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November 8, 2012

Pete Townshend – Tour Diary 7th November, 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

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127 Responses to Pete Townshend – Tour Diary 7th November, 2012

Colin says: December 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

A wonderful show last night by the entire band and its audio video support staff at Madison Square Garden with a great bunch of congenial fellow fans – all of whom were on their feet for the “same old shit” lovingly presented and received greatest hits that followed the performance of Quadrephenia – soup to nuts.

Although the crowd seemed to mostly be in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, there was a fair amount of younger folk in attendance – even some children. Very nice to see.

I sat next to a very pretty young woman in her late 20s and her husband. She got up and danced with much evident joy at many points during the show. She and her husband had a lovely night out.

No drunks in sight. Everyone seemed to feel calm and just glad to be there. The smell of very good cannabis permeated the air like nostalgia at Christmas. The non-smokers, including me, were all fine about it.

I first saw Quadrephenia (or rather songs from the album) performed on December 3, 1973 at the Boston Garden. I subsequently saw a similar show dedicated more or less to songs from the album at Madison Square Garden in June of 1974.

Last night’s show seemed the best realization of the work that fans are ever likely to see.

Loved the interview in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

Now that you’re a self-confessed neocon, I hope that doesn’t mean we’ll read about you in the papers for going about in a pith helmet with an elephant gun in hand channelling Terry-Thomas in your spare time.

(Channelling Ted Nugent doesn’t seem like something an Englishman could or would want to do.)

In the U.S., when you reach the age of 100, the president sends you a birthday card. Hope you and everyone else in the band get such a card from the prime minister and are in good health to enjoy it.

P.S. Now that I’ve read your memoir, every time I think of “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” by Herman’s Hermits, I laugh myself silly.

Jody says: December 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Hi Pete,

Hope the tour is going well, have tkts for NJPAC in NJ & Philly Dec 8.Anxiously awaiting both dates looking forward to being uplifted once again by my favorite band of all time…Reading Who I am and enjoying it…Good Luck on rest of tour…


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