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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

Lynda says: November 9, 2012 at 11:17 pm

So pleased you are enjoying yourself Pete. I can’t wait for the Tour to reach my neck of the woods. I am enjoying your book, and mostly the AudioBook.

xo Lynda Grace

Bob Silver says: November 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Pete, your memoir was clearly written and I enjoyed the insights into your character and experiences.

I had been thinking of how enjoyable and different your ‘Who Sell Out’ album had been and I noticed the fan request above for ‘I Can’t reach You.’ What a beautiful song!
Thank you for all the wonderful art, entertainment and love throughout the years!
Best of everything to you and your family!


Robert Santoro says: November 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Pete I loved your biography. I hope you have peace and happiness. I find myself appreciating your art even more and the effort you put into it. Going to the Boston show and can’t wait.

Brian Frost says: November 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Pete…I’ve been going to Who concerts since ’71. Please consider playing I CAN”T REACH YOU when you’re in Boston. All The Best! FROSTY

Danny McCullen says: November 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Health issues bar me from any first leg shows. I hope you are as keen to play in Tulsa OK, as I am to see you play there. I call them my Pilgrimages,I have a very strucured routine when I travel for THE WHO.I look forward to it. I would however love to see you play my hometown of Saint Louis again one day. I urge you to investigate one of the Will Rogers Memorials/museums while in the region. It is a huge part of the American experience,in my eyes anyway. If time is short,visit the web site. Stay healthy and have fun, send our collective love to Rachel as well. See you in February. Cheers, Danny


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