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July 19, 2011

Pete is Stone Deaf…… or maybe not?

My hearing is actually better than ever because after a feedback scare at the O2 Indigo in December 2008 I am taking good care of it. I have computer systems in my studio that have helped me do my engineering work on the forthcoming Quadrophenia release. I have had assistance from younger forensic engineers and mastering engineers to help me clean up the high frequencies that are out of my range. The same computer systems work wonderfully well on stage, proving to be perfect for me when The Who performed at the Super Bowl and doing Quadrophenia for TCT at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010. I’m 66, I don’t have perfect hearing, and if I listen to loud music or go to gigs I do tend to get tinnitus. DON’T WE ALL????
The reason I am not on the road with Roger is that this is entirely Roger’s adventure, one that is bringing him great joy. I don’t belong on this Tommy tour. I wish him well, sincerely, and I look forward to playing with Roger again doing Quadrophenia next year.

22 Responses to Pete is Stone Deaf…… or maybe not?

alberto says: October 28, 2013 at 2:09 am

Please, come to Peru, before I die….

John says: December 13, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Pete,I was just officially diagnosed with Tinnitus even though I’ve had it for a couple of years. Mine is like holding a sea shell to my head and it never stops, 24/7. Something must have triggered it this week and it is now causing me to have panic attacks and forcing me to use sleeping medication since night time is the worst. My ear specialist pretty much told me to “live with it” and “don’t try any of the treatments on the internet because nothing works”. I had read somewhere that you also suffered from Tinnitus and used a treatment with some results. Maybe I should have worn earplugs sometime dure the 40 years I’ve played drums and listened to loud music. I’m 58 and I don’t know how I’ll handle this if I don’t find some help; it’s only going to get worse with age. Sincerely, John from Chicago


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