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November 14, 2012

TOUR DIARY – November 14, 2012



Wow! Roger did such a powerful and passionate presentation yesterday at the National Press Club Luncheon in Washington, DC that it brought tears to my eyes. Much of what he said was as new to me as it was to the audience. For me, Teenage Cancer has always been about raising money through shows and personal donations to buy and run head and body scanners. The emphasis has now shifted.


Two young people I met within minutes of arriving at the event were Sarah Sterner TCA’s first ‘ambassador’, and Hunter Brooks, who is keen to sign up. They both confirmed what Roger was saying. They both had brain tumours, and were brilliantly treated medically speaking and are both on the way to the healthy future. But they each had stories to tell about being treated in paediatric wards (with young children) and how different it could have been had they known each other. Sarah’s funniest story was the fact that one day – for live music – a clown came into the ward and played a ukelele. (That was Eddie Vedder in disguise we think!)


What is clear is that dedicated wards for teenagers from 14 through to 24 or thereabouts should be made available wherever possible. We can’t preach to the USA about its cancer successes. Their statistics are significantly better than ours in the UK. But we now do better caring for our teenagers, and that was Roger’s message last night.


His plea is that the music industry in the USA swings behind this work, doing what we started for Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK with the concerts at the Royal Albert Hall ten years ago. My first donation to Teenage Cancer Trust was in 1996 when Broadway Tommy opened in London to fairly dismissive reviews (read about it in my book, available in all good bookshops, on eBay, Amazon, skips, dumpsters and trashcans all over the world.) Since then Roger has driven the concert series, and raised awareness and money at the same time. He deserves his gong for all this – he is tireless and convincing. I’m glad to be by his side on this.


For those of you coming to the shows, we are in the groove now. Thanks for your support, and I hope you enjoy Roger’s Quadrophenia spectacle. I’m enjoying standing in front of it wondering what the fuck is going on behind me.


Pete Townshend – November 14th 2012

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24 Responses to TOUR DIARY – November 14, 2012

onestep says: November 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm

An enjoyable show, found Rogers voice to be superb, much better than in recent years, especially on Reign O’er Me…fantastic. I felt that Pete was performing this piece for Roger, actually, just a feeling. His guitar playing was awesome at songs that moved him, and the perfect studio musician at other times. A wrenching rendition of Sea and Sand….where Townshend was the master of his guitar, his soul portrayed in the power chords of the song near the end, to the point where he hurt his hand, sucked something out of it, and spat it onto the stage…….without hardly a wince.

The encores really need to be the fan favorites, in my feeling…because some of the pieces in Quadrophenia are obscure to goers. An awesome concert, with some hitches, microphone levels, guitar levels, monitor placement….not one that I felt took away from the concert, really added to the charm of the humanity performing it. Pete was kicking his montor into a place more to his liking, Roger was giving angry looks to the soundboard occassionally…..but a charming show, with an emotional ending, in the song Tea and Theater.

Not disappointed one single bit. More people need to know The Who.

My .02 worth

charles bennett says: November 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Enjoyed your return to Greensboro last Friday. The stage show was fabulous, and even though Keith & John were there in ’75 for “the Who by Numbers” this was the most enjoyable yet. The balance between you & Roger (finally) produces a more enjoyable product! It seemed a quite “comfortable” show, and my 16 year old son (also a huge fan of the Band and decent guitarist himself) got to share it with me, which was the real treat for me! I have no doubt that you are supremely pleased, and probably even surprised that this has come off as well as it has. The show itself is nearly as perfect as the album, and if this is the curtain call, it is a fitting end! Kudos and thanks to you, Roger, and all the team for bringing this to all of us who have supported you through the years!
ps–have always thought you guys could do a smashing rendition of Alice Cooper’s “Eighteen”…a tailor made song for Roger! Again, thanks Mate!

Susan M says: November 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Hi Pete!

I’ve come to know the Who around 1976 when I was still in high school but at that time I was more into Led Zep & Queen. Through the years, however, I heard The Who more by listening to the only rock radio station in the Philippines during the Seventies & early 80s, where they play whole rock albums mostly during the evenings. That’s where I heard a lot of songs from Who Are You, Face Dances, and It’s Hard. I loved the songs but was distracted with other bands that I managed just to let my dad buy me a casette tape of It’s Hard and shelved my plans of buying Who albums for later.

22 years later, I’m now living here in the Netherlands & got a family of my own. When I saw you & Roger performing at the London Olympics, I thought to myself, Omg, are these Roger & Pete? They’ve aged, but they STILL ROCK! That was the beginning of my love for the Who. From then on, I pledged to collect all your albums. Surprisingly, & unknowingly, the 2 Cds I bought were during the high points of the band, “Tommy” & “Who’s Next”, fantastic music I missed during the 70s! Next purchases were Who Sell Out, Who Are You, Face Dances, Live at Leeds, Odds and Ends, Quadrophenia, & the Cd version of Its Hard. I’ll be buying the rest soon.

Pete, I don’t know what this is but I never felt a connection with any band before, but there’s something endearing with The Who. I never really thought of you as rock stars, but just regular people like us who just happen to make this incredible music. And now, my admiration and respect for you, Roger, and the whole band has grown even more when I heard of your work with the Teenage Cancer Trust…you and Roger really have a good heart.

I’ve finished reading your memoir 2 weeks ago and I must say it was well written, and very candid. It takes a lot of courage to open your life to the public. We fans are grateful that you shared with us not only your personal life, your awareness of God, but also the background stories behind your music, and the creative process that went with it. When I was near the end, I said , gosh, I don’t want this book to end…keep on talking Pete..I felt like you are a close friend of mine telling me your stories and I dont want you to stop..I was teary eyed at the end..but closed the book truly inspired by your advice to the artist in all of us, and your last words, which I will always keep in mind: ‘When in doubt, just play’.

I’m currently reading Anyway,Anyhow, Anywhere by Matt Kent & Andy Neill.

I really wish the Who would come to tour Europe, and if ever you do, please come to the Netherlands, I’ll surely be there! For the time being, I’m content to be an armchair Who fan, listening to the music, watching videos of the past & present, reading books on the band, and dreaming of watching you live one day….God Bless you, Roger, the rest of the band, and enjoy the American tour!

Carolyn Marosy says: November 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Pete, I thoroughly enjoyed Quadrophenia at Barclays center in Brooklyn. It has been a long time, and well worth the wait to see it again. I loved te music and the visuals, but I have to be honest- during one segment the video is obviously showing clips of things through history during the time of the Who, but I feel that showing a clip of 911, with the Towers crashing down, during your encore- was quite disturbing and unnecessary. As a New Yorker, living in NYC at the time, experiencing it and smelling and seeing it that day, it did not bode well, or in my opinion- fit into a Who show. It actually took away from the drama that IS the Who, and lessened the celebration of the music, with overtones of sadness. After having been hit with Hurricane Sandy, which left more destruction than even 911 in alot of ways, I just think this 911 reminder should be left out of the show. As New Yorkers, we are resilient but we are dealing with one catastrophe and don’t need a reminder of another, especially during THE greatest rock show ever. It would kind of like be revisiting the Cincinatti show in a visual- just painful. I truly love what you put together, but I felt this was worth mention. Aside from that, absolutely brilliant work! I LOVED the video intertwining of Keith and John- brought tears to my eyes- bittersweet, but appropriate. It was a pleasure meeting you on your book tour. All the best, see you at MSG!!!

Richard says: November 15, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I’m looking forward to your performance in Denver in February. I last saw you and Roger perform in Omaha, NE in 2006 on the Endless Wire tour, which I enjoyed immensely. Prior to that, in ’81 at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1981. Your autobiography was very inciteful and enjoyable to read. I was impressed with your honesty and candidness in the way you expressed the events of your life. I wish you continued success and happiness in your endeavors and best wishes to you and all who matter in your life.

A final note to this. At the time Quadrophenia was release in 1973, I happened to be reading the works of British author, Allen Sillitoe — “Lonliness of the Long Distant Runner” and “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning.” So happened that Mr. Sillitoe was at my school, the University of Nebraska, doing a guest lecture series about his work and the environment of post-war Britain. He was a quiet, understated man, but quite interesting. I had the opportunity to speak with him after his lecture. I had seen many parallels in his main characters and in Jimmy from Quadrophenia. At the time he wasn’t familiar with the album, but found it interesting a student from middle America had found such comparisons. Are you familiar with his work? Thanks, Richard


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