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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?

Simon says: October 27, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Mr Townshend, I own pretty much all of your published music,I use your influence in my writing along with many others. Cannot find a song with a line ” people forget”
I have no wish to copy from you but would like to draw something from that song.

Patti says: October 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Pete, hope you’re not too deaf to read this. Been watching you on BBC 4 can you see the real me. Life long Pete and Who fan? Love your lyrics and big dreams. Had forgotten how much it all means to me. Emotional day. Thank you for sharing your poet’s soul.

Dave says: October 25, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Pete, a note of gratitude. You mentioned “Artist’s Way” in your book more than once…when I read it last year I was at the depths of a creative ditch. I picked up the book, threw myself into Morning Pages and got myself moving again. Since then I’ve had a couple of poems published and this morning I received a contract for a non-fiction book. I’ve owed you for inspiration many, many times over the years. Thanks again for tipping me off to Artist’s Way and back to a life of creativity!

jobenjafield says: October 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I just want to tell Pete Townshend that “Who came first”
has been a reassuring sound for me for all my years as a piano teacher.
Although I was brought up with the WHO and loved them very much your seriousness is very grounding.

Ducreux says: October 9, 2013 at 9:07 am


I’m a french fan of 52 years old. My daughter Valentine was born the same day as you (05-19-2005). I often tell her as Daniel Darc (who was born the 18th of may), a french singer who died this year : You’re born in May, you’re my spring.
Recently, although i never read biography, i did it with “Who i am”.
Tommy, the movie, was the first step of an “Amazing Journey” in Tommy first, in the musical universe of the Who then and in music basically.
When i was 14, i dreamt to see The Who on stage. The band was and still is my favourite band. I never saw you on stage and i’ve been so desappointed and sad when Keith died in 1978 and later when John died too.
Firstable, Roger was as frontman, the guy i prefer. I didn’t really realised the reasons why your music sounds like ti did to my ears. But almost 40 years later, and after reading “Who i am”, i can say : The who are definitively the most imporant band for me.

I have to leave now, but i’ll be back soon.

I put myself down my life in a diary for my daughter.




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