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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

steve jarvis says: November 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Great to hear the US gigs are going well, what about the UK and please dont just restrict it to the crap O2, some of us oldies would have to much of a trip home!

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Andy - Seattle says: November 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Pete,
No Seattle date on the tour…no problem. The wife and I will be at the Joint @the Hard Rock in Vegas in Feb! Vegas baby! We are looking forward to that very much. It will be a bit different that my first Who gig, December 1971 in Seattle (instruments were destroyed). BTW…I met you at Barnes & Noble in Seattle in 2006. I rudely interrupted a conversation you were having with Eddie. My sincere apologies, my brain locked up when I saw you guys.

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Fred-NJ says: November 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

Yes Pete!

My friends and I will be in Philly to see you on the 8th of december..tickets came yesterday WOO WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. All fired up for the show, saw the band sevral times in 82″ and 89″ but not since.

Don’t be afraid to pull out a Chestnut like “So Sad About Us” or “Pure and Easy”!

Yes Pete!

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Paul Charles Sheehan says: November 14, 2012 at 7:14 am

Hi Pete! I recently finished listening to your audiobook. I think it’s great that you chose to narrate the book yourself. As I listened to you tell your story, I felt as if I was experiencing some of your life adventures instead of working the midnight shift on an assembly line job in Lordstown, Ohio. Your words and music have been a great inspiration to me and I give you credit for being the impetus that led me to become the songwriter and the Seeker that I am today. Thanks for all of your truth and beauty!

-Paul Charles

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roberto lambiente says: November 14, 2012 at 6:32 am

thank’s u.You are the Best.Do you think that you will be in Italy again?My two daugthers want to see u to play ” who are you” live…..

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