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November 8, 2012

TOUR DIARY – November 7, 2012


Great to be in the USA on election day. I would have been happy for either candidate to win. There are pros and cons. The only longing I have is for the President to work more closely with the UK than he appears to have done before. As unpopular as they ended up with the deep thinkers, George W Bush and Tony Blair were friends, and that – to me – exemplified what I feel is most important about the relationship between the UK and the USA. We are above all else friends. Friendship is not ‘special’ (as in the ‘special relationship’), it is normal, and accepting.


And so the Who tour kicked off in the teeth of a hurricane, and our immediate duty to our millions of fans in the NorthEast is to promise that we will hopefully do more than just offer our prayers. While we’re here we’ll try to do something practical, as I am certain will all of our rock and pop buddies. Watch this space.


The shows so far? I’m doing great. The stage level is very quiet, and that suits me. I want to hang on to my hearing, which is still good enough to mix music like I did for the Quadrophenia Director’s Cut, and to cut my own demos at home. Roger is singing incredibly well. His vision is an interpretation of Quadrophenia rather than a straight narrative, and that seems to suit the period we are in as the two surviving members of the old Who, and our age. It FEELS great to me (I can’t see the screens behind me and I haven’t been able to see the entire set of projections because I was working right up until rehearsals) and that is the best measure for me. Roger and his creative team have clearly done a great job.


The audiences so far have been wonderful, and the shows promise to continue to improve. It’s great to see some old faces, but as always I’m glad to see a few younger people in the crowd, and I hope they haven’t been dragged along to check us out by nagging parents (or grandparents!).


Thanks to all of you who have bought my book.


Pete Townshend November 7th, 2012

For thewho.com

33 Responses to TOUR DIARY – November 7, 2012

Mary Fergus says: March 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Hi Pete,

I’m incredibly lucky in that my dad and I are going to see The Who in Glasgow on the tour. I am a huge fan of The Who and your solo work and can’t put into words how grateful I am that you’ve decided to tour Quadrophenia. It’s been an amazing experience for me listening to your back catalogue of songs that have helped me through a difficult time. Watching the old performances made me feel quite sad that I never got to experience The Who live and now thanks to you and Roger I will! You’re an incredible inspiration to me and my dad. Thank you for the music!

Mike Brown says: February 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

“It’s great to see some old faces, but as always I’m glad to see a few younger people in the crowd, and I hope they haven’t been dragged along to check us out by nagging parents (or grandparents!).”

I brought my two sons who are 13 and 11 to the Denver show. They were already fans, so I didn’t have to twist their arms. They both thought it was great. A mutual love of your music, as well as that of others, has served as a strong bond for us.

The first time I saw The Who was back in ’79 when I was 15. It was gratifying to finally share this experience with my kids.

Thank you so much for doing the tour.

John Larsen says: November 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Pete, thanks so much for all you’re giving and doing at present – from your book to personal appearances, and glorious WHO performances.

Thanks especially for taking extra time to speak with my son, John Patrick, at the NY Public Library on 8th October, the occasion of his 21st birthday.

Thanks to you, it’s an occasion he shall never forget. And as his dad, no words suffice to convey my gratitude to you, and admiration of you, for that.

All love and best wishes to you on your journey across our land, and we look forward to seeing you next at the Garden on 5th December.

Love you,

Gerald Stovey says: November 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Hi Pete,
This is completely off topic BUT,
back when we used to see you regularly at the ‘Trade’in Watford the Everly Brothers number “Man With Money” was a staple of The Who set.
Dig you ever record it and, if so, was it ever released?

Currently reading your book, the memories are flooding back! Good luck for the rest of the tour.


Steve says: November 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Tomorrow is the Brooklyn concert. I am very fortunate I can afford the best tickets and really blessed to be going with a couple of friends who I have been seeing the Who with for almost forty years. I am also very fortunate in that Hurricane Sandy only caused myself and my family minor inconveniences. That is not the case with many. People have lost their homes and belongings, many have withered through the past weeks without electricity or heat and are suffering financially. You have delivered before for the People of New York unfortunately we need you again. That is a burden and one that should not be placed on your shoulders but a night where we can get lost in the music will be good for all of us. Thanks in advance.


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