
- SWEET

8. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
- Todd Rundgren
- Carmine Appice

9. I Can't Explain
- Iggy Pop

10. Behind Blue Eyes
- Pat Travers

11. Magic Bus
- Peter Noone (HERMAN'S HERMITS)
- Peter Banks (YES)
- Ginger Baker (CREAM)

12. Who Are You
- Gretchen Wilson
- Randy Bachman (BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE)

13. Pinball Wizard
- Terry Reid
- Mike Pinera (BLUES IMAGE)
- Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER)

14. Squeeze Box
- John Wesley (PORCUPINE TREE)
- David Cross (KING CRIMSON)

15. Bargain
- .38 SPECIAL
- Ted Turner (WISHBONE ASH)
- Ian Paice (DEEP PURPLE)

16. The Seeker
- Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW)
- Leslie West (MOUNTAIN)

Check out the version of 'Eminensce Front' from the album here

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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:
'Substitute'
'I Can’t Explain'
'Squeeze Box'
'Baba O’Riley'
'Boris The Spider'
'Drowned'
'However Much I Booze'
'Dreaming From The Waist'
'Behind Blue Eyes'
'Amazing Journey'
'Sparks'
'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'
'Roadrunner'
'Won’t Get Fooled Again'
'Magic Bus'
'My Generation Blues'



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Olympic Closing Ceremonies recap with performance of Dave Davies and The Who you didn’t see (video)

by on Aug.13, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Olympic Closing Ceremonies recap with performance of Dave Davies and The Who you didn’t see (video)

The closing ceremony of the London Olympics wrapped up last night with a performance of The Who, but we here in America, didn't get to see all of it initially because NBC decided to edit over an hour and a half of the ceremonies. Although the network did show more of the Who's performance during their late night (after midnight) recap, I and many others weren't watching then. I was also following the timeline of the closing ceremony and noticed that NBC didn't show Ray Davies performing The Kinks 'Waterloo Sunset.' You can watch both performance below.

I did see the ceremonies described as the "Brit-pop equivalent of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade." I also saw DJ FatBoy Slim helping coin a new term "hand-syncing." The closing ceremonies did include many classic rock artists besides the Who and Davies. I was hoping the tease of the works of David Bowie was leading to an appearance, but that didn't happen. And who knew Jesse J was one of the superstars of British music? I certainly didn't, although she looked good.

Some of the other highlights were a rock connection included:

A children's choir and video footage of John Lennon singing 'Imagine,' with a sculpture of Lennon's face displayed by performers on the stadium floor.

Footage of Freddie Mercury at Queen's triumphant 1986 show at Wembley Stadium led into Queen guitarist Brian May and Roger Taylor being joined by Jessie J on 'We Will Rock You.'

A British pop star I have never heard of, Ed Sheeran, teamed up with Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and Mike Rutherford of Genesis for Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here,' that included a re-inactment of the man-on-fire album cover.

The Kaiser Chiefs covered The Who's 'Pinball Wizard,' and Russell Brand lip-synched 'Pure Imagination' from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Beatles' 'I Am the Walrus.' There was a bit of ELO music in there too at one point. There was a lot of the "cheese factor" during the Olympic closing ceremonies, but all-in-all London put on a fantastic games and should be commended. On to 'Rock In Rio,' for the next summer games in 2016, where they really know how to bring the rock. Maybe Sepultura at the closing ceremonies there, huh?

 

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