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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

J Whis says: November 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Loved the book, I gifted it to a friend to read. I hope to see you guys in Columbus, in February, but I don’t think I will have enough money to manage a ticket and gas. Keeping my fingers crossed. I stayed up in the cold watching the election on the internet; always a joy watching the newscasters with their fancy touch-screens going berserk trying to figure it all out before the other network does. Makes me sick, really. I wondered what all the other people around the country watching the same images were thinking. Things are so split here – a fitting complement to Quadrophenia – it is almost exactly 50/50 between political parties, as it must stay for this country to work. Which got me thinking, if either party were to be truly successful, wouldn’t it be the downfall of the country? They would soon attain massive superiority in numbers in the Congress, and as history shows, any unchecked political party leads to disastrous results for the populace. Maybe the ultimate course of action will be for the citizens here to drive the political apparatus off a cliff into the ocean :) Then with the sunset as a backdrop, the silhouette walks away as the character says in a Monty Python sounding voice, while wiping his hands – ‘Right! Now back to work!’

Diana Lee Hamilton says: November 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Of course tears continue fill my eyes when I think of another show without meeting the ONE person I have admired the MOST in ALL of my life. No one compares to you, Pete. Who Came First, Rough Mix, Chinese Eyes (a record that helped shape my existence), Empty Glass, White City, Iron Man, Psychoderelict, Scoop, Another Scoop, Scoop 3…love them all, and then some; you know, Who Came First! ;-)

I really got duped with the package I bought. I informed the ticket company out of Hollywood, FL that I feel as though a sharp knife has been plunged into my chest. It really hurts!!

It’s the end for me, as I see it, as far as my life’s quest.

Diana Lee Hamilton says: November 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Aloha, Pete! Welcome to the US of A!
I will be at the Greenville show tonight, and am looking forward to it with anxious and tremendous anticipation.

I have been following you (ALL of your solo stuff, and that with The Who) and have been a deep, deep-hearted fan since the age of 12 (I am now 44).

One of my ONLY TRUE aspirations in life, is to meet you. It was through a reputable firm that I bought myself the most extravagant package I could for tonight’s show, in hopes that it would increase my odds of meeting you for just a moment. So, I purchased The Pete Townshend Fan Package…and all I got was a lousy t-shirt that doesn’t even fit. Yes, there is a dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, too.

Now, I am NOT complaining (well, maybe a little, but not to you), I just merely wanted to inform you. I did my best!!

**I will consider myself fortunate if you see from the stage how much I adore you. My life will seem closer to fine, closer to complete.
So, having said that, with certainty I shall see YOU tonight, 11/8/12, from Row M, Seat 11 (Floor 3). “All shall be well…”
ALL my best to you, Mr. Townshend!**

Bob Macklin says: November 8, 2012 at 5:22 am

Welcome Pete, come on in enjoy having you here don’t be too concerned about the politicians if they act up we just fire them or make them quit. I liked your book.

David Shatto says: November 8, 2012 at 4:39 am

Hey Pete

Thanks for the words and thoughts.

The book is great…..thanks for signing it…them.

Looking forward to seeing and hearing you on Sunday.




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