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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

Cherie Helms says: November 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Hello friend,

Your book is courageous and I know your loving fans are grateful you ventured it. You already know I loved ‘Horses Neck'(your unfettered prose), so thank you for this fearless and spirited look at your life. Thanks, too, for the laughs in recent book tour interviews (Jon Stewart, et al)…

This election was the most divisive we’ve experienced since probably the Nixon years. The result must now be for Congress and the prez to pass the peace pipe to one another….to act as ONE or we will all feel the pain soon…

It’s been a long while since I’ve seen you, so it will be nice to cheer you on at the Pepsi Center (Denver) in ’13. If time and interest allow, feel free to drop me a line.

Virtual hugs,

David says: November 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Hi Pete

coming to see you guys in DC tonight (Nov 13th). Quad being the best concept Album of course but Who’s Next is a masterpiece well worth you almost losing your mind over it. Last time I seen you guys JE was still with us. I’m bringing my 15 year old Daughter tonight, she has to see what I keep telling her is the best live band there is. She’s got the Union Jack threads and looking forward to it. For her sake I hope you can find the time to play WGFA…My first live Who experience was seeing you at the Roundhouse in London (I think) 1973. My mate and I left a German bier keller in Glasgow late one Friday night and blagged our way onto a Euston bound train to see you. Woke up in Carlisle and kept going with two quid between us. I remember Amourouse more than any other song that night although My Generation after the annoying guy in the audience was also memorable. I was all in from that point onwards. It’s mentioned in your book but I was sure you hit the guy who kept asking for Underture….wouldn’t mind if you had. BTW he appeared on Top of the Pops a few weeks later dancing away to Sweet with a bandaged nose, thought you should know.

Pete, You changed my life as a teenager and in a very positive way and I’ve bought and listened to (I think) everything you’ve ever produced. I raced through the book in a week, a record for me.

Thank you for 50 years of great music and writing. (see you tonight)

Dave S

John T. Locastro says: November 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Hello Mr. Townshend… Thanks for the great book of your life so far, and also for the fantastic music you have given the world. The Who by Numbers, with Squeeze Box, may be my all time favorites. Looking forward to seeing The Who at Mohegan Sun on Dec. 9.

Marc Saunders says: November 10, 2012 at 4:39 am

Hi, Pete! It’s good to know the stage sound isn’t hurting your ears. And it’s GREAT to know you’re having a good time out there. I’m going to the Pittsburgh show on 11/11, and if you guys feel up to it, I’d love to hear you play Young Man Blues just once more. The first time I saw you live was the fourth night at MSG in NY in 1979, and Kenny Jones just couldn’t get the timing right! See you Sunday!

Bill Hutchison says: November 10, 2012 at 3:31 am

Thanks for the powerful and candid picture of your life. It’s nice to know more about the man behind some of the best music of the last 50 years. I named my son, Pete, after you and we share the same birthdate, May 19th. Thanks for all the great music! See you in Chicago. Stay lucky.


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