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June 10, 2013

Tour Diary: June 10th, 2013 – Dublin


So we played Dublin and Edge from U2 suggested Roger and I adjust our clothing. More on that later.


It’s been fabulous weather here and that has raised the spirits of all the people we’ve met. The crowd was terrific, and the show was pretty good. Despite the solid commitment to Quadrophenia displayed by the audience, it was in the last four or five songs – the hits – that the audience really got into gear.


I’m happy playing this tour, bringing Quadrophenia back home to where it began.


- Pete Townshend, heading to Belfast, June 10th, 2013




55 Responses to Tour Diary: June 10th, 2013 – Dublin

Tracy Shay says: August 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Dear Pete,

I have wanted to take time to thank you, Roger and all Who members, past and present for Quadrophenia for a very long time. It helped me navigate and stopped me from drowning in the horrific muck that is the life of an American teenager. I still have my vinyl copy. Today, it helps me navigate and stops me from drowning in the horrific muck that is the life of the 49 year old teenager. To see this performance would be a dream come true, as it is for so many of your fans, who also have the good fortune of this timeless rock masterpiece being a part of their soul. I am so thrilled you are performing it! Long live rock and much love to all of you.

Chris Nagel says: August 14, 2013 at 1:37 am

Dear Pete,

I love to see you collaborate with Simon Phillips (drummer extraordinaire) again!

Walk tall,


Scottie says: July 26, 2013 at 1:08 am

Hi Pete

Despite regularly reading rock autobiographies since I was a teenager, until I finished Who I Am this week I’d never found a musician so open with their prose. Although there is a great deal of sadness in your story, it was a pleasure to read Who I Am. How refreshing to find a musician-cum-writer eschewing the facade, refusing to gloss over the personally harrowing moments or simply play a version of their stage avatar. Of your contemporaries’ bibliographic attempts, Eric Clapton’s was vain and horribly unapologetic, Neil Young’s was wilfully rambling and Bill Wyman’s detailed yet mired by petty jealousies. Who I Am is powerful, heartfelt and informative, so I thank you for being tenacious in completing your tome after such a long gestation. It’s the Love Reign O’er Me of rock autobiographies.

I hope Rachel has a great 40th birthday.

Laura W says: July 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm


I just recently finished reading your memoir, Who I Am. In a word – Thank You!

Warmest regards,

A kindred spirit

P.S. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, and Faery Tale: One Women’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World by Signe Pike are two books you may enjoy. They’re two of my personal favorites.

Also, Astrologers Leo Knighton Tallarico’s weekly forecast, Perspective from the Sky and Mark Borax’s monthly Cosmic Weather Report you may like as well.


John T says: July 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I’VE LOVED THE WHO, since seeing them live via PPV in 1982.THE WHO:ROCKS AMERICA,Live in Toronto. I was eleven years old @ that time, it was twelve years later when I saw Roger pay tribute to Pete along w/a symphony orchestra live in CA. John was there as well and I was fortunate enough to speak with him briefly, I wish I would’ve captured it in a photograph as I did with my encounter with Roger and other band members.
I do know it is a moment I will cherish, for a lifetime.I was fortunate enough to see Pete & Roger perform twice @ the Hollywood Bowl, ’04 & ’06. I wish I could’ve seen this past Quadrophenia show but I couldn’t get time off, or afford to play hooky. I’ve always loved their music and the styles in which they’ve chose to perform arrangements, whether it be as a classic four or five piece,a nine to thirteen piece ensemble, or a full orchestra.


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