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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?

Dave Harris says: September 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Tinnitus ,yes, 40 odd years ago as a young teenager & into science I acquired a chemistry experiment book . An experiment I carried out was to make an explosive , very easy, that if a fly walked on the substance it would explode. Of course I dint believe this I prodded the substance hard & BANG ! .I have suffered from tinnitus ever since . Pete we have something in common.

Robert Fricke says: September 8, 2013 at 1:08 am

you always ROCKED!!! and did it like no other!!
keep rock’n and keep on tour’n!! Got my teenage kids and soon grandkids to become WHO fanatics….

Eric F. Scholl says: July 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

So VERY happy to hear The Who is back on tour and coming to Tulsa!
Just in case Pete Townshend needs any audiological support or testing, please feel free to visit our clinic: The Scholl Center.
I’m pretty sure I can convince my wife to provide a courtesy exam!
Otherwise, I look forward to the concert in February!


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